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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 ...

Jan 21, 2015

Real estate firm sues Chongryon over delayed property sale

Real estate developer Marunaka Holdings Co. has filed a lawsuit with the Tokyo District Court against the pro-Pyongyang General Association of Korean Residents in Japan, blaming the group for delaying the company’s acquisition of the association’s Tokyo headquarters, sources close to the matter said ...

Jan 20, 2015

'YouTube shoplifter' planned to elude cops until March

A teenager in police custody over the posting of online videos showing him tampering with food on store shelves apparently had plans to remain on the loose until March, investigative sources said. The 19-year-old boy from Mitaka, western Tokyo, had a memo showing the ...

Jan 20, 2015

Osaka man held for injuring bicyclist by stringing wire across path

A man has been arrested for allegedly stretching a steel wire across a promenade in Higashiosaka, Osaka Prefecture, last week and injuring a bicyclist, police said. Toshikazu Tachibana, 69, an employee at an “okonomiyaki” (Japanese-style pancake) restaurant in Higashiosaka, is suspected of attempted murder ...

Jan 19, 2015

Man sues women's university for rejecting application

A man who applied to a women’s university in the city of Fukuoka filed for damages Monday, arguing the public college’s rejection of his application amounts to gender discrimination and is unconstitutional. In the complaint filed with the Fukuoka District Court, the man in ...