Setsuko Kamiya

Setsuko Kamiya is a staff writer and editor covering local news, including
legal issues, and has been following the ongoing judicial reform. A 2005
Fulbright journalist grantee, she studied the American jury system in

For Setsuko Kamiya's latest contributions to The Japan Times, see below:

Japan Times not just wartime mouthpiece

Aug 13, 2011

Japan Times not just wartime mouthpiece

Many journalism scholars have long viewed The Japan Times as a mouthpiece for the Imperial government's wartime propaganda. But Tomoko Matsunaga, a Kyoto University graduate student, challenged the established view in an academic paper she presented June 12 to the Japan Society for Studies in ...

Aug 2, 2011

Lay judges convict 99%; few shirk duty

Last year saw 8,673 citizens take part as lay judges, serving an average of 3.8 days, slightly longer than the 3.3 days in 2009, according to data recently released by the Supreme Court. According to 2010 data released Thursday, of all lay judges and prospective ...

Ichihashi gets life for Hawker rape, murder

Jul 22, 2011

Ichihashi gets life for Hawker rape, murder

Tatsuya Ichihashi was sentenced to life Thursday at the Chiba District Court for the rape and murder of Lindsay Ann Hawker, whose body was found abandoned in a soil-filled bathtub at his apartment in March 2007. Calling his crimes selfish and heinous, presiding Judge Shinya ...

Jul 22, 2011

Lay judges deny media influenced Ichihashi decision

The six lay judges who participated in Tatsuya Ichihashi's trial on Thursday denied that the heavy media coverage of the high profile case affected their decision and stressed that they based their ruling strictly on the evidence presented at the trial. The six, who are ...

Jul 21, 2011

Ichihashi trial bares translation woes

The lay judge trial of accused rapist and murderer Tatsuya Ichihashi, whose verdict is expected Thursday, has captured a lot of media attention since it started July 4, but one element that has escaped notice is the quality of the language translation. Many errors by ...

Jul 13, 2011

Life term urged for Ichihashi

Prosecutors demanded Tuesday life in prison for Tatsuya Ichihashi over the March 2007 rape and murder of English teacher Lindsay Ann Hawker. Ichihashi, 32, who is also accused of abandoning Hawker's corpse and who has admitted raping her and causing her death, had a strong ...

Jul 12, 2011

Ichihashi should hang if guilty: Hawker family

The family of Lindsay Ann Hawker feels Tatsuya Ichihashi should be sentenced to hang if the court finds him guilty of the 22-year-old Briton's March 2007 rape and murder, her parents said Monday. Taking the witness stand at the fifth session of Ichihashi's trial at ...

Jul 9, 2011

Hawker's father urges harshest punishment

Should Tatsuya Ichihashi be found guilty of the March 2007 rape and murder of Briton Lindsay Ann Hawker, he should face the harshest penalty possible, the victim's father told the court Friday. "I wish absolute maximum punishment permissible in this country," said William Hawker, who ...

Jul 8, 2011

Ichihashi says he couldn't let Hawker escape

Accused rapist-murderer Tatsuya Ichihashi said in court Thursday that he did not intentionally kill Briton Lindsay Ann Hawker in March 2007 and that she died while he was preventing her from escaping. Ichihashi, 32, is charged with rape resulting in death, murder and abandoning Hawker's ...

Ichihashi denies intent to kill Hawker

Jul 5, 2011

Ichihashi denies intent to kill Hawker

Tatsuya Ichihashi pleaded not guilty Monday to premeditated murder in the 2007 slaying of Briton Lindsay Ann Hawker, 22, although he admitted raping her and hiding her corpse on his apartment balcony. "I did not intend to murder Lindsay, but I am responsible for her ...