Dad urges harshest sentence for Obara

Apr 26, 2006

Dad urges harshest sentence for Obara

Timothy Blackman asked the Tokyo District Court on Tuesday to give the maximum penalty to Joji Obara, who is standing trial for the rape and fatal drugging of his daughter, Lucie, as well as another death and the rapes of eight other women. Lucie ...

Japan struggles with the right-to-die issue

Apr 8, 2006

Japan struggles with the right-to-die issue

The revelation in late March that a Toyama Prefecture surgeon shut off the life support of six patients and let them die has raised once again the issue of how to treat the terminally ill. Atsuko Fujita wonders whether she would keep her 83-year-old ...

Mar 31, 2006

Asahara lawyers protest appeal snub

Lawyers for Aum Shinrikyo founder Shoko Asahara lodged a public protest Thursday over Tokyo High Court Judge Masaru Suda’s decision to throw out their appeal of the guru’s death sentence. Asahara’s lawyers have taken issue with the fact that the judge cited their failure ...

Mar 31, 2006

CPAs for Kanebo plead guilty

Three accountants who worked at auditing giant ChuoAoyama Pricewaterhouse Coopers pleaded guilty Thursday before the Tokyo District Court to charges of falsifying Kanebo Ltd.’s earnings in fiscal 2001 and 2002 and hiding over 160 billion yen in liabilities. The case is the first in ...

Mar 30, 2006

U.S. agrees to beef precautions

The United States agreed Wednesday to train workers handling beef exports to Japan and to double its final checks on beef shipments headed here, according to government officials on both sides. But Tokyo is not completely satisfied. At a two-day technical meeting between the ...

Mar 30, 2006

Change to allow foreign political funds

Running for office doesn’t come cheap. Politicians need money for posters, vans, venues for speeches and meals for volunteers. The problem for aspirants to office is that political donations are falling, and corporate money in particular is dwindling fast. “Companies give almost nothing, except ...

Mar 29, 2006

What next in Asahara trial saga?

Aum Shinrikyo founder Shoko Asahara’s lawyers continue to protest the Tokyo High Court’s dismissal Monday of their appeal of the cult guru’s death sentence. The court decision comes more than two years after Asahara was sentenced to death in February 2004 for ordering followers ...

Asahara death sentence appeal foiled

Mar 28, 2006

Asahara death sentence appeal foiled

The Tokyo High Court on Monday rejected an appeal from Aum Shinrikyo founder Shoko Asahara, increasing the likelihood the guru’s death sentence for masterminding the deadly 1995 gassing of the Tokyo subway system and other murders will stand without further sessions. After effectively giving ...

Mar 28, 2006

Kanebo's book-cooking execs avoid prison time

The Tokyo District Court handed suspended prison terms Monday to former Kanebo Ltd. President Takashi Hoashi and ex-Vice President Takashi Miyahara for colluding with auditors to cover up over 160 billion yen in capital deficits in fiscal 2001 and 2002. The court sentenced Hoashi, ...

Mar 25, 2006

Asahara lawyers relent, prepare to file appeal docs

Lawyers for Aum Shinrikyo leader Shoko Asahara, sentenced to death two years ago, said Friday they will file next week with their reasons for appealing his sentence. Asahara’s counsel did not file the paperwork by the Tokyo High Court’s August deadline, saying they could ...