crime

Fondling a woman’s breasts while you’re driving a car might be illegal in Japan

Eyes on the road, and hands to yourself.

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That time we almost got arrested for doing mankini cosplay on the streets of Tokyo

We sent two of our writers out to get ramen, but they almost ended up with criminal records instead.

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Kodansha Manga Magazine Editor Arrested for Wife’s Murder (Updated)

Morning magazine editor Chonhyon Park allegedly strangled wife to death.

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Skip the peace sign – Security researcher cautions against striking Japan’s favorite picture pose

Saying cheese is fine, but flashing the peace sign could be inviting not just social media attention, but identity theft too.

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24-hour gyoza restaurant in Tokyo’s Kabukicho is full of garlic and meat, has a lot of heart too

There’re a lot of reasons to want to visit Shinjuku Kakekomi Gyoza, but their importance goes even beyond the vast range of savory dumplings.

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Voyeur at Kyoto shopping center apprehended by Japanese superhero Kamen Rider

A lesson for peeping toms everywhere: you never know when Kamen Rider Knight will appear and put an end to your dastardly deeds.

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Two men arrested for extorting over three million yen from someone they saw taking upskirt video

The two suspects are seen as the latest entrepreneurs in Japan’s burgeoning field of “Voyeur Hunting.”

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Man forgets the first rule of Japanese job interviews: Don’t steal the boss’ wallet

Man arrested after failing to grasp this not-so-cryptic aspect of Japanese business manners.

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Man found innocent of molesting charges by claiming he was pickpocketing

Suspect denies touching victim for sexual reasons because he was “actually” trying to rob someone else.

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Serial foot licker apprehended in Kyoto after 30-minute lick-attack

Kyoto Police nearly close the case on one of Kyoto’s more disgusting crime sprees.

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Japanese parents afraid of stranger danger ban saying hello in their condominium complex

”We teach our children to run away.”

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Are Japan’s love hotels secretly filming their guests? We ask a former employee

Consenting adults generally go to love hotels for the express purpose of getting naked, but how much privacy do they really have?

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Couriers scare off yakuza members pretending to be yakuza members

One of the gangsters reportedly admitted, “I have never met anyone as tough as those deliverymen.”

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Japanese idol placed in safe house after rape threat, official website still lists bust size

Police investigation starts as singer cancels all upcoming concerts.

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Former yakuza leader arrested for shaking down friend made while playing Pokémon GO

For one unwitting young man, a game of Pokémon GO turned into Grand Theft Auto GO.

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To ask or not to ask: The etiquette and law of using convenience store restrooms in Japan

While the widespread presence of public toilets in convenience stores is great, it is also fraught with ambiguous customs and could, technically, even lead to criminal charges.

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Man arrested in Japan for stockpiling throwing stars and knives because he “likes ninja”

He had the arsenal of Japan’s shadow warriors, but not their stealth.

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Four junior high school boys admit to pushing two people fishing off of a breakwater in Osaka

“We wanted to enjoy watching their drowning faces” was part of their motive.

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Toyama man first person in Japan to be arrested for selling jailbroken iPhones

Authorities charging the suspect with “violation of trademark law.”

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North Korean defectors are going to prison for drugs, and it’s part of a larger problem

North Korean defectors face significant obstacles even after escaping the country.

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