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.
Internal information regarding JR Kyoto Station was made publicly accessible online when the station floor plans, revealing the locations of inactive gas fire extinguishing equipment, were posted on the Google Groups bulletin board service, The Yomiuri Shimbun has learned. (The Japan News )
Japan will go ahead with research whaling in the northwestern Pacific for fiscal 2014, but by reducing catches following an International Court of Justice ruling that ordered the country to stop whaling in the Antarctic Ocean, the Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries Ministry said Friday. (The Japan News )
Hatsune Miku, a computer-generated Japanese pop star who performs as a hologram, is to support some of Lady Gaga's tour of North America next month, the U.S. songstress has announced on Twitter. (Japan Today )
Tochigi prefectural police said Thursday that they are questioning a man in his 30s over the murder of a 7-year-old girl in December 2005. Japanese media quoted police as saying that the man, who was arrested for dealing in fake brand-name goods, has hinted at his involvement in the murder. (Japan Today )