A 7-year-old girl who was found dead on a railroad track in central Japan earlier this week is likely to have been killed hours before being hit by a train, investigative sources said Wednesday. The body temperature of Tamaki Omomo was low and there were few signs of bleeding when police discovered her remains shortly after being alerted by the driver of the train that struck her in the city of Niigata on Monday night. An autopsy found that the girl had been choked to death, according to police. According to the city's education board, the girl told one of her friends that she had been chased by a man wearing black clothes and sunglasses as she was on her way to school on Monday morning. Police are following the lead.
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Social media users and TV commentators have joined the barrage of criticism targeting AKS, a music management agency, after Maho Yamaguchi, a singer with NGT48, went public this month with allegations she had been assaulted by two obsessive fans at the end of last year. Yamaguchi, 23, said on Twitter that AKS had failed to help her after the assault, which had left her deeply traumatised. At the time of her tweet, the agency representing NGT48 — a sister group to the hugely popular girl band AKB48 — had not commented on the incident. Many questioned why she felt she should apologise while her industry handlers remained silent. Performers are subject to strict rules imposed by their management agencies, including, in many cases, a ban on having boyfriends to maintain the impression among their largely male — and, on occasion, dangerously obsessive — fan base that they are romantically available. A spokesman said the firm had replaced the manager of the theatre in Niigata, northern Japan , regularly used by NGT48, adding that it would step up security around members of the group. NGT48 has cancelled three upcoming concerts in which Yamaguchi was to perform, according to Japanese media.
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Girls in grades four to six competed in the day-long event which was live-streamed on YouTube with commentary from Japanese national team members Miku Yamanaka and Kon Hiyori. All competitors fought in the same uniform: a mawashi over spandex shorts and tournament-issued T-shirt color coded by year. Shinka Shimabukuro from Okinawa became the first-ever sixth grade holder of the title, while Chiaki Kajiwara took home the fourth-grade title and Ria Ishibashi won the fifth-grade prize. In total, girls from all over the country took places in the finals, and that number is sure to grow year by year.