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March 31, 1995 | Times Wire Services
Officers mounted a huge manhunt in a quiet neighborhood Thursday after a brazen daylight ambush on Japan's top police official and threats of new attacks if police continue investigating a doomsday sect. The sect, called Aum Supreme Truth, denied involvement in the attack on National Police Agency head Takaji Kunimatsu, who was shot four times from behind by a masked assailant outside his Tokyo condominium Thursday morning.
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March 12, 2011 | By Molly Hennessy-Fiske, Times Staff Writer
The death toll from Friday's 8.9 earthquake in Japan exceeded 687 as of Saturday midnight, according to a police tally reported by Kyodo News Agency, and the number of casualties was expected to increase. The news agency reported that an additional 200 to 300 unidentified bodies were transferred to Sendai, Miyagi prefecture. About 300,000 residents had been evacuated Saturday in five prefectures, including Iwate and Fukushima, the news agency reported, citing the Japanese National Police Agency.
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January 6, 2001 | From Associated Press
Japanese police have asked prosecutors to open an investigation into three U.S. Marines suspected of molesting two junior high school girls in southern Japan last year, police said Friday. The Marines, whose names and hometowns were withheld by police, are crew members of the U.S. ship Essex stationed at Sasebo, about 610 miles southwest of Tokyo. Relatives of the teenage girls asked authorities not to disclose details of the alleged sexual assaults, police said.
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June 24, 2008 | From Times Wire Reports
Japanese police arrested a 19-year-old man who they said made a threat on the Internet to go on a stabbing spree at Tokyo Disneyland. The June 15 message came a week after a man posted similar warnings before killing seven people in a downtown Tokyo rampage. Since the attack, police have arrested several people who allegedly made Internet threats. Investigators have found no evidence that the suspect, a minor under Japanese law, was preparing to carry out an assault.
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March 24, 1995 | TERESA WATANABE, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Japanese police resumed their search of the Aum Supreme Truth premises near Mt. Fuji today and sought to question Shoko Asahara, the religious sect's leader, after finding stores of basic materials for deadly nerve gas used to attack subways in Tokyo earlier this week.
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April 27, 1995 | TERESA WATANABE, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Police arrested Aum Supreme Truth's top chemist and six others Wednesday in an extensive raid on more than 80 facilities aimed at uncovering links between the doomsday cult and the poison gas attack last month on Tokyo subway riders. The arrest of Masami Tsuchiya, 30, an organic-chemistry specialist, shatters the group's elite "chemical squad," which police suspect was involved in producing the deadly nerve gas sarin.
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February 11, 2001 | GINNY PARKER, ASSOCIATED PRESS
Ryo Kawamura rode his first motorcycle at age 13--without a license. Soon he was stealing bikes and rebuilding them, taking his flashy, souped-up wheels out for wild rides with friends. "Riding strange bikes, making a big noise--it's fun," says Kawamura, now 25. "It's a kind of release."
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June 5, 1990 | Reuters
Colombia's cocaine traffickers have threatened to kill Japanese Prime Minister Toshiki Kaifu and other top officials if Tokyo refuses to free three Colombians held here on drugs charges, Japanese police said Monday. A senior National Police Agency official said the Medellin drug cartel sent three letters to Japan's police demanding the release of three Colombians arrested in Japan in the past year. Japanese media quoted one of the letters as saying, "This is not a mere threat.
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January 8, 2006 | From Times Wire Reports
Japanese police arrested a U.S. sailor they accuse of robbing and fatally beating a woman. The U.S. Navy handed over William Oliver Reese, 21, to Kanagawa prefectural police to face charges in Tuesday's killing in Yokosuka, 30 miles southwest of Tokyo, police officials said on condition of anonymity.
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June 17, 2008 | From Times Wire Reports
Japanese police have arrested three people for threatening in online messages that they would commit crimes, apparently imitating a man who posted notes on the Internet before killing seven people in a June 8 rampage, news reports said. "I'm sick of it all. I'm going to do it too," wrote a 29-year-old on one site, vowing to kill 100 people in a popular Tokyo shopping district, according to reports on major newspaper websites and national broadcaster NHK. Police made arrests only in cases where the writers said they were targeting specific neighborhoods, the Yomiuri newspaper website reported.
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April 25, 2008 | From the Associated Press
U.S. forces in Japan charged a Marine with raping a 14-year-old girl in Okinawa, and Japanese prosecutors charged a U.S. sailor in the stabbing death of a taxi driver -- two in a series of alleged crimes that have stirred anger against the American military presence in Japan. The Marines said today that military charges against Staff Sgt. Tyrone L. Hadnott include rape of a child younger than 16, abusive sexual conduct, making a false official statement, adultery and "kidnapping through inveigling," or trickery.
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February 22, 2008 | Bruce Wallace, Times Staff Writer
The Japanese prime minister has described the alleged rape of a 14-year-old girl by an American Marine as "unforgivable." The foreign minister declared that Japan has "had enough" of such incidents. And the government's most senior Cabinet official promised that Japan would raise the issue of misconduct with Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice when she visits next week.
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February 11, 2008 | From Times Wire Reports
Japanese police arrested a U.S. Marine on suspicion of raping a 14-year-old girl in southern Japan, a police official said. Police officers arrested Tyrone Luther Hadnott, 38, of Camp Courtney in Okinawa prefecture, a police official said. Officials with the U.S. forces in Japan could not immediately confirm the arrest. Under a mutual security pact, the United States has about 50,000 troops deployed across Japan. Most are based on Okinawa and tensions there over troop-related crime and disputes over land use are endemic.
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May 26, 2007 | Bruce Wallace, Times Staff Writer
For the first time, a DVD recording of a suspect confessing his crime to police was admitted as evidence in a Japanese court Friday, a move that could lead to stricter checks on the lengthy, secret police interrogations that defense lawyers say result in pressure on suspects to make false confessions.
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April 18, 2007 | Bruce Wallace, Times Staff Writer
Japanese police were trying to determine what may have motivated a high-ranking Nagasaki gangster suspected of shooting the city's mayor at close range Tuesday, fatally wounding the politician and conjuring dark memories of political violence in Japan. Nagasaki Mayor Itcho Ito died early today of blood loss and heart failure about six hours after being struck twice in the back by shots fired on a busy sidewalk in front of a major Nagasaki train station.
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September 22, 1995 | HILARY E. MacGREGOR, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Amid an escalating national furor over the alleged rape of a 12-year-old Japanese schoolgirl by three U.S. servicemen, the United States and Japan agreed Thursday to review special legal procedures for U.S. military personnel charged with crimes here. However, in a meeting with Foreign Minister Yohei Kono, U.S. Ambassador Walter F. Mondale made clear that the United States will not revise the agreement granting those privileges, as a growing number of Japanese are demanding.
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December 2, 1988
Japanese police sought criminal charges against 20 people, including employees of Boeing Co., Japan Air Lines and the Japanese Transport Ministry, after a three-year investigation of the 1985 crash of a Boeing 747 that killed 520 people. Police said the crash resulted from professional negligence in repairing, inspecting and maintaining the plane after it scraped its tail in a hard landing at Osaka in 1978. Boeing said it believes the accident did not involve a criminal act.
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February 13, 2006 | From Associated Press
Japanese police raided a precision instrument maker today, amid media reports the firm illegally exported machinery to China and Thailand that could be used in uranium enrichment. Investigators searched the headquarters of Mitutoyo Corp. this morning, said a company official who declined to give her name, citing internal regulations. The official said she could not provide further details, but added that the company was "cooperating fully." Mitutoyo Corp.
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January 8, 2006 | From Times Wire Reports
Japanese police arrested a U.S. sailor they accuse of robbing and fatally beating a woman. The U.S. Navy handed over William Oliver Reese, 21, to Kanagawa prefectural police to face charges in Tuesday's killing in Yokosuka, 30 miles southwest of Tokyo, police officials said on condition of anonymity.
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