The Kobe District Court on Wednesday dismissed a case in which a former deputy police chief was indicted on suspicion of failing to prevent a fatal crush on a pedestrian overpass in Akashi, Hyogo Prefecture, in July 2001, because the statute of limitations had run out.
Kazuaki Sakaki had been suspected of professional negligence causing injury and death over the accident in which 11 people died and 183 were injured.
The accident occurred when too many people who had come to watch a fireworks show held by the Akashi municipal government near the beach crammed onto a pedestrian bridge.
A prosecution inquest committee had decided on the mandatory indictment of Sakaki, a former deputy chief at Akashi Police Station. However, presiding Judge Tetsuya Okuda said there was no negligence to recognize and the statute of limitations had expired before the mandatory indictment, effectively acquitting Sakaki.
Police in Niihama, Ehime Prefecture, are investigating the mutilation deaths of three cats whose bodies were left in a park. Two were found dead in February, and the third was found on Saturday. (Japan Today )
Banging on drums and waving "Sayonara nukes" signs, thousands of people rallied in a Tokyo park and marched to Parliament on Sunday to demand an end to nuclear power ahead of the third anniversary of the Fukushima disaster. (scmp.com )
Fewer than 40 pct of residents and commuters in Tokyo take specific measures to prepare for a possible huge earthquake beneath the Japanese capital, despite high awareness on disaster prevention, a Metropolitan Police Department survey showed Friday. (Jiji Press )
The man under arrest for fatally stabbing one man and wounding three others during a 10-minute rampage in Kashiwa, Chiba Prefecture, on Monday night, told police on Thursday that he wanted to hijack a plane at Haneda airport and fly it into Tokyo Skytree to take revenge on society. (Japan Today )
The man lauded as "Japan's Beethoven," who has admitted he never wrote his compositions, appeared before cameras for the first time since the scandal surfaced - clean-shaven and minus his trademark sunglasses. (abcnews.go.com )