National Topics

'Ransomware' affecting PCs in Japan

Following a surge in the United States, contamination of personal computers with “ransomware,” a type of malicious software that prevents users from accessing files and demands payment for restoration, is spreading in Japan. Experts warn PC users that even paying the ransom doesn’t necessary get their machines back to normal. ...

May 1, 2015

Ex-pro soccer player held in Sagamihara home intrusion, rape

The Kanagawa Prefectural Police said they have arrested a 26-year-old former professional soccer player on suspicion of intruding into a woman’s apartment and raping her. Sho Kamimura of Warabi, Saitama Prefecture, an employee of a medical corporation, allegedly got into a 22-year-old woman’s apartment ...

Apr 30, 2015

Dentist group offices raided over donations to LDP lawmaker

Prosecutors raided a dentist group’s office in Tokyo on Thursday, amid allegations it exceeded political donation limits in its support of Liberal Democratic Party lawmaker Midori Ishii. A special investigative arm of the Tokyo District Public Prosecutor’s Office searched the office of the Japan ...

Apr 30, 2015

Okinawa Tokushukai to lose special tax status over campaign activities

The National Tax Agency told Okinawa Tokushukai on Wednesday it was revoking the group’s certification as a special medical corporation eligible for preferential tax treatment. The agency concluded that former House of Representatives lawmaker Takeshi Tokuda’s campaign for the 2009 Lower House election violated ...

Apr 30, 2015

Tokyo police studying technology to detect, capture drones

Tokyo police are studying technology for capturing suspicious drones as part of efforts to boost surveillance of airspace above important facilities, following the recent discovery of a drone on the roof of the prime minister’s office, Jiji Press learned Wednesday. The Metropolitan Police Department ...

Visa overstayers march for right to remain in Japan

Apr 29, 2015

Visa overstayers march for right to remain in Japan

by Tomohiro Osaki

Visa overstayers facing deportation orders marched through Tokyo’s Ginza district on Wednesday afternoon, pleading for permission to remain in a country that many have called home for decades. Organized by nonprofit organization Asian People’s Friendship Society (APFS), the parade featured about 70 of visa ...

Apr 28, 2015

12th court ruling questions constitutionality of 2014 election

The Okayama branch of the Hiroshima High Court ruled Tuesday that the results of the 2014 House of Representatives election were “in a state of unconstitutionality” due to disparities in the weight of votes between constituencies, but it rejected the plaintiffs’ demand to nullify ...

Obuchi ex-aides indicted over irregularities in funds reports

Apr 28, 2015

Obuchi ex-aides indicted over irregularities in funds reports

Prosecutors on Tuesday indicted two former secretaries of Yuko Obuchi, a lawmaker who resigned as industry minister last year, over suspected falsification of political funds reports from her funds management body. Prosecutors dropped the case against Obuchi due to a lack of evidence. The ...