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Man who refused to wear mask on airplane in Japan gets arrested four months later

Airline apparently did not forgive or forget.

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Woman asks for eight-hour taxi ride in Japan, arrested when she doesn’t pay gigantic fare

Driver should have spotted multiple warning signs as soon as she said where she wanted to go.

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Trio of thieves break into Japanese glasses store, foiled by old-timey cash register

They don’t make them like they used to… back in 1908.

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Serial toilet thief captured by police in Japan

Investigators can finally close the book on “The God of Toilets Case.”

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Japanese high school students arrested for robbing pachinko parlour at knife-point

Surely there’s a better way to start 2021 than this.

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Kyoto Animation arsonist says which scene he feels copied his work and incited attack

Incredibly brief Tsurune meat-shopping scene aired exactly eight months before arson attack.

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Real-life Team Rocket? Pokémon popsicle fraud gets man arrested in Japan

Saitama Prefectural Police foil underhanded method to catch ‘em all.

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Manga author who groped girl’s breasts on Tokyo street won’t have to spend any time in jail

Trial ends with suspended sentence for Act-Age creator.

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Gunma teacher arrested for spray-gluing coworker’s belongings to desk

Charges against the teacher are likely to stick.

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Hokkaido man steals front end loader from neighboring town to plow snow in own neighborhood

He’ll need to steal an excavator too to dig himself out of this hole.

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Kyoto Animation arsonist’s psychological evaluation ends, open door to prosecution

A year and a half after the attack that killed 36 people, mental health questions are no longer a road block to trial.

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Man in Japan told he owes “unpaid adult web site fees,” ends up giving scammers over 100 million yen

First payment sets off string of scams that ran for months.

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Elderly Wakayama woman arrested for hacking her local supermarket’s self-checkout

Senior turned to computer fraud to get a discount on her eggs.

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Idol otaku arrested for bomb threat after his idol T-shirt gets burned

He did the one thing you shouldn’t do if you don’t want your idol merch to go up in smoke.

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Post office manager sacked for embezzling 130 million yen in stamps

Yeah, but when you convert that to dollars… Holy cow!

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Manga creator admits to groping 14-year-old girl, asks for no prison time at trial

Shonen Jump manga writer’s lawyer says he’s already been punished by society.

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Middle-aged Tokyo man, escorted by his mother, confesses to killing elderly homeless woman

A sad tale of a homeless person being punished for taking up space. 

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Surprisingly strong Hokkaido woman arrested for poking holes in 13 expensive melons with finger

“You’re already unsellable.”

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Kyoto man arrested for opening packs of Demon Slayer key chains until finding one he wanted

But who’s the real demon here?

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Face mask distributer imprisoned in sex shop by yakuza for 11 hours

All in a day’s work for a medical supply dealer.

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