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Mar 18, 2015

Former Aum member appeals nine-year prison term

A former member of the Aum Shinrikyo cult is appealing a Tokyo High Court decision in early March to uphold his nine-year prison sentence, court officials said Wednesday. The appeal by Makoto Hirata, 49, who had been on the run for almost 17 years ...

Mar 18, 2015

Benesse finds new customer info data leak

Benesse Holdings Inc. has learned of a new customer data leak at an education service unit, after the company was the target of Japan’s largest-ever data theft scandal last year. A temporary employee at Transcosmos Inc., a Benesse Corp. subcontractor for call-center operations, illegally ...

Otsu settles with family of boy bullied into suicide

Mar 17, 2015

Otsu settles with family of boy bullied into suicide

The city of Otsu agreed Tuesday to settle a damages suit filed by the relatives of a 13-year-old boy who killed himself in 2011 after being bullied, agreeing to pay compensation and apologize for the way the school and the local board of education ...

Syrian asylum seekers sue for refugee status

Mar 17, 2015

Syrian asylum seekers sue for refugee status

by Tomohiro Osaki

Four asylum seekers from strife-riven Syria sued the central government at the Tokyo District Court on Tuesday, demanding that they be recognized as refugees. The move, the first of its kind by Syrians in Japan, represents a direct challenge to the government’s persistent reluctance ...

Mar 17, 2015

Riken won't sue Obokata over STAP cell scandal

Riken has decided not to file a criminal complaint against Haruko Obokata, a former researcher at the government-affiliated research institute, over the high-profile STAP cell research scandal. Riken is expected to make a formal decision by the end of this month after approval from ...

Mar 17, 2015

Prosecutors plan psychiatric tests for Awaji murder suspect

Prosecutors plan psychiatric tests to see whether a 40-year-old man can be held criminally responsible for a stabbing spree that left five people dead on Awaji Island, Hyogo Prefecture, earlier this month, investigative sources said. Tatsuhiko Hirano is under arrest on suspicion of killing ...