Remains recently found in Chiba Prefecture are likely those of a man who disappeared at sea in 2004 and was subsequently listed by a private group as a potential kidnapping victim of North Korea, police sources said Saturday.
The family of Shuji Koyama, a Niigata resident who went missing in the Sea of Japan on June 6, 2004, while fishing off the city's coast around dawn at age 43, was told Saturday the remains are almost certainly his, after senior police officials visited to apologize for failing to find him earlier, they said.
A Tokyo court sentenced former Japanese baseball star Kazuhiro Kiyohara on Tuesday to two years and six months in prison, suspended for four years, for possessing, using and purchasing illegal drugs. (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)