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Sep 9, 2014

Sex change plaintiff wins damages over golf course snub

A businesswoman in Shizuoka Prefecture who changed her registered sex from male to female due to gender identity disorder has won a damages suit with a golf course operator that refused her membership based on the sex change. The Hamamatsu branch of the Shizuoka ...

Thai police question doctor at heart of surrogacy scandal

Sep 9, 2014

Thai police question doctor at heart of surrogacy scandal

Thai police on Monday questioned a doctor at the heart of the scandal involving a Japanese businessman who has reportedly fathered 16 surrogate babies. Pisit Tantiwattanakul’s whereabouts had been unknown since he closed his fertility clinic and emptied it of all patient files shortly ...

Sep 6, 2014

Two schoolgirls die in Tokyo condo leap

Two female sixth-graders died Friday after jumping out of a Tokyo condominium in Ota Ward, police said. Although one of the girls was still alive when they were found on the premises of the building at around 3:30 p.m., she was later pronounced dead ...

Sep 6, 2014

U.S. man charged with '07 murder of Japanese wife in San Diego

Former San Diego resident Anthony Simoneau has been charged with the 2007 murder of his Japanese wife Fumiko Ogawa, the San Diego County District Attorney’s Office announced Friday. Ogawa’s body was found in the Anza-Borrego Desert State Park near the Bow Willow Campground on ...