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May 19, 2015

Lay judges could be exempt from lengthy trials

The Lower House passed a bill Tuesday that would allow lay judges to be exempt from lengthy trials. The bill to amend the lay judge system law was immediately sent to the Upper House. In cases where a trial is expected to take an ...

May 19, 2015

Yokohama teen admits killing mother, grandmother

A 15-year-old boy in Yokohama has been arrested on suspicion of killing his mother and grandmother, investigators said. The high school student went to the police Monday and said he stabbed the two with a knife at his home around 8 a.m. in a ...

May 15, 2015

Japanese man gets 17 years in H.K. for drug smuggling

A Hong Kong court on Thursday sentenced a Japanese man to 17 years and four months in prison for trafficking illicit drugs, local media reported. Masaki Yamaguchi, 46, was arrested at Hong Kong International Airport in March 2013 while attempting to smuggle 5.79 kg ...