SOCIETY – 7

Dec 29
Police in Yokohama have arrested a 33-year-old man on suspicion of robbery after he broke into a high-rise apartment and stole cash and watches worth about 35 million yen. (Japan Today)

Dec 29
A bus veered into a house after colliding with a car in Kirishima City, leaving three people injured, police said on Wednesday. (tokyoreporter.com)

Dec 28
Hyogo Prefectural Police have arrested a 53-year-old man for pushing a woman into a train on a platform in Kobe, reports Nikkan Sports (tokyoreporter.com)

Dec 27
A man wanted in connection with the disappearance of a female Japanese exchange student is believed to have sent fake messages to delay detection of the fact that she had gone missing, reports Fuji News Network (tokyoreporter.com)

Dec 27
A man who died in a car accident in 2009 in Yamaguchi Prefecture has been accused in the murder of a 19-year-old female college student who went missing earlier that year after photos of her corpse were found among his personal articles, reports the Sankei Shimbun (tokyoreporter.com)

Dec 27
Emperor Akihito, who turned 83 last Friday, will no longer deliver a New Year’s message to help alleviate his burdens due to his advanced age, the Imperial Household Agency said Monday. (Japan Times)

Dec 27
SMAP, one of Japan’s most popular and longest-lived pop groups, made their final appearance as a group on Monday before their planned breakup on Saturday, in the final episode of their signature variety show. (Kyodo)

Dec 26
Police in Imari, Saga Prefecture, have arrested seven teenagers, aged 17-18, for making a false 110 call to lure a police patrol car to a spot where they pelted it with eggs, tofu and potatoes. (Japan Today)

Dec 26
A wild boar injured four people Sunday as they walked on a crowded trail outside of Hikone Castle in Shiga Prefecture. (Japan Times)

Dec 26
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