Dec 2, 2013

Pirates wielding grenades spur easing of gun ban

Pirates wielding rocket-propelled grenades and AK-47s have prompted Japan to ease a ban on civilians carrying guns, allowing guards on locally registered oil tankers to be armed for the first time. Shipping companies will be able to place security personnel with guns on the ...

The long arm of the antipiracy law

Feb 28, 2013

The long arm of the antipiracy law

by Masami Ito

Captured half a world away, off the coast of Oman in the Indian Ocean, four Somalis are sent to Tokyo to stand trial for piracy after a failed attempt to hijack an oil tanker. Three have already been convicted by the Tokyo District Court.

Jan 29, 2013

12-year term urged in Somalis' piracy trial

by Masami Ito

Prosecutors on Monday demanded 12-year prison terms for two Somalis being tried on charges of boarding and attempting to hijack a Bahama-registered oil tanker operated by a Japanese company in the Indian Ocean in 2011. This is the first case being prosecuted under the ...