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  1. News - Asia - JAPAN

    Scandal-hit research scientist commits suicide in research centre

    Posted Aug 05th 2014, 10:41pm by AFP

    ... are investigating the case as a suspected suicide." A Riken spokesman later confirmed Sasai's death was suicide, saying: "We were aware that [Sasai] had been mentally and physically ...

    http://www.scmp.com/news/asia/article/1567142/scandal-hit-research-scientist-commits-suicide-research-centre
  2. News - Asia - JAPAN

    Ex-Tepco executives deserve indictment over Fukushima nuclear crisis, says Tokyo panel

    Posted Jul 31st 2014, 01:30pm by AFP

    ... prosecutors announced last year that they would not pursue a criminal case. But about 5,700 people, including Fukushima residents affected by the nuclear crisis, were dissatisfied with the prosecutors' decision and asked the inquest panel to review the case last October. The new ruling means that prosecutors must reconsider their decision. Another refusal to indict may end ...

    http://www.scmp.com/news/asia/article/1563359/ex-tepco-executives-deserve-indictment-over-fukushima-nuclear-crisis-says
  3. News - Asia - JAPAN

    More Japanese women freeze eggs and put their careers first

    Posted Aug 03rd 2014, 06:14am by KYODO

    ... her eggs "as insurance in case I can't get pregnant naturally in the future". Participants in such seminars also include unmarried women, some of whom want to freeze eggs when ...

    http://www.scmp.com/news/asia/article/1565166/more-japanese-women-freeze-eggs-and-put-their-careers-first
  4. News - Asia - JAPAN

    Japanese girl accused of beheading friend has history of violence

    Posted Aug 01st 2014, 12:36am by AP

    ... But police were not informed at the time. "Evidently it was a case of attempted murder," an official at the prefectural police said. "If we had known about it, the incident this time ...

    http://www.scmp.com/news/asia/article/1563720/japanese-girl-accused-beheading-friend-has-history-violence
  5. News - Asia - JAPAN

    Japanese murder suspect, 16, says she ‘wanted to dissect’ someone

    Posted Jul 29th 2014, 10:11pm by AFP

    ... she graduated from used to visit her apartment once a week to talk with her. Violent crime is still relatively rare in Japan, but several high-profile cases involving young people in recent ...

    http://www.scmp.com/news/asia/article/1562100/japanese-murder-suspect-16-says-she-wanted-dissect-someone
  6. News - Asia - JAPAN

    Anger erupts over court denial of welfare to foreign permanent residents of Japan

    Posted Jul 21st 2014, 10:49pm by Julian Ryall

    ... was refused because she had savings. The woman launched a legal case demanding that the decision be reversed on the grounds that she had paid taxes to the national and prefectural governments ... residents will be asking themselves why they have to pay their taxes." The Oita case has been followed closely by Debito Arudou, a naturalised Japanese who was born in the United States and has ...

    http://www.scmp.com/news/asia/article/1557063/anger-erupts-over-court-denial-welfare-foreign-permanent-residents-japan
  7. News - Asia - JAPAN

    Recent child abuse cases in Japan 'just the tip of the iceberg', say experts

    Posted Feb 27th 2014, 11:43pm by Julian Ryall

    ... Ministry of Health, Labour and Welfare for the 12 months to March last year show a record 66,807 child abuse cases were reported to the authorities. A study carried out by the ministry ...

    http://www.scmp.com/news/asia/article/1436658/recent-child-abuse-cases-japan-just-tip-iceberg-say-experts
  8. News - Asia - JAPAN

    Comfort women were just 'wartime prostitutes', says Japanese delegation

    Posted Jul 09th 2014, 11:01pm by Julian Ryall

    ... by groups and the government in South Korea but also by China. She suggested that if South Korea believed Japan had a case to answer it should take it to the International Court of Justice. China, ...

    http://www.scmp.com/news/asia/article/1550620/comfort-women-were-just-wartime-prostitutes-says-japanese-delegation
  9. News - Asia - JAPAN

    Japan exploiting Asian guest workers, US State Department report says

    Posted Jun 25th 2014, 10:22pm by Julian Ryall

    ... housing that keeps them in debt", the report said. In some cases, company owners have confiscated trainees' passports and other personal documents, effectively making them illegal aliens ... "The reality of the system is different from the purpose that was initially stated, and it is simply a way of exploiting cheap labour," she said. "There have been numerous cases ...

    http://www.scmp.com/news/asia/article/1540535/japan-exploiting-asian-guest-workers-us-state-department-report-says
  10. News - Asia - JAPAN

    Triple murderer, 68, hanged in Japan for ‘extremely cruel’ crimes

    Posted Jun 26th 2014, 12:49pm

    ... in 2007. “It was an extremely cruel case,” Justice Minister Sadakazu Tanigaki said. “I ordered the execution after prudent consideration,” he said. Apart from the United States, Japan is the only ...

    http://www.scmp.com/news/asia/article/1540883/japan-hangs-killer-first-execution-year

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