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 ...

Feb 7, 2014

Japan, U.S. sign fingerprint data exchange pact

Japan and the United States on Friday signed a bilateral security agreement that allows both countries to exchange fingerprint data of suspected criminals in order to prevent and solve serious crimes. The Agreement on Enhancing Cooperation in Preventing and Combating Serious Crime, known as ...

Syria's forced disappearances constitute crimes against humanity: U.N. probe

Dec 19, 2013

Syria's forced disappearances constitute crimes against humanity: U.N. probe

Syrian government forces are waging a systematic campaign of enforced disappearances to terrorize the population, amounting to a crime against humanity, a U.N.-mandated probe said Thursday. “Enforced disappearances are perpetrated as part of a widespread campaign of terror against the civilian population,” the Independent ...

Tougher law stifles mob but old cases nag

Nov 1, 2013

Tougher law stifles mob but old cases nag

Since the revised law against organized crime took effect a year ago, mob-related offenses appear to be on the wane in Fukuoka Prefecture, which was targeted by the amendment for escalating violence waged by three underworld syndicates. Police, however, have not made substantial progress ...

Sep 20, 2013

Crimes linked to quasi-legal drugs triple in first half

Police dealt with 51 criminal cases linked to quasi-legal drugs in the first half of the year, according to official data from the National Police Agency. The number of cases is up 3.2-fold compared with the first half of 2012, reflecting tighter regulation of ...