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 ...

Apr 17, 2015

Mie homeless man walks after mercy killing

A man who strangled his father to death in what he called a mercy killing clouded by emotional distress walked free from court Friday after the judge heard a harrowing tale of hardship and gave him a three-year prison term suspended for four years. ...

Feb 13, 2015

Man exonerated of assaulting Kyoto bar worker

A 42-year-old man sentenced last July to two years in prison for assaulting a female worker at a bar in Kyoto was exonerated Friday by the Osaka High Court. The higher court overturned the Kyoto District Court’s ruling on the basis that the victim’s ...

Jan 30, 2015

Defense ministry ordered to pay over canceled chopper order

The Defense Ministry was ordered Thursday by the Tokyo High Court to pay all of about ¥35 billion in damages sought by Fuji Heavy Industries Ltd. for canceling a helicopter order in 2008. The high court overturned a Tokyo District Court ruling last year ...