• Google Oct 11, 2019

    Stalking Suspect Allegedly Studied Pop Idol's Pupil Images Online to Find Her Location

    A man arrested on suspicion of stalking a female pop idol used the reflections of her pupils in photos she shared on social media and Google Street View to find where she lived. Tokyo police declined comment on the specifics of the investigation but confirmed Friday that 26-year-old Hibiki Sato was arrested Sept. 17 on suspicion of indecent behavior in...

  • Europe Jul 20, 2019

    Suspect in Japan Anime Studio Arson Reportedly Had Grudge

    The man suspected of setting ablaze a beloved Japanese animation studio, killing 34 people, was raging about theft and witnesses and media reported he had a grudge against the company, as questions arose why such mass killings keep happening in the country. Police only have said the suspect Shinji Aoba, 41, who is hospitalized with severe burns and unable to...

  • New Year's Day Jan 5, 2019

    Behemoth Bluefin Tuna Sells for $3M at Famed Tokyo Market in 1st 2019 Auction

    A 612-pound (278-kilogram) bluefin tuna sold for a record 333.6 million yen ($3 million) at the first auction of 2019, after Tokyo’s famed Tsukiji market was moved to a new site on the city’s waterfront. The winning bid for the prized but threatened species at the predawn auction Saturday was more than double the 2013 annual New Year auction. It...

  • Hiroshima Jul 29, 2018

    Tropical Storm Hits Japan, Heads for Hard-Hit Western Region

    A tropical storm in Japan disrupted transportation and knocked out power to thousands of homes in its path as it headed west toward a region still recovering from devastating rains earlier this month. At least 16 people have been injured, according to a tally by Japan’s public broadcaster, NHK. Tropical Storm Jongdari made landfall about 1 a.m. Sunday in central...

  • NBC News Jul 7, 2018

    Heavy Rain Floods Southwestern Japan; 38 Dead and Dozens Reported Missing

    Torrents of rainfall and flooding battered a widespread area in southwestern Japan on Saturday, with local media casualty reports climbing quickly. Public broadcaster NHK said 38 people were dead, four were injured seriously and 47 were missing. Television footage showed a residential area in Okayama prefecture seeped in brown water spreading like a huge lake. Some people fled to rooftops...

  • Russia Jul 6, 2018

    Japan Cult Leader, Followers Executed for 1995 Gas Attack on Tokyo Subway, Other Crimes

    Doomsday cult leader Shoko Asahara and six of his followers were executed Friday for their roles in a deadly 1995 gas attack on the Tokyo subways and other crimes, closing a chapter on one of Japan’s most shocking crimes in recent memory. During the morning rush hour of March 20, 1995, members of the Asahara’s Aum Shinrikyo cult punctured plastic...

  • NHK Jan 17, 2018

    Japan Public TV Sends Mistaken North Korean Missile Alert

    Japan’s public broadcaster mistakenly sent an alert Tuesday warning citizens of a North Korean missile launch and urging them to seek immediate shelter, then minutes later corrected it, days after a similar error in Hawaii. NHK television issued the message on its internet and mobile news sites as well as on Twitter, saying North Korea appeared to have fired a...

  • Twitter Oct 31, 2017

    Horror as Tokyo Police Find 9 Bodies Hidden in Apartment

    Japanese police found nine dismembered bodies hidden in coolers in an apartment southwest of Tokyo, an apparent serial killing case that is transfixing and horrifying the nation. Police were working Tuesday to identify the victims after the man who lived there, 27-year-old Takahiro Shiraishi, confessed to cutting them up and hiding them in cold-storage cases, some covered with cat litter,...

  • Facebook Jun 19, 2017

    Japan Investigates Hourlong Delay in Reporting US Navy Ship Collision

    Japan’s coast guard is investigating why it took nearly an hour for a deadly collision between a U.S. Navy destroyer and a container ship to be reported. A coast guard official said Monday they are trying to find out what the crew of the Philippine-flagged ACX Crystal was doing before reporting the collision off Japan’s coast to authorities 50 minutes...

  • Facebook Jun 19, 2017

    7 Navy Sailors Identified After Bodies Found on Ship After Crash

    The seven missing sailors found dead aboard the U.S Navy destroyer USS Fitzgerald were identified Sunday evening, the U.S. 7th Fleet confirmed in a statement....
    The deceased are Gunner’s Mate Seaman Dakota Kyle Rigsby, 19, from Palmyra, Virginia; Yeoman 3rd Class Shingo Alexander Douglass, 25, from San Diego, California; Sonar Technician 3rd Class Ngoc T Truong Huynh, 25, from Oakville, Connecticut;...

  • Facebook Jun 18, 2017

    Search Continues for 7 US Sailors After Navy Ship Crash Off Japan

    The U.S. Navy said Sunday that the search is continuing for seven missing American sailors in the sea off Japan, after a huge cargo ship collided with a Navy destroyer. U.S. and Japanese vessels and aircraft have been looking for the missing crew members of the USS Fitzgerald, which crashed with a container ship four times its size in the...

  • NHK Mar 27, 2017

    8 Students Feared Dead in Japan Avalanche

    Eight Japanese high school students were feared dead after being caught in an avalanche Monday while being trained in mountain climbing at a ski resort, authorities and media said. The avalanche occurred in the town of Nasu in Tochigi prefecture, about 190 kilometers (120 miles) north of Tokyo. Forty other people were injured, including two who were in serious condition,...

  • NHK Nov 28, 2016

    5,000 Fish Frozen in Ice at Japan Skating Rink Sparks Backlash

    An amusement park in western Japan sparked an uproar after it displayed about 5,000 dead fish in the ice at a skating rink, forcing the park to close the attraction. Space World received a flood of criticism on social media after opening the rink on Nov. 12. It was closed Sunday. About 25 different kinds of fish could be seen...

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