SOCIETY

Jul 23
The Japanese land ministry has decided to set up a program to allow vacant homes across Japan to be rented out to older people and low-income child-rearing families, informed sources said Friday. (Jiji Press)

Jul 22
Police in Yuki, Ibaraki Prefecture, said Thursday they have arrested an unemployed 44-year-old man on suspicion of killing his 75-year-old mother at their residence. (Japan Today)

Jul 21
Saitama Prefectural Police have arrested a 49-year-old man for allegedly abducting and raping a female university student in Ageo City, reports the Saitama Shimbun (July 21). (Tokyo Reporter)

Jul 21
Hokkaido Prefectural Police have launched are investigating an incident in which a vehicle rammed the home of a boss of an affiliate gang of the Kobe Yamaguchi-gumi in Kita Ward of Sapporo early Thursday, reports TV Asahi. (Tokyo Reporter)

Jul 21
A man was arrested for falsely tweeting that a lion was loose after an earthquake jolted the prefecture here in April, the Asahi Shimbun reported on Wednesday. (Tokyo Reporter)

Jul 21
Yokohama District Court sentenced a 28-year-old Japanese male babysitter on Wednesday to 26 years in prison for charges including the murder of a two-year-old boy under his care in 2014. (Jiji Press)

Jul 21
Murky, foul-smelling water suddenly flooded an underground mall inside JR Shinjuku Station on Wednesday as stunned visitors watched retail workers scramble to save merchandise. (Tokyo Reporter)

Jul 20
Three people were injured on Tuesday after a substance with an “offensive smell” was sprayed inside a car of the JR Yamanote Line, reports the TV Asahi. (Tokyo Reporter)

Jul 20
Fukuoka Prefectural Police have arrested a 40-year-old professional golfer for the possession of illegal drugs in Fukuoka City, reports the Sankei Shimbun (July 19). (Tokyo Reporter)

Jul 20
Veteran Japanese television personality and former upper house member Kyosen Ohashi died of acute respiratory failure at a Chiba hospital on July 12, his office said Wednesday. He was 82. (Japan Today)