Care Home Killer Withdraws Appeal

Care home killer withdraws appeal

A defendant sentenced to death for killing 19 people with intellectual disabilities at a care home near Tokyo has withdrawn an appeal to a higher court. The sentence is to be finalized after midnight on Monday.

The Yokohama District Court on March 16 handed down the ruling to 30-year-old Uematsu Satoshi for the murders in Sagamihara City four years ago. Uematsu worked at the facility before the murders.

Appeal Filed Against Former Tepco Executives

Appeal filed against former TEPCO executives

An appeal has been filed against a ruling that cleared three former Tokyo Electric Power Company executives of professional negligence resulting in death and injury. It was the only criminal prosecution arising from the Fukushima nuclear disaster in 2011.

The Tokyo District Court acquitted the men on September 19.

Fukushima Civic Group Asks Prosecution To Appeal

Fukushima civic group asks prosecution to appeal

A civic group who filed a criminal complaint against the three former executives of Tokyo Electric Power Company has demanded that prosecution should appeal against the non-guilty ruling.

The leader of the group, Ruiko Muto, has told a news conference that the ruling is totally unacceptable.

Abe: Govt. Will Not Appeal Leprosy Court Ruling

Abe: Govt. will not appeal leprosy court ruling

Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe says his government will not appeal a court ruling that ordered it to pay damages to families of former patients of Hansen's disease.

The Kumamoto District Court in southwestern Japan ordered the central government on June 28 to pay about 3.5 million dollars in damages in a lawsuit filed by more than 500 plaintiffs across the country.

Leaders Appeal For Votes As Campaign Begins

Leaders appeal for votes as campaign begins

Official campaigning is underway in Japan's Upper House election set for July 21. It may prove to be a barometer of public opinion on the current administration's six and a half years in power.

The ruling coalition consists of Prime Minister Shinzo Abe's Liberal Democratic Party and its junior partner, Komeito.

Abductees' Families To Make Appeal At Un

Abductees' families to make appeal at UN

The families of Japanese nationals abducted by North Korea are to visit the UN headquarters in New York to appeal for cooperation to bring their loved ones home.

Takuya Yokota, the younger brother of abductee Megumi Yokota, and Koichiro Iizuka, the son of abductee Yaeko Taguchi, left Tokyo's Haneda airport on Friday. They were accompanied by people whose missing family members may have been taken to the North.

Nissan Slashes Profit Forecast As Ghosn Arrest Hurts Brand Appeal

Nissan slashes profit forecast as Ghosn arrest hurts brand appeal

TOKYO — Nissan cut its profit forecast for the fiscal year through March on Wednesday to reflect slowing sales, higher costs and the fallout from a criminal investigation of its former chairman, Carlos Ghosn. Nissan Motor Co. expects to post a 319 billion yen ($2.9 billion) profit for the fiscal year, marking a 22% drop from its earlier 410 billion yen ($3.7 billion) forecast.

Nissan said the downgrade reflects higher costs in the U.S. from a warranty extension campaign for some vehicles and falling sales due to "corporate issues," alluding to the Ghosn scandal. Ghosn was arrested in November and is facing charges of underreporting his income and breach of trust. He says he is innocent. He was released on bail in March and is awaiting another court decision on bail after his re-arrest on April 4. Nissan, which is allied with Renault SA of France, has seen sales lag in France and Japan, where Ghosn is widely known. In the U.S. and China, buyers aren't as affected by the scandal, but the markets there overall have slowed. Other factors contributed to the revision, such as production not keeping up with demand for the Note, an extremely popular model in Japan. But the high-profile scandal has weakened the brand appeal of the maker of the Leaf electric car, Infiniti luxury model and X-trail sports utility vehicle. Nissan said it expects to sell 5.5 million vehicles in this fiscal year. Earlier it predicted it would sell 5.6 million. The company sold nearly 5.8 million vehicles in the fiscal year that ended in March 2018. The automaker reduced its sales outlook by 0.2% for the fiscal year through March 2019 to 11.5 trillion yen ($103 billion), compared to its previous forecast. It was Nissan's second downgrade for its outlook following one in February that cited faltering sales in China and the U.S. At that time, Nissan also logged costs about 9.2 billion yen ($83 million) related to the alleged underreporting of Ghosn's compensation. Nissan has promised to strengthen its corporate governance to prevent a recurrence of what it says is serious wrongdoing by Ghosn. Ghosn was sent by Nissan's French alliance partner, Renault SA, to help turn the Japanese automaker around when it was near bankruptcy 20 years ago. The future of the alliance is one of many questions clouding Nissan's future following Ghosn's ouster since he was the main liaison for the alliance, which includes smaller Japanese automaker Mitsubishi Motors. Renault owns 43 percent of Nissan, while Nissan owns 15 percent of Renault. There has been speculation Renault wants a complete merger with Nissan. Nissan, based in Yokohama, reports earnings May 14. ___ Follow Yuri Kageyama on Twitter On Instagram

Prosecutors Appeal Granting Of Bail To Ghosn

Prosecutors appeal granting of bail to Ghosn

Tokyo prosecutors have filed a quasi-appeal after the Tokyo District Court's decision on Tuesday to grant bail to former Nissan Motor chairman Carlos Ghosn.

Ghosn has been detained for 107 days, since his first arrest last November. He's been indicted for underreporting his executive compensation in violation of the Financial Instruments and Exchange Act, and aggravated breach of trust for inappropriately shifting Nissan's funds.

Prosecutors File Quasi-appeal Over Ghosn Bail

Prosecutors file quasi-appeal over Ghosn bail

Tokyo prosecutors have filed a quasi-appeal after the Tokyo District Court granted bail to former Nissan Motor chairman Carlos Ghosn on Tuesday.

Ghosn could be released on Tuesday for the first time in 107 days if the court dismisses the quasi-appeal and the former auto executive pays 8.9 million dollars in bail.