Woman ties herself up
A young Tokyo businesswoman tied herself up at home because she did not want to go to work, Japanese media reported yesterday. The woman in her 20s was found with her hands and legs bound with ropes and belts at her apartment in the capital’s west on Monday, the Sankei Shimbun said. The apartment owner discovered her unconscious, but otherwise unhurt, the newspaper said, adding that the landlord called the police and the ambulance, fearing the woman had been the victim of a vicious home robbery. However, detectives grew suspicious of the young tenant’s story when they failed to turn up any evidence of forced entry to the flat. During questioning, the woman broke down and admitted there was nobody else involved. “I did not want to go to work, so I did it as an excuse for absence without due notice,” she told officers, according to the paper. Police, who declined to confirm the report, issued a reprimand, but decided the woman should not face charges.
Cocaine found on yacht
US and Australian agents seized 750kg of cocaine from a yacht in the South Pacific nation, officials said yesterday. The US Drug Enforcement Administration and Australian Federal Police have collaborated with South Pacific governments since 2010 to investigate organized crime syndicates’ use of yachts to smuggle cocaine from South America to Australia. Australian Customs and Border Protection Service said in a statement that local police assisted in the seizure made on Monday at the capital, Port Vila. The drugs, worth A$370 million (US$330 million), were found in the engine compartment of the yacht. No arrests have yet been made. Australia has become an increasingly lucrative market for international drug syndicates because of the relative strength of its currency and economy. US-Australian cooperation with authorities in Vanuatu, Tonga, the Cook Islands and New Caledonia have resulted in almost 2 tonnes of cocaine destined for Australia being seized from five vessels since 2010.
N Korean defects to island
A North Korean man turned up at a house on an island yesterday having apparently succeeded in defecting overnight via a rare and dangerous sea border crossing. The man knocked on the door of a home on Gyodong Island at 3:40am and identified himself as a defector from the North, military authorities said. He is in custody and being questioned, a defense official said, adding that it was not immediately clear “how he made the crossing” during a stormy night with powerful tides. Defections across the sea or land border between the two Koreas are rare. Most defectors flee to China and then a third country, such as Thailand, before coming to the South. In September last year, a North Korean man made it to Gyodong Island by clinging to a log that he said had been swept out to sea by flood waters.
Ohio man returns to life
Doctors say they are stunned by a man who revived 45 minutes after his heart stopped beating and he was declared dead. Doctors say presumed-dead diesel mechanic Tony Yahle was being prepared by nurses to be seen by his family when he began to show signs of life. They say he fully awoke at the hospital five days later. The 37-year-old Ohio resident’s cardiologist, Raja Nazir, says Yahle has been a topic of discussion among doctors. The Dayton Daily News on Tuesday reported that teenager Lawrence Yahle says he spoke to his father as he lay dead and told him he was not going to die that day. The teen says his father revived shortly after. He says he “went from hopeless to hope in an instant.’”