June 10, 2001 |
As incense burned and flowers piled up outside the school here where eight first- and second-graders were massacred the day before, government officials Saturday attempted to reassure hundreds of stricken parents gathered inside that they will beef up security and provide psychological counseling for students and families.
June 8, 2001 |
A knife-wielding man burst into an elementary school in Osaka this morning, killing at least eight first- and second-grade students and injuring at least 21 other pupils and faculty, police said. Although crime has been on the rise in recent years in Japan, the massacre deeply shocked this nation, which outlaws guns and generally is considered so safe that parents let their 6-year-olds ride the subway alone to school.
April 7, 2001 |
Police formally accused a Japanese businessman of killing a British bar hostess, whose dismembered body was found in February. Joji Obara, a 48-year-old real estate developer in police custody since October, was served with an arrest warrant for fatal assault against Lucie Blackman, 22, who disappeared last July.
March 19, 2001 |
The pair, whose lives would briefly intersect, were from different worlds. Govinda Prasad Mainali was an illegal immigrant waiting tables in an Indian restaurant here, sending much of his salary home to his family in Nepal. Yasuko Watanabe was a promising economist earning nearly $100,000 a year by day, but still driven to stand on a street corner and turn four tricks a night.
February 11, 2001 |
Police have identified the dismembered remains found in a beach cave near Tokyo as those of a British bar hostess who disappeared in July, authorities said Saturday. "Experts agreed that the teeth of the body matched with her dental records. There is no discrepancy in the height, and the hair was blond," Tokyo police investigator Akira Hiromitsu said. A DNA analysis is expected to take seven to 10 days, and the cause of death is still under investigation, he said.
February 10, 2001 |
After a lengthy search that highlighted weaknesses in the Japanese criminal justice system, police on Friday announced the discovery of dismembered body parts believed to be those of a 22-year-old Briton missing since July. The case of Lucie Blackman, which was front-page news here, focused attention on Japan's heavy reliance on confessions to solve crimes.