Police said Friday they are looking for a man who attacked two elementary school students on the street in Tokyo's Nerima Ward.
According to police, the incident occurred at around 8 a.m. on Thursday. TV Asahi quoted police as saying a man wearing a white face mask and goggles approached the students on a bike. The handle of the bike struck a 6-year-old boy on the arm. The man then swung an umbrella at the bag of a 10-year-old girl walking behind the boy.
Japan put its military on alert on Monday for a possible North Korean ballistic missile launch, ordering naval destroyers and anti-ballistic missile Patriot batteries to be ready to shoot down any projectile heading for Japan. (Japan Today)
Fukuoka Prefectural Police are investigating a 29-year-old female sex worker already in custody for attempted murder in a separate case in which an acquaintance fell to her death from a bridge, reports the Sankei Shimbun. (Tokyo Reporter)
The Japanese government said on Monday it was doing all it could to secure the release of a Japanese journalist being held hostage by an al-Qaida affiliate in Syria, after an apparent photograph of the man was posted on the Internet. (Japan Today)
A Japanese man was arrested Wednesday in Thailand on suspicion of raping and sexually harassing a number boys aged between 13 and 15 in the country's northern province of Chiang Mai, investigators said. (Japan Times)