In February, Takanobu Miyazaki, 33, and Yohei Nishiyama, 38, are alleged to have swindled a woman from Yokosuka City, Kanagawa Prefecture, aged in her 40s, out of 2.8 million yen by falsely promising “innovative horse racing information for picking winners.”
According to police, the suspects did not provide the woman with any information after she made the payment by bank transfer.
The suspects are members of a fraud group that solicited prospective subscribers to the service, which was managed by Miyazaki, by email and telephone. Over a six-month period beginning in October of last year, the group is believed to have swindled approximately 200 people out of at least 140 million yen.
Tokyo Metropolitan Police have arrested two men suspected in the swindling of hundreds of persons via a site that claimed to provide fee-based horse racing tips, reports NHK (tokyoreporter.com)
Japan’s space agency has proposed to a government panel a plan to send Japanese astronauts to the moon after 2025. (NHK)
Kagoshima District Court on Wednesday granted a retrial for a woman, 90, who completed a prison term for killing a 42 year-old male farmer in the town of Osaki, Kagoshima Prefecture, southwestern Japan, in 1979. (Jiji)
Farmers in Kagawa Prefecture, western Japan, have started shipping square watermelons across the country. (NHK)
An underground ice wall being built to keep groundwater from entering the crippled nuclear reactor buildings in Fukushima is expected to be completed soon. (NHK)
Kanagawa Prefectural Police have arrested a male employee at an institution for the disabled for allegedly engaging in illicit acts with a female pupil, who was 13 at the time, in Hiratsuka City last month, reports Nikkan Sports (tokyoreporter.com)
Tokyo Metropolitan Police used data from a social media application in apprehending a male teacher alleged in the molestation of a woman in Fussa City earlier this month, reports TBS News (tokyoreporter.com)
Fukuoka Prefectural Police have revealed that a 44-year-old man accused of stalking a member of popular idol group HKT48 in Fukuoka City also pursued another member, reports TBS News. (tokyoreporter.com)
Japan and Russia started their first study Tuesday to assess the potential for joint economic activities on disputed islands controlled by Moscow but claimed by Tokyo, the Japanese Foreign Ministry said. (Japan Today)
A 42-year-old woman of Sakai, Osaka Prefecture, was arrested Tuesday for allegedly setting a man on fire, causing him to sustain burns over his entire body, police said. (Japan Times)