Members of a special panel considering the name of a new imperial era had six choices before them, three of which were rooted in ancient Japanese texts.
Despite the lack of official disclosure on the number of candidate names or what they were, several government sources revealed April 1 that six in total were presented.
Tokyo prosecutors are trying to uncover the murky flow of funds to Nissan Motor's chairman. Carlos Ghosn was arrested this week on suspicion of underreporting his earnings. Now, NHK has learned he received rights to tens-of-millions of dollars in stock-based compensation. But it never appeared in the company's securities reports.
Sources say when Nissan's share price performs well, executives can receive cash as part of their compensation.