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Law & Legal Issues, Japan


Japan's parliament approved government guarantees on insurance for crude oil cargoes from Iran on Wednesday, paving the way for it to become the first of Iran's big Asian oil buyers to get round new European Union sanctions, Reuters reported.

Last month IEA said Iran's oil exports have decreased from 2.5 mbd to less than 2.0 mbd, and this figure is expected to fall even further to 1.5 mbd in the second half of 2012.

The law will take effect on June 27, a government official who requested anonymity said on Tuesday.


A former Japanese cult member was arrested in the suburbs of Tokyo after 17 years on the run for alleged involvement in a deadly 1995 subway gas attack, local media reported Monday.

Naoko Kikuchi, a 40-year-old Aum Shinrikyo member, admitted to her role in the production of the sarin gas though she said she did not know what it was, the Kyodo News agency reported, citing police, DPA reported.

The sarin gas attack in the Tokyo subway system killed 13 people and injured more than 6,000.


A British TV crew and two Japanese journalists were detained by the Bahraini police on Sunday, RIA Novosti reported.

"We can confirm that our foreign affairs correspondent Jonathan Miller and his team have been arrested whilst reporting for the programme from a village in Bahrain," Channel 4 News spokesperson said. "Our primary concern is for the safety of the team, and we are working with the appropriate authorities to secure a swift release."


Three Japanese had been detained in the Democratic People's Republic of Korea (DPRK) for drug trafficking and currency counterfeiting and one of them were already expelled out of the country, the KCNA said on Wednesday, Xinhua reported.

The two in custody were undergoing judicial process, the report said.

The three Japanese, who entered the country from the northwestern city of Rosan on March 14 this year and worked for three companies, already pleaded guilty. "They admitted their criminal acts and their seriousness," the KCNA said.


The Democratic Party of Japan-led government announced on Tuesday a long term framework of fiscal policy aimed at reining in the nation's burgeoning public debt.

The government of Prime Minister Naoto Kan aims to bring the primary balance for both the central and local governments back into surplus in fiscal 2020 and reduce state debts incrementally from fiscal year 2021.