National Topics

Apr 28, 2015

12th court ruling questions constitutionality of 2014 election

The Okayama branch of the Hiroshima High Court ruled Tuesday that the results of the 2014 House of Representatives election were “in a state of unconstitutionality” due to disparities in the weight of votes between constituencies, but it rejected the plaintiffs’ demand to nullify ...

Obuchi ex-aides indicted over irregularities in funds reports

Apr 28, 2015

Obuchi ex-aides indicted over irregularities in funds reports

Prosecutors on Tuesday indicted two former secretaries of Yuko Obuchi, a lawmaker who resigned as industry minister last year, over suspected falsification of political funds reports from her funds management body. Prosecutors dropped the case against Obuchi due to a lack of evidence. The ...

Apr 26, 2015

U.S. serviceman held in alleged attack on student in Okinawa

Police arrested a U.S. serviceman in Okinawa Prefecture on Sunday for allegedly assaulting and injuring a male university student. Jereth Adrian Davis, 28, who is stationed at the U.S. Air Force’s Kadena base, was arrested by prefectural police. Davis has denied the charges, police ...

Apr 24, 2015

Another court ruling questions constitutionality of 2014 election

The Sapporo High Court ruled Friday that results from the 2014 House of Representatives election are “in a state of unconstitutionality” because of ongoing vote weight disparities between constituencies, but rejected plaintiffs’ demands to nullify the outcome. The ruling on Hokkaido’s 12 constituencies is ...

Apr 23, 2015

Record number of reports of illegal Internet content logged

A police-commissioned private body working to remove illegal content from the Internet received a record number of reports last year of such material on websites hosted overseas, the National Police Agency said Thursday. The Tokyo-based Internet Hotline Center, which works for the NPA, received ...

Apr 23, 2015

Police expand recording of entire interrogations

There were 575 cases in fiscal 2014 of police recording a suspect’s entire interrogation, up sharply from a year earlier but still only 17.2 percent of cases subject to lay judge trials, preliminary data from the National Police Agency showed Thursday. It was a ...

Tour bus crashes in Kumamoto, injuring 20 South Koreans

Apr 23, 2015

Tour bus crashes in Kumamoto, injuring 20 South Koreans

A tourist bus slammed into a tree along the road in Kumamoto Prefecture, injuring 20 South Korean passengers on board, police said. The injuries were not life-threatening and the passengers all remained conscious, they added. The police said the bus had been driving on ...