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During a demonstration to demand a ceasefire and an end to the humanitarian crisis in Gaza in Tokyo on June 24, Sophia University student Jumana Kasemu participates in “Tears for Palestine,” a global event that started in Tokyo.
Jul 19, 2024
If the Gaza protests seem one-sided, it’s because the current violence is
Empathy for Israeli suffering doesn't prevent college students in Japan and beyond from manifesting their anger at indiscriminate violence leveled against Palestinians.
The police reported two sexual crime cases to the U.S. military, but the prefectural government was not aware of the incidents.
Jul 18, 2024
U.S. forces-linked sex crimes in Kanagawa went unreported to prefectural government
The police reported both cases to the U.S. military, but the prefectural government was not aware of the incidents.
Professional soccer player Kaishu Sano has been arrested on suspicion of sexually assaulting a woman in her 30s at a Tokyo hotel.
JAPAN / Crime & Legal
Jul 17, 2024
Japan soccer player Sano arrested for alleged sexual assault
The 23-year-old and two acquaintances were arrested for allegedly sexually assaulting a woman in her 30s at a Tokyo hotel.
A Palestinian youth walks past piles of smoldering waste, as garbage collection and any other municipality services come to a halt due to the Israeli bombardment of the Gaza Strip, at the al-Maghazi Palestinian refugee camp, in the central Gaza Strip on Monday.
WORLD / Politics
Jul 16, 2024
Israel accused of waging a 'war of revenge' on Palestinian prisoners
Israeli authorities have denied all accounts of alleged mistreatment including torture, rape and other sexual abuses in Israeli jails.
Palestinians search through rubble following an Israeli strike in Deir Al-Balah in the central Gaza Strip on Monday.
Jul 16, 2024
Israel launches fresh Gaza strikes after weekend attack on ‘safe zone’
Israel said it targeted a Hamas military commander in its Saturday strike on Mawasi, which killed at least 90 people, according to Palestinian officials.
Foreign Minister Yoko Kamikawa speaks at a news conference on Friday over sexual assault incidents involving U.S. service members.
JAPAN / Politics
Jul 14, 2024
Japan lawmakers criticize U.S. for failing to report military assault cases
Meanwhile, the Japanese government has not protested the failure or demanded improvements, saying there was no problem with the U.S. side.
Palestinians look at the debris of destroyed tents and makeshift housing structures on Saturday following an Israeli military strike that killed dozens of people, near the city of Khan Younis in the southern Gaza Strip.
Jul 14, 2024
Israel launches major attack against a senior Hamas commander
The Gaza Health Ministry said 90 people had been killed in the assault, half of them women and children, and 300 wounded.
The Kadena Air Base in Okinawa Prefecture. Brennon Washington, a 25-year-old U.S. Air Force serviceman based at Kadena, on Friday pleaded not guilty to kidnapping and sexually assaulting a minor.
JAPAN / Crime & Legal
Jul 12, 2024
U.S. serviceman in Okinawa pleads not guilty to sexual assault
Brennon Washington, who is stationed at the Kadena Air Base, said he did not kidnap or assault an underage girl in December.
Kentaro Kitagawa
JAPAN / Crime & Legal
Jul 12, 2024
Ex-senior Japanese prosecutor indicted for sexual assault
He is suspected of sexually assaulting the woman at his then official residence while serving as the chief prosecutor of the Osaka district prosecutor's office.
A Palestinian casts his shadow on a damaged wall as he inspects the site of an Israeli strike outside a school sheltering displaced people in Khan Younis, in the southern Gaza Strip, on Wednesday.
WORLD / Crime & Legal
Jul 11, 2024
Gaza airstrike hits gathering at school soccer match, witnesses say
The Israeli military said the strike, which Palestinian officials said killed at least 29 people, targeted a Hamas fighter who took part in the Oct. 7 raid on Israel.
A stone pillar at Tokyo's Yasukuni Shrine, on which the word "toilet" was found spray-painted in May
JAPAN / Crime & Legal
Jul 10, 2024
Chinese man arrested over vandalism at Tokyo's Yasukuni Shrine
Police have also obtained arrest warrants for two other Chinese nationals, after an incident involving graffiti and urination was recorded as a video and posted online.
Rescuers and paramedics carry a child found at a site an apartment building heavily damaged during a Russian missile strike in Kyiv on Monday.
Jul 10, 2024
The race to save Ukrainian infant's life after hospital strike
After the ventilator broke, the five bleeding adults did everything they could to keep the baby breathing.
A woman carries a young patient outside after a Russian missile strike on the Ohmatdyt Children's Hospital in Kyiv on Monday.
Jul 10, 2024
Kyiv hospital took a direct hit from a Russian missile: U.N. analysis
Ukraine flew its flags at half mast in a national day of mourning to mark the deaths of 44 people across the country from Monday's air attacks.
Rescuers work at Ohmatdyt Children's Hospital, which was hit by Russian missile strikes in Kyiv on Monday.
Jul 9, 2024
Russian missiles kill 36 and hit a children's hospital, Ukraine says
The Ukrainian government proclaimed a day of mourning after one of the worst air attacks of the war.
International Criminal Court prosecutor Karim Khan speaks during an interview at The Hague, in the Netherlands, in February.
WORLD / Politics / FOCUS
Jul 6, 2024
ICC prosecutor opted for warrants over visit to Gaza
The sudden cancellation of a planned visit to the Gaza Strip, Jerusalem and Ramallah has angered Washington and London.
Protesters rally in front of the Okinawa Prefectural Government building in Naha on Thursday following recent revelations of sexual abuse cases involving U.S. servicemen in Okinawa Prefecture.
JAPAN / Crime & Legal
Jul 5, 2024
Info-sharing on U.S. soldiers' crimes to improve, Kamikawa says
The central government will also strengthen measures to prevent U.S. servicemen from committing sex crimes in Japan, the foreign minister said.
The survey found that most groping cases occurred on trains and that 80.4% of victims did not alert the police or train station staff after being groped, out of fears of causing a commotion.
JAPAN / Society
Jul 4, 2024
One in 10 young people in Japan a victim of molestation, survey finds
According to the findings, 10.5% of respondents said that they had experienced being molested, with women accounting for 88.0% of them.
A Palestinian man carries a child following an Israeli strike near a U.N.-run school sheltering displaced people in Khan Younis, in the southern Gaza Strip on Wednesday.
Jul 4, 2024
Nine in 10 Gaza residents displaced since war began, U.N. says
The head of the United Nations' OCHA agency in the Palestinian territories said that around 1.9 million people are thought to be displaced in Gaza.
People protest in Tokyo on Tuesday against sexual abuse cases by U.S. servicemen stationed in Okinawa Prefecture and the fact that the central government failed to quickly inform local officials of the cases.
JAPAN / Crime & Legal
Jul 3, 2024
More sexual offense cases disclosed involving U.S. servicemen in Okinawa
The three other cases occurred in February and August last year and in January this year, with all of them being dismissed.
Junya Ito in Reims, France in March.
Jul 2, 2024
Prosecutors likely to drop sexual assault case against Japan midfielder Junya Ito
Investigators have raised suspicions that the two women filed a criminal complaint based on false or incorrect accounts, sources said.


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