Carlos Ghosn: Court rejects request to extend detention (BBC)

In a surprise move, a court in Japan has rejected a request to extend the detention of Nissan’s former chairman Carlos Ghosn, paving the way for his release. Mr Ghosn has been charged with financial misconduct – accused of under-reporting…

Japan ‘to resume commercial whale hunt’ (BBC)

Japan plans to leave the International Whaling Commission (IWC) to resume commercial hunting, media reports say. The government told its MPs of the decision, NHK reports. There has been no official confirmation of the move. Commercial whaling was banned by…

Japan shuns Kagawa for bid to reclaim Asian Cup (Vanguard)

Japan dropped former Manchester United star Shinji Kagawa from the Blue Samurai’s bid to reclaim the Asian Cup, opting instead for a squad filled with young Europe-based talents. Coach Hajime Moriyasu on Wednesday selected several players with only a handful…

Japan princess ‘insecure’ over new role (BBC)

Japan’s Crown Princess Masako says she feels “insecure” about becoming empress in April, but will do her best to serve the people of Japan. Masako Owada will become empress when her husband, Crown Prince Naruhito, succeeds his father Emperor Akihito.…

Rescue mission in Japan after two US Marine aircraft collide (BBC)

A big search and rescue operation is continuing in Japan for five missing US Marines after two aircraft with seven crew collided and crashed into the sea. Two Marines were rescued. One is in “fair condition”, while the other “is…

Nissan set to fire boss over ‘misconduct’ (BBC)

Japanese car giant Nissan has proposed removing chairman Carlos Ghosn from his post over financial misconduct claims. The firm said it had been conducting an internal investigation for several months which showed Mr Ghosn had been under-reporting his pay package.…

Drunk pilot admits being 10 times over limit (BBC)

Nervous fliers, stop reading now. A Japan Airlines pilot has admitted to failing a breath test shortly before he was due to fly from London Heathrow to Tokyo, the UK’s Press Association reports. Katsutoshi Jitsukawa, 42, had almost 10 times…

Japanese chief priest to quit after criticising Emperor Akihito

The chief priest at Japan’s controversial Yasukuni Shrine is to resign after making remarks highly critical of Emperor Akihito. In comments leaked to a magazine, Kunio Kohori said he believed Emperor Akihito was trying to destroy the shrine by not…

Haruki Murakami says good writing is what he can do to help people in times of trouble

Japanese novelist Haruki Murakami said Saturday writing good stories is the best he can do for victims of terrorist attacks and natural disasters such as the 2011 Great East Japan Earthquake and tsunami. “I was wondering what could I do…

Prince William mixes up Japan and China (CNN)

Britain’s Prince William is following in the footsteps of his gaffe-prone grandfather, Prince Philip, confusing Japanese food with Chinese food during a public appearance on Thursday. At the opening of the Japan House cultural center in London’s Kensington, near Buckingham…

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