National Topics

Feb 19, 2014

Teen denies intent to kill in Tokyo robbery-slaying

An 18-year-old Romanian indicted for the murder and robbery of a woman in Tokyo last year said Wednesday as his trial opened that he had no intention of killing his victim. The defendant, whose name is not being released because he is a minor, ...

Guam rampage trial delayed by psych claim

Feb 17, 2014

Guam rampage trial delayed by psych claim

The trial over a vehicular rampage and stabbing spree on Guam a year ago that left three Japanese dead and several others injured has yet to begin after the defendant waived his right to a speedy trial and claimed mental illness as his defense. ...

Feb 13, 2014

Lawyer challenges secrets law

A lawyer filed a lawsuit Thursday against the government, seeking a court ruling that the recently enacted state secrets law, which imposes stricter penalties on leakers of state secrets, runs against the Constitution. Katsumi Fujimori, who belongs to the Shizuoka Bar Association, filed the ...

Feb 13, 2014

Another Tokuda sister cops to poll violation

Another elder sister of independent House of Representatives member Takeshi Tokuda pleaded guilty Thursday to illegally helping her brother’s election campaign in 2012. Narumi Koshizawa, 50, allegedly provided cash or airline tickets worth ¥150 million to employees of the Tokushukai hospital group in a ...

'13 Guam rampage marked by grief

Feb 12, 2014

'13 Guam rampage marked by grief

A year after a random attack on a Guam street left three Japanese tourists dead and 11 injured, the families of the victims are still trying to pick up the pieces of their lives. On Feb. 12, 2013, then-21-year-old Chad Ryan De Soto drove ...