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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.
The main office of Nihon University in Tokyo's Chiyoda Ward
JAPAN / Crime & Legal
Dec 1, 2023
Nihon University football player admits to drug charges
The trial was concluded the same day, with the prosecution seeking an 18-month imprisonment and the defense asking for a suspended sentence.
Yoshikazu Uchikawa, head lawyer representing plaintiffs of a lawsuit demanding that cuts in welfare benefits be revoked, speaks at a news conference in Nagoya on Thursday following a Nagoya High Court ruling.
JAPAN / Crime & Legal
Dec 1, 2023
Japan high court revokes welfare benefit cuts
The plaintiffs argued that there was an error in the method for calculating the price index used as the basis for the reductions.
Hiromichi Kikuchi was sentenced to eight months in prison on Tuesday for mediating organ transplants overseas without government approval.
JAPAN / Crime & Legal
Nov 28, 2023
Japan NPO head sentenced for unauthorized organ transplants overseas
The Tokyo District Court handed an eight-month prison sentence to the executive for mediating organ transplants in Belarus without government approval.
Police officers examine the area around Hiroshi Watanabe's home in Fujimino, Saitama Prefecture, on Jan. 28, 2022, after an 11-hour standoff.
JAPAN / Crime & Legal
Nov 28, 2023
Life term sought for man over killing of doctor in Saitama standoff
According to the indictment, Hiroshi Watanabe fatally shot the doctor and severely injured a physiotherapist in his 40s.
Nihon University Vice President Yasuhiro Sawada (right) has sued Mariko Hayashi, the university's chairperson, over power harassment claims.
JAPAN / Crime & Legal
Nov 27, 2023
Nihon University vice president sues chairperson over power harassment
Yasuhiro Sawada has claimed Mariko Hayashi used her superiority to paint him as being solely responsible for the mishandling of a drug scandal.
Prime Minister Fumio Kishida and others place a paper rose on an Liberal Democratic Party candidate's name to indicate a victory in the Upper House election, at the party's headquarters in Tokyo in July 2022.
Nov 20, 2023
Criminal complaint filed against LDP factions over political funds
According to the complaint, the five LDP organizations are suspected of failing to list the names of organizations that paid more than ¥200,000 at events.
Ichikawa Ennosuke IV bows in front of media after being released on bail in July.
JAPAN / Crime & Legal
Nov 17, 2023
Ichikawa Ennosuke IV given suspended three-year prison term
The 47-year-old, whose real name is Takahiko Kinoshi, had been on trial over his role in a family suicide pact.
The crime scene following a stabbing near the University of Tokyo in January 2022
JAPAN / Crime & Legal
Nov 17, 2023
19-year-old gets prison term for stabbings near University of Tokyo
He was given an indeterminate sentence of six to 10 years for attacking two senior high school students and an elderly man.
Kenshi Koba, chairman of the Takarazuka theater group, bows his head in apology during a news conference in Takarazuka, Hyogo Prefecture, on Tuesday.
JAPAN / Society
Nov 14, 2023
No link to bullying in Takarazuka theater actress's suicide: panel
Although there was no evidence of harassment in the all-female musical theater troupe, the actress was most likely under immense pressure, the panel said.
Hiroshi Kawahito, a lawyer representing the bereaved family of a 25-year-old actress who was with the Takarazuka Revue theater company, speaks during a news conference on Friday in Tokyo.
Nov 10, 2023
Japan theater actress' suicide due to overwork and bullying: lawyer
Bereaved family members are demanding an apology and compensation from the Takarazuka Revue all-female musical theater company.
The Tokyo headquarters of the Family Federation for World Peace and Unification, known as the Unification Church
JAPAN / Society
Nov 6, 2023
Unification Church to propose up to ¥10 billion in compensation
The Unification Church plans to entrust up to ¥10 billion to the government to compensate former followers for claimed damages.
Nippon Steel has dropped lawsuits against Toyota and Mitsui & Co. over electrical steel sheet patents.
BUSINESS / Companies
Nov 3, 2023
Nippon Steel drops patent lawsuits against Toyota and Mitsui
Having two of Japan's manufacturing giants locked in a rare court battle signified the high stakes involved in materials production.
The civil case centers on whether a foreign national in a same-sex partnership with a Japanese citizen should be granted “long-term resident status,” which allows residency for up to five years in Japan.
JAPAN / Crime & Legal
Nov 2, 2023
Tokyo High Court rejects same-sex couple's residence status lawsuit
The civil case centers on whether a foreign national in a same-sex partnership with a Japanese citizen should be granted “long-term resident status.”


Tokashiki Beach acts as a sanctuary for sea turtles and offers ideal snorkeling waters. It was also the site of the U.S. Army’s preliminary invasion that led to the 1945 Battle of Okinawa, which resulted in the deaths of nearly 150,000 people.
On Okinawa's Tokashiki Island, life's a beach — one of the best in the world