SOCIETY

Mar 06
One of the two 17-year-olds arrested over the killing of a 13-year-old boy last month along the Tama River in Kawasaki has admitted to harming the victim but said he was only following the orders of an older teenager also in custody, investigative sources said Thursday. (Japan Times)
Mar 06
Tokyo police have conducted an anti-terrorism drill, simulating the1995 sarin nerve gas attack on the subway system that killed 13 people and sickened about 6,300 others. (NHK)
Mar 05
A total of 706 incidents linked to “dangerous,” or quasi-legal, drugs were detected by police in Japan in 2014, up 5.6-fold from the preceding year, the National Police Agency said Thursday. (Jiji Press)
Mar 05
Two pedestrians were killed Thursday morning after a minivan crashed into a car at an intersection in Higashi-Osaka. (Japan Today)
Mar 05
A report released Wednesday by the International Narcotics Control Board revealed that Mexican drug cartels have extended their reach to Japan, where methamphetamine seizures have doubled compared to the previous year. (UPI)
Mar 05
While online smartphone games are all the rage, a new board game in designing a traditional Japanese-style rock garden is showing there is still a market for old-fashioned fun. (Asahi)
Mar 05
Japan’s idol world is quite…expansive, for lack of a better word. Even with the wide variety of groups running around, it can be hard to really tell them apart-though we have to say there was no mistaking Osaka’s Obachaaan for any other group. (rocketnews24.com)
Mar 04
Microsoft Corp. cofounder Paul Allen said on Twitter Tuesday the Imperial Japanese Navy’s World War II battleship Musashi has been found at the bottom of the Sibuyan Sea off the central Philippines. (Jiji Press)
Mar 04
The world’s oldest person says 117 years doesn’t seem like such a long time. Misao Okawa, the daughter of a kimono maker, made the comment Wednesday, at a celebration a day before her 117th birthday. Appropriately, she was wearing a pink kimono decorated with cherry blossom prints. (nydailynews.com)
Mar 04
Police in Inagi, Tokyo, are questioning an unemployed 26-year-old man on suspicion of setting fire to at least 24 vending machines in the area this year. (Japan Today)