Police said Saturday that a 15-year-old school girl from Tokyo's Adachi Ward has been arrested for attempted identity fraud after she allegedly posed as a woman's son in need of cash.
The junior high school student telephoned a 55-year-old woman from Inagi and pretended to be her son, Fuji TV quoted police as saying. Explaining that she had lost an envelope of cash belonging to her son's employer, the girl requested that 4 million yen in cash be handed to a subordinate who would meet her to collect it.
Police were informed of the handover and arrested the girl when she arrived at the agreed location wearing a suit and tie, with swept back hair, claiming to be an employee from the company.
In an effort to expand upon the "Cool Japan" initiative, a program intended to broaden foreign tourists' knowledge and understanding of Japanese culture and industries, a committee of specialists has submitted a proposal that includes establishing "special English zones" in large cities where English would be one of the officially spoken languages. (Japan Today)
The death toll from landslides in Hiroshima increased to 70 on Wednesday, while 18 people remained missing after the first of the rain-induced landslides hit the northern part of the western Japan city on Aug. 20. (Jiji Press)
The National Police Agency and Ministry of Internal Affairs and Communications plan to assign an extra 3,000 officers over the next three years to deal with stalking and bank transfer fraud cases which are increasing. (Japan Today)
A Japanese district court ordered Tokyo Electric Power Co. on Tuesday to pay some 49 million yen in compensation over the suicide of an evacuee from the March 2011 nuclear accident at the company's Fukushima No. 1 power plant. (Jiji Press)
Thai police said Monday (Aug 25) they have questioned five women who were paid up to US$12,500 each by a Japanese man known to them as "Jack" to act as surrogate mothers. The case emerged after nine babies were found with nannies in a Bangkok apartment. (channelnewsasia.com)