SOCIETY – 4

Jun 06
East Japan Railway Co. <9020>, or JR East, started on Tuesday to solicit ideas from the public for the name of a planned new station on its Yamanote Line in central Tokyo. (Jiji)

Jun 06
The suspicious death of a wealthy but troubled Japanese man dubbed “Don Juan” has brought into focus the personal life of the 77-year-old self-proclaimed womanizer who married a 21-year-old earlier this year. (Kyodo)

Jun 06
Prince Akishino and his wife, Princess Kiko, arrived in Hawaii on Monday for a six-day official visit to commemorate the 150th anniversary of Japanese immigration there – part of yearlong celebrations. (Japan Times)

Jun 05
A 23-year-old man who has been held for abandoning and damaging the body of a seven-year-old girl in Niigata Prefecture, central Japan was served a fresh arrest warrant on Monday for allegedly killing her last month. (Jiji)

Jun 05
Police are investigating the sudden death in May of a wealthy man in western Japan, dubbed a Japanese “Don Juan” for being a womanizer, as possible murder after stimulants were detected in his body, investigative sources said Monday. (Kyodo)

Jun 05
A man who was head of the parents’ association at an elementary school in the city of Matsudo, Chiba Prefecture, near Tokyo denied on Monday that he killed a Vietnamese girl attending the school and abandoned her body in March last year. (Jiji)

Jun 05
Fukuoka Prefectural Police have arrested a 23-year-old man for allegedly beating his mother with a hammer at their residence in the town of Oki, reports the Mainichi Shimbun (tokyoreporter.com)

Jun 04
Railway service has been stopped for almost 3 hours as a man climbed a transmission pole at a station in Chiba Prefecture near Tokyo. Around 30,000 passengers were affected.
(NHK)

Jun 04
In the vast ecosystem of costumed mascots in Japan, the Kumamoto Prefectural character Kumamon probably stands at the top of the food chain. His empire has been estimated well into the billions of yen annually and he has even gained a following in China. (Japan Today)

Jun 04
Tokyo police have arrested a woman on suspicion of abandoning the body of her baby daughter in a coin-operated locker. (NHK)