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.
Shortly after arriving in Tokyo Wednesday night, U.S. President Barack Obama enjoyed an informal dinner with Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe at a top-rated sushi restaurant in the posh Ginza shopping district. (Jiji Press )
The education ministry conducted national academic achievement tests on Tuesday for all final-year students at primary and middle schools across the country. About 2.24 million students at about 30,000 schools took Japanese and mathematics exams. (The Japan News )
Police in Neyagawa, Osaka Prefecture, admitted Wednesday that they mistakenly arrested a woman in her 20s over her suspected involvement in a blackmail case which occurred in January of this year. (Japan Today )
Tokyo High Court ordered the state and a former Maritime Self-Defense Force officer on Wednesday to pay 73 million yen in compensation for the 2004 suicide of a junior crewman of an MSDF destroyer after bullying by the officer. (Jiji Press )
The Imperial Household Agency announced this week that it has received over 100,000 applications from individuals seeking to participate in the first ever public opening of parts of the Imperial Palace. (Japan Today )
A former judge from the Ministry of Justice is alleged to have installed a camera inside a women's toilet inside a ministry building in Kasumigaseki, people with knowledge of the matter announced on Monday, reports Sports Nippon (Apr. 22). (Tokyo Reporter )
Police in Fuso, Aichi Prefecture, said Sunday they have arrested an unemployed 38-year-old man for attempted murder after he broke into the home of his ex-girlfriend and stabbed her and her parents. (Japan Today )