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 ...

New noninvasive test gives clue but not full diagnosis

Mar 28, 2013

New noninvasive test gives clue but not full diagnosis

Although media reports emphasize the accuracy of a new noninvasive prenatal screening test, raising expectations among expectant mothers, it does not definitively diagnose three types of chromosomal abnormalities, including Down syndrome, warned Haruhiko Sago, head of the Center for Maternal-Fetal and Neonatal Medicine at ...

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 ...