American claims Tokyo cop assaulted son, 8

| Jan 24, 2012

American claims Tokyo cop assaulted son, 8

Elementary school student Jian Macdonald had always thought policemen were cool — especially ones that rode fast motorcycles. In September last year, Jian was riding through Ueno on the back on his father's motorbike when they spotted a traffic cop at the side of the ...

/ Nov 2, 2011

Myanmar's new guardian?

Myanmar's one-time military generals, who have miraculously transformed themselves into benign politicians, really do seem to be taking remarkable steps to restructure both the domestic and foreign policy of that fragile nation. U Thein Sein's new administration recently released approximately 208 out of the country's ...

Kang family takes fight for justice to Tokyo

| Sep 6, 2011

Kang family takes fight for justice to Tokyo

Sung Won, the father of Hoon "Scott" Kang, the Korean-American tourist who died in mysterious circumstances in Shinjuku last year, arrived in Tokyo this week to continue his fight to seek justice for his son. Family spokesman Ray Wozniak, who accompanied Mr. Kang to Tokyo, ...

/ Jul 7, 2011

Rethinking Japan's Myanmar policy

An historic meeting June 29 between parliamentary Vice Foreign Minister Makiko Kikuta and Daw Aung San Suu Kyi in Yangon highlights Japan's increasing willingness to look beyond its self-interest and promote democracy in the region. Kikuta is the first high-level Japanese envoy to meet with ...

Family slams stalled probe into Kabuki-cho death

| May 31, 2011

Family slams stalled probe into Kabuki-cho death

Nine months after their only son, Hoon "Scott" Kang, a Korean-American tourist, died from severe head injuries sustained in the stairwell of a building in Kabuki-cho, his family and friends are still no closer to understanding how he died. Although the Shinjuku police have officially ...

Nov 8, 2010

Police detain Japanese journalist

A Japanese journalist was arrested in Myanmar at 9 a.m. Sunday while reporting on the election in the border town of Myawaddy. Forty-nine-year-old Toru Matsumoto, who works for the Tokyo-based APF news agency, was believed to have been taking photographs at the time of his ...

Decade-long wait takes toll on asylum seeker

| Oct 5, 2010

Decade-long wait takes toll on asylum seeker

Most foreigners in Japan know the horror of waiting for a residency permit or visa. A few hours in the queue at the Shinagawa immigration office can feel like a lifetime. But for Iranian national Jamal Saberi, "waiting a lifetime" has become more than just ...