Tag - japanese-courts



Disney characters perform on a float during a parade at Tokyo Disneyland in January.
JAPAN / Crime & Legal
Dec 26, 2023
Court rejects damages claim by ex-Tokyo Disneyland performer
The former performer said she had suffered work-related injuries and that the company had failed to fulfill its duty of care.
Mitsubishi UFJ Morgan Stanley Securities sold Additional Tier 1 notes from Credit Suisse more aggressively than any other firm in Japan, with its sales making up about two-thirds of the notes taken up, which totaled ¥140 billion in value.
BUSINESS / Companies
Dec 26, 2023
MUFJ securities unit sued again over Credit Suisse AT1 bond losses
Mitsubishi UFJ Morgan Stanley Securities sold more than two-thirds of the Additional Tier 1 notes taken up in Japan.
An artist's depiction of Masaaki Osaka as he listened to the judge's verdict on Friday at the Tokyo District Court
JAPAN / Crime & Legal
Dec 23, 2023
Leftist gets 20 years for policeman's 1971 murder after 45 years on run
According to the ruling, the man killed the policeman during a protest with students and other activists on Nov. 14, 1971, in Tokyo's Shibuya Ward.
Prosecutors demanded a fine of ¥200,000 for YouTuber Johnny Somali during his trial at the Osaka District Court on Tuesday.
JAPAN / Crime & Legal
Dec 21, 2023
Japanese prosecutors demand fine for controversial American YouTuber
According to the indictment, Ismael Ramsey Khalid, known as "Johnny Somali," obstructed a restaurant business by taking a video while playing loud music.
A supporter of Okinawa Gov. Denny Tamaki holds up a sign on Wednesday in front of the Fukuoka District Court's Naha branch saying that the court's ruling — effectively clearing the way for further landfill work to relocate a U.S. base in Okinawa — is "unjust."
JAPAN / Crime & Legal
Dec 20, 2023
Court orders Okinawa governor to approve base relocation work
The move by the high court's Naha branch circumvents Okinawa Gov. Denny Tamaki, who has not approved the plan amid staunch local opposition.
Plaintiffs for a lawsuit against the construction of a Ground Self-Defense Force garrison site for Ospreys walk to the Saga District Court in Saga on Wednesday.
JAPAN / Crime & Legal
Dec 20, 2023
Saga residents sue to halt construction of base for GSDF Ospreys
Plaintiffs in the suit filed with the Saga District Court dispute ownership of the land designated for the garrison and have raised safety concerns.
The Kyoto District Court found that Naoki Yamamoto, 46, conspired with another doctor, Yoshikazu Okubo, 45, in administering a lethal dose of sedative to Yuri Hayashi, at her request in her apartment on Nov. 30, 2019.
JAPAN / Crime & Legal
Dec 19, 2023
Ex-doctor gets prison term for consensual killing of Kyoto ALS patient
The Kyoto District Court found the doctor conspired with another doctor in administering a lethal dose of sedative to the patient at her request.
Prosecutors head to the office of the Liberal Democratic Party faction led by former Secretary-General Toshihiro Nikai in Tokyo on Tuesday.
JAPAN / Politics
Dec 19, 2023
Prosecutors search sites linked to scandal-hit LDP factions
Prosecutors searched the biggest faction, once led by late Prime Minister Shinzo Abe, and another led by former LDP Secretary-General Toshihiro Nikai.
Nobuko, younger sister of Kotaro Nishizawa, who died at his clinic in Osaka during an arson attack, hugs one of the audience members following a memorial concert for the victims held in the city on Dec. 3.
JAPAN / Crime & Legal
Dec 17, 2023
Deadly arson attack in Osaka remembered two years on
A piano concert was organized as an opportunity for bereaved relatives to connect and heal.
U.S. President Joe Biden hugs Brittany Alkonis, wife of Lt. Ridge Alkonis, on the day of the State of the Union address to a joint session of Congress in Washington on Feb. 7.
JAPAN / Crime & Legal
Dec 15, 2023
U.S. Navy officer jailed in Japan transferred to U.S. custody
Lt. Ridge Alkonis has been serving a three-year prison term since being convicted of negligent driving over a fatal car crash.
Haruyuki Takahashi (center) arrives at the Tokyo District Court on Thursday.
JAPAN / Crime & Legal
Dec 14, 2023
Former Tokyo Games executive pleads not guilty over bribery
Haruyuki Takahashi is accused of accepting about ¥200 million in bribes to help firms be selected as sponsors and marketing agents for the Games.
Rina Gonoi, ex-member of the Ground Self-Defense Force, speaks during a news conference at the Foreign Correspondents' Club of Japan in Tokyo on Wednesday.
Dec 13, 2023
Ex-SDF member says high-profile sex assault case was not 'a waste'
The case brought the culture of harassment in Japan's armed forces to public attention after Rina Gonoi made the rare move of reporting the offenses.
Police officers prepare to storm Hiroshi Watanabe's house in Fujimino, Saitama Prefecture, on Jan. 28, 2022, amid a standoff.
JAPAN / Crime & Legal
Dec 12, 2023
Life term given to man over killing of doctor in Saitama standoff
Presiding Judge Kenji Koike ruled that Hiroshi Watanabe, who was charged with killing 44-year-old Junichi Suzuki with a shotgun, had an intention to kill.
Former Self-Defense Forces member Rina Gonoi arrives Tuesday at the Fukushima District Court, which found three ex-soldiers guilty of sexually assaulting her.
JAPAN / Crime & Legal
Dec 12, 2023
Guilty verdicts in SDF sexual assault case
Rina Gonoi, 24, took to YouTube last year to share her account after an internal military probe was dropped for lack of evidence.
Rina Gonoi, a former member of the Self-Defense Forces, who has accused colleagues of sexually assaulting her during her time in the military, speaks in Yokohama on Friday.
JAPAN / Crime & Legal
Dec 11, 2023
Former Japanese soldier fights for justice in landmark sexual assault case
A former Self-Defence Forces member's yearslong fight for justice against the men she has accused of sexually assaulting her will reach a climax on Tuesday when a court delivers a verdict in a trial that has drawn international attention.
The day after the Fukuoka District Court dismissed her lawsuit questioning the constitutionality of Japan's dual nationality law, Yuri Kondo, 76, was in high spirits as she drove to see family and friends.
JAPAN / Society
Dec 8, 2023
Japan-born U.S. national Yuri Kondo continues dual citizenship fight
The dismissal of her lawsuit over the dual nationality ban has implications for tens of thousands of people, and Kondo says she'll keep fighting for them.
Lawyers representing a consumer advocacy group speak to reporters on Wednesday after filing a cease and desist lawsuit against online travel agency Agoda.
Dec 7, 2023
Saitama consumer group files lawsuit against travel agency Agoda
The group said the firm’s terms of service that limit it from being liable for compensation violate consumer protection laws.
The trial for Shinji Aoba in a Kyoto Animation arson-murder case concluded at the Kyoto District Court Thursday, with prosecutors demanding a death penalty.
JAPAN / Crime & Legal
Dec 7, 2023
Death penalty sought for man over 2019 Kyoto Animation arson attack
Shinji Aoba, 45, is facing charges including murder over the blaze at the animation studio's premises.
Yuri Kondo (center), the plaintiff of a dual nationality case, speaks during a news conference Wednesday in the city of Fukuoka after the Fukuoka District Court handed down a ruling on her case.
JAPAN / Crime & Legal
Dec 6, 2023
Fukuoka court rules ban on dual nationality is constitutional
The court rejected an argument by a Japan-born plaintiff, who lost her citizenship after naturalizing as an American, that the law undermines her rights.
An advisory panel on the digitalization of criminal procedures holds a meeting at the Justice Ministry in Tokyo on Monday.
JAPAN / Crime & Legal
Dec 4, 2023
Japan to introduce electronic arrest warrants and interrogation records
Video conferencing is also among the proposals made by a Justice Ministry panel for the digitalization of criminal and investigative procedures.


People wait for the main act to begin at Summer Sonic, which holds simultaneous music festivals for those in Tokyo and Osaka.
Can Japan's summer music festivals adapt to a post-pandemic reality?