Natsuko Fukue

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Japan's low autopsy rate may leave murders undetected

Feb 15, 2016

Japan's low autopsy rate may leave murders undetected

Chisako Kakehi awaits trial. She is dubbed the Black Widow, after the spider that eats its mate. Arrested on suspicion of murdering eight lovers to inherit their wealth, her case is notorious in Japan as much for its body count as for the shortcomings ...

Nuclear evacuees face dilemma over returning home

Jul 23, 2015

Nuclear evacuees face dilemma over returning home

More than four years since Satoru Yamauchi abandoned his noodle restaurant to escape radiation spreading from the tsunami-wrecked Fukushima No. 1 nuclear plant, the central government is almost ready to declare it is safe for him to go home. But like many of the ...

Japanese bid for labor 'reform' revives 'karoshi' fears

May 24, 2015

Japanese bid for labor 'reform' revives 'karoshi' fears

Japan’s push to take away overtime from highly paid workers has critics warning it will aggravate a problem synonymous with its notoriously long working hours — karoshi, or death from overwork. Teruyuki Yamashita, 53, knows the risks all too well. He used to work ...

'Silver porn' shows 50 shades of graying Japan

Apr 1, 2015

'Silver porn' shows 50 shades of graying Japan

Dressed in a kimono and kneeling silently on a tatami mat floor, 61-year-old Yasue Tomita looks as if she might be about to perform a Japanese tea ceremony. Instead, she’s debuting as a porn actress. Fluttering her eyelashes demurely as the cameras prepare to ...

Media grill party chiefs in televised debate

| Dec 1, 2012

Media grill party chiefs in televised debate

With campaigning for the Lower House election set to kick off in a few days, the leaders of 11 parties gathered for a televised discussion Friday that saw most of the questions thrown at Liberal Democratic Party chief Shinzo Abe, whose party leads the ...

Nippon Ishin qualifies nuclear phaseout goal

| Nov 30, 2012

Nippon Ishin qualifies nuclear phaseout goal

Nippon Ishin no Kai (Japan Restoration Party), the “third force” emerging as a serious challenger to the political status quo, unveiled a watered-down version of its election platform Thursday devoid of a definitive road map for phasing out nuclear power. Instead, the party merely ...