- A 24-year-old Japanese man lost 46.3 million yen ($360,890) of Covid relief funds he received by mistake via online gambling.
- The relief fund was part of a local government program to help mitigate the financial effects of COVID on 463 low-income households who were supposed to receive 100,000 yen ($780) each.
- "I don't currently have the money and I don't have anything with property value at hand. It's actually difficult to return it," the lawyer quoted his client as saying.
- After he went into hiding, the Abu Municipal Government filed a civil case against the man, suing for 51 million yen ($397,716), including legal fees.
A Japanese man reportedly gambled away millions of Japanese yen’s worth of COVID relief funds that he received by mistake.
Last month, the Japanese government inadvertently sent a COVID relief fund meant for 463 people worth 46.3 million yen ($360,890) to a 24-year-old man.
- Tibetan herder Dingzhen Zhenzhu, who went viral in 2020 for his good looks, is suing online critics who described him as nothing more than a “pretty face.”
- The now 21-year-old was once labeled “China’s most handsome man” after a 7-second video of Dingzhen went viral on Chinese social media.
- After going viral, Dingzhen became an ambassador for his hometown and turned the poverty-stricken Litang, located in Sichuan Province in southwestern China, into a popular tourist destination.
- During his rise to fame, many male online users mocked the 21-year-old and criticized fans for placing a higher value on appearances than accomplishments.
- Dingzhen released a lawyer’s letter on Sunday through his agent, warning online commentators to refrain from making defamatory comments, and started pursuing legal action against those who have posted vulgar remarks.
A Tibetan herder once dubbed “China’s most handsome man” is suing online critics for defamatory comments suggesting that his looks are his only quality.
Dingzhen Zhenzhu, 21, released a lawyer’s letter through his agent on Sunday, warning online commentators against posting defamatory comments that include “insulting, terrifying, vulgar, or vilifying words, pictures and audio.”
Deceased train driver in Japan awarded 45 cents after his pay was deducted for 1-minute delay in 2020
- A court in Japan ordered the West Japan Railway Co. on Tuesday to pay 45 cents to a train driver who died earlier this year.
- The company deducted the money from the driver’s pay in 2020 after he caused a one-minute delay while waiting for an empty train at the wrong platform.
- In his ruling, judge Hisanori Okuno stated that if an employee spends their work time correcting a mistake related to a task, the company must still pay them for services rendered.
- The train driver, who was in his 50s, died from an illness earlier this year.
A court in Japan posthumously returned 45 cents to a train driver after deducting the money from his payroll because he caused a one-minute delay in 2020.
The Okayama District Court ordered the West Japan Railway Co. on Tuesday to pay the train driver, who demanded 2.2 million yen (approximately $17,065) compensation for emotional distress in March 2021.
- The University of Southern California has sued YouTubers Ernest Kanevsky and Yuguo Bai, neither of them USC students, accusing them of barging into classrooms during live lectures and creating disturbances for YouTube videos.
- Their most recent “prank” was conducted last month, which resulted in them getting detained by the university’s public safety department.
- On Friday, a local court granted USC’s request for a temporary restraining order against Kanevsky and Bai to prevent them from entering the campus. The university also sought damages for attorney fees and other costs.
- Kanevsky, who goes by Eric Kanevsky on his YouTube channel, has apparently deleted videos filmed at USC but kept prank videos staged at other college campuses.
The University of Southern California filed a lawsuit last week against two YouTubers for reportedly staging pranks on the school’s Los Angeles campus.
Ernest Kanevsky and Yuguo Bai, neither of them USC students, were accused of disrupting classes and uploading the videos of the disruptions on YouTube.
Woman, 72, agrees to sell home after alleged anti-Asian hate crime, flashing her Vietnamese neighbor
An elderly woman in Washington who was accused of a hate crime against her Vietnamese neighbor last year has agreed to sell her home to pay the victim $45,000.
Jan Myers, 72, was charged with a hate crime on Thursday for harassing her neighbor Thi Pham in April 2021.
New Jersey Korean man who was allegedly assaulted with chopsticks by police supervisor settles for $120,000
- A former officer of the Palisades Park Police Department has settled a $120,000 lawsuit he filed against his former superior in July 2021.
- Samuel Kim, who has moved to the Ho-Ho-Kus Police Department, alleged that his previous boss, Lt. Shawn Lee, bullied and harassed him.
- Kim also claimed that Lee assaulted him with chopsticks in Lee’s parents’ home in 2019.
A former officer from the Palisades Park Police Department in New Jersey settled a lawsuit for $120,000 last month against his former supervisor, who allegedly bullied him and assaulted him with chopsticks.
In the lawsuit, filed in July 2021, officer Samuel Kim alleged that he was bullied and harassed by his then superior, Lt. Shawn Lee, ever since he started working for the Palisades Park Police Department, according to the Bergen Record.
- Anh Lê, 69, filed a federal lawsuit against the San Francisco District Attorney’s Office on Tuesday for allegedly mishandling his Chinatown attack case from November 2019.
- In the original case, Lê alleged that Jimmy Tanner Sr. threatened to kill him with a glass bottle while his son repeatedly struck him with a baseball bat.
- Sliman Nawabi, Tanner’s public defender, rejected Lê’s claims, saying his client is “severely disabled” and was in a wheelchair at the time of their encounter.
A man accused of attacking and threatening to kill an Asian senior in San Francisco’s Chinatown on Nov. 2, 2019, is “severely disabled” and was using a wheelchair to travel at the time of their encounter, his lawyer said.
The incident, which allegedly occurred in front of a Chinese grocery store on Stockton St. — and reportedly witnessed by a crowd — was cited in a federal lawsuit filed against the District Attorney’s Office this week.
- Liu Xuezhou, the Chinese teenager whose biological parents sold him at birth for adoption, has decided to sue them.
- The 17-year-old college student was left heartbroken after finally finding his biological parents and then being rejected by them recently.
- “I planned to let it go because I am your child anyway. But you are turning ‘white into black’ and don’t feel you’re wrong at all by selling me. See you in court then,” Liu said.
A Chinese teenager sold at birth for adoption is now planning to take his biological parents to court.
Liu Xuezhou, 17, said on Thursday that he will sue his biological mother and father after they both rejected him and refused to help him financially, South China Morning Post reported.
- A 30-year-old Tokyo woman is suing a married Chinese sperm donor who allegedly posed as a single Japanese man with a Kyoto University degree.
- The woman became pregnant in June 2019 after having sex with the donor 10 times.
- She and her husband discovered the truth later on in the pregnancy and gave up the baby after she gave birth.
- The woman is now seeking approximately $2.8 million dollars as compensation for emotional distress.
A woman in Japan has filed a lawsuit against the sperm donor who impregnated her, alleging that he was dishonest about his civil status, educational background and ethnicity.
The unnamed plaintiff, a 30-year-old woman from Tokyo, said she and her husband wanted to have a second child but were concerned after finding out that her husband has a hereditary condition, reported Tokyo Shimbun via Newsweek.
A Japanese train driver took his employer, West Japan Railway Company (JR West), to court after it docked 56 yen (49 cents) from his July paycheck because of a two-minute delay that occurred during his shift the month before.
What happened: The driver, whose name was not revealed by Japanese media, was waiting for the empty train that he was supposed to drive to Okayama Station depot on the morning of June 18, according to Yomiuri Shimbun via SoraNews24.
Grace Watanabe, who was among the thousands of Japanese Americans forcibly detained in U.S. internment camps during World War II, has passed away at the age of 100.
A warrior of grace: Watanabe suffered a stroke that resulted in her death at Advocate Lutheran General Hospital in Park Ridge on Tuesday, reported the Chicago Sun-Times.
Five Chinese students took Apple to court after finding out the iPhones they purchased did not come with phone chargers.
Samson and Goliath: The students, who attend Beijing University of Chemical Technology and Donghua University in Shanghai, challenged the tech giant after one of the students filed a lawsuit at Beijing Dongcheng District People’s Court in May, according to Global Times.