SOCIETY

Jul 28
The death sentence given to a woman convicted of murdering two men in the western Japan prefecture of Tottori in 2009 is set to be finalized after the Supreme Court upheld lower court rulings Thursday. (Japan Today)

Jul 27
On July 27 – unofficially, Watermelon Day – in Japan, many people, including some famous figures, made online posts about the popular summer fruit. (Kyodo)

Jul 27
Police in Tokyo are questioning Japanese actress Mariko Ishihara, 53, on suspicion of stealing a bento (boxed lunch) and several food items from a convenience store in Tokyo. (Japan Today)

Jul 27
Tokyo Metropolitan Police have arrested an 83-year-old man who has a reputation for picking people’s pockets at large events, reports TBS News (tokyoreporter.com)

Jul 27
One woman fell into a coma and 13 others were injured Wednesday night after a passenger boat rammed into a facility of Kobe Airport in Hyogo Prefecture in western Japan, firefighters said. (Japan Today)

Jul 27
An explosion at a fireworks plant in western Japan has injured the plant’s president and an employee. (NHK)

Jul 26
Tokyo Metropolitan Police have arrested a former professional boxer who is suspected in a series of muggings in Shinagawa Ward, reports TBS News. (tokyoreporter.com)

Jul 26
Two men have been arrested for allegedly sending virus infection alerts purporting to be from Google Inc. and deceiving recipients into paying for antivirus software, police said Wednesday. (Japan Times)

Jul 26
Tokyo Metropolitan Police on Tuesday announced the arrest of a 31-year-old man for allegedly beating a bar hostess who later died, reports the Asahi Shimbun (tokyoreporter.com)

Jul 26
An estranged wife of a former violin maker in Nagoya, Aichi Prefecture, was arrested Tuesday on suspicion of destroying 54 violins and 70 bows collectively worth around 105.9 million yen that belonged to him, police said. (Japan Today)