Japan's top government spokesperson says the Cabinet Secretariat's list of recommended guests for an annual state-funded cherry blossom-viewing party has already been disposed of along with the actual guest lists. He says it is not possible to restore the deleted backup data.
The Cabinet Office earlier said it had shredded the guest lists and deleted the digital records soon after the event in line with the regulation that they only need to be kept for less than a year. It also said the backup data had also been deleted after a while and cannot be restored.
Japan's Chief Cabinet Secretary Yoshihide Suga says the government won't hold another investigation of the guest list for a state-sponsored cherry blossom-viewing party held in April.
Suga said on Friday that the list was discarded appropriately according to the relevant procedures and rules. He said the regulations for public documents require the information to be kept for less than a year.
Nishikido Ryo has revealed the jacket covers and track list for his first solo album "NOMAD" to drop on December 11.
All 11 songs on the album were written, composed, and produced by Nishikido himself. The album will be available for purchase in three different types: Limited Edition A, Limited Edition B, and Regular Edition. Limited Edition A DVD will contain the PVs and making-of footage for "Nomad" and "Point of Departure," while Limited Edition B DVD will contain a documentary from his ongoing tour. Additionally, the Regular Edition will come with a bonus track called "Potential."
Land and transport minister Kazuyoshi Akaba says his ministry may release its nominated guest list for the annual cherry blossom viewing party hosted by the prime minister.
Akaba told reporters on Tuesday that the ministry has kept its nominated guest lists from the past 10 years. He said it plans to release them if requested, although personal information must be handled carefully.
Opposition lawmakers say officials at the Cabinet Office discarded the list of guests invited to the prime minister's event just when they began an inquiry into the event.
Opposition parties criticize Prime Minister Shinzo Abe for inviting too many of his local supporters to the annual cherry blossom viewing party hosted by him. They say he is using the publicly-funded event to promote his own interests.