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True Crime Japan Podcast

True Crime Japan Podcast

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A podcast devoted to true crime and mysteries from Japan.

42:02 | Sep 21st, 2017

In 1988, acting on a tip from a concerned landlord, local officials visited an apartment in Tokyo's Sugamo area. They found three children, malnourished, and living on their own, and the corpse of another. It was later determined that the children ha...Show More

32:42 | Sep 7th, 2017

In 2009 college student Miyako Hiraoka disappeared while walking home from her part-time job. Closure wouldn't come until 2016, after a seven year investigation, but with a shocking twist. Find out what happened in this episode of True Crime Japan. ...Show More
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1:11:02 | Jun 15th, 2017

Don't skip just yet!!!. We promise you some fun stories, after all, our main beat might be crime, but who says we can't have fun outside our comfort zone? From the land of the rising sun, we bring you 3 stories about encounters of the third kind. C...Show More

49:31 | Jun 1st, 2017

One of Tokyo's most bizarre unsolved cases - in the early morning light of one of the city's most desirable neighbourhoods, park workers discovered garbage bags full of what they thought were small, very precisely cut pieces of fish... Not exactly. ...Show More

32:35 | May 19th, 2017

In 1998, Noriko Shizuka, disappeared while traveling with her family to the picturesque Akagi Shrine. She stepped away from one group of relatives to catch up with her husband. Curiously, as family members watched Noriko walk off, she veered away fr...Show More

1:11:32 | May 4th, 2017

Warning: this episode covers incidents of violence against children. Children taken from their own neighborhoods in broad daylight... The horrific crimes of Tsutomo Miyazaki shocked Japan, terrifying parents in a country that prides itself on its ...Show More

1:07:31 | Feb 9th, 2017

There's a monster in the woods. When this small Hokkaido frontier village suffers a series of deadly bear attacks neighbours must band together for survival.  But will help arrive in time to save them? Find out in this week's episode. Contact info...Show More

41:12 | Jan 25th, 2017

In this double feature we look a pair of lighter cases involving greed, generosity and cold hard cash. When boxes of ¥10,000 notes start showing up in the restrooms of municipal offices police begin to wonder if they have a corruption scheme on thei...Show More

54:37 | Jan 11th, 2017

We're back! Welcome to our first episode of Season 2! At first glance there seemed to be no connection between a bizarre string of disappearances until the common denominator is discovered - the missing were each involved in the pedigree dog industr...Show More

1:11:08 | Jul 24th, 2016

In 1959 Tomoko Takekawa’s life was full of promise, having moved to Tokyo from her parents home in Kobe had given her a whole new level of independence and freedom. That year she was also hired as a stewardess for the British airline BOAC. It seemed ...Show More

57:39 | Jul 7th, 2016

**Warning: this week’s episode is especially disturbing.** Some couples just aren’t good for each other... and then there’s Futoshi Matsunaga and Junko Ogata. Matsunaga, an undeniable psychopath, with Ogata at his side led a decades long crime spree...Show More

38:04 | Jun 29th, 2016

June 4, 2001 should have been a normal day for the Yamagami family. That morning they made their beds, prepared breakfast, the newspaper was delivered on time - the only thing missing was the Yamagami family themselves. All four adults and the family...Show More

57:16 | Jun 15th, 2016

This week’s episode covers a particularly dark topic in contemporary Japan, the case of serial killer Hiroshi Maeue. Driven by his uncontrollable desire to fulfill his lustful murderous fantasies, Maeue would seek out the depressed and suicidal onl...Show More

1:08:05 | Jun 8th, 2016

Thousands of young people come to Japan each year to teach English as a second language, for most this is a wonderful chance to experience Japanese culture firsthand. This week’s episode is about one young woman, Lindsay Hawker, who did just that, bu...Show More

51:35 | Jun 1st, 2016

Charles and Di, Will and Kate, Satohito and Harumi - okay, in terms of royal couples that last pair might not be so familiar. In 2003 a lavish banquet was held to celebrate the new marriage of Prince Satohito Arisugawa of Japan’s Imperial Family. As ...Show More

1:00:28 | May 25th, 2016

Miyuki Ishikawa rose from a rural upbringing to attend one of Tokyo’s most prestigious universities. She went on to achieve career success, eventually reaching the position of Hospital Director for Kotobuki Maternity Hospital. However, in the turmo...Show More

1:01:49 | May 18th, 2016

It happened one night... In 1996 two high school students decided to embark on a test of courage (kimo dameishi) by exploring a nearby abandoned hotel at midnight. The Tsubono Spa was rumored to be a paranormal spot by teenagers and hangout for pet...Show More

57:30 | May 11th, 2016

We’re back with a new episode of the True Crime Japan Podcast. Tokyo’s Akihabara neighborhood has become a mecca for Japan’s Otaku (geek) and Cosplay cultures. On any given weekend the streets are crowded with people streaming in and out of the area...Show More

59:36 | May 1st, 2016

In the first episode of the True Crime Japan Podcast we cover the case of Masumi Hayashi and the Wakayama Poisoning Incident. On July 25, 1998 the residents of the Sonobe district of Wakayama Japan were celebrating their annual summer festival, but ...Show More