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Thai man confesses to killing a second Japanese

The Thai man who admitted to killing Yoshinori Shimato, a 79-year-old Japanese teacher who had been missing since late September, has confessed to killing another Japanese man, a Thai police official said Friday. The confession was made by Somchai Kaewbangyang, 47, who is thought to be a former husband of ...

Oct 24, 2014

Bill would keep lay judges from handling lengthy trials

The Abe administration offered its backing on Friday for a bill that would keep lay judges from handling lengthy trials. The first-ever amendment to the law covering the lay judge system would leave such criminal trials solely to professional judges. The bill does not ...

Oct 22, 2014

Thai couple held over missing Japanese man in Bangkok

Thai police said Tuesday they have detained a Thai woman and her husband in the disappearance of a 79-year-old Japanese man in Bangkok. The police quoted the husband, also a Thai, as saying the Japanese, Yoshinori Shimato, died of a heart attack after going ...