Saitama, Japanese City to Host Tour de France Event

A Japanese city is to host a special event under the Tour de France banner in October to mark the 100th edition of cycling’s most prestigious race, a report said on Friday.

Saitama City, north of Tokyo, and tour organisers Amaury Sports Organisation will soon reach a formal agreement and then announce the project, said the mass circulation Yomiuri Shimbun newspaper.

The two sides are considering inviting some 50 top cyclists to the “All Stars” exhibition, which will come after the Tour’s title race takes place in June and July in France.

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Nine Saitama Gas Stations Robbed during 4-hour Spree

Police said Thursday they are looking for two men who are suspected of robbing nine gasoline stations in Saitama Prefecture during a 4-hour period on Wednesday morning.

According to police, the first robbery took place at about 1 a.m. at a gas station in Uesato-cho. Surveillance camera footage showed two men in masks breaking into the office with a crowbar, NTV reported. Police said they were unable to open the office safe and eventually left the scene.

Eight other robberies occurred over an 80-kilometer distance until 5 a.m., police said. Two cash boxes containing 240,000 yen each were stolen from a gas station at Fukayashi. Robberies were also reported in Kawagoe. In all, the financial losses were estimated at 750,000 yen, police said.