Jul 10, 2014

Underworld suspect kills self in clinic amid standoff

A 52-year-old former mobster fatally shot himself Wednesday after a four-hour standoff with police at a clinic in Okayama Prefecture, police said Thursday. Susumu Yoshioka had been served an arrest warrant for alleged violations of the Law on Punishment of Organized Crime and Control ...

May 27, 2014

Court rules against 3/11 suicide link

A district court has ruled there was no link between a 65-year-old man’s suicide in 2012 in Fukushima Prefecture and the nuclear crisis stemming from the devastating March 2011 earthquake and tsunami. The Fukushima District Court turned down a plea by the man’s wife ...

May 8, 2014

LGBT bullying rife in schools: survey

by Mizuho Aoki

About 70 percent of sexual minorities have experienced bullying in school and 30 percent have thought about committing suicide, according to a survey of lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender people. The survey on the school lives of LGBTs, the first large-scale study undertaken in ...

Sailor's kin win boost in redress

Apr 23, 2014

Sailor's kin win boost in redress

The Tokyo High Court on Wednesday ordered the government and a former Maritime Self-Defense Force petty officer to pay more than ¥73 million in damages to the family of a seaman who committed suicide in 2004 — a figure markedly higher than the ¥4.4 ...