Jun 26, 2014

Nursery staffer fractures boy's skull

A young boy was left with a fractured skull after being physically thrown out of a nursery classroom on June 13, a Kyoto city official said Thursday. A female employee threw the boy and two other 5-year-olds into the yard because they had been ...

Jun 24, 2014

Harassment rife in local assemblies

The sexist taunting of a female politician during a session of the Tokyo Metropolitan Assembly is part of a long-running problem and victims often suffer in silence, some assembly members say.

Film sheds light on plight of left-behind parents

Apr 17, 2013

Film sheds light on plight of left-behind parents

Images of left-behind parents, holding up photos of their children, flash across the screen. In the United States, Canada, Europe and even Japan, these parents are waiting to reunite with offspring taken away by their estranged Japanese spouses. The documentary film “From The Shadows,” ...

Apr 13, 2013

Final Somali pirate slapped with 11-year term

The Tokyo District Court on Friday convicted a Somali national and sentenced him to 11 years imprisonment for attempting to hijack a Japan-operated oil tanker off the coast of Oman in March 2011. He is the last of four Somali men brought to Japan ...

Foreign trainee system said still plagued by rights abuses

| Apr 9, 2013

Foreign trainee system said still plagued by rights abuses

Last month, a Chinese trainee went on a stabbing rampage at a Hiroshima Prefecture seafood company where he worked, killing the president and an employee and wounding six others. The man had been a trainee at the oyster-processing plant as part of a government-authorized ...