Mar 20, 2012

Ozawa enters final plea of innocence

Ichiro Ozawa, former president of the Democratic Party of Japan, entered his final plea of innocence Monday at the Tokyo District Court, claiming no false entries were made in his political funds reports and he never conspired with his former secretaries to make such ...

Filipinos find career switch pays off

Mar 11, 2012

Filipinos find career switch pays off

Like many Kesennuma residents who worked in the fisheries industry on Miyagi Prefecture’s coast, Charito Ito lost her job when the processing firm she had worked at for 14 years was wiped out by tsunami last March. While many residents are still living on ...

Fisheries rebound at sporadic pace

| Mar 7, 2012

Fisheries rebound at sporadic pace

On a late February afternoon, 66-year-old Masakazu Haga prepared mackerel at his new temporary fish processing compound, erected on elevated ground in the Akahama district facing Otsuchi Bay in Iwate Prefecture. The compound stands out because it’s one of the few new structures in ...

Lay judges present ideas to make system better

Jan 21, 2012

Lay judges present ideas to make system better

A group who have performed lay judge duties say the courts should provide more information to citizens who serve on the bench to help them make fair and impartial decisions. They are also urging the government to publicize information on the death penalty to ...

Jan 12, 2012

Onus on aides as Ozawa 'can't recall' fund details

Ichiro Ozawa maintained Wednesday he had nothing to do with the alleged falsification of political funding reports, telling the Tokyo District Court he left all financial matters to his secretaries and doesn’t remember what one of his secretaries says he told the political don ...

Jan 11, 2012

Only aides handled the accounts, Ozawa says

Former Democratic Party of Japan President Ichiro Ozawa on Tuesday once again flatly denied that he conspired with his aides to falsify his political fund management body’s reports in 2004 and 2005 over a ¥400 million land deal in Setagaya Ward, Tokyo. The point ...

Dec 1, 2011

Former Ozawa aide denies involvement in funds fraud

A former aide to Ichiro Ozawa claimed in court Wednesday that he was never involved in drafting or submitting the political funds statements of the Democratic Party of Japan power broker’s political funds management body, despite holding the title of secretary in charge of ...

Nov 2, 2011

Aide denies Ozawa saw fund reports

A former aide to Democratic Party of Japan kingpin Ichiro Ozawa testified Tuesday that he never consulted with his former boss about making alleged false entries in the financial statements for Ozawa’s political fund management body, Rikuzankai, in 2004 and 2005. During the fourth ...

Sep 29, 2011

Radioactive soil can fill 23 Tokyo Domes

Radioactive soil and vegetation that must be removed in Fukushima and four adjacent prefectures could reach up to 28.79 million cu. meters, equal to filling the Tokyo Dome 23 times, according to a recent Environment Ministry estimate. But finding a disposal or temporary storage ...