Police on Tuesday issued a fresh warrant for the arrest of Kirato Wakayama, a 20-year-old former actor, over the murder of businessman Ryutaro Takarajima, 55, and his wife Sachiko, 56.
JAPAN / Crime & Legal
May 21, 2024
Police issue fresh warrants for duo over murder of couple found in Tochigi
Kang Gwang-gi, a 20-year-old South Korean national, and Kirato Wakayama, a 20-year-old former actor, were arrested over the alleged murder of the businessman and his wife.
Toyota Land Cruisers bound for shipment at Yokohama port
JAPAN / Crime & Legal
May 21, 2024
Surge in luxury car thefts in Japan spurs call for preventative measures
Stolen vehicles are often illegally exported, leading authorities to call for increased vigilance.
People who have experienced becoming lay judges take part in a meeting to exchange views at the Tokyo District Court on March 6. Japan's lay judge system marks its 15th year on Tuesday.
JAPAN / Crime & Legal
May 20, 2024
Number of lay judges falls as Japan marks system's 15th year
While there were more than 10,000 lay judges in the system's first few years, their numbers have fallen to around 6,000 in recent years.
Hikaru Sasaki was rearrested in Tokyo on Sunday on suspicion of murder over the case of the burned bodies of a couple found in Nasu, Tochigi Prefecture, last month.
JAPAN / Crime & Legal
May 19, 2024
Second suspect hit with murder charge over bodies found in Tochigi
Police served the fresh arrest warrant to Hikaru Sasaki, one of six people held over the case of a Tokyo businessman and his wife whose bodies were burned.
Atsuhiko Kurokawa, the head of Tsubasa no To, is taken to the Metropolitan Police Department in Tokyo's Chiyoda Ward on Friday after being arrested.
JAPAN / Crime & Legal
May 17, 2024
Political group's chief arrested for Tokyo poll obstruction
Atsuhiko Kurokawa, who heads Tsubasa no To, allegedly disrupted the speeches of opponents during April's by-election in Tokyo along with two others.
The Lower House Judicial Affairs Committee approves legislation to introduce a new training scheme for foreign workers on Friday.
JAPAN / Crime & Legal
May 17, 2024
Japan parliamentary panel OKs bill on training foreign workers
It will replace the foreign technical intern program with a new training scheme to allow foreigners to work in Japan for the medium to long term.
The Tokyo court's ruling comes amid ongoing debates on how to regulate generative AI and is part of a transnational class action lawsuit.
JAPAN / Crime & Legal
May 17, 2024
Can AI-generated inventions be patented? A Tokyo court says no.
The ruling comes amid ongoing debates on how to regulate generative AI and is part of a transnational class action lawsuit.

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