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Japan police arrest record cannabis cases in 2021

Tokyo, June 28 (Jiji Press)–Japanese police arrested or took other actions against a record 5,783 people in cannabis cases in 2021, health ministry data showed Tuesday.     Of the total, 68 pct were those in their 20s or younger.     “Cannabis abuse is noticeable mainly among young generations,” health minister Shigeyuki Goto told a news conference, showing eagerness to strengthen….Read more

  • June 28, 2022
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U.S. servicemember convicted for DUI and hit-and-run

On June 27, the Naha District Court (presiding judge: Kato Takashi) sentenced a 32-year-old U.S. servicemember affiliated with Torri Station to eight months in prison for violating the Road Traffic Act but suspended the sentence for three years (the prosecution had demanded eight months’ imprisonment). The defendant was arrested in June last year for driving under the influence of alcohol….Read more

  • June 28, 2022
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Iwakuni-based Marine arrested for breaking into home

On June 26, the Hiroshima Chuo Police Station arrested on the spot a 31-year-old Marine (who resides in Misumi Town, Iwakuni City) affiliated with Marine Corps Air Station Iwakuni (Iwakuni City, Yamaguchi Prefecture) for breaking into the apartment of a 24-year-old woman with whom he was not acquainted. According to the police, the suspect denies the allegation, saying, “I don’t….Read more

  • June 27, 2022
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Prosecutors drop case on illegal money transfer to China-based North Korean IT engineer

With regard to the case involving a China-based North Korean IT engineer who developed Japanese smartphone apps under the name of an acquaintance and received money remitted illegally, the Yokohama District Public Prosecutors Office decided on June 17 not to indict a male South Korean national (57, resident of Yokohama City) and a 75-year-old [Japanese] woman (resident of Tokyo’s Kita….Read more

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Suspect in subsidy fraud case arrested upon transfer from Indonesia

TOKYO — A 47-year-old man suspected of fraudulently receiving around 1 billion yen ($7.4 million) in government COVID-19 subsidies was arrested Wednesday after he was sent back to Japan from Indonesia, an investigative source said.   Indonesian immigration authorities nabbed Mitsuhiro Taniguchi earlier this month on suspicion of overstaying his visa. He had left for Indonesia in October 2020, and….Read more

  • June 22, 2022
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Tokyo police arrest fraud suspect transferred from Indonesia

Tokyo, June 22 (Jiji Press)–Tokyo police on Wednesday arrested a COVID-19 relief fraud suspect who was transferred from Indonesia the same day.   The arrest warrant for Mitsuhiro Taniguchi, 47, was served while he was on a flight to Narita International Airport in a Tokyo suburb.   The Metropolitan Police Department believes that a group led by Taniguchi fraudulently received….Read more

  • June 22, 2022
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80% of cannabis seized at Haneda and Narita comes in liquid form

Cannabis is increasingly being smuggled into Japan in liquid form, according to Tokyo Customs authorities. Cannabis oil accounted for 80 percent of all cannabis products seized at Haneda and Narita airports in 2021. No cannabis oil was found in 2017.

  • June 23, 2022
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Indonesian villagers shocked at Japanese fraud suspect’s arrest

SRI DADI, Indonesia — An Indonesian business partner of a Japanese COVID-19 subsidy fraud suspect said Thursday he felt sorry and shocked over the man’s sudden arrest earlier this week.   The arrest of Mitsuhiro Taniguchi, who is suspected of swindling hundreds of millions of yen from a Japanese subsidy program for small companies hit by the coronavirus pandemic, has….Read more

  • June 9, 2022
  • , Kyodo News , 11:34 p.m.
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Japanese man wanted for COVID-19 subsidy fraud arrested in Indonesia

All networks reported that a 47-year-old Japanese man who was wanted by the Tokyo police on suspicion of swindling the Japanese government out of nearly one billion yen through the COVID-19 subsidy program together with three other members of his family was taken into custody in Indonesia, where he had fled from Japan in 2020. According to the Japanese Embassy….Read more

  • June 8, 2022
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Suspect in COVID subsidy fraud fled as scheme began to unravel

A 47-year-old man wanted by police over pandemic subsidy fraud left Japan apparently to raise money overseas to appease his collaborators before his part in the scheme became known to authorities.   Mitsuhiro Taniguchi has been placed on the international wanted list by Tokyo’s Metropolitan Police Department on suspicion of fraudulently receiving government subsidies for small businesses struggling under the….Read more

  • June 7, 2022
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