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Takeda corruption probe sullies 2020 Tokyo Olympics and IOC

Jan. 15, 2019 3:44 AM EST

TOKYO (AP) — Tsunekazu Takeda, the president of the Japanese Olympic Committee and a powerful IOC member, again denied corruption allegations against him, suggesting on Tuesday that any guilt was with others at the Japanese body. Takeda read a seven-minute prepared text and then took no questions from...

Tokyo court denies bail to Nissan's ex-chair Carlos Ghosn

Jan. 15, 2019 3:15 AM EST

TOKYO (AP) — The Tokyo District Court turned down a request by Nissan's former chairman Carlos Ghosn for release on bail Tuesday, prolonging his detention by weeks and possibly months. Ghosn, 64, who was arrested on Nov. 19, has been charged with falsifying financial reports in underreporting his...

Russia tells Japan retaking Pacific islands not on horizon

Jan. 14, 2019 12:24 PM EST

MOSCOW (AP) — Russia's top diplomat threw cold water Monday on Tokyo's hopes for a quick return of four Pacific islands at the center of territorial dispute, warning Japan it must recognize the islands as part of Russia as a starting point for talks. The stern statement from Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov,...

TSA: Tokyo-bound passenger with gun undetected in Atlanta

Jan. 14, 2019 6:17 AM EST

ATLANTA (AP) — The U.S. Transportation Security Administration has acknowledged that a passenger bound for Tokyo passed through security in Atlanta with an undetected gun. News outlets cite an agency statement saying the passenger passed through "a standard screening TSA checkpoint with a firearm" at...

Ghosn's wife slams Japan detention as 'draconian' in letter

Jan. 14, 2019 1:25 AM EST

TOKYO (AP) — The wife of Nissan's former chairman Carlos Ghosn has written a letter to Human Rights Watch, a global advocacy group, criticizing her husband's long detention and Japan's criminal justice system as unfair and harsh. "My husband's is a case study in the realities of this draconian system,"...

Ghosn's wife slams Japan detention as 'draconian' in letter

Jan. 13, 2019 6:36 PM EST

TOKYO (AP) — The wife of Nissan's former chairman Carlos Ghosn has written a letter to Human Rights Watch, an advocacy group, criticizing Japan's criminal justice system. Carole Ghosn wrote in a nine-page letter Monday her husband's case highlights a "draconian system." Ghosn, arrested Nov. 19, has been...

Probe of IOC's Takeda hangs over Tokyo Olympics

Jan. 12, 2019 5:03 AM EST

TOKYO (AP) — A month ago, Tsunekazu Takeda was warmly applauded by 1,400 Olympic dignitaries as he spoke alongside International Olympic Committee President Thomas Bach in Tokyo. A month later, the powerful IOC member and head of the Japanese Olympic Committee is fighting a corruption investigation,...

Nissan executive Munoz resigns after Ghosn's arrest

Jan. 11, 2019 9:02 PM EST

TOKYO (AP) — Nissan Chief Performance Officer Jose Munoz, who took a leave of absence a week ago, has resigned, the first high-profile departure at the Japanese automaker publicly acknowledged as related to the arrest of former Chairman Carlos Ghosn. Munoz said in a statement on LinkedIn Saturday he made...

IOC marketing chair from Japan investigated for corruption

Jan. 11, 2019 10:17 AM EST

PARIS (AP) — In the latest blow to the International Olympic Committee's efforts to rid itself of scandal, marketing head Tsunekazu Takeda is being investigated for corruption related to the 2020 Tokyo Olympics. Takeda, who is also the president of the Japanese Olympic Committee, was placed under formal...

Ex-Nissan chair Ghosn indicted for alleged breach of trust

Jan. 11, 2019 9:51 AM EST

TOKYO (AP) — Nissan's ex-chairman Carlos Ghosn was charged Friday with breach of trust, according to the Tokyo District Court, making the star executive's release unlikely for months to come. Ghosn, arrested Nov. 19, was earlier charged with falsifying financial reports in underreporting his income by...