Police suspect a driver under the influence of a legal loophole drug caused a multiple car pileup in Fukuoka City, western Japan on Tuesday night.
Police officials say a car drove off suddenly after being approached from behind by a patrol car. The vehicle moved recklessly through a street in Tenjin, Fukuoka's entertainment district, colliding with 9 vehicles before smashing into a guard rail and coming to a stop. A total of 15 people were injured.
UNESCO on Saturday added Chinese documents on the Nanjing Massacre to the "Memory of the World" program, drawing an immediate protest from the Japanese government questioning whether the U.N. body was "neutral and fair" in registering them. (Kyodo)
UNESCO announced Saturday that it has added two items recommended by Japan, including Return to Maizuru Port, or documents related to Japanese troops and civilians who were interned in labor camps in Siberia after the end of World War II, to its Memory of the World Register. (Jiji Press)
Tokyo police found there were at least 10 suspicious phone calls in the Japanese capital linked to the My Number 12-digit identification number system for social security and tax this month, it was learned Thursday. (The Japan News)
Child welfare authorities dealt with nearly 90,000 child abuse cases in the fiscal year ending March, a government survey showed Thursday, with experts blaming the record-high figure on increased poverty and the isolation of some families. (Japan Times)
Nagano Prefectural Police announced on Wednesday that a member of a newly formed organized crime group who had been shot at a hot springs resort in Iida City has died, reports TV Asahi (Oct. 7). (Tokyo Reporter)
Niigata Prefectural Police on Tuesday raided headquarters of the troubled Yamaguchi-gumi organized crime group as a part of an investigation into a baseball gambling case, reports the Sankei Shimbun (Oct. 6). (Tokyo Reporter)