National Topics

Nov 21, 2014

Niigata Mom admits throwing daughter from bridge to her death

A 24-year-old mother in Tsubame, Niigata Prefecture, has been arrested on suspicion of killing her 3-year-old daughter by throwing her into a river. Ayumi Sato, an office worker, allegedly dropped her daughter, Miyu, from a bridge in Tsubame on Wednesday night. She has admitted ...

Nov 20, 2014

Chiba education board disciplines four teachers

Chiba Prefecture’s board of education has dismissed two prefectural public school teachers for indecent behavior involving juveniles, while taking disciplinary action against two other teachers. One of the dismissed teachers was arrested for violating a prefectural juvenile protection ordinance, while the other, a local ...

Nov 19, 2014

Diet stiffens penalties for poaching after Chinese incursions

The Diet passed bills Wednesday to strengthen penalties for poaching in the nation’s territorial waters and exclusive economic zones, following a recent surge in coral poaching by Chinese vessels in Japanese waters. The revisions in fisheries regulations raise the fine for poaching in Japanese ...

Nov 19, 2014

Diet enacts law to freeze terrorist assets in Japan

The Diet on Wednesday enacted a law to freeze financial and real estate transactions in Japan by organizations and individuals involved in terrorism, including al-Qaida and the Islamic State group. The passage of the law on special anti-terrorism measures at the House of Councilors ...