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Akiteru Nogawa, head of the Kagoshima Prefectural Police Department, speaks at a Kagoshima Prefectural Assembly committee in the city of Kagoshima on June 11.
JAPAN / Crime & Legal
Jun 21, 2024
Kagoshima police whistleblower charged with confidentiality breach
Kagoshima police department has been hit by a series of scandals this year, including three cases in which police officers have been arrested.
The Supreme Court in Tokyo's Chiyoda Ward
JAPAN / Society
Jun 21, 2024
Japan's Supreme Court recognizes transgender woman as parent
It was the first decision by the top court on whether to recognize a parent-child relationship in a case in which a biological father had a child after transitioning.
Lower House lawmaker Masatoshi Akimoto (second from right) leaves the Tokyo Detention House in Tokyo's Katsushika Ward on Thursday.
JAPAN / Crime & Legal
Jun 21, 2024
Japanese Lawmaker Akimoto released on bail amid bribery charges
The lawmaker was arrested on September 7 last year.
The Fukuoka District Court held the first hearing against Susumu Terauchi for a 2023 stalking and murder case on Monday.
JAPAN / Crime & Legal
Jun 18, 2024
Fukuoka stalking murder suspect partially denies charges
The Fukuoka District Court held the first hearing against Susumu Terauchi for a 2023 stalking and murder case.
People offer prayers in September 2022 at a parking lot in Makinohara, Shizuoka Prefecture, where a 3-year-old girl died of heatstroke after being left in a school bus.
JAPAN / Crime & Legal
Jun 14, 2024
30 months sought for ex-nursery head over girl's heatstroke death
Meanwhile, a prison term of one year was sought for a former teacher at the facility in Shizuoka Prefecture.
Kazane Kajiya, 27, (second from left) and others filed a lawsuit against the state, arguing that the Maternal Health Law infringes upon their constitutional rights by restricting women's ability to make decisions about their own bodies.
JAPAN / Crime & Legal
Jun 13, 2024
In Japan, a legal fight for the right to sterilization surgery
The plaintiffs' argue that the Maternal Health Law infringes on their rights by restricting a woman's ability to make decisions about their own bodies.
Soyo Hinata (right) and Lillian Ono, members of Climate Case Japan, with a petition for human rights relief before submitting it to the Japan Federation of Bar Associations in Tokyo on Wednesday
JAPAN / Society
Jun 12, 2024
Activist group asks Japan's bar association for help on climate action
It will likely take more than a year for the association to scrutinize Climate Case Japan's petition before deciding what steps to take next.
Supporters of the second retrial request for the so-called Iizuka incident hold up signs in the city of Fukuoka on Wednesday criticizing the Fukuoka District Court's decision to reject it.
JAPAN / Crime & Legal
Jun 5, 2024
Japan court rejects retrial for 1992 murder of two girls
The defense is set to appeal against the latest decision. So far, no decision has been made in Japan to grant a retrial of a convict already executed.
A building housing the Sapporo District Court in Sapporo
JAPAN / Crime & Legal
Jun 5, 2024
Mother denies helping daughter suspected of beheading man in Sapporo
Prosecutors claimed that the mother continued normal life while allowing the daughter to hide the head in their house.
The Supreme Court in Tokyo's Chiyoda Ward. This case will mark the first time for the Supreme Court to rule on a parent-child relationship in a case in which the biological father has a child after transitioning to a woman.
JAPAN / Crime & Legal
May 31, 2024
Top court to rule on recognizing post-transition woman as parent
The Tokyo Family Court rejected the woman's petition in 2022, stating that she did not fit the definitions of a father or a birth-giving mother under the Civil Code.
The mother of a student killed in a 2017 avalanche prays for her son at her home in Nasushiobara, Tochigi Prefecture, earlier this month.
JAPAN / Crime & Legal
May 30, 2024
Three sentenced to two years in prison over 2017 avalanche deaths
The defendants guilty of professional negligence resulting in death and injury.
Plaintiffs and lawyers march to the Supreme Court to attend a hearing on lawsuits against the government over forced sterilization carried out under a now-defunct eugenic law, on Wednesday in Tokyo's Chiyoda Ward.
JAPAN / Crime & Legal
May 29, 2024
Victims of forced sterilization speak of their suffering at Supreme Court
They are seeking compensation from the government over their forced sterilization due to their disabilities under a now-defunct eugenic law.
The homes and farmland of the plaintiffs are near a proposed viaduct construction site for Central Japan Railway's magnetic levitation train line.
JAPAN / Crime & Legal
May 28, 2024
Court rejects residents' bid to halt maglev train construction
The Kofu District Court said there is "high public interest" in the project and found no illegality that would warrant a suspension of construction.
The office of former Lower House lawmaker Mito Kakizawa in Tokyo's Koto Ward
JAPAN / Crime & Legal
May 28, 2024
Ex-lawmaker's former secretary fined for election law violation
Shu Goto, a former secretary of former Lower House lawmaker Mito Kakizawa, was fined over cash offers made to Koto Ward assembly members during a mayoral election last year.
Makoto Nishimoto, who goes by the name "Super Crazy-kun," at a news conference in the city of Miyazaki in November 2022
JAPAN / Crime & Legal
May 24, 2024
Ex-Miyazaki city assembly member gets 4½ years over sexual assault
Makoto Nishimoto, who goes by the name "Super Crazy-kun," was sentenced for sexually assaulting a female acquaintance in September 2023.
Iwao Hakamata's older sister Hideko (left) marches to the Shizuoka District Court in the city of Shizuoka on Wednesday for a retrial of her younger brother Iwao, who had been on death row over a 1966 murder case.
JAPAN / Crime & Legal
May 22, 2024
Trial ruling date for man accused of 1966 murder set for September
Iwao Hakamata, who in a rare example is being retried over a 1966 murder case, will be given a verdict on Sept. 26.
The Tokyo District Court has dismissed a lawsuit by a foreign woman who claimed to have been subject to discriminatory treatment by police.
JAPAN / Crime & Legal
May 22, 2024
Tokyo court dismisses foreigner's claim of police discrimination
A South Asian woman in her 40s and her 6-year-old daughter of Japanese nationality had sued the Tokyo metropolitan government ¥4.4 million for alleged discrimination.
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.
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.
Legislation that allows the option of joint custody of children after divorce is passed at the Upper House plenary session on Friday.
JAPAN / Crime & Legal
May 17, 2024
Japan changes law to allow joint custody after divorce
For decades in Japan, one parent — almost always the mother — has been granted legal custody when a marriage ends.

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