Dec 25
Saitama Prefectural Police have arrested a 92-year-old man for allegedly killing his son with a hammer at their residence in Fukaya City on Saturday, reports Fuji News Network (

Dec 23
Japan’s Emperor Akihito turned 84 on Saturday. (NHK)

Dec 23
A pet food industry survey on Friday showed that the estimated number of cats kept as pets in Japan exceeded that for dogs in 2017 for the first time since the survey began in 1994. (Jiji)

Dec 22
Police in Tokyo say a man died after being rescued from a charred men’s room at the head office of a major business newspaper. (NHK)

Dec 21
A Japanese court has sentenced a Chinese man to 20 years in prison for killing his former girlfriend’s female roommate. (NHK)

Dec 21
An 8-year-old girl suffered major facial injuries after a man stopped her on the street and sprayed her face with a liquid in Tanabe City, Wakayama Prefecture, police said. (Japan Today)

Dec 21
When Britain’s Prince Charles and Princess Diana visited Japan in May 1986, a trip to watch professional sumo matches was included in their itinerary following a strong request from the princess, declassified diplomatic documents showed Wednesday. (Jiji)

Dec 19
Japan’s Supreme Court has ruled against more than 380 people seeking official recognition as survivors of the atomic bombing of Nagasaki in 1945. (NHK)

Dec 18
A fire broke out at a three-story reinforced concrete building housing an adult entertainment shop in the eastern Japan city of Saitama on Sunday afternoon, leaving four people dead and one person unconscious and in critical condition, local police and fire authorities said. (Jiji)

Dec 17
Police in Abashiri, Hokkaido, have arrested a 78-year-old man on suspicion of assault after he choked a 62-year-old taxi driver. (Japan Today)