A third-party investigative panel found 27 coaches of the All Japan Judo Federation illicitly received state-backed subsidies totaling 36.2 million yen.
The panel set up by the federation to probe the systematic misuse of subsidies said Friday that 27 of the 63 coaches had been in fact ineligible to receive them.
The figure is part of a problematic 60.55 million yen out of a total 198.7 million yen in subsidies the federation received over six years from fiscal 2007, the panel said.
The panel said it recognized the 27 coaches were considered ineligible because they either rarely made contact with the athletes they were supposed to instruct or they continued to receive subsidies even after their athletes retired.
The illicit funds were mainly used for food and drinks for athletes and for entertaining coaches of other nations, according to the report.
Police arrested a 40-year-old man Monday for allegedly setting fire to his own home in Kitsuki, Oita Prefecture, where four bodies, believed to be his children, were found amid the burned wreckage. (Japan Times)
Japan on Saturday pledged $6.1 billion in financial aid to the "Mekong Five" countries as it pushes infrastructure exports and courts influence in a region where rival China has an increasing presence. (arabnews.com)
A 26-year-old man was arrested Sunday for allegedly confining in his car an 11-year-old schoolgirl who went missing the day before in Nara Prefecture while shopping with her family, police said. (Kyodo)
A drug control division of the health ministry on Saturday announced the arrest of a former executive of public broadcaster NHK for the importation of so-called "dangerous drugs," reports the Sankei Shimbun (July 4). (Tokyo Reporter)
rown Prince Naruhito and Crown Princess Masako, who are visiting Tonga, attended the coronation of King Tupou VI of Tonga held at a church in its capital, Nukualofa, on Saturday. This is the first time in two years that Crown Princess Masako has engaged in official duties overseas. (The Japan News)
Nearly 40 percent of single people in their 20s and 30s do not want a romantic partner, according to a survey by the Cabinet Office released in June. The survey was included in a government white paper on Japan's notoriously low birthrate that also found 46.2 percent of singles claiming that relationships were "bothersome." (Japan Times)
The 71-year-old man who set himself on fire on a Tokaido Shinkansen train on Tuesday told his sister he might kill himself during a phone conversation about 10 days before the incident, The Yomiuri Shimbun was told by the sister. (The Japan News)