Ayuko Kato, minister in charge of policies related to children, speaks during a Lower House budget committee session on Monday.
JAPAN / Crime & Legal
Feb 28, 2024
Japan outlines bill for sex crime record checks by schools
Sex crime records would be checked for people applying to work and also for those who are already working.
Romance scams are designed to exploit individuals emotionally, leading them to part with their money.
JAPAN / Crime & Legal
Feb 27, 2024
Deceptive lawyer ads exploit victims of romance scams Japan
Some legal practitioners exaggerate their success records in recovering stolen funds and fail to follow through on the collection process.
Satoshi Kirishima in a photo provided by his acquaintance
JAPAN / Crime & Legal
Feb 27, 2024
Man who died after confession confirmed as 1970s bombing fugitive
Satoshi Kirishima, 70, had been a member of the extreme left-wing group East Asia Anti-Japan Armed Front and evaded authorities for 49 years.
A photograph taken by a local resident shows a man being held down by police officers near a convenience store in Sapporo on Sunday.
JAPAN / Crime & Legal
Feb 26, 2024
Police describe how fatal stabbing at Sapporo convenience store unfolded
The suspect was arrested at the scene after the attack, which killed one store employee and left two others injured.
Lake McKenzie in K'gari, Australia, where two Japanese teenagers on a school trip drowned while swimming on March 29, 2019.
JAPAN / Crime & Legal
Feb 26, 2024
Teacher fined over 2019 deaths of Japanese teens in Australia
In a statement read aloud to the court, the teacher admitted to failing his responsibility over the students, and apologized to the bereaved families.
The Tokyo High Court ruled that there was a causal relationship between Kazuo Ishibashi’s driving and the fatal crash that followed, upholding the Yokohama District Court’s findings and 18-year prison term.
JAPAN / Crime & Legal
Feb 26, 2024
Tokyo court upholds 18-year prison term for driver over 2017 road rage
Kazuho Ishibashi had deliberately slowed down his vehicle in front of the victim’s car on an expressway, resulting in its rear-ending by a truck.
A car is seen wrecked near the Todaiji temple in the city of Nara on Sunday after its 79-year-old owner mistakenly hit the accelerator and hit two people, including a man from Taiwan.
JAPAN / Crime & Legal
Feb 25, 2024
Elderly driver fatally hits Taiwanese tourist near UNESCO temple in Nara
The driver, who runs a nearby souvenir shop, admitted to mistaking the accelerator for the brake pedal.

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