Ozawa not guilty of fund conspiracy

Apr 27, 2012

Ozawa not guilty of fund conspiracy

Ichiro Ozawa, former president of the ruling Democratic Party of Japan, was acquitted Thursday of conspiring with former aides to make false financial reports in his political fund management body Rikuzankai in 2004 and 2005. The acquittal by the Tokyo District Court could signal ...

Cultist who hid Aum fugitive gets 14 months

Mar 28, 2012

Cultist who hid Aum fugitive gets 14 months

The Tokyo District Court sentenced former Aum Shinrikyo member Akemi Saito to 14 months in prison Tuesday for harboring fugitive cultist Makoto Hirata for more than 14 years. Presiding Judge Noriaki Yoshimura ruled that it was because of Saito’s support that Hirata was able ...

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 ...