SOCIETY – 8

Dec 10
Tokyo Metropolitan Police on Friday raided an office of extremist group Chukaku-ha in Edogawa Ward over harboring a wanted activist, reports TV Asahi (tokyoreporter.com)

Dec 10
Police in Hokkaido said Saturday they had arrested three of the crew members of a North Korean fishing boat on suspicion of plundering a remote fishing hut. (Japan Today)

Dec 10
Romance and love are inseparable components of the most sincere and deepest feelings people can experience. (j4l.com)

Dec 09
Japanese Crown Princess Masako said she feels humbled thinking about her future, after Emperor Akihito’s abdication was formally set for April 30, 2019. (Jiji)

Dec 08
Two women were killed and another person was injured Thursday night in a stabbing incident at a Shinto shrine in Tokyo, with the male suspect appearing to have committed suicide, police said. (Japan Today)

Dec 07
Tokyo Metropolitan Police have launched an investigation following the discovery of a woman’s corpse inside a love hotel in the Kabukicho red-light district of Shinjuku Ward, reports Nikkan Sports (Dec. 6). (tokyoreporter.com)

Dec 07
Drivers of the now-ubiquitous go-karts reminiscent of Nintendo Co.’s “Mario Kart” video games will soon be required to buckle up for their safety. (Japan Times)

Dec 07
Princess Mako, her husband-to-be, Kei Komuro, teenage shogi sensation Sota Fujii, a giant panda cub and seven other figures who featured heavily in the media this year have been featured on colorful hagoita wooden paddles unveiled by Japanese traditional doll maker Kyugetsu Co. on Wednesday. (Japan Times)

Dec 07
Osaka Prefectural Police have arrested a 35-year-old man for allegedly raping a female middle school student he met online earlier this year, reports the Asahi Shimbun (tokyoreporter.com)

Dec 06
Police in Chiba have arrested an unemployed 42-year-old woman for the second time in a month on suspicion of stalking the same man. (Japan Today)