Two top executives at Denso Corp. – Japan’s largest auto-parts maker in terms of revenue – have agreed to plead guilty to charges of price-fixing in transactions for electronic automobile parts sold to Toyota, and have also chosen to cooperate with the investigators, this revealed by the United States Justice Department on Tuesday. This settlement adds the two executives to 14 more from 9 different companies who have pleaded guilty to a variety of price-fixing charges for transactions selling car parts to different automakers.
Just outside of Japan’s disaster-stricken Fukushima Prefecture, there are people who are saying they have been denied compensation despite experiencing increased radiation levels even from living around the fringes of the nuclear disaster that was caused by the March 2011 earthquake and tsunami. 700 residents of the Hippo district in Miyagi Prefecture, an area northeast of Fukushima, filed their claims on Tuesday via a government arbitration office, saying that they should at least be getting the same rates of compensation as the residents of Fukushima.
A 10 million yen damages suit has been filed against obstetrician Chikara Endo by the parents of a 3 1/2 month old baby who died. The parents claim that Endo made a mistake in diagnosing the results of the mother's amniotic fluid test. He read the test as normal, but the baby was then born with Down's syndrome and then died later on as a result of a complication from the syndrome.
Parents of the people who died from the collapse of the Sasago Tunnel – part of the Chuo Expressway going into Tokyo – filed a lawsuit Wednesday seeking 890 million yen (around 8.7 million US dollars) in damages from Central Nippon Expressway Co., the operator of the said expressway. The suit was filed at the Yokohama District Court, where the families of five of the nine people who perished in the accident pushed to have the operator take the responsibility for failing to repair the aging tunnel structure. The operator had admitted that the tunnel had not undergone any maintenance work on the ceiling since opening in 1977.
If you had to read the headline again, trust us, the story is really that confusing. The news item is about the Tokyo District Court ordering a Japanese celebrity couple to pay 3.85 million yen (around 37,500 US dollars) to their condominium's management as compensation for lost income. Takashi Sorimachi – actor and singer, famous for the live-action drama adaptation of the manga series Great Teacher Onizuka – and Nanako Matsushima, globally famous for her role in horror flick The Ring – were ordered by the court to pay the building administrators after their dog bit one of the residents.
The Tokyo District Court handed down its ruling on Thursday for a fatal explosion at the Sheispa facility in June 2007 which lead to the death of three spa employees and injury to others. The court acquitted a former executive of the spa in Tokyo, initially charged with professional negligence, but convicted the construction designer of the facility, saying that the latter could have foreseen and prevented the accident.
A Brazilian national of Japanese decent currently residing in Sao Paulo filed a lawsuit against the Japanese government this week after she was denied residency status to re-enter the country. Having spent many years residing in Japan, 21 year old Giullyane Futenma left the country in 2009 and returned to Brazil. However, her husband, also a Japanese-Brazilian, is now living in Japan, and she feels there is no legal basis for to not be able to join him.
In just a week's time, 60,000 people have signed a petition to ask the Japanese office of Prada to retract their lawsuit against a former employee who sued them for firing her based on her appearance. The countersuit by Prada against Rina Bovrisse is on the grounds that her suit damaged the reputation of the company.
A woman was arrested by the Hanoi city police and consequently sued for fraud after cheating a Japanese investor for 868,000 US dollars. 36-year-old businesswoman Dao Thanh Nhi, director of Hanoi-based Kinhi Mechanical Co Ltd and deputy general director of Protechno Vietnam – the latter a joint venture set up by Nhi and her Japanese business partner – is now being officially charged with “abusing trust to appropriate assets” after the local police had completed their investigation of the case.
Govinda Prasad Mainali, acquitted in November 2012 for a murder case which he spent 15 years in prison for, is considering a lawsuit against the Japanese government. The lawsuit, if ever Mainali would file it, would cover wrongful imprisonment and mistreatment during the time that he was interrogated and imprisoned in Japan.