SOCIETY – 5

Jan 09
A man who threatened a delivery worker with a chainsaw told police he filmed and uploaded the incident because he was looking forward to watching the number of views of the video rise, Nippon News Network reported on Saturday (tokyoreporter.com)

Jan 09
A man was arrested for sticking a photo of the face of a woman who refused to date him on a straw doll impaled with a needle near her home in Nagoya, police said on Friday. (tokyoreporter.com)

Jan 08
Top players of a traditional Japanese card game have battled it out in a New Year’s contest at a shrine in Shiga Prefecture, western Japan. (NHK)

Jan 07
A man told police he didn’t know how more than 100 million yen worth of kakuseizai, or stimulant drugs, became wrapped around his body after a search revealed the contraband at Kansai Airport, TV Asahi reported on Friday. (tokyoreporter.com)

Jan 07
The Mie prefectural government said Friday it has rejected a request from a group of shrines to cultivate cannabis for hemp “shimenawa” rope used for Shinto rituals, citing the danger of theft and misuse. (Japan Today)

Jan 07
Wakayama Prefectural Police are searching for a man in the alleged attack of a woman in a bathroom of a pachinko parlor in Iwade City, reports the Sankei Shimbun (tokyoreporter.com)

Jan 07
Police in Koshigaya, Saitama Prefecture, have arrested an unemployed 43-year-old man on suspicion of murder after he fatally stabbed his 77-year-old father at his parents’ home. (Japan Today)

Jan 05
The number of people killed in accidents on roads in Japan dropped below 4,000 last year for the first time in 67 years. But the ratio of elderly people killed in motor vehicle accidents was the highest ever. (NHK)

Jan 05
Kanagawa Prefectural Police have apprehended a knife-wielding woman who barricaded herself inside her residence along with her mother for seven hours in Yamato City, reports Fuji News Network (tokyoreporter.com)

Jan 05
Atago Jinja, a shrine in central Tokyo’s Minato Ward, accepted electronic money offerings on Wednesday from visitors not carrying coins when praying on New Year’s visits. (Jiji)