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Jul 23, 2014

Swindlers believed trying to exploit Benesse leak fears

Swindlers may be trying to take advantage of data leak fears raised by the theft of massive customer information from Benesse Corp., the National Consumer Affairs Center warned Tuesday. The consumer advocate organization is calling for caution against suspicious telephone calls that may warn ...

Jul 23, 2014

Gunma disapproves of monument for Korean forced labor

The Gunma Prefectural Government said Tuesday it will not to allow a memorial to Koreans engaged in wartime forced labor to remain at a local public park, citing political remarks made by the group responsible for its construction. The monument was built in 2004 ...

Jul 23, 2014

Kishida congratulates new Indonesian leader

Foreign Minister Fumio Kishida congratulated the election of a new leader in Indonesia in a statement issued early Wednesday, after Joko “Jokowi” Widodo was confirmed the winner in the presidential race. “We welcome that the presidential election was smoothly conducted and congratulate the election ...

Jul 22, 2014

Powerful DPJ members call for new leadership election

Democratic Party of Japan bigwigs, including former Deputy Prime Minister Katsuya Okada, called Tuesday for an early vote for leadership of the opposition party. At a key party meeting, Okada and former Defense Minister Toshimi Kitazawa said the current leadership team led by President ...

Jul 22, 2014

Hokkaido politician resigns after causing trouble on flight

A member of the Hokkaido Prefectural Assembly resigned Tuesday after causing trouble on an international flight July 13. “I apologize for the blunder,” Yasunori Obata, 65, from the ruling Liberal Democratic Party, told a news conference. His resignation was immediately accepted by the assembly ...

Man, 22, pleads guilty to girlfriend's murder

Jul 22, 2014

Man, 22, pleads guilty to girlfriend's murder

A 22-year-old man pleaded guilty Tuesday to stabbing his former girlfriend to death last October in a high-profile stalking-murder case in Mitaka, west Tokyo. Charles Thomas Ikenaga was charged with murder for fatally stabbing high school student Saaya Suzuki, 18. Ikenaga reportedly began stalking ...