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Is it appropriate to demolish the house when the murder case remains unsolved? There definitely are things that can be felt only at a crime scene. I would like people to get a sense of how they lived their lives. That sense could lead to a break in the case.

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An Irie, 62, whose sister Yasuko, 41 and her family were murdered in a house in Setagaya Ward in December 2000. Irie wants the derelict house to be preserved but police plan to demolish the aging structure despite the case remaining open. Read

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The council will consider designating acts of stopping in front of or rapidly approaching other vehicles on expressways with the aim of obstruction and causing the victims' vehicles to stop or slow down as dangerous driving under the law.

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Justice Minister Masako Mori, saying the ministry's Legislative Council is set to review the requirements for the crime of dangerous driving resulting in death or injury as defined by the reckless driving punishment law. Read

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There are government officials who even say things like, 'Evacuees won't leave if we allowed them luxuries.' There's no way sleeping on cardboard beds can be a luxury.

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Yoshihiro Mizutani, director of the Society for Disaster Shelter and Refuge Life. In the wake of natural disasters in Japan, "cardboard beds" have provided a relatively warmer and comfortable sleeping environment for victims at some evacuation centers, freeing them from the ordeal of having to sleep huddled on the chilly… Read

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We want workers who are eager to be of service to local communities to use the system.

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A Kobe municipal government official, referring to a system launched in 2017 to help its personnel take part in community activities for compensation. More civil servants are taking second jobs amid the nationwide labor crunch. Read

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There are many people who are still suffering from the pain they incurred 10 years ago, and we never think that we have restored trust 100%. By contributing to society through our businesses and developing continuously, we hope to recover trust.

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JAL President Yuji Akasaka, speaking in an interview 10 years after the airline went bankrupt 10 years ago with a debt of 2.3 trillion yen. JAL achieved a swift recovery thanks to public assistance, as well as job cuts and management reform under Kazuo Inamori, the founder of Kyocera Corp. Read

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There are people who question their parent-child relationship and worry if they are actually related. That's why it's important to know. It's up to the individuals to decide what to do after being presented with the results.

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An executive at a DNA testing firm. DNA paternity testing is becoming more common in Japan but some experts argue that such tests do not help the welfare of a child, as the relationship between a husband and wife, or parent and child can break down depending on the results… Read

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Remembering the dead through social networking sites allows users to come in contact with different aspects of the deceased through the written information and photos that becomes available on such sites.

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Atsushi Iseda, a lawyer who helps clients deal with issues associated with impending death. IT companies are increasingly having to deal with privacy concerns and compelling arguments that the reams of data should remain active or online as a sort of social record, rather than being wiped clean. Read

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There are cases where provisional leave cannot be granted due to security concerns. But the length of detention and conditions at detention facilities in Japan have been criticized internationally, and there needs to be improvement in regard to human rights.

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Hiroko Akizuki, professor of international law at Asia University. A growing number of detainees have been held half a year or longer at Japanese detention centers, and many are resorting to hunger strikes in a desperate attempt to escape limbo. Read

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This change will cut the cost of waste and help raise store profits. We will think about how to use the new system more widely after seeing how sales go.

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A spokesperson for convenience store chain FamilyMart which has changed the way it sells oden, a popular hot-pot dish that uses a variety of ingredients. Until now, customers choose the ingredients they want from the pot and what's left unsold after a few hours are then discarded. The stores will… Read

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