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 ...

Hakone Ekiden gave relay races new fascination

| Dec 7, 2010

Hakone Ekiden gave relay races new fascination

As the new year approaches, many people are looking forward to gathering with their families to eat special New Year’s dishes. Some also will be tuning in to watch the Hakone Ekiden, the two-day long-distance collegiate relay race held from Jan. 2. The 218-km ...

Grad gets 18 years for killing professor

Dec 3, 2010

Grad gets 18 years for killing professor

Lay and professional judges sentenced a Chuo University graduate Thursday to 18 years in prison for stabbing his professor to death last year on the school’s Korakuen campus in Bunkyo Ward, Tokyo. Presiding Judge Yukihiko Imasaki said that while Ryuta Yamamoto’s delusional disorder was ...

Man admits killing professor, claims disorder

Nov 25, 2010

Man admits killing professor, claims disorder

A 29-year-old Chuo University graduate on Wednesday admitted stabbing a college professor to death last year, but his lawyers said the Tokyo District Court should take into consideration that he has a delusional disorder. Ryuta Yamamoto stands accused of murdering Hajime Takakubo, 45, a ...

Voice of youth made itself heard at COP10, targets India

Oct 31, 2010

Voice of youth made itself heard at COP10, targets India

NAGOYA — While the 10th Conference of the Parties to the Convention on Biological Diversity finally wound to an end Saturday morning, a group of international students said their work toward COP11, slated for 2012 in India, was only just beginning. “We aim to ...