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Mar 6, 2015

State sues Okinawa over document disclosure without consent

The central government has sued the Okinawa Prefectural Government to nullify its decision to disclose documents including an accord on joint use of a road in Okinawa without the consent of the Japanese and U.S. governments, the Defense Ministry said Thursday. The central government ...

Mar 5, 2015

TV celeb Rola's dad gets suspended term for insurance fraud

The Tokyo District Court on Thursday sentenced the father of television personality Rola to two years and six months in prison, suspended for four years, for swindling the national medical and insurance system out of ¥1.67 million ($14,000). In handing down the ruling on ...

Mar 5, 2015

Cases of quasi-legal drugs hit a new high

Police last year recorded 706 cases involving quasi-legal drugs, a more than five-fold increase since 2013. The figure represented an all-time high since comparable data became available in 2008. The surge is partly attributable to recent moves to tighten control over what officials currently ...

Mar 2, 2015

Kawasaki suspect says he beat, stabbed 13-year-old victim

An 18-year-old youth arrested on suspicion of fatally stabbing a 13-year-old boy along the Tama River in Kawasaki has admitted to his role in the slaying, saying he used a box cutter to kill the boy, investigative sources said Monday. Two 17-year-old boys also ...