1) Black-clad activists angry about U.S. President Donald Trump’s inauguration smashed store car windows and blocked traffic in Washington on Friday and fought with police in riot gear who responded with tear gas and stun grenades.
About 500 people, some wearing masks, marched through the city’s downtown, using hammers to claw up chunks of pavement to smash the windows of a Bank of America branch and a McDonald’s outlet, all symbols of the American capitalist system.
In Tokyo, several hundred people, most of them expatriate Americans, protested against Trump
2) Fake News Is Taking Hold In Other Countries In Attempts To Influence Elections And Incite Genocide
The most notable current fake news target in the developed world happens to be Germany.
3) Japan’s Prime Minister Shinzo Abe says he hopes to further strengthen the country’s alliance with the United States under its incoming president Donald Trump.
Abe was delivering a policy speech in the Diet on Friday to mark the start of a regular session.
4) The number of suicides in Japan continued to fall in 2016, marking the 7th consecutive year-on-year decline.
The National Police Agency says 21,764 people killed themselves in Japan last year. That’s 2,261 fewer than in 2015 — a decline of 9.4 percent.
The total fell below the 22,000 level for the first time in 22 years and remained under 30,000 for the 5th year in a row.
Health ministry officials say that people in their 40s accounted for the largest number of suicide deaths, followed by those in their 50s and 60s.
5) The Tokyo Metropolitan Government plans to clarify whether former Governor Shintaro Ishihara is obliged to pay reparations for the relocation of a wholesale food market to a contaminated site.
Tokyo Governor Yuriko Koike revealed this to reporters on Friday in connection with a lawsuit filed in 2012 by a group of Tokyo residents.
The plaintiffs are demanding that the metropolitan government should make the former governor pay about 500 million dollars.
6) Japan’s Prime Minister Shinzo Abe has ordered all of the country’s ministries and agencies to check whether their officials helped colleagues secure post-retirement jobs.
Abe gave the instruction on Friday to state minister Kozo Yamamoto, who’s in charge of civil service reform.
Education ministry officials had been found to have lobbied to secure a university job for a retiring colleague.
A retired senior official from the education ministry in Japan has given up his post of university professor. He secured it with the help of ministry colleagues.
7) Osaka police have referred the mother of a teenage pop performer to prosecutors on suspicion of allowing her daughter to skip school.
Police say the 44-year-old woman is suspected of allowing her then 15-year-old daughter to skip junior high school from February to July of last year.
They add the woman told them that her daughter declined to go to school. She said she respected her daughter’s decision to pursue her pop career rather than attend junior high.