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Jun 17, 2014

Heads of failed game developer Index Corp. indicted for fraud

Tokyo prosecutors indicted the chairman and the president of failed Japanese game software developer Index Corp. on Tuesday for alleged accounting manipulation. Index Chairman Masami Ochiai, 54, and his wife, Yoshimi, 48, president of the company, have been charged with submitting false financial statements ...

Jun 16, 2014

85-year-old Japanese man arrested for stalking woman, 80

Police have arrested an 85-year-old man in Wakayama Prefecture for allegedly stalking an 80-year-old woman he reportedly met when she shared a hospital room with his now-dead wife. Takeo Nitta, of Hashimoto, allegedly left several telephone messages on the woman’s answering machine in November, ...

Jun 14, 2014

Drunk Japanese honeymooner punched flight attendant on U.S. jet

A drunken passenger assaulted a flight attendant while flying from Japan to Honolulu, federal prosecutors said. Kenji Okamoto pleaded guilty Friday to interfering with the duties of a flight attendant by assaulting and intimidating him. According to a criminal complaint, Okamoto was flying first-class ...

Jun 13, 2014

Line accounts may have been compromised, company warns

Line Corp., creator of the popular Smartphone messaging app Line, said Friday that it recently uncovered cases of unauthorized access involving user accounts. Customer email addresses and passwords may have been obtained through services offered by other companies, Line said, without revealing the number ...

Jun 13, 2014

Court nixes lawsuit against NHK for using foreign words

The Nagoya District Court has turned down a damages suit filed by a 72-year-old man who argued that NHK caused him emotional distress by using too many foreign words in its programs. The ¥1.41 million lawsuit against the public broadcaster was brought by Hoji ...

Jun 11, 2014

Rights groups slam criminal justice reforms

by Tomohiro Osaki

Seventeen human rights and citizens’ groups submitted a petition to the Justice Ministry on Wednesday slamming its proposal to reform criminal investigations as “far from enough” to improve transparency and prevent wrongful arrests. The proposal, outlined by the ministry on April 30, laid the ...

Jun 10, 2014

Manila charges six with murder of Japanese man

Philippine police have charged a Japanese national, his Filipino wife and four Filipino men for the murder of a Japanese travel executive in Manila in early May, a police official said Tuesday. The suspects remain at large. Hiroshi Iwasaki, 59, was shot dead at ...

Case against U.S. pilots killed in '09 crash proceeds

Jun 10, 2014

Case against U.S. pilots killed in '09 crash proceeds

Police officials say they plan to send a case to prosecutors alleging professional negligence against two U.S. pilots who were killed when their FedEx cargo plane crashed at Narita International Airport in March 2009. Kevin Kyle Mosley, the 54-year-old pilot of the MD-11, and ...