Police said Monday that the body of a newborn baby girl was discovered in a field in Inzai, Chiba Prefecture, on Sunday.
According to police, the body was discovered at around 11 a.m. on a patch of disused land by a worker cutting grass. TBS quoted police as saying the infant was wrapped in a bath towel with her umbilical cord still attached. The grass obscuring the body was around a meter tall, investigators said.
The Abe administration will raise the minimum wage by 3 percent each year starting next fiscal year as part of a package of policies aimed at strengthening consumer spending and stoking economic growth. (Japan Times)
A former member of the Hyogo Prefectural Assembly who gained Internet notoriety when he suffered a breakdown during a news conference failed to show up Tuesday for the start of his fraud trial. (Japan Times)
Three bodies have been retrieved from a boat found floating in the Sea of Japan off the coast of Fukui Prefecture on Sunday, two days after a similar discovery in waters off a neighboring prefecture, reports the Yomiuri Shimbun (Nov. 23). (Tokyo Reporter)