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Five more cases of Japanese justice at work that have been in the news lately, running the gamut from the Fukushima disaster to a human rights group accused of doing wrong:

  • The Iwaki branch of Fukushima District Court has ordered Tepco to pay a total of some ¥600 million to 271 plaintiffs for their evacuation due to the 2011 nuclear disaster. The suit is the second in a series filed by evacuees who left their homes due to the Fukushima No. 1 meltdowns. The plaintiffs excluded the state from the suit to speed up the case.
  • Snow White was nowhere to be found but plenty of “ice” was seized after 10 dwarf drug-mules were cavity-searched on their way into Japan recently. A Malaysian national and two of his daughters have been arrested over a 6 kg haul of illegal stimulants found in ceramic figurines inspired by Disney’s “Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs” and ceramic apples.
Malaysian parent-and-child trio arrested over stimulants smuggled in dwarf- and apple-shaped ceramics [Japanese] | TBS NEWS
Malaysian parent-and-child trio arrested over stimulants smuggled in dwarf- and apple-shaped ceramics [Japanese] | TBS NEWS
  • A former executive director of Amnesty International Japan has sued the group for ¥5 million, claiming unfair dismissal after he was diagnosed with depression that stemmed from being forced to give reports in Japanese, sources say. Taro O’Sullivan says he was hired with the knowledge that he could speak Japanese at a conversational level but could barely read or write it.
  • Eiko Harada, 72, who served as the head of the Japanese subsidiaries of McDonald’s and Apple, as well as educational service provider Benesse, has been arrested on suspicion of domestic violence, Tokyo police say. His wife, in her 50s, called the police to their home after he allegedly kicked her in the leg.
  • Osaka District Court ruled Tuesday that it is fine for a prefecture-run high school to ask its students to dye their brown hair black based on school rules. The 21-year-old plaintiff claimed that she suffered mental distress and stopped going to school after she was ordered by teachers to dye her hair. The judge also rejected the woman’s claim that her natural hair color is brown.

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