Iaea Chief Yukiya Amano Dies At 72

IAEA chief Yukiya Amano dies at 72

The International Atomic Energy Agency announced on Monday that its director general, Yukiya Amano, has died. He was 72.

The UN nuclear watchdog said in an announcement that it regrets to inform with deepest sadness of the passing away of Amano.

Iaea Chief Yukiya Amano Dies

IAEA chief Yukiya Amano dies

The International Atomic Energy Agency has announced the death of its director general, Yukiya Amano. He was 72.

In 2009, Amano became the first Japanese to take the post. He was serving his third term, which was set to expire in 2021.

Nissan Ex-chief Carlos Ghosn Cancels Hastily Arranged Tokyo Press Conference

Nissan ex-chief Carlos Ghosn cancels hastily arranged Tokyo press conference

TOKYO — Former Nissan boss Carlos Ghosn on Friday abruptly canceled plans for what would have been his first press conference since his arrest in November, after journalists had been notified about a briefing just two hours earlier. Ghosn's lawyers called to cancel the event that was to be held at the Foreign Correspondents' Club of Japan (FCCJ), but did not immediately give a reason for the abrupt change, an official at the FCCJ told Reuters.

Automotive News cited a source as saying his family and media team staged a "last-minute intervention" to get him to call off plans to make his case at the press conference, fearing he would be faced with questions he couldn't answer without tipping his legal team's strategy, or that Japanese prosecutors would take a dim view of him publicly criticizing their actions and attempt to revoke his bail. A spokesman for the Ghosn family in Tokyo did not answer his mobile phone and did not immediately respond to an emailed request for comment. If the conference had not been canceled, Ghosn would have spoken as Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe hosts national leaders at the G20 leaders gathering in Osaka, including U.S. President Donald Trump and French President Emmanuel Macron, who Ghosn's wife Carole have called on to raise the issue of her husband's treatment by Japan's courts. In May a Japanese court dismissed an appeal by Ghosn to ease a bail restriction that bans him from contacting his wife and rejected a subsequent request to allow him a one-off monitored meeting with Carole. His lawyers have argued that that condition violates Japan's constitution and international law on family separations. Ghosn's movements are also monitored and he is only allowed internet access from a computer at his lawyer's office that records the activity for the court. Once among the world's most feted auto executives, Ghosn is awaiting trial in Japan over charges including enriching himself at a cost of $5 million to Nissan, in a scandal which has rocked the industry and exposed tensions in the automaking partnership between Nissan and Renault SA. Since his initial arrest in November last year, Ghosn has been charged four times for crimes which also include underreporting his Nissan salary and temporarily transferring personal financial losses to his employer's books during his time at the helm of Japan's No. 2 automaker. Ghosn has denied any wrongdoing saying he is the victim of a boardroom coup, accusing "backstabbing" former colleagues of conspiring to oust him from Nissan in order to derail a closer alliance between the Japanese automaker and Renault, its top shareholder.

Joc Elects Yamashita As New Chief

JOC elects Yamashita as new chief

The Japanese Olympic Committee has elected Olympic judo gold medalist Yasuhiro Yamashita as its new president.

Yamashita assumed the post at a JOC meeting on Thursday. Professional tennis player Tsuyoshi Fukui is the new secretary general.

Defense Chief Not Sending Sdf To Gulf Of Oman

Defense chief not sending SDF to Gulf of Oman

Japan's Defense Minister Takeshi Iwaya says there's no need to dispatch Self-Defense Force personnel in response to the tanker attacks in the Gulf of Oman.

One of two tankers attacked last week near the Strait of Hormuz is operated by a Japanese shipping firm.

Defense Chief To Persuade Akita To Accept Aegis

Defense chief to persuade Akita to accept Aegis

Defense Minister Takeshi Iwaya says he plans to visit Akita Prefecture to seek the local community's consent for the deployment of a missile defense system.

Akita Governor Norihisa Satake suggested on Monday that there are difficulties in talks with the government over the planned deployment after local opposition increased over a series of incidents.

Japan's Chief Cabinet Secretary Heads For Us

Japan's Chief Cabinet Secretary heads for US

Japan's Chief Cabinet Secretary Yoshihide Suga is heading to the United States, where he will meet with senior government officials, including Vice President Mike Pence and Secretary of State Mike Pompeo.

Suga left Japan on a four-day trip to the US on Thursday.

Japan's Chief Govt. Spokesperson To Visit Us

Japan's chief govt. spokesperson to visit US

Japan's top government spokesperson will visit the United States later this week for talks with Vice President Mike Pence and Secretary of State Mike Pompeo.

Chief Cabinet Secretary Yoshihide Suga will leave on a four-day trip on Thursday. He is also minister for resolving abductions of Japanese nationals by North Korea, and for mitigating the impact of US military forces in Okinawa.

Ioc: Joc Chief Takeda Has Stepped Down

IOC: JOC chief Takeda has stepped down

The International Olympic Committee says the president of the Japanese Olympic Committee, Tsunekazu Takeda, has stepped down as an IOC member.

IOC spokesperson Mark Adams said the IOC Executive Board recognized Takeda's resignation at a meeting held on Tuesday in Lausanne, Switzerland.

Joc Chief Takeda Steps Down From Ioc

JOC chief Takeda steps down from IOC

The International Olympic Committee says the chief of the Japanese Olympic Committee, Tsunekazu Takeda, has resigned as an IOC member.

Takeda is facing an investigation in France over alleged bribery in connection with Tokyo's bid to host the 2020 Games.

Joc Chief Takeda Steps Down

JOC chief Takeda steps down

The head of the Japanese Olympic Committee has announced he will step down when his term expires in June.

JOC President Tsunekazu Takeda is under formal investigation by French authorities for his role in alleged bribery in connection with Tokyo's successful bid for the 2020 Olympics and Paralympics.