National Topics

Jan 29, 2015

1,700 file group lawsuit against Benesse over data theft

More than 1,700 people filed a group lawsuit on Thursday against major education service provider Benesse Corp. over last year’s massive theft of customer data. They are demanding ¥55,000 in damages for each plaintiff. The plaintiffs in the suit, filed at the Tokyo District ...

Jan 28, 2015

Court approves use of GPS data in burglary trial

The Osaka District Court is upholding the use of data from police GPS tracking devices which officers attached to cars suspected of being used by criminals. Presiding Judge Hidenori Nagai decided Tuesday to admit as evidence data from such devices even though they were ...

Jan 26, 2015

Amazon Japan says it's cooperating with police child porn probe

Amazon.com Inc.’s Japan unit is “fully cooperating” with a police investigation into possible sales of child pornography, the company said in an emailed statement. Aichi Prefectural Police conducted raids on the Internet retailer’s Tokyo headquarters and a distribution center in Chiba Prefecture on Jan. ...

Jan 24, 2015

Surveillance of Aum successor cults extended three more years

The Public Security Examination Commission says that two spinoffs of Aum Shinrikyo, the doomsday cult that carried out the deadly sarin gas attack on the Tokyo subway system in 1995, will remain under surveillance for three more years starting Feb. 1. The three-year extension ...

Hostages in limbo as deadline passes

Jan 23, 2015

Hostages in limbo as deadline passes

by Reiji Yoshida

The presumed 72-hour deadline for paying the exorbitant ransom demanded by the Islamic State group apparently expired at 2:50 p.m. Friday without any hint about what would happen to the two Japanese hostages in its grasp. Chief Cabinet Secretary Yoshihide Suga, the No. 2 ...

Jan 23, 2015

Three Tepco execs again dodge indictment over meltdown disaster

The Tokyo District Public Prosecutor’s Office dismissed a case Thursday against three former senior executives of Tokyo Electric Power Co. again over their alleged negligence for failing to prevent the March 2011 tsunami-triggered meltdowns at the Fukushima No. 1 nuclear power plant. The prosecutor’s ...