3 stabbed to death in Kobe; grandson of 2 victims arrested
Jiji -- Jul 17
Three elderly people were stabbed to death in the western Japan city of Kobe, Hyogo Prefecture, on Sunday and a 26-year-old grandson of two of the victims was soon arrested after being caught holding a knife and a baseball bat.

The suspect's mother and another woman were injured.

The Hyogo prefectural police department is investigating the incident as a murder case.

Following an emergency call for help at around 6:20 a.m. (9:20 p.m. Saturday GMT), police officers found Tatsuo Nanbu, 83, and his 83-year-old wife, Miyuki, lying bleeding at their house and they were subsequently confirmed dead.

He was stabbed in the neck and chest, while his wife had stab wounds around the back, according to investigative sources. The suspect's 52-year-old mother, Tomoko Takeshima, fractured her arms.

神戸市で高齢の夫婦ら5人が刃物で刺されるなどして死傷した事件で、包丁を持っていたとして逮捕された孫が5人を襲ったことをほのめかす供述を始めていることが分かりました。

News sources: Jiji, ANNnewsCH
Jul 21
US President Donald Trump says the wife of Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe doesn't speak English. (NHK)
Jul 21
Princess Kako, a granddaughter of Emperor Akihito and Empress Michiko, will study at the University of Leeds in England from September to June next year, it was reported at a cabinet meeting on Friday. (Japan Today)
Jul 21
Seven female members of the Miyagi prefectural assembly on Friday asked the governor of the northeastern Japan prefecture to remove a tourism promotion video it is using on the internet, claiming it portrays women as sex objects. (Kyodo)
Jul 21
In two separate cases, Tokyo Metropolitan Police have this week arrested two men suspected in dozens of bag-snatching incidents across the metropolis, reports TV Asahi. (tokyoreporter.com)
Jul 21
The Tokyo District Court on Thursday handed a homeless man a prison sentence extending for three years and six months for starting a fire that damaged a number of buildings in the historic Golden Gai last year, reports Jiji Press. (tokyoreporter.com)
Jul 21
Japan has changed some pictogram signs used on street corners and created new ones, mainly to help foreign visitors get around more easily, the industry ministry said Thursday. (Jiji)
Jul 21
A male worker for a construction company engaged in a project to construct Japan's new National Stadium, the main venue for the 2020 Tokyo Olympics and Paralympics, committed suicide in March, a lawyer representing his bereaved relatives revealed Thursday. (Jiji)
Jul 20
Policymakers at the Bank of Japan have decided to continue with their easing program in a bid to achieve a 2-percent inflation target. But the officials have revised the forecast date for meeting the target. They say an extra year is needed. (NHK)
Jul 20
A 49-year-old woman had been arrested after camera footage showed that she had been adding dishwashing detergent to her husband and son's tea, local police said. (Japan Today)
Jul 20
The operator of the Fukushima Daiichi Nuclear Power Plant says the metal scaffolding right below the damaged No.3 reactor appears to have gone missing after the 2011 disaster. (NHK)