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Japan provided U.S. with information on one criminal suspect last year

Asahi reported that based on a pact with the United States for preventing heinous crimes, Japan provided to the United States last year data on one criminal suspect, including the individual’s name, birthdate, and criminal record. The data was forwarded following the successful identification by the National Police Agency of the suspect’s fingerprints. In total, the U.S. side reportedly asked….Read more

  • February 25, 2022
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SOCIETY > Crime

Vox Populi: The messy saga of Nissan versus Ghosn continues

While former Nissan Motor Co. Chairman Carlos Ghosn, 67, was still in power, he was perceived as “tyrannical,” “high-handed” and “headstrong.”   And the atmosphere in the company enabled Ghosn’s “proteges” and “cronies” to throw their weight around.   The Tokyo District Court will hand down a ruling next week on former Nissan executive Greg Kelly, 65, who was charged….Read more

  • February 22, 2022
  • , The Asahi Shimbun , 1:30 p.m.
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SECURITY

Prosecutor asks for three-year imprisonment for two U.S. Marines who smuggled marijuana

The first trial of two Camp Hansen servicemembers, who allegedly smuggled a total of 160 grams of marijuana pieces for profit-making and are indicted on charges of violating the Cannabis Control Act and the Customs Act, was held at the Naha District Court (presiding judge: Kimijima Naoyuki) on Feb. 17. The lance corporals, aged 26 and 25, admitted to the….Read more

  • February 18, 2022
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SOCIETY > Crime

llegal drugs seized by Japan in 2021 top 1 ton for 6th year

Tokyo, Feb. 17 (Jiji Press)–The amount of illegal drugs seized by Japanese customs in 2021 exceeded 1 ton for the sixth consecutive year, the Finance Ministry has announced.   The annual total stood at 1,138 kilograms, down 41 pct from the previous year. The number of illegal drug seizure cases came to 833, up 12 pct.   “We’ll keep our….Read more

  • February 17, 2022
  • , Jiji Press , 10:47 a.m.
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SOCIETY > Crime

Prosecutor requests three-year prison sentence for U.S. servicemember

On Jan. 28, the first trial of a 24-year-old U.S. Marine corporal was held at the Naha District Court. The corporal was charged with smuggling about two kilograms of marijuana and other illegal drugs for profit and thereby violating the Cannabis Control Act and the Customs Act. The accused admitted to the charges. The prosecutor asked he be given a….Read more

  • January 29, 2022
  • , Okinawa Times , p. 24
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SOCIETY > Crime

Limited disclosure of minor offenders’ names being considered

Tokyo, Jan. 20 (Jiji Press)–Japan’s Supreme Public Prosecutors Office is considering identifying 18- and 19-year-old offenders by name only when they stand trial under the lay judge system, informed sources said Thursday.     From April, 18- and 19-year-olds charged with crimes will be regarded as specified juveniles whose real names can be publicized at the time of indictment based on….Read more

  • January 20, 2022
  • , Jiji Press , 10:55 p.m.
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SOCIETY > Crime

Editorial: Random attacks offer a glimpse into society’s ‘malady’

There seems to be no end to indiscriminate assaults by people with a death wish of their own.   Statements given by perpetrators and the backgrounds of the crimes reveal the offenders’ social isolation and general despair with life.   A senior high school student went on a stabbing spree Jan. 15 and injured three people in front of the….Read more

  • January 19, 2022
  • , The Asahi Shimbun , 2:55 p.m.
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POLITICS

Anti-NHK Party leader found guilty of abuses

Tokyo, Jan. 20 (Jiji Press)–Tokyo District Court on Thursday found Takashi Tachibana, head of a single-issue Japanese political party critical of public broadcaster NHK, guilty of abuses including threatening a local assembly member.     Presiding Judge Koji Saeki sentenced the 54-year-old leader of NHK to Saiban Shiteru To Bengoshiho 72 Jo Ihan De to 30 months in prison, suspended for….Read more

  • January 20, 2022
  • , Jiji Press , 4:41 p.m.
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POLITICS

JCG investigated 6,448 maritime crimes in 2021

On Jan. 19, the Japan Coast Guard (JCG) announced it investigated a total of 6,448 maritime crimes in 2021. This is down by 830 from the previous year. Illegal fishing cases, however, increased by 44 to number 2,098. According to the JCG, in recent years, illegal fishing has been conducted on a larger scale due to the involvement of crime….Read more

  • January 20, 2022
  • , Yomiuri , p. 33
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SOCIETY > Crime

Editorial: Knife attack on entrance examinees a selfish act that leaves us speechless

People are likely to wonder how much time the test takers spent preparing for this day. A boy’s atrocious act, which was intended to ruin such efforts, has inevitably caused outrage.   On Saturday, the first day of the Common Test for University Admissions, two examinees, a boy and a girl, and a 72 year-old man were stabbed with a….Read more

  • January 17, 2022
  • , The Japan News , 3:01 p.m.
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