Police said Friday that a woman was found murdered at her home in Kagoshima.
According to police, the deceased, who has been named as 61-year-old Reiko Beppu, was found lying face-down at her home in Aira by neighbors at around 3:30 p.m. on Thursday. TBS quoted police as saying that Beppu had sustained multiple stab wounds to her head and was pronounced dead at the scene.
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)