Man indicted for kidnapping 12-year-old girl he met online
Japan Today -- Dec 15
Prosecutors have indicted a man on charges of kidnapping a 12-year-old girl who they believe got to know the suspect through social networking.

Hitoshi Ito, 35, denied the allegation when he was arrested on Nov 23 but has since remained silent during questioning, investigative sources said.

Ito was arrested after the girl sought help at a police box in Oyama, Tochigi Prefecture. The city is more than 400 kilometers away from the girl's home in Osaka where she was last seen Nov 17.

He had been also suspected of forcibly confining the girl at his home but the prosecutors dropped the allegation due to insufficient evidence.

News source: Japan Today
Jan 22
Dangerous stunt by Japanese civil servant gets slammed online. (soranews24.com)
Jan 21
Okayama Prefectural Police are questioning a man after a woman was fatally stabbed and her husband injured at their residence in Okayama City earky Saturday, reports TV Asahi (Jan. 20). (tokyoreporter.com)
Jan 21
Visitors at a Buddhist temple in western Japan marked a time-honored tradition by soaking themselves in cold water in a ritual aimed at toughening the body and soul. (NHK)
Jan 19
Three employees were slashed by four men in a bar in Shinjuku, Tokyo, early Saturday morning. (Japan Today)
Jan 19
Fans of Kyoto Animation Co artworks on Saturday visited the site of its studio where an arson attack killed 36 people and injured 33 others exactly six months ago to commemorate the victims. (Japan Today)
Jan 18
Events were held on Friday morning to mark the 25th anniversary of the Great Hanshin Earthquake in Hyogo Prefecture. (Japan Today)
Jan 18
Tokyo Metropolitan Police launched an investigation after a dump truck rammed an office of a criminal syndicate in Adachi Ward early Friday, reports Jiji Press (Jan. 17). (tokyoreporter.com)
Jan 17
Emperor Naruhito expressed his hope for a bright future for children in his poem recited Thursday at the first New Year’s Poetry Reading Ceremony held since he ascended to the chrysanthemum throne last year. (Japan Times)
Jan 17
Applications to become Japanese billionaire Yusaku Maezawa's girlfriend have topped 20,000, streaming service AbemaTV said on Thursday, ahead of its documentary on his search for a "life partner" to take on his moon voyage. (Japan Today)
Jan 16
A Tokyo-based Australian journalist and father was given a suspended prison term of six months by the Tokyo District Court on Wednesday for illegally trespassing into a building complex where his in-laws live in Tokyo’s Suginami Ward in October, in what the journalist said was an attempt to check on his children after a powerful typhoon. (Japan Times)