Police in Tokyo have arrested three men on suspicion of breaking into the house of an 80-year-old woman and murdering her last month. The victim had received a suspicious phone call asking her how much cash she had at home. The tactics are similar to a recent series of other burglary cases in Tokyo.
The police found and apprehended the three men on Wednesday. The police say the three have denied the allegations.
Police in Osaka, western Japan, have arrested two people on suspicion of illegally taking fertilized eggs of premium wagyu beef cattle to China.
Police say last July, Toshiki Ogura attempted to take hundreds of straw-like containers of frozen eggs and sperm to Shanghai by ferry. He was unable to get through customs there. Officials confiscated the items on his return to Japan.
Japan Coast Guard officials have found two men on a wooden boat drifting in the Sea of Japan off Aomori Prefecture in northeastern Japan. The men are believed to have come from North Korea.
A local fishing cooperative informed the Coast Guard of the boat's presence on Sunday morning. It was drifting about 1.5 kilometers off the town of Fukaura.
Police in Shimane Prefecture, western Japan, on Sunday transferred to immigration officials four men found in a wooden boat that drifted ashore. The men are expected to go through procedures to return to North Korea.
The boat was spotted on January 8th on the shore of the town of Okinoshima on an island in the Sea of Japan. Police took into protective custody the four crewmembers who appear to be in their teens through 30s.
Japan's education ministry says men were more likely than women to pass entrance exams at nearly 80 percent of medical schools it surveyed.
The ministry surveyed medical schools at 81 universities following revelations that Tokyo Medical University tampered with entrance exams, such as by reducing scores across the board for female applicants. Interim results of the survey were announced on Tuesday.
Admirers at a "love doll" exhibition in Tokyo are a far cry from the stereotypical image of an introverted pervert fulfilling his dark fantasies with an anatomically correct plastic companion in his lonely apartment.
Visitors at the venue can be heard praising the beauty and life-like appearances of what are essentially toys used by men for simulated sexual acts. These accolades often come from women.