World / Offbeat Dec 2, 2018

Suitor drops engagement ring into grate in Times Square

New York City police sought on Saturday for an unlucky suitor who dropped an engagement ring down a Times Square grating while proposing to his fiancee. Video shared on social media by the New York Police Department showed the man fumble the ring before lying ...

Princess Ayako to receive ¥107 million after she marries commoner

National Oct 11, 2018

Princess Ayako to receive ¥107 million after she marries commoner

Princess Ayako, the youngest daughter of Emperor Akihito's late cousin, will receive ¥106.75 million from the state after her expected marriage with commoner Kei Moriya later this month, a government council decided Thursday. Based on the law on Imperial household finance, the lump sum payment ...

Editorials Oct 6, 2018

Protect children in custody battles

Japan needs to tighten up its legal procedures for child-custody battles, and extra steps should be taken to make sure the children's interests are protected as well.

Asia Pacific / Social Issues Sep 27, 2018

India's top court rules adultery is no longer a crime

Adultery is no longer a crime, India's top court ruled Thursday, declaring a colonial-era law that punished the offense with jail time unconstitutional and discriminatory against women. The more than century-old law prescribed that any man who slept with a married woman without her husband's ...