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Jul 29, 2014

China indicts Japanese politician for drug smuggling

Chinese prosecutors have indicted a Japanese politician for carrying illegal drugs last year at an airport in the country, a source said Tuesday. Takuma Sakuragi, 70, a member of the Inazawa Municipal Assembly in Aichi Prefecture, was taken into custody Oct. 31 after about ...

Jul 25, 2014

Name list firm made ¥1.2 million selling Benesse client data

A name list trader who bought Benesse Corp.’s customer information from a systems engineer arrested last week resold information on some 4.5 million of the customers to an education company in Kyushu for ¥1.2 million (about $11,700), investigative sources said Friday. The Tokyo Metropolitan ...

Ruling hinged on assistance law revamp: summary

Jul 25, 2014

Ruling hinged on assistance law revamp: summary

The following is a rough translation of the text of Supreme Court’s July 18 ruling that found permanent residents ineligible for welfare payments. [FACTS DETERMINED BY THE FUKUOKA HIGH COURT] The old Public Assistance Law (abolished in 1950) stated, in Article 1: “This law ...

Jul 25, 2014

Japanese man executed in China over drug smuggling

China has executed a Japanese man in his 50s who had been sentenced to death in connection with stimulant drug smuggling. In Tokyo, Foreign Minister Fumio Kishida said China notified Japan that the execution took place Friday morning. The man was sentenced to death ...

Truck driver admits to fatal hit-and-run

Jul 24, 2014

Truck driver admits to fatal hit-and-run

A truck driver was arrested Thursday over a hit-and-run in Komaki, Aichi Prefecture, that left a woman dead after being dragged about 300 meters, police said. Toshimitsu Kawamoto, 65, of Seto, Aichi Prefecture, admitted to negligent homicide and violating the Road Traffic Law, according ...

Jul 24, 2014

Buyer allegedly sold stolen Benesse data to 50 firms: NHK

A name-list broker who bought stolen customer data from a systems engineer working for a Benesse Corp. contractor allegedly sold the data to 50 companies, including cram schools, NHK reported Thursday, citing investigative sources. The investigators at the Metropolitan Police Department have revealed the ...

Jul 23, 2014

Swindlers suspected of exploiting fears over Benesse leak

Swindlers may be trying to take advantage of data leak fears raised by the theft from Benesse Corp. of data on millions of customers, the National Consumer Affairs Center warned on Tuesday. The consumer advocacy group is advising caution against suspicious telephone calls that ...