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Yumi Wijers-Hasegawa
Japan Times
BUSINESS
Feb 18, 2006
Economy grew 5.5% in quarter
The economy grew at a robust annualized rate of 5.5 percent in real terms in the October-December period for the fourth-straight quarter of growth, the Cabinet Office said Friday.
Japan Times
JAPAN
Feb 17, 2006
Koreans pressed into war service deserve redress as planned: group
The government should pay its long-owed obligations to Koreans pressed into military service or labor as stipulated in documents it drew up before 1965, said a citizens' group pushing the state to accept responsibility for its colonial rule of the peninsula.
JAPAN
Dec 7, 2004
Males more prone to commit crimes but whys elude
As in other advanced countries, statistics show that most crimes in Japan are committed by males, especially violent offenses.
Japan Times
JAPAN
Nov 6, 2004
Suzuki fined, handed two-year term
The Tokyo District Court on Friday sentenced former House of Representatives lawmaker Muneo Suzuki to two years in prison and fined him 11 million yen for accepting bribes, falsifying a political funds report and perjury.
Japan Times
JAPAN
Nov 3, 2004
Gang-rape ringleader gets 14 years
The Tokyo District Court sentenced the former leader of a Waseda University club to 14 years in prison Tuesday for masterminding the gang-rapes of three female students in 2001 and 2003.
JAPAN
Nov 1, 2004
Public's sympathy for Koda tempered
The news that hostage Shosei Koda was found dead in Iraq was met with sympathy Sunday on the streets of Tokyo, but for many people interviewed by The Japan Times, the grief was tempered by the belief that the government was right in not succumbing to terrorists.
JAPAN
Oct 30, 2004
State surveillance of Aum constitutional
The Tokyo District Court on Friday rejected a claim from Aum Shinrikyo that a 1999 law that allows state surveillance of the group is unconstitutional.
Japan Times
JAPAN
Oct 28, 2004
Judge reverses Kunitachi ruling
The Tokyo High Court reversed a lower court ruling Wednesday and withdrew an order for a real estate developer to remove the top seven floors of an apartment building in Kunitachi, western Tokyo.
JAPAN
Oct 15, 2004
Tunisians win redress over physical abuse at immigration facility
The Tokyo District Court on Thursday ordered a private security firm, its president and three employees to pay a combined 1.1 million yen to each of two Tunisian men over physical abuse the latter suffered in 2000 when they were held at an immigration facility.
JAPAN
Oct 7, 2004
Hijacker's wife avoids prison
The Tokyo District Court on Wednesday sentenced the wife of a Japanese Red Army Faction hijacking fugitive to a suspended 18-month prison term for disobeying a Foreign Ministry order to surrender her passport.
JAPAN
Oct 6, 2004
Extortionist gets four years for Softbank scam
The Tokyo District Court sentenced a self-styled rightwinger to four years in prison Tuesday for attempting to extort billions of yen out of Softbank Corp.
JAPAN
Oct 2, 2004
Living wills need legal recognition: conference
Living wills created by terminally ill patients need to gain greater legal recognition in order to ensure their effectiveness, participants at the opening of an international conference on the right to die said Friday.
JAPAN
Oct 1, 2004
Bank need not replace stolen cash, court rules
The Tokyo District Court on Thursday rejected a demand from two theft victims that Chiba Bank replace money withdrawn from their accounts with stolen passbooks and personal seals.
JAPAN
Aug 28, 2004
Bureaucrat admits taking JDA bribes
A former member of the Central Social Insurance Medical Council pleaded guilty Friday to accepting bribes from Japan Dental Association executives between 2001 and 2003 in return for providing them favors.
JAPAN
Aug 26, 2004
Voice actors win damages for video and DVD products
The Tokyo High Court ordered an animation company and its subsidiary Wednesday to pay approximately 88 million yen in damages to 361 voice actors for converting cartoons they performed on into videos and DVDs without their consent.
Japan Times
JAPAN
Aug 19, 2004
Counselors now target Japanese overseas
The growing number of Japanese nationals residing abroad -- expected to surpass 1 million by 2006 -- is being matched by the need for specialist counseling agencies that help with the stress of living in an alien culture.
Japan Times
JAPAN
Aug 12, 2004
Net sites cater to quest for Russian brides
Attractive Russian women with blonde hair and green eyes smile invitingly from the computer screen.
JAPAN
Aug 11, 2004
China Falun Gong followers appeal for permission to remain in Japan
Chinese followers of the Falun Gong spiritual movement who are seeking asylum in Japan appealed Tuesday for permission to stay here out of fear they will be persecuted in China.
JAPAN
Aug 11, 2004
China Falun Gong followers appeal for permission to remain in Japan
Chinese followers of the Falun Gong spiritual movement who are seeking asylum in Japan appealed Tuesday for permission to stay here out of fear they will be persecuted in China.
JAPAN
Aug 11, 2004
Seibu 'sokaiya' perk nets suspended term
A former Seibu Railway Co. managing director was sentenced to a suspended 18-month prison term Tuesday for providing as much as 187 million yen in benefits to a "sokaiya" corporate extortionist and his accomplices in 2001 so they wouldn't disrupt a shareholders' meeting.

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