Here are a selected few criminal cases that have come to court in the past
year or so. I may add some more if I feel they are different from the ones here.
also, public officials and business men who have been found guilty or have
pleaded guilty to corruption and other charges.
Nishimoto was sentenced to death on February 26th 1999 for the murder
of three people.
He committed the
crimes in 1992 because he was worried about his business. So he decided to
try and kill his business rivals, using a gun
purchased from a gangster.
Relatives of the
victims were also asking for Nishimoto to receive the death sentence.
Court upheld two earlier rulings that Wasaburo Takada should receive the
death penalty for three brutal murders carried
out between 1972 and 1974.
A Former Lower
House L.D.P lawmaker has pleaded guilty to falsifying
statements on the use of political subsidies, being bribed by
Fuji Heavy Industries Ltd and defrauding the State (taxpayers) of
10 million Yen, at the Tokyo District Court on January 22nd 1999.
He has already
pleaded guilty on January 7th, in his first trial hearing to
providing 20 million Yen to his supporters, for buying votes during the
resigned from his post on January 12th.
grandfather founded the Airplane Research Institute, which later
became Nakajima Aircraft Industries ltd. The famous World War 2 fighter
plane, the Hayabusa Falcon was made there. It is now known as Subaru
Automobiles, owned by Fuji Heavy Industries !
a 45 year old Buddhist gpriesth was sentenced on 25th January 1999 to
a suspended prison term. He was involved with an under age prostitute and
found guilty in
December 1997 and was fined 300.000 yen.
He wished to
appeal the case and went to the 17 year old girl to blackmail her into not
revealing the truth about him, demanding that
she sign a document saying that her previous statement had been false. He
threatened to tell her family and school if she did not do as he wished,
He was found
guilty of threatening a witness and attempted extortion, but like
politicians and bureaucrats he only received a slap on the hand, by the
A former Japan
Public Corporation executive was given a 2 1/2 year suspended
prison sentence for accepting bribes totaling about 7.2
He was fined 6.4
million Yen and 21 gifts were taken away from him. Many of
the bribes were in the form of "wining and dining" from:
Securities, Nikko Securities, Daiwa Securities, Fuji Bank, Sakura
Bank, Long Term Credit Bank of Japan and Industrial Bank of Japan.
In return for
the bribes he gave preferential treatment to the companies,
wishing to become the lead underwriters for the Highway Corporations
overseas bond issue.
Wakayama mayor pleaded guilty to bribery charges in connection
with municipal hiring favors.
Tsumoto was chief of the secretariat for the city government, also
Yano and his sister Etsuko Nishiyama were arrested
for bribing the mayor to obtain jobs for their relatives.
A 14 year old
His name has
been withheld due to his age. A 14 year old boy was arrested in Osaka
for the premeditated murder of an 80 year old woman on December 22nd 1998.
Police said the
murder was well planned. The boy wore gloves and a cap, to conceal
his face. He had a bicycle waiting nearby, to make his escape after the
The boy murdered
the woman for "pocket change", because he wanted to play video
asking the Family Court (the lowest court in Japan) to send him to reform
school. The boy apparently, shows
remorse for his actions, perhaps, to gain a
lower sentence in court!