SOCIETY – 8

Jul 27
A fire broke out at a building construction site in the city of Tama, Tokyo, on Thursday, killing five workers and injuring about 40 others, including more than 20 with severe wounds, according to police and firefighting authorities. (Jiji)

Jul 27
Japan’s Justice Ministry on Thursday executed all of the six remaining former senior members of the doomsday cult Aum Shinrikyo on death row. (Jiji)

Jul 26
The central Japan city of Iga has released an unusual statement warning against fake news, noting, “We do not recruit ninjas.” (Jiji)

Jul 26
Miyazaki Prefectural Police arrested a 34-year-old man over the fatal slashing of his father at the residence they share in the town of Kawaminami early Wednesday, reports TBS News (tokyoreporter.com)

Jul 26
Okinawa Prefectural Police have arrested a male employee at a hotel over the alleged theft of women’s underwear from a laundromat in Uruma City earlier this year, reports the Okinawa Times (tokyoreporter.comt)

Jul 24
A vehicle crashed into the front of a cafe in the Roppongi entertainment area of Minato Ward on Saturday night, causing two injuries, police said, reports Nippon News Network (tokyoreporter.com)

Jul 21
As people in Japan treated themselves to grilled eels on eel-eating day Friday, many were faced with a larger bill amid soaring prices for the endangered fish. (Japan Today)

Jul 21
Police in Kyotanabe, Kyoto Prefecture, have arrested an unemployed 38-year-old man on suspicion of attempted murder after he stabbed a 19-year-old girl who lives in the same apartment building, because she was making too much noise. (Japan Today)

Jul 21
Japan’s Council for Cultural Affairs on Friday recommended that three people including “Edo komon” kimono fabric dyer Yasumasa Komiya, 62, be designated as living national treasures. (Jiji)

Jul 21
Kochi District Court on Friday rejected a claim filed by former Japanese fishermen and bereaved family members for state compensation over records of radiation exposure from 1954 U.S. hydrogen bomb tests at Bikini Atoll in the Pacific. (Jiji)