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.
The Japanese Bankers Association said Thursday the banking industry will launch a settlement system to allow instant fund transfers between banks 24 hours a day all year round in Japan from 2018. (Jiji Press)
The Chiba Public Safety Commission has banned a 29-year-old man from Matsudo, Chiba Prefecture, from riding a bicycle for 90 days, after he was found guilty of cycling under the influence of "kiken" quasi-legal drugs. (Japan Times)
Heavy snow caused a power outage along parts of the Joetsu Shinkansen Line for about six hours on Sunday morning, leaving some 300 passengers trapped in a bullet train for 2½ hours near the mountainous southern border of Niigata Prefecture. (Japan Times)