SOCIETY

Jul 30
On July 7, Tokyo Metropolitan Police arrested 30-year-old Ikki Jin for allegedly slipping a sleeping powder into an alcoholic drink consumed by a 23-year-old male and robbing him of a total of 350,000 yen in cash and valuables in February. (Tokyo Reporter)
Jul 30
It’s hard to know what the organizers at Fuji Rock Festival were thinking when they decided to have Jack Johnson headline the main stage on the event’s last day. (Japan Times)
Jul 30
Coverage of Hyogo prefectural assemblyman Ryutaro Nonomura’s July 1 televised tantrum is finally winding down in the mainstream media. But on the Internet, where a YouTube video of his press conference registered over 2 million views in just two days, it’s still going strong. (Japan Today)
Jul 29
Restaurants across Japan serving grilled eel were busy on Tuesday with customers seeking to build up stamina to overcome the summer heat. (NHK)
Jul 29
More than 8,580 people were taken to hospitals in the week through Sunday due to heat stroke or heat exhaustion and 15 died, the Fire and Disaster Management Agency said Tuesday. (Kyodo)
Jul 29
During her first court hearing at the Tokyo District Court last week, Kasumi Tochinai, a former employee at staffing agency Pasona who has been charged with possession and use of stimulant drugs, came up with a few creative explanations for how she could have tested positive for illegal chemicals in her system. (Tokyo Reporter)
Jul 29
A series of anonymous murder confessions were posted on the popular 2channel Internet forum Saturday evening, prompting police to investigate their possible link with the death and dismemberment of 15-year-old Aiwa Matsuo in Sasebo, Nagasaki Prefecture. (Japan Times)
Jul 29
A 16-year-old girl was sent to prosecutors Monday after she was arrested the day before on suspicion of killing a 15-year-old female classmate. (The Japan News)
Jul 28
Eleven people died, one person remains unconscious and two are missing after water-related accidents across Japan over the weekend, police and Fire and Disaster Management Agency officials said Monday. (Japan Today)
Jul 28
Police in Tokyo said Sunday they have arrested the father of TV “talent” and model Rola for allegedly defrauding Japan’s national health insurance system. (Japan Today)