Hairdresser arrested for allegedly burying corpse of man, 89, in Ibaraki
tokyoreporter.com -- Aug 09
Ibaraki Prefectural Police have re-arrested a 56-year-old female hairdresser for allegedly burying the corpse of an elderly male acquaintance who went missing in Naka City earlier this year, reports the Sankei Shimbun.

On Wednesday, police accused Kazue Kato of dumping the body of Kazuharu Shimazu, 89, whose corpse was found buried on a property along a farming road in the Sugaya area on July 23.

Shimazu is a native of Iiyama City, Nagano Prefecture. In June of last year, he moved into the residence of a relative for medical reasons. The residence is located close to where his body was found.

Shimazu went missing after being seen in the neighborhood of the residence on June 6.

First arrested for theft

Kato also lives in Naka. On July 20, police first arrested her on suspicion of theft. During questioning, she revealed the location of the body.

Police are now questioning Kato regarding the circumstances of Shimazu's death.

茨城県那珂市で、土の中に埋められた89歳の男性の遺体が見つかった事件で、警察は知人の女を死体遺棄の疑いで逮捕する方針を固めました。 先月23日、那珂市の農道で、島津一春さんが土の中に埋められた状態で死亡しているのが見つかりました。
News sources: tokyoreporter.com, ANNnewsCH
Oct 22
A video tape showing a horse getting whipped at a traditional festival held last month in the city of Kumamoto has caused a public outcry, with many people calling it a form of animal abuse. (Japan Times)
Oct 22
The government is considering giving effective 2 percent rebates for cashless purchases of all goods and services at small shops after next year’s planned consumption tax hike, it was learned Saturday. (Japan Times)
Oct 22
Osamu Shimomura, a co-winner of the Nobel Prize in Chemistry in 2008, has died at the age of 90. (NHK)
Oct 22
The head of a school that teaches the art of picking up women and a former student have been arrested on suspicion of rape, the fourth such case to emerge since an investigation began earlier this year, reports the Sankei Shimbun (tokyoreporter.com)
Oct 22
A government advisory panel has approved a set of proposals for plastic recycling, including making it mandatory for retailers to charge for plastic shopping bags. (Japan Times)
Oct 22
A man prosecuted last year in connection with the death of a Japanese woman in Vancouver was found guilty of murder on Friday, a Canadian court said. (Japan Today)
Oct 22
The entire Cabinet along with Prime Minister Shinzo Abe refrained from visiting Tokyo’s war-linked Yasukuni Shrine during this year’s four-day autumn festival that ended Saturday. (Japan Times)
Oct 22
A 26-year-old unemployed man has been arrested in Sakai, Osaka, for injuring a woman after he threw a bicycle from the 12th floor of a 14-story municipal apartment building in August. (Japan Today)
Oct 20
Final preparations were under way Friday for the launch of a joint mission by European and Japanese space agencies to send twin probes to Mercury, the closest planet to the sun. (Japan Times)
Oct 20
Scandal-hit KYB Corp. on Friday disclosed the names of 70 government and municipal office buildings that used, or are suspected of having used, substandard earthquake shock absorbers in their construction. (Japan Times)