Double jeopardy practice scrutinized

Dec 4, 2012

Double jeopardy practice scrutinized

Two recent high-profile exonerations have reignited calls by defense lawyers to require the full disclosure of evidence, and to let verdicts handed down by lay judges stand. The lawyers for Nepalese Govinda Prasad Mainali, who on Nov. 7 was finally exonerated in absentia of ...

Visa overstayers rally in Tokyo for residency permits

Nov 19, 2012

Visa overstayers rally in Tokyo for residency permits

A group of foreign residents who have overstayed their visas rallied in Tokyo’s Ginza shopping district Sunday to call on the government to grant them special residency permits to remain in Japan and avoid disrupting the lives of their long-settled family members. Rally organizer ...

Nov 15, 2012

Ex-aides want to be off the hook like Ozawa

Three former aides to Ichiro Ozawa on Wednesday urged the Tokyo High Court to reverse their guilty verdicts over the political money scandal involving the former Democratic Party of Japan president, saying they had no motive to conduct any wrongdoing. The move came two ...

Ozawa acquittal is upheld in appeal

Nov 13, 2012

Ozawa acquittal is upheld in appeal

Former Democratic Party of Japan President Ichiro Ozawa did not conspire with former aides to falsify financial statements in his political funding management body Rikuzankai in 2004 and 2005, the Tokyo High Court ruled Monday, upholding his not-guilty verdict. But the legal victory is ...

Tokyo High Court finally exonerates Mainali

Nov 8, 2012

Tokyo High Court finally exonerates Mainali

The Tokyo High Court on Wednesday exonerated Govinda Prasad Mainali, 46, of the 1997 robbery-murder of a 39-year-old Tokyo woman for which he had served 15 years of a life sentence before being freed and deported home to Nepal in June. Mainali’s acquittal was ...

Overseas Japanese museums' representatives share ideas in Yokohama

Nov 7, 2012

Overseas Japanese museums' representatives share ideas in Yokohama

Museums dedicated to the history of Japanese emigrants are increasingly becoming important for their descendants to understand the history of their ancestors as they become integrated in the societies they live in, according to participants of a recent symposium in Yokohama. Representatives from museums ...

Nov 7, 2012

Antinuclear activists denied use of park

A protest march planned for this Sunday in Tokyo to call for the abolishment of nuclear power has been canceled due to the metropolitan government’s rejection for the organizer to use Hibiya Park in Chiyoda Ward as a meeting point. The metropolitan government’s decision ...

Shigesato Itoi shares lots of 'delicious life'

| Oct 7, 2012

Shigesato Itoi shares lots of 'delicious life'

Shigesato Itoi is an established name in the Japanese cultural scene, but what he is known for may differ depending on who you ask. To some, the 63-year-old is one of the most acclaimed advertising copywriters, who created an astonishing body of honed and ...

Palestinian plight's Tohoku parallels

Aug 15, 2012

Palestinian plight's Tohoku parallels

The civil war in Syria is not only affecting its civilians but also the Palestinian refugees living in exile there, and the situation is deteriorating, the head of a United Nations agency supporting the refugees said during a recent visit to Japan. Filippo Grandi, ...

| Apr 27, 2012

Jury out on if inquest system lived up to role

The prolonged trial of former Democratic Party of Japan President Ichiro Ozawa marked the first time a Diet member has been tried after being subjected to mandatory indictment by a panel of ordinary citizens who received authorization to review a case prosecutors gave up ...