Miyazaki court rejects suit to unplug KDDI cellphone transmitter
News On Japan via Japan Times -- Oct 18
The Miyazaki District Court rejected a lawsuit Wednesday filed by citizens seeking to have mobile carrier KDDI Corp. stop operating a cellphone transmitter they claim has hurt their health.
Any cause-and-effect relationship between electromagnetic waves from the transmitter and health problems "has not been fully established medically or scientifically," said the Nobeoka branch of the Miyazaki court.
The plaintiffs could have become conscious of existing chronic symptoms due to having learned of the risks of electromagnetic waves through their involvement in a movement opposed to the construction of the facility, the court said.
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The proportion of single nonregular Japanese male workers in their 20s who have girlfriends stood at 18.7 pct in 2012, against 30.7 pct for regular employees, a government survey revealed Thursday. (Jiji Press )
Police in Kashiwa, Chiba Prefecture, on Wednesday night arrested a 24-year-old unemployed man over four knife attacks within 10 minutes that left one man dead and three others injured on a street. (Japan Today )
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A 27-year-old man wanted in connection with the murder of his mother in Saitama Prefecture, and who was shot by police while trying to escape in a stolen taxi on New Year's Eve, was arrested on Tuesday. (Japan Today )