A man drove his car through the glass doors at the entrance of police headquarters in Otsu, Shiga Prefecture, on Friday night, then got out of his vehicle and started a fire.
According to police, the suspect, identified as Akihiro Moriguchi, 35, rammed his car into the entrance of the building at about 11 p.m. Friday. NTV reported that he then got out of the car, brandishing a bar in one hand, and poured a gasoline-type liquid on the floor. He set fire to the liquid with a lighter.
Police overpowered Moriguchi and the fire was extinguished quickly. There were no serious injuries reported.
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 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 number of victims of child pornography in Japan jumped 22 per cent from a year earlier to 646 in 2013, the highest since records started in 2000, the National Police Agency said Thursday. (The Nation )
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 )
Japanese commercial music juggernaut AKB48 is looking to build on its wildly successful all-girl group by adding a more mature member to its teen-dominated line-up, an advert released Wednesday said.
A 27-year-old man wanted in connection with the murder of his mother in Saitama Prefecture, and who was shot by police while trying to escape in a stolen taxi on New Year's Eve, was arrested on Tuesday. (Japan Today )
American actress Charlotte Kate Fox was tapped Tuesday to play a lead role in NHK's upcoming morning drama series "Massan," based on the true story of Masataka Taketsuru, the founder of Japan's whiskey industry. (Japan Times )