Ex-gang chief, 6 others arrested over business startup subsidy scam
News On Japan via Mainichi -- Oct 10
A former leader of a crime syndicate and six others were arrested on Oct. 10 on suspicion of defrauding a government-funded organization of about 4.3 million yen in 2007, which police suspect was funneled to the underworld.
The Metropolitan Police Department arrested Takefumi Ozuka, a 52-year-old former head of a crime syndicate linked to the Yamaguchi-gumi, the largest Japanese yakuza group, a woman director of the non-profit organization Life Information Center, and five others for allegedly defrauding the government-funded Japan Organization for Employment of the Elderly, Persons with Disabilities and Job Seekers (JEED) of about 4.3 million yen in February 2007.
A collection of materials related to a 17th century mission sent by a Japanese feudal lord to Europe and the world's oldest autographic diary left 10 centuries ago by a Japanese regent have been selected for the UNESCO Memory of the World registry, the Japanese education ministry said Wednesday. (Global Post )
Almost 1,500 people were transported to hospitals by ambulance due to heatstroke last week, up sharply from 942 in the preceding week, the Fire and Disaster Management Agency said Tuesday. (Japan Times )
Among about 200,000 traffic signals nationwide, 16 percent are being used beyond the end of the expected lifetime of their electrical systems and some have even toppled over due to age, according to the National Police Agency. (Yomiuri )
In May, Akira Ikoma, the editor of a guide to men's entertainment called Ore no Tabi (My Journey), said that "Abenomics" had caused a spike in prices at high-end soapland bathhouses in Tokyo. However, the same editor tells Shukan Post (June 28) that the initiative is not impacting the low-end market in the same way. (Tokyo Reporter )
Tokyo District Court decided on Monday to open planned examinations of three witnesses who are former senior members of the Aum Shinrikyo doomsday cult and now death-row inmates, during an upcoming trial of another former senior Aum member. (Jiji Press )