Smoke signals: Can Tokyo ever go smoke-free?

Jan 24, 2015

Smoke signals: Can Tokyo ever go smoke-free?

by Masami Ito

Japan has long held a reputation of being something of a paradise for smokers. Tobacco is, at least by Western standards, relatively cheap and people can still light up in many of the country’s restaurants and bars. In fact, before the turn of the ...

Former Kanagawa assemblyman arrested for possession of stimulants

Jul 17, 2014

Former Kanagawa assemblyman arrested for possession of stimulants

Kanagawa Prefectural Police on Wednesday arrested a former prefectural assembly member for alleged possession of illegal stimulant drugs. Koichi Yokoyama, 41, who belonged to the Liberal Democratic Party until his resignation earlier this month, is suspected of possessing powder that contains outlawed substances. Police ...