SOCIETY – 3

Jul 23
Smugglers are suspected of using a new method to get gold bars into Japan. They are hiding them behind the toilet walls on low-cost carrier aircraft that fly both international and domestic routes. (NHK)

Jul 22
Kanagawa Prefectural Police have re-arrested a 39-year-old for allegedly dumping the bodies of two Chinese sisters, found in suitcases in a mountainous area in Hadano City earlier this month, reports TBS News (tokyoreporter.com)

Jul 22
The Japanese infrastructure ministry plans to consider removing the expressway over Tokyo’s landmark Nihonbashi Bridge, in a bid to improve the landscape, it was learned on Friday. (Jiji)

Jul 21
In two separate cases, Tokyo Metropolitan Police have this week arrested two men suspected in dozens of bag-snatching incidents across the metropolis, reports TV Asahi. (tokyoreporter.com)

Jul 21
The Tokyo District Court on Thursday handed a homeless man a prison sentence extending for three years and six months for starting a fire that damaged a number of buildings in the historic Golden Gai last year, reports Jiji Press. (tokyoreporter.com)

Jul 21
A male worker for a construction company engaged in a project to construct Japan’s new National Stadium, the main venue for the 2020 Tokyo Olympics and Paralympics, committed suicide in March, a lawyer representing his bereaved relatives revealed Thursday. (Jiji)

Jul 20
The number of criminal offenses reported to police in Japan in January-June fell 7.7 pct from a year earlier to 450,887, on track to hit an annual postwar low, a National Police Agency report showed Thursday. (Jiji)

Jul 20
A 49-year-old woman had been arrested after camera footage showed that she had been adding dishwashing detergent to her husband and son’s tea, local police said. (Japan Today)

Jul 20
The Yokohama District Court on Wednesday sentenced a former elementary school teacher to three years in prison on sexual abuse and child pornography charges. (Japan Today)

Jul 20
A group set up by psychiatric patients, their families and lawyers has called for strict rules on the use of physical restraints at hospitals in Japan. (NHK)