Aug 21, 2014

Two with yakuza links held over drug sales to Aska

Two men have been arrested for allegedly selling 100 tablets of illegal drugs including MDMA to pop singer Aska, who has been indicted on charges including stimulant use. Tsuneyoshi Yagyu, 64, who is unemployed, and Takahiko Yasunari, 47, a senior member of an affiliate ...

Jun 14, 2014

Activists seek end to sexual violence

A citizens’ group campaigning to end sexual violence will present draft legislation containing comprehensive countermeasures at a Tokyo symposium on Sunday. In the outline, the group of scholars and lawyers, who are seeking to create a law to ban sexual violence, calls for the ...

Jun 4, 2014

Japan to share fingerprints with U.S.

The Diet on Wednesday endorsed an agreement to share with the United States in real time the fingerprints of suspected terrorists and individuals involved in serious crimes. The pact, approved by the Lower House last month, was passed Wednesday by the Upper House on ...

Feb 28, 2014

SNS-linked crimes target more kids

A record number of children under 18 years old fell victim to crimes involving social networking services in 2013, the National Police Agency said in a report. The number of victims rose by 271, or 20 percent, from the previous year to 1,293, the ...

Should young criminals face harsher penalties?

| Feb 24, 2014

Should young criminals face harsher penalties?

by Tomohiro Osaki

Prime Minister Shinzo Abe’s Cabinet approved a bill this month to bolster punishments issued under the juvenile law. This is partly in response to growing calls by people victimized by juvenile offenders to reduce their apparent impunity. Justice Minister Sadakazu Tanigaki defended the move ...