Mar 22, 2013

Trial translation faults irk lay judges

The conviction in Tokyo of a U.S. minor for the slaying of an Irish woman once again highlights Japan's lack of a national accreditation system for court interpreters, after the lay judges complained about misinterpretations.

Somali pirates' trials highlight role of interpreters

Mar 21, 2013

Somali pirates' trials highlight role of interpreters

In the quiet courtroom, the Somali defendant sat unhandcuffed and with an earphone in place, flanked by guards. “The court is now in session,” the presiding judge said in Japanese. His words were immediately translated into English by one interpreter, and then into Somali ...

Mar 6, 2013

Somali not pirate, just needed help: lawyers

A Somali man accused of attempting to hijack a Bahamian-registered oil tanker off Oman in March 2011 — the final of the four men brought to Japan to be tried under the 2009 antipiracy law — pleaded not guilty Tuesday before the Tokyo District ...

Down syndrome blood test draws interest and ire

| Mar 5, 2013

Down syndrome blood test draws interest and ire

Last summer, news that Japan was getting ready to introduce a new type of prenatal examination that requires only a simple blood test to detect whether a fetus has Down syndrome made headlines. News reports suggested hospitals were ready to start using the test ...

Feb 28, 2013

Assemblyman's rebuke of moms seeking day care draws outrage

Mothers should remember that the responsibility of raising children lies first with each household before making “shameless” demands for more nursery schools, a Suginami Ward Assembly member wrote Feb. 21 in his blog, drawing hundreds of angry comments. Yutaro Tanaka, a member of the ...

The long arm of the antipiracy law

Feb 28, 2013

The long arm of the antipiracy law

Captured half a world away, off the coast of Oman in the Indian Ocean, four Somalis are sent to Tokyo to stand trial for piracy after a failed attempt to hijack an oil tanker. Three have already been convicted by the Tokyo District Court.