SOCIETY

Jul 06
A 26-year-old man was arrested Sunday for allegedly confining in his car an 11-year-old schoolgirl who went missing the day before in Nara Prefecture while shopping with her family, police said. (Kyodo)
Jul 05
A drug control division of the health ministry on Saturday announced the arrest of a former executive of public broadcaster NHK for the importation of so-called “dangerous drugs,” reports the Sankei Shimbun (July 4). (Tokyo Reporter)
Jul 05
Nearly 40 percent of single people in their 20s and 30s do not want a romantic partner, according to a survey by the Cabinet Office released in June. The survey was included in a government white paper on Japan’s notoriously low birthrate that also found 46.2 percent of singles claiming that relationships were “bothersome.” (Japan Times)
Jul 05
She is a Hafu. Hafu is a term used in Japanese language to refer to somebody who is biracial. Despite being a Hafu, model Rola has become the top fashion icon in Japan. (prothom-alo.com)
Jul 05
Former Aum Shinrikyo cult member Naoko Kikuchi, 43, has filed an appeal against a five-year prison term handed down to her by the Tokyo District Court on June 29. (Japan Today)
Jul 04
The body of a decapitated cat was found in the bicycle parking lot of an apartment building in Tokyo’s Itabashi Ward on Thursday, police said. (Japan Today)
Jul 04
Police in Yamanashi Prefecture said Friday that a 41-year-old man arrested on a charge of abandoning the body of a woman in her 20s in a forest, met the woman through a suicide website. (Japan Today)
Jul 04
The 71-year-old man who set himself on fire on a Tokaido Shinkansen train on Tuesday told his sister he might kill himself during a phone conversation about 10 days before the incident, The Yomiuri Shimbun was told by the sister. (The Japan News)
Jul 04
Tokyo Metropolitan Police on Friday announced the raid of a pachinko parlor operating illegally in Bunkyo Ward, reports Nippon News Network (July 3) . (Tokyo Reporter)
Jul 04
Pop star Hikaru Utada said on her official website Friday that she just gave birth to a baby boy. (Japan Times)