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Police arrest 6 on discovery of massive fake ID operation

By YUJI MASUYAMA/ Staff Writer   Police have arrested six Japanese and Chinese nationals in connection with the alleged sale of counterfeit residence cards through foreign brokers.   A joint investigation team, comprising members of the Tokyo Metropolitan Police Department and five prefectural police departments, announced on Sept. 29 it busted six people, aged 29 to 34, on suspicion of….Read more

  • September 29, 2022
  • , The Asahi Shimbun , 4:09 p.m.
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Japan to criminalize cannabis use

Tokyo, Sept. 29 (Jiji Press)–Japan’s health ministry Thursday proposed criminalizing cannabis use as the country’s existing marijuana control law has no provision that punishes users.   The ministry also proposed lifting the ban on cannabis use for medical purposes.   The law currently bans possession, cultivation of cannabis plants and the use of medical products made from cannabis.   When….Read more

  • September 29, 2022
  • , Jiji Press , 10:57 p.m.
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Police arrest man carrying gunpowder near U.S. Embassy Tokyo in August

Mainichi, Sankei, and Yomiuri wrote that the Public Safety Bureau of the Tokyo Metropolitan Police Department arrested on Tuesday a 26-year-old student from Osaka who had in his possession about 160 grams of gunpowder on the street in front of the U.S. Embassy in Tokyo on Aug. 8 on suspicion of violating the Explosives Control Law. The papers wrote that….Read more

  • September 21, 2022
  • , Mainichi, Yomiuri, Sankei , NHK, NTV, TBS
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Flaws in Japan’s legal system make hate crime hard to punish: experts

KYOTO — Japan’s lack of a legal system that provides a concrete basis for punishing hate crime has been singled out by experts ahead of a court ruling over arson attacks on houses and other buildings associated with “Zainichi” Korean residents.   On Aug. 30, the Kyoto District Court will deliver its verdict on Shogo Arimoto, 23, a resident of….Read more

  • August 29, 2022
  • , The Mainichi
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More drugs smuggled into Japan through international mail

The Aichi Prefectural Police have uncovered a case in which a foreign national asked a Japanese man with whom the foreign national became acquainted through social media to forward a package containing drugs  by saying, “I want you to deliver relief goods to impoverished Japanese children.” Previously, foreign nationals often smuggled drugs into Japan by entrusting packages to Japanese nationals….Read more

  • August 18, 2022
  • , Nikkei evening edition , p. 9
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Japan-Vietnam criminal investigation cooperation treaty to take effect this month

A mutual legal assistance treaty between Japan and Vietnam to facilitate criminal investigations between the two countries will take effect on Aug. 31.   The accord is intended to enhance cooperation between Japanese and Vietnamese authorities, amid a rise in crimes committed by Vietnamese nationals in Japan.   Signed by representatives of both countries last November, the treaty was approved….Read more

  • August 10, 2022
  • , The Japan News , 3:43 p.m.
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Man possessing what appeared to be explosive device questioned in front of U.S. Embassy

TV Asahi, Fuji TV, Sankei, and Jiji reported online that a man who was questioned by police officers in front of the U.S. Embassy in Tokyo at around 9 p.m. on Monday was in possession of what appeared to be an explosive device containing gunpowder. According to reports, the man, who claimed to be a university student in his 20s….Read more

  • August 10, 2022
  • , Sankei , Fuji TV, TV Asahi , Jiji
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Police question man possessing explosive material near U.S. Embassy in Tokyo

Yomiuri wrote that police officers found what appeared to be an explosive device containing homemade gunpowder in the belongings of a man they questioned in front of the U.S. Embassy in Tokyo at around 9:00 p.m. on Monday. The police are investigating the incident on suspicion of violation of the Explosives Control Law because the man reportedly told them he….Read more

  • August 10, 2022
  • , Yomiuri
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Australian victim of rape by U.S. servicemember calls for clarification of standards on custody transfer

On Aug. 4, Catherine Jane Fisher, who was sexually assaulted by a U.S. servicemember and has openly discussed crimes involving U.S. military personnel, met a Ministry of Foreign Affairs official in the National Diet building and handed a petition that calls for clarifying the standards for the transfer of custody of servicemember perpetrators.  Lower House member Akamine Seiken of the….Read more

  • August 5, 2022
  • , Akahata , p. 4
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Tokyo prosecutors drop the case involving illegal export of motor that could be used for weapons

The Tokyo District Public Prosecutors Office dropped the case involving the unauthorized export of motors to a Chinese firm as of July 22. In July 2021, the Tokyo Metropolitan Police sent papers involving Tonegawa Seiko (Ota Ward, Tokyo) and the firm’s President Bando Haruo (90 years old) to prosecutors on suspicion of violating the Foreign Exchange and Foreign Trade Law.….Read more

  • July 26, 2022
  • , Yomiuri , p. 33
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