Oct 1, 2014

Consultants plead guilty to bribing Asian officials over ODA

The former president of a Tokyo-based consulting firm and two others connected with the company pleaded guilty on Wednesday to bribing officials in Vietnam, Indonesia and Uzbekistan to gain favor for Japanese-funded railway projects in those countries. Tamio Kakinuma, 65, and the others, former ...

Coulson faces retrial on News Corp. bribery charges

Jul 1, 2014

Coulson faces retrial on News Corp. bribery charges

Andy Coulson, who will be sentenced this week over phone hacking, will be retried on bribery charges after a London jury failed to reach verdicts following an eight- month trial into wrongdoing at News Corp. tabloids. Coulson, the former editor of the News of ...

Jun 3, 2014

Japan suspends aid to Vietnam over bribery case

Japan told the Vietnamese government Monday it would suspend official development assistance over bribery allegations surrounding a Japan-funded Hanoi urban railway project, the embassy in Hanoi said. Specifically, loans for the first phase of constructing the project’s No. 1 railway line will be frozen, ...

Israeli court sentences ex-PM Olmert to six years

May 13, 2014

Israeli court sentences ex-PM Olmert to six years

Former Israeli Prime Minister Ehud Olmert was sentenced on Tuesday to six years in prison for his role in a wide-ranging bribery case, capping a stunning fall from grace for one of the most powerful men in the country and marking the climax in ...

Dec 5, 2013

NTT East official held over bribery

Prosecutors arrested an official of NTT East Corp. on Thursday for allegedly taking ¥17 million in bribes from an on-demand video service company in return for business orders, the prosecutors said. He was identified as Hirokazu Ishikawa, 48, a resident of Setagaya Ward, Tokyo, ...

Oct 4, 2013

Auto exec fined ¥500,000 over bribes

The Nagoya Summary Court fined a former executive of Futaba Industrial Co., a car parts affiliate of Toyota Motor Corp., ¥500,000 for allegedly bribing an official in China to ignore an irregularity at a subsidiary’s factory in Guangdong Province. The fine came after Takehisa ...

Aug 7, 2013

Fukuoka police rocked by another bribery scandal

Police said Wednesday they have arrested a veteran member of the Fukuoka Prefecture Police for allegedly taking money in return for leaking personal information and a former president of a credit research company for providing bribes for the information. Norifumi Chiyohara, 51, an assistant ...

Jul 25, 2013

Decision to drop bribery case shocks police

A recent decision by the special investigation squad of the Tokyo District Public Prosecutor’s Office not to indict a local government employee for bribery, citing doubts over the credibility of his confession, has stunned police. For many years, it was almost a foregone conclusion ...

Apr 26, 2012

Wide range of views on afterlife

Regarding Dipak Basu’s April 19 letter, “Buddhist explanation for flaws“: The idea that telling parents that their child is not looking down on them from heaven is “cruel” is Basu’s opinion, and he is entitled to it. However, others would argue that sometimes one ...