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Month: November 2010

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Frisky stylist forces woman to give him a grope

A woman who had gone for a trim at a hair salon in Tochigi prefecture Monday and agreed to a massage ended up with a handful more than she bargained…

Tale of the celebrity cannibal

The Korean custom of eating dogs is something that on occasion mistakenly gets loaded on to the Japanese. To the French and Dutch in the summer of 1981, mention of…

Yamaguchi-gumi number two arrested

Just some quick news: Kiyoshi Takayama, second in command of the Yamaguchi-gumi, was arrested Thursday during a raid of his home in Kobe. Read here and here. More information to…

Injured Sapporo groper identified by teeth marks

Telltale teeth marks from a feisty victim pinned a Sapporo man on charges of indecent assault, despite his denial of the crime during questioning. The 30-year-old man is suspected of…

Tokyo Vice: Now in.. Hungarian!

Jake Adelstein’s epic tale of a foreign cub reporter’s climb Japan’s underbelly is now available in Hungarian! We can’t decipher anything about it without the aid of Google Translate, but…

Dissatisfied customer reports 'Deri-heru' manager to police

Police arrested the manager of a Shinjuku “delivery health” prostitution business Thursday after they received a call from a customer complaining that the services offered were a rip-off. The 35-year-old…

Yakuza imposters arrested after tip from sumo association

Two men were arrested for impersonating yakuza and threatening staff at the grand sumo tournament held in May at Kokugikan in Ryogoku. The two men, ages 39 and 45 and…

Explosion rocks Yamaken-gumi office, gang claims no video footage

As many who are up on their Japan news probably saw, there was an explosion Monday morning at an office owned by the Yamaguchi-gumi affiliated Yamaken-gumi. Thus far, the Mainichi…