SOCIETY

Apr 26
A court sentenced on Wednesday a 29-year-old former reporter for public broadcaster NHK to 21 years in prison for raping three women.
(Japan Times)

Apr 26
Gunma Prefectural Police are hunting for a man who assaulted a male Peruvian national in the town of Oizumi on Tuesday, reports TV Asahi (tokyoreporter.com)

Apr 26
Police in Hakodate, Hokkaido, have arrested an unemployed 44-year-old man on suspicion of killing a woman in his apartment on Tuesday night. (Japan Today)

Apr 26
After a dozen years waiting, fans have a chance to see the Kingdom Hearts/Evangelion singer live, plus a way to boost their odds of getting tickets. (soranews24.com)

Apr 26
A memorial service was held on Wednesday in Amagasaki, Hyogo Prefecture, to mark the 13th anniversary of a commuter train crash on the Fukuchiyama Line of West Japan Railway Co. <9021>, or JR West, that killed 106 passengers and the train driver, and injured 562 others. (Jiji)

Apr 25
A Japanese court dismissed on Tuesday a damages suit filed by a man accused in a fraud case, after cash confiscated from him and kept in a police safe was stolen. (Japan Today)

Apr 25
Kanagawa Prefectural Police suspect that a 24-year-old man committed suicide at a dam in the village of Kiyokawa in 2003 after murdering a woman at the restaurant where she worked, reports the Yomiuri Shimbun (tokyoreporter.com)

Apr 25
A 74-year-old woman who was arrested over a fatal hit-and-run incident has told police that she thought her vehicle had hit a cardboard box. (Japan Today)

Apr 25
King Carl XVI Gustaf of Sweden has expressed his hope to maintain good relations with Emperor Akihito and the rest of the Japanese Imperial family after the Emperor abdicates. (NHK)

Apr 25
Japan’s Justice Ministry is considering a plan to utilize the Global Positioning System to monitor inmates serving sentences in so-called prisons without walls, amid a prolonged manhunt for a fugitive. (Jiji)