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Ex-baseball star Kiyohara freed on ¥5 million bail

Mar 17, 2016

Ex-baseball star Kiyohara freed on ¥5 million bail

Former pro baseball player Kazuhiro Kiyohara was released on ¥5 million bail on Thursday following his arrest last month and subsequent indictment for alleged drug possession and use. Media failed to capture the face of the 48-year-old celebrity as he left the Metropolitan Police ...

Japan enacts tough new law to regulate drones

Mar 17, 2016

Japan enacts tough new law to regulate drones

The Diet on Thursday enacted a law banning drones from flying over important facilities such as the Prime Minister’s Office while giving police the power to destroy drones if necessary. The legislation is expected to take effect before a foreign ministerial meeting of the ...

Graphic designer found guilty of child pornography in Japan

Mar 16, 2016

Graphic designer found guilty of child pornography in Japan

A 55-year-old graphic designer from Gifu has been found guilty of child pornography offenses in the first such ruling relating to computer graphics. The Tokyo District Court on Tuesday sentenced Akashi Takahashi to one year in prison, suspended for three years, and ordered a ...

Mar 16, 2016

Deportations of non-Japanese up for first time in decade

The number of non-Japanese who were deported in 2015 for violating the immigration control law rose 14.9 percent from the previous year to 12,272, marking the first rise in a decade, the Justice Ministry said Tuesday. The number of overstayers increased as a result ...