Suspect in Tokyo club murder released without charge
Japan Today -- Feb 12
The Tokyo Metropolitan Police said Tuesday that one of the men arrested over the beating to death of Ryosuke Fujimoto, 31, in a Roppongi club last September has been released.
In total, eight former members of the Kanto Rengo biker gang, including its leader, 31-year-old Taichi Ishimoto, were arrested for Fujimoto's murder at Club Flower on Sept 2 of last year. A group of 10 men in masks walked into the club in the early morning hours and, without a word, beat Fujimoto to death with metal pipes and aluminum bats.
Fuji TV reported that the 28-year-old suspect who was released, had been arrested for allegedly preparing the murder weapons.
Fewer than 40 pct of residents and commuters in Tokyo take specific measures to prepare for a possible huge earthquake beneath the Japanese capital, despite high awareness on disaster prevention, a Metropolitan Police Department survey showed Friday. (Jiji Press )
The man under arrest for fatally stabbing one man and wounding three others during a 10-minute rampage in Kashiwa, Chiba Prefecture, on Monday night, told police on Thursday that he wanted to hijack a plane at Haneda airport and fly it into Tokyo Skytree to take revenge on society. (Japan Today )
The man lauded as "Japan's Beethoven," who has admitted he never wrote his compositions, appeared before cameras for the first time since the scandal surfaced - clean-shaven and minus his trademark sunglasses. (abcnews.go.com )
The 24-year-old suspect in the murder of a man on a street in Kashiwa, Chiba Prefecture, on Monday is believed to have posted a profile online in which he identified himself as a "celeb NEET," meaning a celebrity without a job, according to local online news site J-Cast News. (Japan Times )
The proportion of single nonregular Japanese male workers in their 20s who have girlfriends stood at 18.7 pct in 2012, against 30.7 pct for regular employees, a government survey revealed Thursday. (Jiji Press )
Police in Kashiwa, Chiba Prefecture, on Wednesday night arrested a 24-year-old unemployed man over four knife attacks within 10 minutes that left one man dead and three others injured on a street. (Japan Today )