Matsumoto to focus on global green efforts

Sep 28, 2010

Matsumoto to focus on global green efforts

With less than a month to go before the convention on biological diversity in Nagoya, newly appointed Environment Minister Ryu Matsumoto said he is doing his best to make the international meeting a success. “Environment issues are common issues for mankind, and we need ...

A taste of Spain in Shinjuku Ward

| Sep 24, 2010

A taste of Spain in Shinjuku Ward

Just outside Wakamatsu-Kawada Station on the Oedo subway line in Shinjuku Ward, Tokyo, stands an elegant building with cream-colored exterior walls and an entrance with a modern canopy decorated with a motif of grapes. Completed in 1927, the two-story residence was home to Count ...

Inquest bodies give public a voice

| Sep 21, 2010

Inquest bodies give public a voice

Political observers say one of the reasons Ichiro Ozawa lost the Democratic Party of Japan’s presidential election Sept. 14 was the negative image of his alleged involvement in false financial reporting by his political fund-management body, Rikuzankai. Prosecutors dropped the case due to lack ...

'Rakugo' star spins his tales in English

Sep 19, 2010

'Rakugo' star spins his tales in English

More than 100 readers of The Japan Times attended an English-language “rakugo” comic performance Saturday held in celebration of the paper’s 40,000th issue. “A rakugo performer is not just a storyteller, he’s also an actor who plays several characters,” said professional rakugo performer Kaishi ...

Lay judges handle pressure of Oshio trial

Sep 19, 2010

Lay judges handle pressure of Oshio trial

The recent court case of actor Manabu Oshio shows that ordinary people can do a good job judging a high-profile trial despite wall-to-wall media coverage and intense pressure to understand technical evidence, according to legal experts and the lay judges themselves. The heavy media ...

Sep 18, 2010

Oshio gets 2 1/2 years in prison

Actor Manabu Oshio was sentenced Friday to 2 1/2 years in prison for possessing and giving the illegal synthetic drug MDMA to a woman and failing to seek appropriate medical help when she overdosed and died. Oshio — the first celebrity to be tried ...

Scarred lay judges battle stress

Sep 16, 2010

Scarred lay judges battle stress

In late November last year, Iwao Takasu, 55, became one of the first six people in Ibaraki Prefecture to serve as a lay judge in a criminal trial. Including three professional judges, the nine-member panel at the Mito District Court tried a 45-year-old man ...

Sep 15, 2010

Prosecutors demand six-year term for Oshio

Prosecutors demanded on Tuesday a six-year prison term for actor Manabu Oshio, who is on trial for allegedly failing to call for medical help when a woman became seriously ill and died after taking the illegal drug MDMA, often known as Ecstasy, with him ...

Sep 14, 2010

Oshio takes stand, says he tried to save woman

Actor Manabu Oshio, taking the stand in his own defense at the Tokyo District Court, testified Monday that he tried to save the life of the woman who died of a drug overdose in his presence. Oshio said he performed cardiac massage and mouth-to-mouth ...