Jul 21, 2011

Ichihashi trial bares translation woes

The lay judge trial of accused rapist and murderer Tatsuya Ichihashi, whose verdict is expected Thursday, has captured a lot of media attention since it started July 4, but one element that has escaped notice is the quality of the language translation. Many errors ...

Jul 13, 2011

Life term urged for Ichihashi

Prosecutors demanded Tuesday life in prison for Tatsuya Ichihashi over the March 2007 rape and murder of English teacher Lindsay Ann Hawker. Ichihashi, 32, who is also accused of abandoning Hawker’s corpse and who has admitted raping her and causing her death, had a ...

Jul 12, 2011

Ichihashi should hang if guilty: Hawker family

The family of Lindsay Ann Hawker feels Tatsuya Ichihashi should be sentenced to hang if the court finds him guilty of the 22-year-old Briton’s March 2007 rape and murder, her parents said Monday. Taking the witness stand at the fifth session of Ichihashi’s trial ...

Jul 9, 2011

Hawker's father urges harshest punishment

Should Tatsuya Ichihashi be found guilty of the March 2007 rape and murder of Briton Lindsay Ann Hawker, he should face the harshest penalty possible, the victim’s father told the court Friday. “I wish absolute maximum punishment permissible in this country,” said William Hawker, ...

Jul 8, 2011

Ichihashi says he couldn't let Hawker escape

Accused rapist-murderer Tatsuya Ichihashi said in court Thursday that he did not intentionally kill Briton Lindsay Ann Hawker in March 2007 and that she died while he was preventing her from escaping. Ichihashi, 32, is charged with rape resulting in death, murder and abandoning ...

Ichihashi denies intent to kill Hawker

Jul 5, 2011

Ichihashi denies intent to kill Hawker

Tatsuya Ichihashi pleaded not guilty Monday to premeditated murder in the 2007 slaying of Briton Lindsay Ann Hawker, 22, although he admitted raping her and hiding her corpse on his apartment balcony. “I did not intend to murder Lindsay, but I am responsible for ...

Welfare rise: sign of economic, aging times

| Jul 5, 2011

Welfare rise: sign of economic, aging times

The Constitution guarantees all citizens the right to maintain the minimum standard of wholesome and cultured living. Thus to help those struggling to make ends meet, the government provides financial aid according to poverty level while encouraging them to get back on their feet. ...

Debris removal, recycling daunting, piecemeal labor

Jun 30, 2011

Debris removal, recycling daunting, piecemeal labor

Removing and disposing of the debris generated by the March 11 earthquake and tsunami are crucial parts of the recovery process as the people in the devastated region move forward with rebuilding their communities. More than three months after the magnitude 9.0 quake, splintered ...

Jun 21, 2011

Justice Ministry plans to ditch refugee role

The parliamentary secretary of the Justice Ministry said Monday that the Democratic Party of Japan-led government will aim to establish a new organization to deal specifically with refugee issues and eliminate that function from the ministry. Many experts are calling for the ministry to ...

JET coordinator finds Iwate spirit contagious

Jun 15, 2011

JET coordinator finds Iwate spirit contagious

Iwate Prefecture’s coast suffered some of the most severe damage in the March 11 quake and towering tsunami, where more than 4,500 people have been confirmed killed and 2,700 are still missing. But only about two hours by car inland, Morioka, the prefecture’s capital, ...