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Trial Set for American Musicians in Death of Nicola Furlong

The trial into the alleged murder of the Irish exchange student, Nicola Furlong (21), has been set for Monday, March 4, 2013 and will run for a period of three-weeks in Tokyo. Well-know Memphis, Tennessee Christian musician, Richard Hinds, appeared in a Tokyo juvenile courtroom late last year where it was determined by three judges… Keep Reading

U.S. Customs and Border Protection photo of methamphetamine hidden in candy.

Meth is nothing to snicker at!

Long Beach man was arrested on Friday as he attempted to board a flight from Los Angeles to Tokyo with 45 bars of chocolate-coated methamphetamine. Mauricio Harris, 34, was stopped by U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) officers as he attempted to board Delta flight 283 from LAX to Tokyo. Keep Reading

Osaka Evessa’s Lynn Washington Gets the Bounce and Scores a Drug Bust Victory

The Japan Times has reported that Osaka Evessa’s Lynn Washington has been released from custody and fully exonerated after being arrested and accused of drug smuggling. I’m glad that Washington beat the full court press, the California native has been a great American ambassador for the Basketball Japan League. As previously reported on Black Tokyo: “A very sad turn to… Keep Reading

The Yakuza

  [Via Journeyman TV] Child pornography, along with prostitution and drugs, allows the Yakuza – Japan’s 80,000 strong mafia – to rake in 50 billion dollars a year. We pry open a window on this deadly criminal network.  Produced by ABC Australia Distributed by Journeyman Pictures Previous BT articles on the Yakuza. Be sure to check… Keep Reading

Changes to US-Japan Status of Forces Agreement?

I have mixed feelings and a few questions about this proposed change to the SOFA: Will court-appointed interpreters be provided? How long can personnel under SOFA be held? Will Japan be allowed to rearrest personnel under SOFA soon after “release?” Will those under 20 be considered juveniles? Civilian employees and dependents also face disciplinary action,… Keep Reading

Avoid Roppongi Bars and Clubs!

The latest Warden Report: “The U.S. Embassy continues to recommend that American citizens avoid frequenting bars and clubs in the Roppongi area of Tokyo due to drink-spiking incidents. The U.S. Embassy continues to receive reliable reports of U.S. citizens being drugged in Roppongi-area bars.  Most reports indicate that the victim unknowingly drinks a beverage that has been… Keep Reading

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