Nov 22, 2014

Tough penalties on sex crimes

A Justice Ministry panel's discussions on ways to toughen penalties for sex crimes are extremely important to help reduce sexual assaults and other sex-related crimes in Japan.

WikiLeaks' Assange loses appeal against Swedish arrest warrant

Nov 21, 2014

WikiLeaks' Assange loses appeal against Swedish arrest warrant

WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange on Thursday lost an appeal against a Swedish arrest warrant issued to have him questioned over alleged sex crimes. “The Court of Appeal refuses Julian Assange’s claim that the detention order of the city court be set aside,” the ruling ...

UNICEF officer fights for children in S. Sudan

Jul 17, 2014

UNICEF officer fights for children in S. Sudan

by Osamu Nakahi

Masumi Yamashina, 36, became a UNICEF officer in South Sudan with the hope of supporting the nation-building efforts of the world’s youngest country, but an unexpectedly harsh reality awaited her there. In February, Yamashina, who was stationed at a U.N. compound in the northeastern ...

Jul 2, 2014

Effigy burned of rape row Indian lawmaker

Protesters set fire Wednesday to an effigy of an Indian lawmaker who had threatened the rape of his rivals’ relatives as a storm over his comments refused to subside despite an apology. Several thousand people took part in a number of protests in Tapas ...

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 ...

Olympic judo champ's five-year rape term finalized

May 10, 2014

Olympic judo champ's five-year rape term finalized

The five-year sentence for two-time Olympic judo champion Masato Uchishiba for raping a woman in 2011 has been finalized by the Supreme Court. Uchishiba’s prison term was finalized Friday after the top court rejected his objection to its April 23 decision to uphold lower ...

India court orders first death sentences for multiple rapes

Apr 4, 2014

India court orders first death sentences for multiple rapes

An Indian judge on Friday ordered three men to hang after they were convicted of two gang rapes, the first death sentences to be handed down for multiple sex attacks since the law was toughened last year. The sentences were announced at a court ...