Sticks and Stones

Japanese lawmakers passed a bill Monday that would make online insults punishable by prison terms and steep fines, legislation considered a major step in tackling cyberbullying in the country, Kyodo News reported. The new rules come two years after the death of Hana Kimura, a 22-year-old...

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Bar All, Bar None

Japan is preparing to reopen to foreign tourists this month, even as Hollywood celebrities and South Korean entertainers have been able to enter the country amid strict border closures because of the coronavirus pandemic, the Washington Post reported. Over the past weeks, foreign actors and K-pop...

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Paying Dues

The founder of one of the world’s most infamous terrorist groups in the 1970s walked free from a Japanese prison Saturday after serving a 20-year sentence, apologizing for the damage she and her group had inflicted on the innocent decades ago, Sky News reported. Fusako Shigenobu,...

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Plan B

Japanese lawmakers passed an economic security bill Wednesday aimed at protecting the country's supply chains and critical infrastructure from theft and cyberattacks amid growing tensions with China, Reuters reported. The legislation would allow the government to closely monitor Japanese companies working in sensitive sectors, including transport,...

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Paying Dues

A Japanese court ruled Tuesday that the government must compensate three disabled people who underwent forced sterilization under the now-defunct eugenics protection law, the first ruling in which damages have been awarded to plaintiffs, the Japanese-based Kyodo reported. The Osaka High Court said the government must pay...

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