National Aug 6, 2013

Test of Mount Fuji fee collection called success

by Masaaki Kameda

Yamanashi and Shizuoka took in more than ¥34 million from climbers willing to pay a fee to scale Mount Fuji, which straddles the prefectures, during a 10-day trial period this summer, prefectural officials said Tuesday. The voluntary admission fee of ¥1,000 charged between July 25 ...

Man to hang over Osaka murders

National / Crime & Legal Jun 27, 2013

Man to hang over Osaka murders

The Osaka District Court on Wednesday sentenced a 46-year-old man to death after a lay judge trial convicted him in the 2004 slaying of an elderly couple in the victims' home. Ex-construction worker Katsuaki Suzuki had pleaded not guilty, but the panel of three professional ...

National / Crime & Legal Jan 29, 2013

12-year term urged in Somalis' piracy trial

by Masami Ito

Prosecutors on Monday demanded 12-year prison terms for two Somalis being tried on charges of boarding and attempting to hijack a Bahama-registered oil tanker operated by a Japanese company in the Indian Ocean in 2011. This is the first case being prosecuted under the 2009 ...