Updates on five high-profile cases at various stages of their winding journey through Japan’s legal system:
- The Supreme Court on Monday ruled in favor of around 500 plaintiffs seeking damages from the state for diseases contracted by construction workers following exposure to asbestos, saying the government neglected its duty to protect the workers.
- The top court last month overturned a high court ruling that cited a 20-year time limit to deny damages to hepatitis B patients who had relapsed. The plaintiffs are men in their 60s who were infected with the virus through vaccinations as children.
- The Sapporo District Court on Thursday dismissed a damages suit filed by a man who claimed to have developed bladder, stomach and colon cancers due to work removing debris at the Fukushima No. 1 plant after the 2011 nuclear meltdown.
- Ruling explicitly that racial discrimination is illegal, the Tokyo High Court has ordered a man to pay an unusually high ¥1.3 million in damages to an 18-year-old student for posting discriminatory comments about Koreans living in Japan on his blog.
- Three weeks after the arrest of Saki Sudo, 25, on suspicion of murdering her wealthy husband, Kosuke Nozaki, 77, speculation is mounting that Wakayama police will have to release her Wednesday due to a lack of evidence, Eric Johnston reports.