From prosecutorial and police work to out-of-court settlements, five examples of how the wheels of justice turn in Japan:
- Former PM Shinzo Abe was questioned by prosecutors Monday over allegations that his political group illegally covered part of the cost of dinner receptions for supporters, sources say. Prosecutors have already decided to build a case against Abe’s secretary but are unlikely to target the former premier himself, but the development could still weaken Abe’s political clout and deal a blow to his successor, Suga.
- A police officer fatally shot a man armed with a knife during a confrontation at the man’s house in Niigata on Friday night, police said. In a country with strict gun control, it is relatively rare for a police officer to fatally shoot a suspect, particularly one who is not carrying a firearm.
- Authorities on Monday began an on-site inspection of a drugmaker based in Fukui Prefecture whose antifungal medication, found to be tainted with a sleep-inducing component, is suspected of causing the death of two people and hospitalizing dozens more. The search of Kobayashi Kako is aimed at determining whether the company’s manufacturing and management standards are in violation of the law.
- Tokyo public prosecutors indicted three major Japanese drug wholesalers earlier this month on charges of rigging bids to supply prescription medicines to an independent administrative body. Alfresa, Suzuken and Toho Pharmaceutical were charged with unfairly restricting trade in violation of the anti-monopoly law.
- A gay man in his 20s has reached a rare out-of-court settlement with the company he used to work for after a superior revealed his sexual orientation without his consent, Kyodo reports. Experts on issues related to sexual minorities have pointed out that an out-of-court settlement over damage caused by outing someone is extremely unusual as legal disputes on the matter are uncommon in Japan.