A high-ranking bureaucrat at the Finance Ministry resigned on Wednesday amid accusations that he made sexually harassing remarks to a female reporter. The allegations dealt a further blow to the scandal-ridden government.
The Los Angeles Angels rookie phenom Shohei Ohtani was named on Monday the American League player of the week. The modern-day Babe Ruth has excelled as both a starting pitcher and designated hitter for the first 11 days of the season.
The Japan Sumo Association apologized on Thursday after two female medics were ordered to leave the ring where they were performing first aid on a man who had collapsed. In sumo’s tradition, the ring is considered sacred and women are banned from the space.
The former Finance Ministry bureau chief was summoned on Tuesday as a sworn witness at the Diet. He repeatedly refused to answer questions about a document falsification scandal, citing the possibility of criminal prosecution.
Thirteen holiday hikers were rescued on Thursday after getting trapped by a heavy snowfall and spent a night outdoors on a mountain trail in western Tokyo. None of them had life-threatening injuries.
An information processing company in Tokyo assigned to process the personal data of about five million pensioners had outsourced the work to a subcontractor in China in violation of the contract with the Japan Pension Service.
The Finance Ministry has decided to report on Monday that documents related to a discounted sale of state-owned land to an Osaka-based school operator were secretly altered. The National Tax Agency head resigned on Friday to take responsibility for the scandal.”
An anonymous complaint has been lodged against a director of Japan Wrestling Federation development for harassing four-time Olympic champion Kaori Icho. It said that he began to interfere with her training after she moved her base to Tokyo in 2008.
The Health, Labor and Welfare Ministry disclosed on Monday that additional irregularities were found among its work-hour data on the discretionary labor system. The government has rejected opposition calls for a redo of the survey.
Police found a severed head at a lodging facility in Osaka on Saturday. A 26-year-old American tourist, who has been held on suspicion of confining a missing Japanese woman, is being questioned in connection with the case.