The president of a company running cruise vessels in Hokkaido acknowledged that an accident last month could have been averted if safety protocols, such as keeping in regular contact with the captain, had been followed. Twenty-six people were on board, and all are confirmed dead or still missing.
Russian President Vladimir Putin gave a speech after Russian troops advanced toward the capital of neighboring Ukraine, citing several reasons that made little sense. He made puzzling references to prevention of genocide and removal of Nazis from the country, and spoke of Russia and Ukraine as being “one nation.” Another major goal seems to be preventing Ukraine from joining NATO, which Putin views as an existential threat.
A 19-year-old woman and a system engineer who aided her were arrested after she allegedly cheated on a university entrance exam using a smartphone and the Skype app. The engineer forwarded stills from her video footage of test questions to a university student, who gave answers without being aware of the cheating. The accused woman said she hoped to enter a prestigious university but wasn’t confident in her ability to pass the test.
A 19-year-old youth, whose name is being withheld because he is a minor, has been detained by police in Kofu, Yamanashi for alleged involvement in a home break-in, assault, and arson that left two parents dead. His motive is thought to be emotional attachment to the eldest daughter of the family.
Police on Wednesday arrested a 25-year-old woman for murdering her much older husband who was known as the “Don Juan” in western Japan. She is suspected of causing the company president to ingest a lethal amount of an illegal stimulant in May 2018.
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.