Here’s a roundup of recent developments in high-profile cases churning their way through Japan’s justice system:
- The means, the motive and the opportunity? Despite an apparent lack of physical evidence, prosecutors have decided to charge the young widow of the self-proclaimed “Don Juan of Kishu” with murder after all, Eric Johnston reports.
- The Tokyo High Court has ruled that it was legal for the trade ministry to impose restrictions on a transgender official’s use of restrooms after complaints from female staff, Kyodo reports. This comes after a lower court sided with the plaintiff.
- Four foreign nationals have sued the Osaka immigration bureau after guards locked them up overnight with 13 other detainees in a cell meant for six people, with no water and no electricity, even as a big earthquake struck the region.
- Paying the price for others not paying a price, a 29-year-old man was sentenced last week to three years in prison for operating an illegal manga website that allowed people to read pirated copies of popular comics such as “One Piece.”
- The capturing and sharing of sexualized images of female athletes is considered a growing problem with no easy legal remedies. Yet last month, Tokyo police arrested a man for alleged copyright infringement after he posted pictures of sportswomen on his porn website.