Prosecutors admitted the innocence of a Nepalese man convicted of the 1997 murder of a female employee of Tokyo Electric Power Co., at his retrial Monday.
During the Tokyo High Court hearing in the retrial of Govinda Prasad Mainali, 46, the prosecution said: "The possibility cannot be ruled out that a third person might be the culprit. Mainali, therefore, cannot be found guilty."
The hearing ended the same day. A ruling will be handed down Nov. 7. The acquittal of Mainali is expected to be finalized on that day since the prosecution plans to abandon its right to appeal to the Supreme Court.
In December 2000, the Tokyo High Court overturned a lower court ruling and issued a life prison sentence to Mainali for killing a 39-year-old TEPCO employee and robbing her of cash at an apartment in central Tokyo. The verdict became final in November 2003 after the Supreme Court turned down an appeal by Mainali.
Monday's retrial examined the case from the time of the appeal by prosecutors against the Tokyo District Court ruling in April 2000 that Mainali was not guilty.
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 )