News Headlines - 27 July 2017

Japan defense minister to quit over alleged coverup of logs- Nikkei Asian Review

Defense Minister Tomomi Inada and the chief of staff of Japan's Ground Self-Defense Forces will step down following allegations of a coverup involving logs that recorded the daily activities of Japanese ground troops serving as U.N. peacekeepers in South Sudan, government sources said Thursday.

First female head of Japan's opposition Democratic Party resigns

The first female leader of Japan's opposition Democratic Party, Renho, said on Thursday she was resigning after her party failed to capitalize on Prime Minister Shinzo Abe's sinking support rates and suffered a heavy defeat in a Tokyo election.

Ex-chief of scandal-hit school operator summoned for questioning over subsidy fraud | The Japan Times

Prosecutors on Thursday summoned the former chief of a scandal-mired nationalist school operator and his wife for questioning in relation to allegations of soliciting fraudulent public subsidies for their businesses.

Divorcee destroys ex's $1m violin collection in Japan - BBC News

A woman has been arrested for destroying her former partner's violin collection and 70 bows, together worth 105.9m yen ($950,700, £770,000).
The 34-year-old suspect broke into his apartment in Nagoya and wrecked the instruments, police said.

Toyota’s new solid-state battery could make its way to cars by 2020 | TechCrunch

Toyota is touting its progress on a new kind of battery technology, which uses a solid electrolyte instead of the conventional semi-liquid version used in today’s lithium-ion batteries. The car maker said that it’s near a breakthrough in production engineering that could help it put the new tech in production electric vehicles as early as 2020








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