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.
(AFP, Jan 21)
Police in Tokyo said Wednesday they have arrested an unemployed 24-year-old man for robbing a convenience store in Shibuya. (Japan Today)
A 6-year-old boy died and a 3-year-old girl remains in a coma after they were swept away by a strong current in a river in Koriyama, Fukushima Prefecture, on Wednesday afternoon. (Japan Today)
People enjoy viewing the 15-meter snow walls of the Yuki no Otani (Great Snow Valley), along the Tateyama Kurobe Alpine Route that passes through the Northern Japan Alps to link Toyama and Nagano prefectures. (The Japan News)
Tokyo prosecutors plan to look into whether a man, who has been arrested for allegedly vandalizing copies of Anne Frank's diary, is mentally competent to be held criminally responsible for his actions, informed sources said Wednesday. (Jiji Press)
Fishermen in Fukushima Prefecture have released young salmon into a local river for the first time in 4 years. (NHK)