Japanese geisha struggle to operate
Reuters -- Jul 27
Austerity induced by social restrictions has slashed expense accounts in Japan as many people remain wary of spending hours in the elegant but closed traditional rooms where geisha entertain.

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Aug 09
Tokyo Metropolitan Police have arrested popular manga author Tatsuya Matsuki over the alleged molestation of a middle school girl in Nakano Ward earlier this year, reports Sankei Sports (Aug. 8). (tokyoreporter.com)
Aug 09
Toyama Prefectural Police have arrested a 22-year-old man for allegedly setting fire to the corpse of his girlfriend at their residence in Takaoka City, reports Jiji Press (Aug. 9). (tokyoreporter.com)
Aug 09
Japan famously has one of the highest life expectancies in the world but its birth rate is also at an all time low, leaving the future of the country uncertain. (CNA)
Aug 09
A high school girl from Saitama Prefecture who used a game console to alert police after a 44-year-old man confined her inside his residence had been there for one month, police have revealed, reports TV Asahi (Aug. 7). (tokyoreporter.com)
Aug 08
Tokyo Metropolitan Police have arrested a 35-year-old man who is suspected of swindling multiple women he met online, reports Fuji News Network (Aug. 7). (tokyoreporter.com)
Aug 08
While Japan is widely considered to be a safe society to live in, the problem of “chikan” (gropers and perverts who engage in lewd behaviour like taking photos up women’s skirts) still persists in crowded spaces like trains and train stations. (soranews24.com)
Aug 07
Chiba Prefectural Police have arrested four persons over the alleged cultivation of marijuana, an operation that is believed to have funded organized crime, reports the Asahi Shimbun (Aug. 6). (tokyoreporter.com)
Aug 07
The mother of a cast member of popular reality TV show "Terrace House" who apparently committed suicide said Thursday she plans to pursue charges against those responsible for cyberbullying her daughter. (Kyodo)
Aug 07
Shizuoka Prefectural Police have arrested four persons, including an American English teacher, for allegedly carrying out a ruse known as “international romance fraud,” reports NHK (Aug. 4). (tokyoreporter.com)
Aug 06
People in Japan are taking a moment to pause and remember the victims of a catastrophic event. (NHK)
Aug 06
Tokyo Metropolitan Police have arrested a 34-year-old man for allegedly drugging and raping a woman earlier this year, reports TBS News (Aug. 6). (tokyoreporter.com)
Aug 06
A school girl from Saitama Prefecture used a game console to alert police after a 44-year-old man confined her inside his residence in Yokohama City on Wednesday, reports the Sankei Shimbun (Aug. 6). (tokyoreporter.com)
Aug 06
The Japanese musical theater company Takarazuka Revue has extended the cancelation of its performances after three performers and one staff member tested positive for the coronavirus. (NHK)
Aug 06
Tokyo Metropolitan Police have arrested a male German national for allegedly spraying a liquid on two women in Shibuya Ward earlier this week, reports TV Asahi (Aug. 3). (tokyoreporter.com)
Aug 05
Data from mobile phones show that fewer people went out at night on Monday when the Tokyo Metropolitan Government started asking establishments that serve alcohol to close early to curb the spread of the coronavirus. (NHK)
Aug 05
The imperial garden party planned for the fall has been canceled to prevent the spread of the novel coronavirus amid growing concern over a resurgence of infections, the Imperial Household Agency said Tuesday. (Kyodo)
Aug 04
A man suspected of taking illicit films of a girl plunged to his death from his apartment in Nakano Ward on Tuesday, police said, reports TBS News (Aug. 4). (tokyoreporter.com)
Aug 04
Tokyo Metropolitan Police have arrested a male university student over the alleged molestation of a woman in Ota Ward, reports TV Asahi (Aug. 4). (tokyoreporter.com)
Aug 04
“Tosatsu Hunters” is a label given by law enforcement to fraudsters who swindle perverts interested in taking illicit photographs of women. (tokyoreporter.com)
Aug 03
Popular Japanese singer-songwriter Noriyuki Makihara was sentenced Monday to two years in prison, suspended for three years, for possessing illegal drugs. (Japan Times)