Thursday’s arson attack on an animation studio in Kyoto, renowned for its high-quality works, sent shock waves across the world. The 41-year-old suspect, who is being treated in hospital for severe burns, told police that his novel was stolen.
The president of a Japanese real estate firm apologized on Tuesday for causing a building explosion that injured 42 people in Sapporo on the weekend. He admitted that two employees emptied about 120 spray cans of deodorizer for disposal inside the room where doors and windows were closed.
Nissan Motor Chairman Carlos Ghosn was arrested on Monday on suspicion of falsifying securities reports. The automaker said an internal investigation found that he had understated his compensation and misused company assets for many years.
Freelance journalist Jumpei Yasuda, who was released after being held captive in Syria for more than three years, returned to Japan on Thursday. Speaking to the media aboard a flight, he described the years in captivity as “hell”.
Five elderly patients at a central Japan hospital died amid a heatwave after the air conditioners in their rooms broke down on August 20th. The hospital failed to report the possibility that heatstroke caused their death, according to the police.
A grand jury report released last week showed over 300 “predator priests” are accused of sexually abusing more than 1,000 children in Pennsylvania. Bishops and other leaders of the Catholic Church covered up the horrendous acts over seven decades, according to the report.
Police in Osaka have placed a 30-year-old rape suspect on a nationwide wanted list, mobilizing about 3,000 officers for a week. He escaped from a police station on August 12th by breaking an acrylic partition shortly after he met with his lawyer there.
A two-year-old boy, who went missing on a small island in western Japan, was found unharmed on Wednesday morning. Amid a massive manhunt, a veteran male volunteer in his 70s miraculously spotted the toddler sitting on a rock near his great-grandfather’s home.
Founder of Aum Supreme Truth cult and six other death row inmates were executed, the Justice Ministry announced on Friday. The cult committed a series of heinous crimes in the 1980s and ’90s including a sarin gas attack on the Tokyo subway in 1995.
A 21-year-old man stabbed a police officer to death at a police box and stole his gun in central Japan on Tuesday. The assailant then shot a security guard, who was later confirmed dead, at a nearby elementary school. Police shot and detained the suspect.