Officials at a child welfare center near Tokyo have admitted they failed to act after discovering that the father of a girl who later died of suspected domestic abuse had taken her from a relative's home.
Mia Kurihara, aged 10, was found dead at her home in Noda City, Chiba Prefecture, in late January. Police arrested her parents on suspicion of inflicting injuries that led to the girl's death.
Actor Toyohara Kosuke (52) and actress Koizumi Kyoko (51) have admitted that they are in a relationship.
On February 1, Koizumi announced via her official blog that she has gone independent from her agency. At the same time, she confirmed that she is in a relationship with Toyohara, which was recently picked up by a tabloid magazine. The actor also confessed that they "are in a partnership and have romantic feelings for each other."
Subaru Corp. used uncertified staff to conduct vehicle inspections at two plants in Gunma Prefecture, north of Tokyo, for more than 30 years, a company executive said Friday.
A Subaru executive admitted to reporters that workers who were in training for the task but still lacked certification were conducting inspections. "This practice has been traditionally carried out for more than 30 years," the executive said.