Japan · Newspaper clippings

Man drives van full of family’s bodies to police station

February 7, 2000 Tokyo, Japan Yasuo Takeda (52) drives a van full of his dead family members to a police station Takeda (52) had been despondent after losing his job and becoming ¥25 million in debt. During questioning, Takeda specified his financial issues were the motive behind the killings of his mother, wife, and two… Continue reading Man drives van full of family’s bodies to police station

Japan · Newspaper clippings

Woman strangles neighbor’s toddler for being accepted into prestigious kindergarten

November 22, 1999 Tokyo, Japan Mitsuko Yamada (35) brings her neighbor’s 2-year-old daughter into a public restroom and strangles her with a scarf A total of 550 students had applied to a prestigious kindergarten; Haruna Wakayama had been one of 20 applicants to be admitted. This reportedly angered Yamada, whose daughter did not make the… Continue reading Woman strangles neighbor’s toddler for being accepted into prestigious kindergarten

Japan

The Fat Man atomic bomb dropped on Nagasaki

August 9, 1945 Nagasaki, Japan The Fat Man, the second of two atomic bombs, is dropped on Japan Though Nagasaki had been home to a major naval fleet during the late 1800s and early 1900s, it was largely populated by civilians during WWII. At the time the bomb fell, 250,000 of the 263,000 in Nagasaki… Continue reading The Fat Man atomic bomb dropped on Nagasaki

Japan · Political

The “Little Boy” atomic bomb dropped on Hiroshima

August 6, 1945 Hiroshima, Japan The first of two atomic bombs are dropped on Japan The "Little Boy" exploded in Hiroshima which was the headquarters for the 2nd General Army and the Chugoku Regional Army. The bomb's blast killed approximately 70,000 people (roughly 20,000 Japanese military personnel, 20,000 Korean slave laborers, and 30,000 civilians). By… Continue reading The “Little Boy” atomic bomb dropped on Hiroshima

Executions · Japan

Two Japanese murderers hanged

July 28, 2009 Osaka, Japan Hiroshi Maeue (前上 博, left) and Yukio Yamaji (山地 悠紀夫, right) are hanged for murder Maeue, dubbed “The Suicide Website Murderer,” was hanged for murdering three victims in 2005. Each victim was found in an internet community dedicated to those who wanted to kill themselves. Maeue met three people —… Continue reading Two Japanese murderers hanged