National Topics

Apr 5, 2014

Yokota's parents brief U.S. envoy

The parents of Megumi Yokota, a symbol of the abduction issue involving Japanese snatched by North Korea, said Saturday they have briefed a visiting U.S. envoy on their meeting last month with Yokota’s daughter in Mongolia. Sakie Yokota, 78, said she and her husband, ...

Japanese parents, son killed in Arizona car accident

Apr 2, 2014

Japanese parents, son killed in Arizona car accident

A Japanese couple and their 16-year-old son died when their van collided head-on with a pickup truck in northern Arizona on Friday, media reports said. Their 9-year-old daughter was injured. The driver of the truck, under pursuit by police, crossed the center line and ...

Mar 31, 2014

Hanged man maintained innocence to the end

Michitoshi Kuma, who was hanged in 2008 for the kidnapping and killing of two girls in Fukuoka, argued his innocence right up until his execution. Kuma continued to assert his innocence even after his death sentence was finalized in 2006, saying “the truth will ...

Hakamada fends off prosecutors

Mar 28, 2014

Hakamada fends off prosecutors

The Tokyo High Court on Friday rejected an appeal by Shizuoka prosecutors seeking to overturn a district court’s decision to release Iwao Hakamada, who until Thursday had been the world’s longest-serving death row prisoner. The Shizuoka District Court had also decided to suspend Hakamada’s ...

Sister's long years of support finally pay off

Mar 27, 2014

Sister's long years of support finally pay off

Hideko Hakamada, the 81-year-old sister of Iwao Hakamada, who was on death row more than three decades after he was convicted of murdering a family of four in Shizuoka Prefecture, expressed delight Thursday after learning he was being freed while his case is re-examined. ...

Mar 27, 2014

Net bank robberies surged in 2013: NPA

The National Police Agency said Thursday that nearly 3,000 cases of illegal, unauthorized Internet access were logged in 2013, more than double the previous year, as attacks on the nation’s online banking systems surged. The police counted a record 2,951 violations, up 1,700 from ...

Mar 26, 2014

Vietnamese cabin attendant arrested on suspicion of smuggling

A 25-year-old female cabin attendant for Vietnam Airlines has been arrested on suspicion of attempting to smuggle stolen goods into Vietnam, Tokyo police said Wednesday. They also searched the airline’s Tokyo office. The police suspect some 20 other Vietnam Airlines employees were also involved ...

Kitakyushu man guilty of hoarding weapons

Mar 26, 2014

Kitakyushu man guilty of hoarding weapons

A Kitakyushu man was sentenced Wednesday to 10 years in prison for stockpiling weapons, including an anti-tank rocket launcher. Kengo Kishira, 38, who described himself as a construction worker, was convicted in the Fukuoka District Court of violating regulations to control explosives and the ...

Mar 20, 2014

Death penalty upheld for woman

The Matsue branch of the Hiroshima High Court upheld on Thursday capital punishment for a woman convicted of killing two men in 2009, based mainly on circumstantial evidence. Presiding Judge Ihei Tsukamoto concurred with the lower court’s ruling in 2012 that questioned the authenticity ...