SOCIETY

Feb 22
A 62-year-old woman has been arrested on suspicion of animal abuse after keeping 23 cats in unsanitary conditions at her apartment in Kawasaki City, Kanagawa Prefecture. (Japan Today)

Feb 22
Investigative sources revealed on Tuesday that a 25-year-old man who was shot and wounded by an officer in Miyakojima Ward over the weekend while wielding a knife was actually in possession of two knives, reports NHK (tokyoreporter.com)

Feb 21
In a ruling handed down Tuesday on a high-profile surrogacy case involving a 28-year-old Japanese man, a Thai juvenile and family court accepted his claim for custody of 13 children whom he had through surrogacy in the Southeast Asian country. (Jiji)

Feb 21
A Japanese court has ordered Tokyo Electric Power Company to pay about 142,000 dollars in damages to the family of an elderly man who killed himself amid an evacuation order during the 2011 Fukushima nuclear crisis. (NHK)

Feb 21
Gangsters seeking to leave organized crime groups — but who are in dire financial straits — could soon get free accommodation and help with transportation costs in Fukuoka Prefecture under a unique program aimed at promoting integration back into society and in turn weakening the underworld syndicates. (Japan Times)

Feb 21
Tokyo Metropolitan Police have arrested employees at an antiquarian bookstore in Chiyoda Ward over the alleged possession child pornography, a case that is a nationwide first, reports TV Asahi (tokyoreporter.com)

Feb 20
Fukushima Prefectural Police have arrested a 24-year-old man for allegedly killing his girlfriend, whose body is believed to have been left in their residence in Koriyama City since early this month, reports the Sankei Shimbun (tokyoreporter.com)

Feb 20
Investigative sources with the Chiba Prefectural Police have revealed that two men, a woman and a teenage girl arrested after a charred corpse was found in a burned-out residence in Inzai City were living inside a vehicle, reports the Sankei Shimbun (tokyoreporter.com)

Feb 20
Kanagawa Prefectural Police have arrested a 28-year-old man after a missing elementary school girl and another girl were found in his residence in Kawasaki City, reports TV Asahi (tokyoreporter.com)

Feb 19
An officer with the Osaka Prefectural Police shot and wounded a 25-year-old man in Miyakojima Ward on Sunday after he refused to drop a knife he was wielding, reports NHK (tokyoreporter.com)