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Singer Hikawa's assault case handed to prosecutors but no charges expected

The Metropolitan Police Department has handed an assault case involving popular “enka” singer Kiyoshi Hikawa and his ex-manager over to prosecutors, police sources said Thursday. Since the two parties have already settled, the police called for leniency. Prosecutors do not plan to indict the singer of traditional ballads. In April, ...

Aug 21, 2014

220 mostly female minors warned against online solicitation

Warnings against online misconduct were issued to 220 minors under 18 in the first half of the year, the National Police Agency reported Thursday. The warnings covered activity ranging from paid sex and dates to underwear sales, and 102 were involved in prostitution or ...

Aug 21, 2014

Two with yakuza links held over drug sales to Aska

Two men have been arrested for allegedly selling 100 tablets of illegal drugs including MDMA to pop singer Aska, who has been indicted on charges including stimulant use. Tsuneyoshi Yagyu, 64, who is unemployed, and Takahiko Yasunari, 47, a senior member of an affiliate ...

Aug 21, 2014

Japan urged to regulate hate speech by law at U.N. meeting

Many members of the U.N. Committee on the Elimination of Racial Discrimination urged the Japanese government on Wednesday to devise legal measures against hate speech in the country. Tokyo faced renewed pressure over the matter after it received recommendations from the U.N. Human Rights ...

U.N. sizes up Japan as peacekeeper

Aug 21, 2014

U.N. sizes up Japan as peacekeeper

by Seana K. Magee

Prime Minister Shinzo Abe is forcing ahead with a plan that could increase the deployment of the Self-Defense Forces overseas under new parameters, and the United Nations is encouraging Japan to have a national debate on the issue as it views the potential to ...

Electronic voting loses steam over glitches, cost

Aug 21, 2014

Electronic voting loses steam over glitches, cost

Electronic voting has failed to catch on at the municipal level, reflecting problems with voting machine glitches and the high cost of developing and maintaining the systems. Only three municipalities in the nation — the city of Kyoto, the city of Niimi in Okayama ...