NPO tax status threatened by Diet split

| Feb 22, 2011

NPO tax status threatened by Diet split

With the opposition camp trying to veto all budget-related bills in the divided Diet, the fate of legislation proposed by the Democratic Party of Japan-led government to enhance the tax-exempt status of nonprofit organizations is hanging in the air. Both the ruling and opposition ...

Feb 10, 2011

Kato shouldn't be hanged: lawyers

Tomohiro Kato was mentally ill and lacked the ability to control his actions when he murdered seven people and wounded 10 others on the streets of the Akihabara electronic district in 2008, defense attorneys told the Tokyo District Court on Wednesday, hoping to keep ...

Ozawa ex-aides deny cooking funds books

Feb 8, 2011

Ozawa ex-aides deny cooking funds books

Three former aides of Democratic Party of Japan heavyweight Ichiro Ozawa pleaded not guilty Monday to falsifying the records of his political fund management body Rikuzankai in 2004, 2005 and 2007. The Tokyo District Court trial of the three former secretaries, which is scheduled ...

FCCJ retools to remain relevant

Jan 29, 2011

FCCJ retools to remain relevant

With the Internet pressing down on traditional media and interest in news from Japan apparently in decline, many foreign journalists say reporting with a Tokyo dateline is increasingly becoming a challenge. In this environment, the Foreign Correspondents’ Club of Japan is also facing difficulties, ...

Gallows urged over Akihabara rampage

Jan 26, 2011

Gallows urged over Akihabara rampage

Prosecutors demanded Tuesday that Tomohiro Kato be sent to the gallows for the 2008 massacre of seven people and wounding of 10 others in Tokyo’s popular Akihabara electronics district. In their closing argument, the prosecutors told the Tokyo District Court that Kato, 28, is ...

Snafu forces reset for U.K. visa program

Jan 7, 2011

Snafu forces reset for U.K. visa program

The 1,000 applicants who booked appointments with the British Embassy for this year’s working holiday visas will need to book again next week because the system started taking applications a day earlier than scheduled. In the interest of fairness, the online application system for ...

Ogata to Japan: Remember, pay it forward

Jan 5, 2011

Ogata to Japan: Remember, pay it forward

The top provider of official development assistance in the 1990s, Japan has since been shrinking its foreign aid budget as the economy stagnates. But Sadako Ogata, president of the Japan International Cooperation Agency, the implementing arm of Japan’s ODA, says developing countries continue to ...

Fund helps NPOs extend help to asylum-seekers

| Dec 28, 2010

Fund helps NPOs extend help to asylum-seekers

Nonprofit organizations that support refugees say the number of asylum-seekers coming to Japan this year is likely to reach 1,000 for the third year in a row. Ever since the government adopted stricter criteria for providing financial support to asylum-seekers awaiting screening last spring, ...

Dec 25, 2010

Prosecutor ignored evidence: report

An Osaka prosecutor who tampered with evidence to try to convict a former senior welfare ministry official failed to consider the weight of the evidence that favored the accused, the Supreme Public Prosecutor’s Office admitted in a report Friday. The nation’s top prosecutor’s office ...

Critics slam settlement program's lack of vision

| Dec 16, 2010

Critics slam settlement program's lack of vision

Lawyers and supporters of asylum-seekers in Japan have cast a critical eye on the start of the government’s third-country refugee resettlement program. They claim that while the government is seemingly opening the country for more refugees through the pilot program, the situation for individuals ...