Aides' convictions bode ill for Ozawa

| Sep 28, 2011

Aides' convictions bode ill for Ozawa

The convictions Monday of Democratic Party of Japan ex-leader Ichiro Ozawa’s former aides for making false entries in his political funds records will inevitably impact the kingpin’s own trial that starts next month and weaken his clout in the ruling party, legal and political ...

Former Ozawa aides judged guilty

Sep 27, 2011

Former Ozawa aides judged guilty

Three former secretaries of Democratic Party of Japan kingpin Ichiro Ozawa were given suspended prison terms Monday for making false entries in the financial reports of Ozawa’s political fund management body Rikuzankai in 2004, 2005 and 2007. The outcome is likely to influence a ...

Mainali's kin submit retrial request

Sep 16, 2011

Mainali's kin submit retrial request

The wife and brother of Govinda Prasad Mainali, a Nepalese man serving life in prison for the 1997 robbery-murder of a 39-year-old woman, on Thursday called for his immediate release and demanded a retrial be held to prove his innocence. It is the first ...

Hosono to reshape nuclear policy

| Sep 13, 2011

Hosono to reshape nuclear policy

New Environment Minister Goshi Hosono has vowed to reduce Japan’s reliance on nuclear power but has said that halted reactors that pass stringent safety tests may be restarted if the nation’s energy needs are not being met. The 40-year-old Hosono, who is doubling as ...

Sep 10, 2011

Massive debate slowed quake aid: Red Cross

The delay in quake aid distribution was caused by an unprecedented 15-prefecture effort to draw up a fair set of criteria for determining the amount of money each person should receive, the Japanese Red Cross Society said Friday. The donations are being doled out ...

Japan Times not just wartime mouthpiece

Aug 13, 2011

Japan Times not just wartime mouthpiece

Many journalism scholars have long viewed The Japan Times as a mouthpiece for the Imperial government’s wartime propaganda. But Tomoko Matsunaga, a Kyoto University graduate student, challenged the established view in an academic paper she presented June 12 to the Japan Society for Studies ...

Aug 2, 2011

Lay judges convict 99%; few shirk duty

Last year saw 8,673 citizens take part as lay judges, serving an average of 3.8 days, slightly longer than the 3.3 days in 2009, according to data recently released by the Supreme Court. According to 2010 data released Thursday, of all lay judges and ...

Ichihashi gets life for Hawker rape, murder

Jul 22, 2011

Ichihashi gets life for Hawker rape, murder

Tatsuya Ichihashi was sentenced to life Thursday at the Chiba District Court for the rape and murder of Lindsay Ann Hawker, whose body was found abandoned in a soil-filled bathtub at his apartment in March 2007. Calling his crimes selfish and heinous, presiding Judge ...

Jul 22, 2011

Lay judges deny media influenced Ichihashi decision

The six lay judges who participated in Tatsuya Ichihashi’s trial on Thursday denied that the heavy media coverage of the high profile case affected their decision and stressed that they based their ruling strictly on the evidence presented at the trial. The six, who ...