National May 29, 2004

Locals take crime-prevention into their own hands

At the beginning of May, six security company workers started late-afternoon patrols of the Isezaki-cho district of Yokohama's Naka Ward. The security workers, who wear "safety patrol" armbands over their work uniforms, which are similar to those of police officers, are even occasionally stationed at ...

National May 29, 2004

Locals take crime-prevention into their own hands

At the beginning of May, six security company workers started late-afternoon patrols of the Isezaki-cho district of Yokohama's Naka Ward. The security workers, who wear "safety patrol" armbands over their work uniforms, which are similar to those of police officers, are even occasionally stationed at ...

National May 22, 2004

Quasi-jury system earns Diet approval

A judicial reform law designed to introduce Japan's first quasi-jury system was enacted by the Diet on Friday, paving the way for the system's launch in 2009. Under the system, six randomly selected citizens will work as lay judges alongside three professional judges to deliver ...

National May 22, 2004

Quasi-jury system earns Diet approval

A judicial reform law designed to introduce Japan's first quasi-jury system was enacted by the Diet on Friday, paving the way for the system's launch in 2009. Under the system, six randomly selected citizens will work as lay judges alongside three professional judges to deliver ...

National May 13, 2004

Activists claim political oppression

After nearly 2 1/2 months in detention, three antiwar activists accused of illegally entering a Self-Defense Forces housing complex in Tachikawa, western Tokyo, to distribute protest leaflets, were freed on bail Tuesday. But their legal battle before the Tokyo District Court's Hachioji branch continues. The ...

National May 1, 2004

Bunkyo may admit guru's child

A private university in Tokyo that rejected the enrollment of a daughter of Aum Shinrikyo founder Shoko Asahara is now discussing ways in which it may accept her, it was learned Friday. The move comes on the heels of the Tokyo District Court's acknowledgment earlier ...

National Apr 29, 2004

Cop off hook in suspect's death

The Tokyo High Court on Wednesday overturned a lower court ruling that a 55-year-old suspect was shot dead by a policeman during an interrogation in 1997 and instead decided the victim committed suicide, rejecting a redress demand by the man's daughter. The high court supported ...

Ex-hostage stands by decision to visit Iraq

National Apr 22, 2004

Ex-hostage stands by decision to visit Iraq

A freelance journalist recently freed after being held hostage in Iraq said that while he regrets not properly realizing the dangers of traveling near a war zone, he stands by his decision to go and report on the situation there. Jumpei Yasuda, 30, who returned ...

Hostages released into storm of criticism

National Apr 21, 2004

Hostages released into storm of criticism

Two days before her daughter was freed Thursday night by her captors in Iraq, 65-year-old Kyoko Takato was apologizing to the public, using words more befitting of the parent of a criminal. Civilian hostages Nahoko Takato, 34, a volunteer aid worker; Soichiro Koriyama, a 32-year-old ...