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Hiroshi Matsubara
JAPAN
Oct 25, 2003
Surrogate case hampered by legal barriers: ministry
The Justice Ministry cannot grant citizenship to a Japanese couple's twins born to a U.S. surrogate mother under the existing legal framework, but is making efforts to resolve the issue as swiftly as possible, Justice Minister Daizo Nozawa said Friday.
JAPAN
Oct 23, 2003
Nepalese man's lawyers preparing bid for retrial
Lawyers for a 37-year-old Nepalese man whose life sentence for murder was upheld this week by the Supreme Court are preparing to file for a retrial, it was learned Wednesday.
Japan Times
JAPAN
Oct 22, 2003
Former smokers denied in health compensation claim
A group of sick and dying former smokers seeking compensation from Japan Tobacco Inc. and the government had their case thrown out of the Tokyo District Court on Tuesday because the judge ruled they had taken up smoking of their own free will.
Japan Times
JAPAN
Oct 22, 2003
Outside watchdog needed to monitor prisons: U.N. expert
An independent entity comprising nongovernmental organizations and experts is needed to monitor human rights conditions in prisons, according to Dr. Ole Rasmussen of the United Nations Committee Against Torture.
Japan Times
JAPAN
Oct 22, 2003
Japan slowly pulls head out of sand on smoking ills
During the five years since a landmark suit against tobacco manufacturers and the government was filed, slight but steady progress has been made in regulating cigarette sales and advertising.
JAPAN
Oct 21, 2003
Inmates claim assaults common
More than one-third of Japan's prison population has been assaulted, intimidated or bullied by prison guards, the Justice Ministry's first extensive nationwide survey of inmates showed Monday.
JAPAN
Oct 18, 2003
Cops to sniff out illegal foreigners in Tokyo
Immigration authorities, police and the Tokyo Metropolitan Government said Friday they will take joint action to halve the number of foreigners without visas in the capital within five years.
JAPAN
Oct 11, 2003
War-displaced struggle to live in Japan
After serving as president of a public athletics college in China for decades, Bunji Tanaka resettled in Japan in 1988 at age 47 and found work at a liquor wholesale warehouse in Yokohama.
JAPAN
Oct 4, 2003
Ward marks antismoking anniversary
A pair of middle-aged men in bright yellow uniforms patrol a business district near JR Tokyo Station in Chiyoda Ward, watching every pedestrian like hawks. They spot a salaryman carrying a lighted cigarette and spring into action.
JAPAN
Oct 2, 2003
Abused by prison guards, ex-con still haunted by trauma
A 31-year-old former Nagoya Prison inmate who was allegedly abused by guards last year during his incarceration says he still suffers physical aftereffects as well as trauma from the violence.
Japan Times
JAPAN
Sep 28, 2003
Justice minister pledges to make Japan 'safe again,' tighten border controls
Daizo Nozawa says Prime Minister Junichiro Koizumi has ordered him in his new job as justice minister to make Japan the "safest country in the world" again.
JAPAN
Sep 12, 2003
Some embassies just don't cooperate
Japan may be trying to crack down on foreigners who don't have a visa, but some embassies aren't all that cooperative when it comes to deportation procedures.
Japan Times
JAPAN
Sep 12, 2003
Myanmarese dying to get out of Japan
On July 28, a 39-year-old man from Myanmar died alone in the International Medical Center of Japan in Shinjuku Ward, Tokyo.
JAPAN
Sep 10, 2003
Detention of acquitted prompts legal cross fire
The Tokyo High Court has recently ordered the detention of a 23-year-old Chilean man acquitted of robbing a jewelry shop and stealing a car.
Japan Times
JAPAN
Jul 22, 2003
Net sidesteps ban on leaking personal info
After police took a junior high school student into custody earlier this month in the July 1 slaying of a 4-year-old boy in Nagasaki, a raft of information appeared on the Internet about the 12-year-old suspect -- in the face of a general ban on the media divulging data on minors involved in crimes.
Japan Times
JAPAN
Jul 15, 2003
Security cameras aid in crime fight, but at a cost
The key clue that led to the apprehension of a 12-year-old Nagasaki junior high school student for the July 1 murder of a 4-year-old boy was the image captured by a shopping arcade security camera of the youth walking with the victim near the scene of the slaying.
Japan Times
JAPAN
Jul 10, 2003
Homeless shelters' presence, profits irk neighbors
After learning that about 20 homeless people had moved into a dormlike shelter in their neighborhood, a large group of residents in the Higashi-Nippori district of Tokyo's Arakawa Ward demanded that the local assembly close the facility and relocate its occupants.
JAPAN
Jul 9, 2003
Lawyers' group to propose its own prison reforms
The Japan Federation of Bar Associations is ready to call for improved medical services and living conditions at the nation's prisons, it was learned Tuesday.
Japan Times
JAPAN
Jul 3, 2003
Homeless group works to show its worth
YOKOHAMA -- Every morning at JR Yokohama Station, people show up armed with brooms and dustpans to clean up litter on nearby streets left by the previous night's carousing throngs.
Japan Times
JAPAN
Jul 2, 2003
Boxer dances for reunification of Koreas
Champion boxer Masamori Tokuyama says his dream is to use his status as a well-known Korean resident of Japan to contribute to the reunification of the Korean Peninsula.

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