A major Japanese homebuilder has announced that an executive and 2 others at its subsidiary in China are suspected of embezzling more than 200 million dollars.
Osaka-based Daiwa House declared at a press conference on Wednesday that the money was illicitly withdrawn at a company it jointly set up with a Chinese firm in Dalian.
Nissan Motor is continuing its in-house investigation into misappropriation of funds and other possible improprieties by its former chairman Carlos Ghosn.
Nissan suspects Ghosn shifted company investment funds and other money for personal use, in cases other than those prosecutors have pressed charges over.
The Japanese government has decided to cut down on the use of plastic products in cafeterias and shops at about 200 government agencies and affiliated institutions, such as national universities, beginning in fiscal 2019.
The decision is aimed at reducing the amount of plastic waste in the oceans. It was made when the guidelines for signing contracts between the government and the operators of in-house cafeterias and shops were being revised.
The Lower House of Japan's Diet has approved a draft for a second supplementary budget for the current fiscal year.
The draft budget, totaling more than 27 billion dollars, includes funds to reinforce infrastructure such as river embankments and roads to enable them to withstand natural disasters. It also aims to make schools earthquake-resistant.
SPYAIR will hold a series of lives called 'SPYAIR Tohoku Live House Daisakusen 2019' in March.
The lives will be held at Ishimaki BLUE RESISTANCE in Miyagi, and KLUB COUNTER ACTION MIYAKO and KESEN ROCK FREAKS in Iwate, which are all venues that opened through the project 'Tohoku Live House Daisakusen.' On their official website, they promised to hold a live that will "connect people through music."
NHK World's Shin Watanabe reports in front of the Tokyo Detention House where Carlos Ghosn is being detained.
"The decision to yet again deny bail to Carlos Ghosn is not surprising. The Japanese system often denies bail to people who claim to be innocent. They are seen as flight risks and also at risk of destroying evidence.
Former Nissan Motor chairman Carlos Ghosn has spent 50 days in detention since he was first arrested in November for suspected financial misconduct.
His lawyer says Ghosn was told at the end of last year that he could request a procedure to deliver his opinion in an open court. The defendant reportedly said he wants to express his thoughts in his own words in front of judges.
Activists have staged a rally in front of the White House in protest against the relocation of a US military base in Japan's Okinawa Prefecture.
Japanese-American Robert Kajiwara was among around 40 people who gathered on Monday, after creating a petition with more than 190,000 signatures in a month. The number exceeds the 100,000 threshold that requires the White House to respond.
UVERworld will hold a live house tour titled 'UVERworld LIVE HOUSE TOUR 2019' from February to March.
The band just wrapped up their live tour 'UVERworld ARENA TOUR 2018' on December 30 and 31 at Marine Messe Fukuoka. For the upcoming tour, they are scheduled to hold a total of seven shows starting with February 14 at Zepp Fukuoka and wrapping up on March 8 at Zepp Sapporo. Among the seven shows, February 14 will be a birthday event for Nobuto, February 22 for Katsuya, and March 8 for Akira.
Three people have died in a house fire on the island of Sado in Niigata Prefecture on the Sea of Japan coast.
The fire swept through 15 homes and shops on Wednesday.
Fire officials in Sado received a call about the blaze before 4 AM on Wednesday. It took firefighters almost seven hours to put it out.