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Surviving sexual assault in Japan, then victimized again

For most people, most of the time, it’s a cliche that’s hard to argue with: Japan is a safe country. But what safeguards are in place for women when it isn’t?   In fiscal 2015, 1,167 rapes and 6,596 cases of indecent assault were reported to the police across Japan. That might not sound like a lot. After all, the….Read more

  • September 27, 2017
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Counterfeit drugs increasing in Japan

NHK’s “Close-up Gendai+” reported on a recent incident in which drugs for hepatitis C treatment that cost about 1.5 million yen per bottle were found to be counterfeit even though they were properly procured from a pharmacy. The program said the incident came as a shock to patients and the pharmaceutical industry in Japan, explaining that the number of counterfeit….Read more

  • September 13, 2017
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Kyoto to host 2020 U.N. crime congress

TOKYO — The Justice Ministry said Tuesday the city of Kyoto will host a major U.N. meeting on crime prevention in April 2020.   It will be the first U.N. Congress on Crime Prevention and Criminal Justice to be held in Japan since 1970, when Kyoto was also the host city.   With the meeting taking place just ahead of….Read more

  • August 15, 2017
  • , Kyodo News , 10:21 a.m.
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POLITICS > Cabinet

Interview with new public safety commission chief

Interview with National Public Safety Commission Chairman Hachiro Okonogi

  • August 12, 2017
  • , Tokyo Shimbun , p. 6
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POLITICS > Cabinet

New justice minister determined to properly administer anti-conspiracy law

Yoko Kamikawa, who was appointed as justice minister in the Aug. 3 Cabinet reshuffle, gave an interview to the Nikkei and other media outlets on Aug. 10. As for the revised Act on Punishment of Organized Crimes and Control of Crime Proceeds, which criminalizes preparation for terrorism and other crimes by changing the conditions that constitute conspiracy, the new justice….Read more

  • August 11, 2017
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TV PROGRAMS > Close-up Gendai

Sagamihara massacre and hate crime

NHK’s “Close-up Gendai+” continued its series of reports on the Sagamihara massacre one year ago, in which 19 residents of a facility for people with disabilities were killed by Satoshi Uematsu, a former employee of the facility. According to the network, hate crimes like this one are increasing in the U.S. and Europe.   California State University Professor Brian Levin….Read more

  • July 27, 2017
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SOCIETY > Crime

Inmate who had appealed for retrial, 1 other executed

The Justice Ministry announced Thursday that it had executed two death row inmates earlier in the day at Osaka and Hiroshima detention centers.   One of the executed, Masakatsu Nishikawa, 61, was convicted of murdering four women, but had appealed for a retrial. It is extremely rare for a death row inmate in the process of appealing for a retrial….Read more

  • July 13, 2017
  • , The Japan News , 11:25 p.m.
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GOJ decides to sign Convention on Transnational Organized Crime

NHK reported this morning that the GOJ decided at a cabinet meeting this morning that following the effectuation of the anti-conspiracy law, Japan will sign the UN Convention on Transnational Organized Crime. Japan’s participation in the convention will take effect 30 days after procedures at the UN are completed. The network said since accession to the convention will make it easier for Japan to….Read more

  • July 11, 2017
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SOCIETY > Crime

Editorial: Tougher sex crime penalties fail to eliminate serious concerns

The Diet approved during its recent ordinary session an amendment to the Criminal Law that toughens penalties for sexual offenses, which will take effect July 13.   The essence of sex crimes consists in treating victims as objects, suppressing their will and trampling on their dignity. That is why such offenses are called “murder of the soul.”   The amendment….Read more

  • June 30, 2017
  • , The Asahi Shimbun , 12:40 p.m.
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Japan enacts law to toughen penalties for sex offenses

TOKYO — Japan’s parliament enacted Friday a law to impose longer prison sentences on rapists, while also covering male victims of sexual crimes.   In the first major revision to the criminal law since its enactment in the Meiji Era (1868-1912), when women could not vote, the bill passed the House of Councillors plenary session after clearing the House of….Read more

  • June 16, 2017
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