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Court takes steps to bring 'crying politician' to trial

Jan 25, 2016

Court takes steps to bring 'crying politician' to trial

The Kobe District Court took steps Monday to force a former lawmaker famous for weeping hysterically at a news conference in 2014 to show up for his trial for swindling political funds. It would be Ryutaro Nonomura’s first public appearance since his hysterical weeping ...

Jan 25, 2016

Tokyo police to take 3-D mug shots of all crime suspects

The Metropolitan Police Department will install three-dimensional photography equipment at all 102 police stations in Tokyo in April to take 3-D mug shots of crime suspects for use in investigations. The use of 3-D photos will enable more accurate checks against images from surveillance ...

Jan 23, 2016

Man nabbed for alleged murder of ex-girlfriend a decade ago

A 47-year-old man has been arrested for allegedly killing his former girlfriend around 10 years ago in Fukuoka Prefecture, police said Saturday. Kazuhiko Yoshidomi is suspected of fatally stabbing Katsumi Shiga in the city of Kurume sometime between the fall of 2004 and spring ...

Jan 21, 2016

Japan's NHK cleared in Taiwan 'human zoo' defamation case

Broadcaster NHK did not defame a Taiwanese woman by using the term “human zoo” to refer to a century-old event involving her father, the Supreme Court ruled Thursday. The court overturned a lower bench’s finding that had ordered the publicly-funded broadcaster to pay ¥1 ...