Prosecutors are expected to assert that a Nepalese man is not guilty of the 1997 murder of a Japanese woman in a retrial to be held later this month, as it has been concluded that DNA evidence collected from her body came from a man other than the defendant, it has been learned.
The retrial will start from Oct. 29 for Govinda Prasad Mainali, who was sentenced to life imprisonment by the Tokyo High Court for allegedly murdering an employee of Tokyo Electric Power Co.
On Wednesday, the Tokyo High Public Prosecutors Office reported to the high court the results of DNA tests it conducted for the retrial, which found DNA from a third person, who could have been the real perpetrator, in substances collected from the victim's nails, according to sources.
A collection of materials related to a 17th century mission sent by a Japanese feudal lord to Europe and the world's oldest autographic diary left 10 centuries ago by a Japanese regent have been selected for the UNESCO Memory of the World registry, the Japanese education ministry said Wednesday. (Global Post )
Almost 1,500 people were transported to hospitals by ambulance due to heatstroke last week, up sharply from 942 in the preceding week, the Fire and Disaster Management Agency said Tuesday. (Japan Times )
Among about 200,000 traffic signals nationwide, 16 percent are being used beyond the end of the expected lifetime of their electrical systems and some have even toppled over due to age, according to the National Police Agency. (Yomiuri )
In May, Akira Ikoma, the editor of a guide to men's entertainment called Ore no Tabi (My Journey), said that "Abenomics" had caused a spike in prices at high-end soapland bathhouses in Tokyo. However, the same editor tells Shukan Post (June 28) that the initiative is not impacting the low-end market in the same way. (Tokyo Reporter )
Tokyo District Court decided on Monday to open planned examinations of three witnesses who are former senior members of the Aum Shinrikyo doomsday cult and now death-row inmates, during an upcoming trial of another former senior Aum member. (Jiji Press )