crime

Man in Fukuoka arrested for shoplifting a 49-inch TV weighing 12 kilos

A 27-inch would have been way easier, but he just got greedy.

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Japanese boy band idol prostrates himself in front of police station after marijuana arrest【Vid】

Japan takes celebrity drug use very differently than some other countries.

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Living next door to a stalker: Our Japanese reporter recounts the time her neighbour stalked her

Firsthand account is a cautionary tale for women living alone in Japan.

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Tokyo apologizes for accidentally promoting child abuse

Mascot’s assigned task of “Child Abuse Promotion” went unnoticed for months.

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Thief steals brake handles, control panel, and more from train in Shizuoka

Has your train ever been stopped because there was literally no brakes in it?

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“We just wanted to see them stop!” Four train otaku arrested for throwing smoke bombs at trains

These otaku were a little too interested in trains. 

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Yamanashi man arrested for making fake money and tricking people into picking it up

Chalk up another victory for the fun police.

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Man pulled over in Japan for drunk driving claims his body “produces alcohol”

A convenient excuse or an inconvenient truth?

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Heroic Japanese convenience store owner saves foreigner from online scam artist

Foreign teen’s unusual behavior tips off quick-thinking 7-Eleven owner.

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Japanese man assaults wife after learning she trolled his YouTube videos for six months

Husband admits to charges and throws self on the mercy of the court.

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Evangelion anime voice actress says gay man grabbed her chest in Tokyo bar district

Stranger assumed she was a lesbian, Eva lead says.

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Japanese police question man for “not looking good in a suit,” turns out he robbed an old lady

They say justice is blind, but apparently it still has a strong sense of fashion.

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Australian tourist in Japan arrested for graffiti around Kamogawa River in Kyoto

Tag found in 36 places, foreign tourist claims it was art

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Man in Tokyo accused of straddling, kissing women he’d never met, says he thought she liked him

”I thought she was into me” he says after gesture that in no way means that.

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13 Japanese teen boys caught peeping into girls’ hot spring bath during class trip

One of Japan’s favorite porn scenarios plays out in real life, prompts apology.

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Tokyo’s Shibuya neighborhood likely to ban public drinking due to Halloween mayhem

Shibuya’s world-famous Halloween street parties may not be going away, but it looks like they’ll be going non-alcoholic.

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Drunk Kanagawa senior arrested for biting fingers off friend’s hand

What are friends for?

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Osaka teens tie rope across road for fun, get charged with attempted murder

Come to think of it, maybe kids actually should stay indoors and online all day.

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Gamer bandits steal Taiko No Tatsujin drum from Aichi arcade

Far from Tatsujin, these were a pair of straight-up Taiko No Twits.

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Man arrested for attempting to rob Tokyo police with fruit knife

The “arrested” part probably goes without saying though.

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