Guam court sets another pretrial hearing for murder rampage case
Japan Times -- Mar 21
A Guam court set another pretrial hearing Wednesday for a local man charged with slaying three Japanese tourists and wounding 11 other people in a vehicular and knife rampage.
During the first pretrial hearing Wednesday in the multiple aggravated murder and multiple attempted aggravated murder case against Chad Ryan De Soto, 21, Judge Anita Sukola ordered a continuation of the proceedings on April 10 after the defense sought more time to review evidence gathered by the prosecution.
De Soto was charged with killing three Japanese tourists and wounding 10 other Japanese and a local woman on Feb. 12 in Tumon, an area heavily frequented by tourists. He pleaded not guilty on grounds of mental incompetence on Feb. 27.
The Japanese government decided on Tuesday to send a mission to Malaysia to cooperate in the search for a missing Malaysia Airlines jet under Japan's law on the dispatch of emergency missions abroad. (Jiji Press )
About 38 miles inland from the plant lies the commercial city of Koriyama, where some of the smallest children barely know what it is like to play outside - fear of radiation has kept them indoors for much of their short lives. (telegraph.co.uk )
At 2:46pm every Japanese television channel paused to remember the dead, cancelling their regularly scheduled programming to show the prayers of Japanese people around the country.
That is, every channel except one. One decided to air Alien: Resurrection instead. (ibtimes.co.uk )
Kochi prefectural police are investigating an incident involving a man who sustained severe injuries after being stabbed several times in the abdomen. Police said they believe the attack is linked to a dispute the victim was having with another man over their children dating. (Japan Today )
Police in Niihama, Ehime Prefecture, are investigating the mutilation deaths of three cats whose bodies were left in a park. Two were found dead in February, and the third was found on Saturday. (Japan Today )
Banging on drums and waving "Sayonara nukes" signs, thousands of people rallied in a Tokyo park and marched to Parliament on Sunday to demand an end to nuclear power ahead of the third anniversary of the Fukushima disaster. (scmp.com )
Fewer than 40 pct of residents and commuters in Tokyo take specific measures to prepare for a possible huge earthquake beneath the Japanese capital, despite high awareness on disaster prevention, a Metropolitan Police Department survey showed Friday. (Jiji Press )