1) Japan’s Chief Cabinet Secretary Yoshihide Suga says the government will look into alleged bribery in connection with Japan’s bid campaign for the 2020 Tokyo Olympic and Paralympic Games.
French prosecutors say they are investigating allegations that more than 2 million dollars were paid from a Japanese bank account to a company linked to the son of a former chief of the International Association of Athletics Federations.
The President of the Japanese Olympic Committee, Tsunekazu Takeda, says that the payment of 2 million dollars, which is being investigated by French investigators, was for consulting fees.
2) After being violently thrown to the ground and robbed of her purse and shoes during her first ever visit to Niagara Falls, Japanese tourist Koyuki Nakahara thought she would never return.
Yet she was back in New York last week, this time at the request of prosecutors who said her testimony was crucial in making sure her alleged attacker would be punished.
3) Tokyo Governor Yoichi Masuzoe says he will return part of his political funds after an allegation that he spent some of the money on family trips.
Masuzoe told this to reporters on Friday in response to the allegation by weekly magazine Shukan Bunshun.
4) People in quake-hit areas of Kumamoto Prefecture, southwestern Japan, are facing stressful conditions as seismic activities continue and temperatures rise. More than 1,400 quakes have occurred since April 14th.
Eight quakes were felt in the area between midnight and 11 AM on Friday, including one with an intensity of 4 on the Japanese seismic scale of zero to 7.
5) The mayor of Hiroshima says he wants US President Barack Obama to meet atomic bomb survivors in the city. He will ask the Foreign Ministry to arrange such a meeting.
Obama is to visit Hiroshima on May 27th after he attends the Group of Seven summit in the Ise-Shima region in Japan. He will be the first sitting US president to visit the city, which was hit by a US atomic bomb in 1945.
6) Media crews have been allowed into the central part of Kumamoto Prefecture’s castle for the first time since it was damaged in a series of earthquakes that began in mid-April.
Kumamoto City officials had prohibited access to the castle’s central part since its stone walls were at risk of collapsing.
All of its 13 structures, designated by the government as important cultural properties, have suffered significant damage.
7) Japan’s transport ministry has conducted an on-site investigation at the Tokyo head office of Mitsubishi Motors over its manipulation of fuel economy data.
The ministry is probing a chain of instructions that led to the wrongdoing for 4 mini-vehicle models, affecting 625,000 cars.
The investigation is looking into the possible involvement of top executives.