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National / Crime & Legal Mar 18, 2015

Former Aum member appeals nine-year prison term

A former member of the Aum Shinrikyo cult is appealing a Tokyo High Court decision in early March to uphold his nine-year prison sentence, court officials said Wednesday. The appeal by Makoto Hirata, 49, who had been on the run for almost 17 years before ...

National Mar 18, 2015

Tokyo University inks partnership agreement with Cambridge

The University of Tokyo has formed a strategic partnership with the University of Cambridge to deepen exchanges with the elite British university, including faculty and student exchanges, as well as joint workshops. Japan's top-ranked university said the partnership, similar to ones it has also forged ...

National / Crime & Legal Mar 18, 2015

Benesse finds new customer info data leak

Benesse Holdings Inc. has learned of a new customer data leak at an education service unit, after the company was the target of Japan's largest-ever data theft scandal last year. A temporary employee at Transcosmos Inc., a Benesse Corp. subcontractor for call-center operations, illegally acquired ...

West's first Buddhist mission was in London

National Mar 18, 2015

West's first Buddhist mission was in London

by William Hollingworth

Buddhists in Japan — aided by an Irishman — established the religion's first Western mission in London, according to research by a team of academics in Ireland and Japan. The recent discovery overturns the long-held assumption that the first Buddhist mission in the West was ...

Japan's regions scramble to lure Thai tourists

National Mar 18, 2015

Japan's regions scramble to lure Thai tourists

by Osamu Nakahi

As the number of travelers from Southeast Asia to Japan grows, due partly to relaxed visa requirements, local and prefectural governments are stepping up efforts to draw Thai tourists by holding promotional events in Bangkok. The number of travelers from Thailand, known as a country ...

National Mar 18, 2015

Chongryon to pay over ¥200 million a year to rent HQ building

The General Association of Korean Residents, a pro-Pyongyang group known as Chongryon, has agreed to pay over ¥200 million ($1.6 million) a year to rent its headquarters building in Tokyo from a real estate firm, sources said. The firm based in Yamagata Prefecture bought the ...

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