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Narita stages terror drill before APEC summit
Japan Times - Oct 16, 2010

A joint counterterrorism drill involving police, immigration and customs personnel was held Friday at Narita International Airport ahead of the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation forum summit slated for November in Yokohama. Around 140 officers from such entities as the Narita Customs Branch, Tokyo Regional Immigration Bureau and Chiba Prefectural Police participated in the drill, which assumed an explosive was hidden inside a suitcase. Deploying sniffer dogs and special-purpose vehicles loaded with scanning equipment, officers worked to dispose of the suspect suitcase at a luggage claim area in one of the airport's terminals. (Japan Times)

Four teens held in boy's fatal beating
Japan Times - Oct 16, 2010

Four teenage boys were arrested Friday on suspicion of beating an 18-year-old male and leaving him to die in a park in Nasushiobara, Tochigi Prefecture, police said. The bruised body of Yoshinori Fujita was found almost naked Thursday evening in a parking area of the municipal park. The four suspects, aged 16 to 19, described themselves as "playmates" of Fujita's. According to the police, they have admitted assaulting him. (Japan Times)

Yawara-chan to retire from judo
Japan Times - Oct 16, 2010

Judo superstar and Democratic Party of Japan lawmaker Ryoko Tani said Friday she will retire from judo and pursue her political career to improve the nation's sports environment. Tani, widely known by the nickname Yawara-chan, which comes from the title character of a popular judo manga, won gold in the 48-kg division at the 2000 Sydney and 2004 Athens Olympic Games. She is currently serving as chief of the DPJ's intraparty group comprising lawmakers from the sports field. (Japan Times)

2 injured in 'windblast' in Niigata Pref.
AP - Oct 16, 2010

Two people were injured by broken glass when a powerful wind hit the city of Tainai, Niigata Prefecture, on Friday afternoon, police said. The "windblast" occurred around 5:30 p.m., moving a car about 50 meters at a plant, while damaging roofs of houses and slanting traffic lights and utility poles in the city, police said. As the Niigata local meteorological observatory had issued a tornado warning before 5 p.m. for the prefecture, the powerful wind may have been a tornado. (AP)

U.S. soldier given 32 months in jail over fatal Okinawa hit-and-run
AP - Oct 15, 2010

An Okinawa district court sentenced a U.S. Army serviceman to 32 months in jail on Friday for causing a fatal hit-and-run accident last November in the southern Japanese prefecture. Presiding Judge Nobuhiro Takamori of the Naha District Court found Clyde Gunn, a 28-year-old staff sergeant at the Torii Communication Station, guilty of knocking down Masakazu Hokama, 66, and fleeing the scene at around 5:50 a.m. on Nov. 7 when Hokama was taking a walk in the village of Yomitan. (AP)

89% of train groping victims don't notify police: survey
Japan Times - Oct 15, 2010

About nine out of 10 women who fall victim to groping aboard trains do not alert authorities, according to a survey released Thursday by the National Police Agency. The agency polled 3,256 men and women in three metropolitan areas centering on Tokyo, Nagoya and Osaka, and found about 80 percent were supportive of installing security cameras on trains as a deterrent to groping. The NPA plans to strengthen patrols, create a mechanism to make it easier for victims to report gropings, and also work with railways to install more security cameras. (Japan Times)

By JS on Oct 20, 2010

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