SOCIETY – 3

Jan 10
Four citizens filed a lawsuit against the Japanese government on Tuesday for damages over mental distress caused by the family register law, which does not allow married couples to use separate surnames. (Jiji)

Jan 08
Tokyo man arrested for forcibly tattooing his initials into the butt of a maid cafe employee (Japan Today)

Jan 08
A guitarist for “visual-kei” band Codomo Dragon has gone missing, the group revealed via its Twitter account last week. (tokyoreporter.com)

Jan 05
YouTube star Logan Paul has stepped away from posting videos following an outcry when he uploaded images of what appeared to be the body of someone who killed themselves in a Japanese forest. (Japan Today)

Jan 05
A Japanese TV programme has sparked accusations of racism and cultural insensitivity after a comedian painted his face to impersonate Eddie Murphy. (BBC)

Jan 04
A Japanese man was stabbed to death and two other men were injured in separate attacks on the streets of Ireland Wednesday. Police investigating the incidents said terrorism is one line of inquiry. (Japan Today)

Jan 04
Kumamoto Prefectural Police have arrested a 47-year-old man over the stabbing death of his father at their residence in Kumamoto City, reports TBS News (tokyoreporter.com)

Jan 03
A Japanese couple who have been arrested after the death of their 33-year-old daughter were served with fresh arrest warrants on Tuesday for allegedly confining her for at least 15 years illegally before she froze to death. (Jiji)

Jan 03
American blogger Logan Paul apologized Tuesday after getting slammed for a video he shared on YouTube that appeared to show a body hanging in a Japanese forest known as a suicide spot. (Japan Today)

Jan 02
Japan’s Emperor Akihito and Empress Michiko, along with other members of the imperial family, welcomed 2018 with a New Year’s ceremony at the Imperial Palace in Tokyo. (Kyodo)