A Japanese diplomat in San Francisco who allegedly abused his wife for more than a year and stabbed her with a miniature screwdriver was sentenced Monday to a year in jail.
Yoshiaki Nagaya, 33, will report to San Mateo County Jail on May 4 and serve at least six months, said Tricia Povah, a deputy district attorney.
Nagaya, vice consul at the Japanese Consulate in San Francisco, was arrested in March 2012 after his wife, Yuka Nagaya, told police that she fell out of parked car and hit the ground during an argument in a garage near the couple's San Bruno apartment.
Yuka Nagaya told investigators that her husband repeatedly injured her from January 2011, about a month after the couple married, until she went to police. She provided investigators with photos of each injury, prosecutors said.
Yoshiaki Nagaya pleaded no contest to two counts of domestic violence in December. He still works at the Japanese Consulate, said Deputy Consul General Nobuhiro Watanabe. Diplomatic immunity did not apply to his case.
Defense Minister Itsunori Onodera said Monday the government has identified the country whose submarine was detected while submerged the previous day near Okinawa and will call for such encroachments to cease. (Japan Times )
North Korea has fired its fourth missile in two days despite international condemnation against the tests. Meanwhile, UN chief Ban Ki-moon urged a return to talks on the Korean peninsula to mitigate tensions. (Deutsche Welle )
The number of visitors to the observation deck of Tokyo Skytree, the world's tallest broadcasting tower at 634 meters, reached 6.34 million on Monday, matching the numerals of its height two days before the first anniversary of its opening, according to the operator. (Kyodo )
Toru Hashimoto, co-head of Nippon Ishin No Kai (Japan Restoration Party), told Shintaro Ishihara, the other co-leader of the Japanese opposition party, on Sunday that he has no intention to withdraw his recent remarks that have triggered outrage both at home and abroad. (Jiji Press )
China's television regulator has ordered a crackdown on dramas about the country's battles with Japan during and before World War Two and demanded they be more serious, state media said on Friday, following viewer complaints about ludicrous storylines. (Reuters )
Shukan Post (May 24) conveys the difficulties experienced by other parts of the adult-entertainment biz in servicing customers from the communist nation.
A deri heru (“delivery health”) call-girl tells the tabloid that she is often requested to arrive at major hotels in the Shinjuku and Ikebukuro entertainment areas of Tokyo by Chinese visitors. (Tokyo Reporter)