Japan's leaders feud with prosecutors over scandal
Japan's new centre-left leaders are going to war with the country's powerful prosecutors over a probe into a funding scandal they say is aimed at undermining their administration. The target of the investigation is the ruling party heavyweight many observers consider more powerful than the prime minister, secretary general Ichiro Ozawa, often dubbed the government's "shadow shogun." Prosecutors have raided his offices and arrested three of his former or current aides to investigate whether he took millions of dollars in bribes from construction firms and invested the money in Tokyo property.
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Police in Niihama, Ehime Prefecture, are investigating the mutilation deaths of three cats whose bodies were left in a park. Two were found dead in February, and the third was found on Saturday. (Japan Today)
People in Tokyo are observing the 69th anniversary of the devastating US air raid on the Japanese capital during World War Two. (NHK)
A Japan Airlines- operated Boeing 787 made an emergency landing at Honolulu Airport after oil pressure in its right engine dropped, the Japanese carrier said. (cbsnews.com)
Banging on drums and waving "Sayonara nukes" signs, thousands of people rallied in a Tokyo park and marched to Parliament on Sunday to demand an end to nuclear power ahead of the third anniversary of the Fukushima disaster. (scmp.com)
New Zealand doctors said Friday that a 7-year-old Japanese girl was bitten about 100 times during a dog mauling that has horrified many in the South Pacific nation. (USA Today)