Meghan Markle, the wife of Britain’s Prince Harry, has flown to Canada following their surprise Instagram statement. The royal couple announced their plan to step back as senior members of the royal family and work to become financially independent.
Former Nissan Motor Chairman Carlos Ghosn, who was on bail and awaiting trial in Japan, fled the country on December 29. He reportedly left his apartment hidden in a box used for a musical instrument and flew on a private plane to Lebanon via Turkey.
During a four-day trip to Japan last month, Pope Francis visited Nagasaki and Hiroshima, the world’s only cities to have suffered atomic bombings, and met with blast survivors. As an anti-nuke campaigner, he also delivered a speech calling for a total ban on nuclear weapons.
Prime Minister Shinzo Abe on Friday denied allegations that his office covered part of the costs for a dinner party held on the eve of a state-funded cherry blossom-viewing event, a practice that would constitute a breach of the public offices election law.
The government decided on Friday to postpone the introduction of private-sector English tests as part of unified university entrance exams starting in fiscal 2020. The decision came after the education minister made a gaffe over students’ financial standing last month.
Japan’s Empress Masako, having long suffered from an adjustment disorder, has performed important official duties since her husband Naruhito ascended the throne in May. As a Harvard graduate and former diplomat, she is fluent in English, French and German.