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Liberal Democratic Party lawmaker Mito Kakizawa was sentenced Thursday to two years in prison, suspended for five years, for an illegal campaign finance offense related to a Tokyo ward election in April last year.
JAPAN / Crime & Legal
Mar 14, 2024
Ex-senior vice justice minister Mito Kakizawa found guilty of vote buying
"His criminal acts were malicious crimes and shook the people's confidence in the fairness of elections, which is the basis of democracy," the judge said.
Kazuto Inaba, a resident of Tokyo’s Edogawa Ward, was arrested shortly after noon on Tuesday at the Kameido branch of Mizuho bank. He has already confessed to the crime, citing financial difficulties.
JAPAN / Crime & Legal
Mar 13, 2024
Man arrested after robbery attempt at Mizuho Tokyo bank branch
The 57-year-old suspect threatened a desk clerk with a gun-like object, and demanded ¥500 million from him.
Kakizawa was serving his fifth term as a member of the House of Representatives until he stepped down as a lawmaker earlier this month following his indictment.
JAPAN / Crime & Legal
Feb 14, 2024
Former LDP lawmaker pleads guilty to illegal campaign financing
Mito Kakizawa said he would not contest the charges, which relate to a Tokyo ward mayoral election last April that was won by a candidate he backed.
A total of 65 stores in Toyosu Senkyaku Banrai offer various food and drinks, with many that incorporate fresh ingredients from the Toyosu market.
Jan 29, 2024
New Edo-inspired venue near Toyosu market offers more than fish
Toyosu Senkyaku Banrai hosts restaurants and an onsen area that uses water sourced from popular hot spring towns in Kanagawa Prefecture.
Mito Kakizawa (right) and former Koto Ward Mayor Yayoi Kimura in October
JAPAN / Crime & Legal
Jan 17, 2024
Ex-senior vice justice minister indicted for breach of election law
Including sums paid by secretaries, the lawmaker is suspected of having provided around ¥3.3 million to support a candidate he backed in a mayoral race.
Officials with the Tokyo District Public Prosecutor's Office raids the office of Lowr House lawmaker Mito Kakizawa in Tokyo's Edo Ward in November.
JAPAN / Politics
Jan 6, 2024
Lawmaker Mito Kakizawa to admit to vote-buying allegations
The Lower House lawmaker's admission to vote-buying allegations in a Tokyo mayoral election will come after an initial denial.
Lower House lawmaker Mito Kakizawa (back right) when he was appointed deputy justice minister in September
JAPAN / Crime & Legal
Dec 28, 2023
Japanese lawmaker Kakizawa arrested over vote-buying allegations
The former LDP member allegedly gave bribes to assembly members in Tokyo’s Koto Ward to garner support for a candidate in the Koto mayoral election.
Fire fighters put out a fire at a disposal site for oversized trash in Koto Ward, Tokyo, in November.
JAPAN / Society
Dec 26, 2023
Tokyo residents urged to hold on to large waste due to disposal site fire
Operations at the facility in Koto Ward were suspended following the fire, and the alternative facility handling the extra waste is nearing capacity.
Kakizawa resigned as senior vice justice minister in late October after admitting that he had proposed using an online advertisement in Yayoi Kimura's mayoral campaign, which is prohibited by the election law.
JAPAN / Crime & Legal
Dec 15, 2023
Prosecutors search lawmaker's home and office over Tokyo vote-buying
Lower House member Mito Kakizawa is suspected of paying money to several Koto Ward assembly members to get a mayoral candidate he backed elected.
The National Museum of Emerging Science and Innovation's new exhibition lets people experience life with robots.
JAPAN / Science & Health
Nov 22, 2023
Miraikan science museum debuts new permanent exhibition on aging
Visitors will be able to experience various age-related challenges such as blurry vision and heaviness in the legs.
Liberal Democratic Party lawmaker Mito Kakizawa's constituency office in Koto Ward.
JAPAN / Crime & Legal
Nov 17, 2023
Ruling party lawmaker suspected of vote-buying in Tokyo mayoral race
Several Koto Ward assembly members have already been questioned about potentially the payments.
Prosecutors search the office of House of Representatives lawmaker Mito Kakizawa in Tokyo's Koto Ward on Thursday.
JAPAN / Politics
Nov 16, 2023
Ruling party lawmaker's office searched over mayor race scandal
Several assembly members of Koto Ward have been already questioned on a voluntary basis about suspected payments.
Yayoi Kimura, mayor of Tokyo's Koto Ward, at a news conference to announce her resignation following allegations of election campaign violations.
Oct 27, 2023
Mayor of Tokyo ward to resign over alleged campaign violation
Koto Ward mayor Yayoi Kimura says she will resign following a probe by public prosecutors in connection with an alleged election law violation.
Yayoi Kimura, mayor of Tokyo's Koto Ward, speaks during a news conference in Tokyo in August.
JAPAN / Crime & Legal
Oct 25, 2023
Prosecutors raid Tokyo ward mayor's office over election campaign
The special squad of the Tokyo District Public Prosecutor's Office were acting on a criminal complaint filed by local residents against the mayor.
An image of an immersive attraction at Immersive Fort Tokyo slated to open next spring in Tokyo's Odaiba area.
BUSINESS / Companies
Oct 5, 2023
New immersive theme park to open in Tokyo’s Odaiba
The new facility, to be called Immersive Fort Tokyo, will feature 12 immersive attractions along with six shops and restaurants.
Yvie Oddly poses in front of Eagle Tokyo Blue, a Ni-chome bar instrumental in organizing many events around the Japan visits of "RuPaul's Drag Race" stars.
Oct 2, 2023
A 'Drag Race' tour brings inspiration and profits
When the competitors of "RuPaul's Drag Race" come through Tokyo, the local scene gets a major boost.
Japan Times
LIFE / Food & Drink
Feb 19, 2023
Kiwi cafe culture goes down smooth at Iki’s coffeehouses
In the unassuming Kiyosumi Shirakawa neighborhood, two coffeeshops pride themselves on recreating the experience of a morning out at an Auckland or Christchurch cafe.
Japan Times
Feb 4, 2021
Uptick in oysters bring things down at Olympic rowing venue
Large numbers of the shellfish have become attached to the surfaces of cylindrical floats deployed to suppress waves at the facility, causing them to fail to function efficiently.
Japan Times
BUSINESS / Economy
Jan 5, 2021
Tuna sold at new year Tokyo auction goes for 10% of 2020 price
The price is well below the previous year's u00a5193.2 million paid by a Tokyo-based sushi restaurant chain operator.
Japan Times
Nov 2, 2020
Tokyo's tuna auctions resume public viewing after eight-month hiatus
Only 27 spectators are allowed to attend to the auctions each day, down from 120 before the coronavirus pandemic.


Yayoi Kusama’s “Pumpkin,” once the victim of high waves that dragged it into the sea, sits at the end of a pier on the south side of Naoshima.
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