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Italian tourist arrested for Japan kiss

An Italian man has been arrested in Japan after trying to kiss a woman on a train, Italian media reported on Friday.

Italian tourist arrested for Japan kiss
The Italian was arrested in Wakayama, Japan. Wakayama photo: Shutterstock

Vincenzo D, 40, was arrested in Wakayama on Wednesday after allegedly trying to kiss a 21-year-old woman on her forehead.

The Italian was stopped by police as the train ride kiss could amount to harassment, La Repubblica reported.

It is unclear whether he knew the woman, whose nationality has not been disclosed by Italian media.

The Italian reportedly arrived in Japan at the end of February on a tourist visa.

His arrest follows three or four similar incidents of “violent and obscene” acts by foreigners in the same area of Japan.

In Italy kissing became the subject of national debate in 2013, when a protester kissed a policeman’s helmet.

A police union threatened to sue the 20-year-old protester for “sexual violence and insulting a public official” over the kiss, which happened during a demonstration against a high-speed train line.

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Fugitive mafia boss busted at Tuscan balcony barbecue

Italian police have nabbed a fugitive mafia boss as he prepared a barbecue with his wife in Tuscany, 26 years after he was first busted on his wedding day.

Fugitive mafia boss busted at Tuscan balcony barbecue
Photo: RobertoNencini/Depositphotos

Sicilian Concetto Bonaccorsi, 56, who was serving a life sentence for murder, illegal disposal of bodies and drug trafficking, had absconded from a Naples prison last year during a three-day release, police said Friday.

But he was recaptured after police following his wife spotted him preparing a barbecue on the balcony of a flat in the hilltop town of Massa e Cozzile near Pistoia on Thursday.

The mobster is a “military boss” of a Sicilian clan known as a “Stidda”, an organised crime group active on the Italian island which rivals the once-powerful Cosa Nostra.

Bonaccorsi was first arrested in 1991 on his wedding day. Police surrounded the church in Catania as the bride arrived but the mobster persuaded his captors to let him say “I do” before dragging him off in cuffs.

Among other murders, he was found guilty of executing a rival mafia boss and sparking a mafia war which left over 100 people dead.