National Topics

Oct 30, 2014

Swimmer Tomita plans to deny stealing camera

Swimmer Naoya Tomita, who was summarily indicted for stealing a camera at last month’s Asian Games in Incheon, South Korea, plans to deny committing the theft, according to an informed source. Tomita, 25, intends to give an explanation of what happened at a news ...

Oct 30, 2014

Chigasaki deputy mayor dies on Hawaii sister-city trip

A Japanese deputy mayor who worked to establish a sister-cities relationship with Honolulu died a day after an agreement was signed with the Hawaii city. Takehiko Kimura, 63, deputy mayor of Chigasaki, Kanagawa Prefecture, died Saturday after he was pulled from the water off ...

Oct 30, 2014

Chile sentences man in '12 slaying of Japanese astronomer

A man has been sentenced to 10 years in prison for killing a Japanese astronomer who helped develop the international ALMA observatory in Chile. A court in Santiago sentenced Cristopher Quijada Villalobos for the robbery and manslaughter of Koichiro Morita. Police say the 57-year-old ...

Oct 27, 2014

Groper causes massive delay during Tokyo rush hour

Tokyo morning rush-hour trains were delayed Monday for up to 19 minutes due to a groper who assaulted a high school student but when identified dodged passengers and staff and escaped across the tracks. The shutdown affected 58,000 passengers on 36 trains, including some ...

Thai man confesses to killing a second Japanese

Oct 25, 2014

Thai man confesses to killing a second Japanese

The Thai man who admitted to killing Yoshinori Shimato, a 79-year-old Japanese teacher who had been missing since late September, has confessed to killing another Japanese man, a Thai police official said Friday. The confession was made by Somchai Kaewbangyang, 47, who is thought ...

3/11 charges for Tepco execs delayed by three months

Oct 25, 2014

3/11 charges for Tepco execs delayed by three months

Prosecutors have delayed for three months a decision on whether to charge three former executives of Tokyo Electric Power Co. for their handling of the 2011 Fukushima disaster, an official with a panel that requested the indictments said Friday. The Tokyo District Prosecutor’s Office ...

Oct 24, 2014

Bill would keep lay judges from handling lengthy trials

The Abe administration offered its backing on Friday for a bill that would keep lay judges from handling lengthy trials. The first-ever amendment to the law covering the lay judge system would leave such criminal trials solely to professional judges. The bill does not ...