Court Awards $240 Million For Kadena Base Noise

Court awards $240 million for Kadena base noise

A high court has ordered Japan's government to pay more than 240 million dollars to people living near the US Kadena airbase in Okinawa for suffering due to aircraft noise. But it rejected their demand for a ban on nighttime flights of US military aircraft.

The Naha branch of the Fukuoka High Court handed down the ruling on Wednesday.

Court Grants Damages Over Kadena Base Noise

Court grants damages over Kadena base noise

A Japanese high court has ordered the central government to compensate people living around a US airbase in Okinawa for their suffering from aircraft noise.

The Naha branch of the Fukuoka High Court on Wednesday awarded over 26 billion yen, or more than 240 million dollars, to a group of about 22,000 plaintiffs who live near the US Kadena Air Base.

Court Procedures Begin For Sale Of Mhi Assets

Court procedures begin for sale of MHI assets

Lawyers for South Korean plaintiffs seeking damages for wartime labor say they have begun court procedures to sell assets seized from Japan's Mitsubishi Heavy Industries.

They say they have asked the Mitsubishi side for a meeting three times but the requests were ignored. They also say three of the plaintiffs have passed away while MHI refuses to implement a ruling by South Korea's Supreme Court.

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.

Court To Decide Owner Of Ex-aum Leader's Remains

Court to decide owner of ex-Aum leader's remains

A daughter of the late Aum Shinrikyo cult leader Shoko Asahara has asked a court to decide who should take possession of his ashes.

Sources say the fourth daughter of Asahara, whose real name was Chizuo Matsumoto, filed the request with the Tokyo Family Court last December. She has said she wanted to be the keeper of his remains in line with her father's wishes.

Supreme Court Rejects Retrial In Murder Case

Supreme Court rejects retrial in murder case

Japan's Supreme Court has rejected lower court decisions granting a woman a retrial in a 40-year-old murder case. It is believed to be the first time the Supreme Court rejected approval for a retrial by a district court and a high court.

Ayako Haraguchi was convicted in the 1979 death of her brother-in-law. The 92-year-old served a 10-year prison sentence but maintains her innocence.

Court Nixes Request To Halt Sendai Nuclear Restart

Court nixes request to halt Sendai nuclear restart

A Japanese court has rejected a request to revoke government approval for restarting nuclear reactors at the Sendai power plant in southwestern Japan. The request argued that the plant operator has not taken the necessary measures against possible volcanic eruptions in its surrounding areas.

The Fukuoka District Court on Monday handed down the ruling on a lawsuit filed by 33 residents over the nuclear plant in Kagoshima Prefecture.

Court Dismisses Sterilization Compensation Claim

Court dismisses sterilization compensation claim

A Japanese court has dismissed claims for state compensation filed by two women who were forcibly sterilized decades ago under the now-defunct Eugenic Protection Law. But it declared that the law was unconstitutional.

About 25,000 people are said to have been sterilized under the law that was in effect from 1948 through 1996 on the grounds that they suffered from mental disorders, genetic diseases or other ailments.

Supreme Court Says Lay Judge System Working Well

Supreme Court says lay judge system working well

Japan's Supreme Court has released a report saying that the lay judge system has largely worked well since it was launched a decade ago.

The system, which will mark its 10th anniversary next Tuesday, has so far handled 12,000 cases, with about 90,000 citizens taking part as lay judges.

Court Grants Ghosn Bail

Court grants Ghosn bail

Nissan Mortor's former chairman Carlos Ghosn will be free again from detention. A Tokyo court granted him bail earlier on Thursday. And it has just rejected an appeal from prosecutors. That paves the way for his release.

Ghosn was rearrested earlier this month for aggravated breach of trust and has since been charged.

Tokyo Court Grants Carlos Ghosn Bail

Tokyo court grants Carlos Ghosn bail

The Tokyo District Court has granted bail to former Nissan chairman Carlos Ghosn. The 65-year-old was detained for a second time earlier this month. Prosecutors then charged him with aggravated breach of trust.

The court has set Ghosn's bail at about 4.5 million dollars.

Court Allows 8 More Days' Detention Of Ghosn

Court allows 8 more days' detention of Ghosn

The Tokyo District Court has allowed investigators to keep former Nissan Motor chairman Carlos Ghosn in custody for eight more days to investigate his alleged financial misconduct.

The court on Friday decided that a special team at the Tokyo District Prosecutors Office, which is investigating Ghosn, can hold him until April 22.

Carole Ghosn Questioned At Japanese Court

Carole Ghosn questioned at Japanese court

Japanese prosecutors have questioned the wife of former Nissan Motor chairman Carlos Ghosn at a Tokyo court. They are believed to have asked her about an alleged flow of funds from Nissan.

Carole Ghosn was summoned to the Tokyo District Court on Thursday as a witness at the request of prosecutors.