In the press review of this Wednesday, February 3, we will discuss: 676 new positive cases reported in the capital, 6 years in prison for a former bureaucrat, and the oldest bridge in the capital reopens in April 2021.
Tokyo’s oldest stone bridge to reopen in April
Tokyo’s oldest stone bridge, dating from the late 1800s, which was damaged in the deadly March 2011 earthquake, has been restored and will reopen in April. Pedestrians will be able to cross the historic Tokiwa Bridge, which connects Chiyoda and Chuo districts on the Nihonbashi River. Although workers have done their best to restore the bridge to its original condition by referring to the materials used at the time of its construction, new parts were also used. The bridge, which was originally built with wood, before the Tokugawa shogunate was established in 1603, was rebuilt after the Meiji Restoration of 1868 using stones from Edo Castle.
Chilean indicted in France for murder of Japanese woman in 2016
A French judge indicted a Chilean for the murder of his former Japanese girlfriend, Narumi Kurosaki, who went missing in Besançon, in eastern France, in 2016. The defendant denied having killed Narumi Kurosaki, with whom he was released in Japan in the mid-2010s, claiming he was not involved in her disappearance. Kurosaki, who was a student at the Japanese University of Tsukuba, came to France as an exchange student in 2016. French authorities opened an official murder investigation after the suspect’s extradition from Chile in July of l ‘last year. The trial of Nicolas Zepeda Contreras, 30, could start in the fall.
6 years in prison for a former bureaucrat
The Japanese court upheld the sentence of a former senior official to six years in prison for the murder of his son in 2019. Hideaki Kumazawa, 77, former vice minister of agriculture, says the murder is legitimate defense, fearing for his life. The Defense pointed out that her 44-year-old son suffered from serious developmental disabilities. Presiding Judge Toru Miura rejected the request for self-defense, saying there was no “Realistic sign of danger” because the victim had no weapons at hand and did not appear to have pursued or attacked the accused.