News Headlines - 03 January 2019

The Times picks Shinjiro Koizumi as one of 20 faces to watch for in 2020 | The Japan Times

The Times newspaper has selected Environment Minister Shinjiro Koizumi as one of its twenty people to look out for in 2020.
The British paper said there are two opposing views of Koizumi: Either he is a hereditary political aristocrat with a pretty face but no original ideas or he is the most interesting and promising Japanese politician of his generation, adding that Koizumi will face a real test this year.

Bribery suspect linked to casino firm claims payoffs to 5 other Japan lawmakers - The Mainichi

An individual linked to a Chinese company who allegedly bribed legislator Tsukasa Akimoto over a project to open an "integrated" casino resort in Japan has told prosecutors that he handed over some 1 million yen (about $9,250) each to five other lawmakers, including former Cabinet ministers, investigative sources said.
The Tokyo District Public Prosecutors Office special investigation unit suspects that the Chinese company, 500.com Ltd., attempted to win favour across a broad swathe of Japan's political class for its bid to join a casino resort project. Prosecutors are apparently probing whether the money was actually given to the five other politicians.

Ghosn said to have carried 1 of 2 French passports | NHK WORLD

The lawyers took his passports, issued by France, Brazil and Lebanon, as required under the bail conditions.Sources say France had issued two passports to Ghosn for some reason, and that the lawyers initially held both of them... The lawyers reportedly asked the court to change the conditions of bail, and the court allowed Ghosn to carry one of the two French passports with him in a locked case.

Carlos Ghosn Sneaked Out of Japan in Box Used for Audio Gear - WSJ

Former auto titan Carlos Ghosn, packed into a case typically used for concert audio equipment, was sneaked onto a private jet at an airport in Osaka, Japan, late Sunday, according to people familiar with the matter, in what has become one of the corporate world’s most stunning cases of bail jumping.

Montenegro MPs held after violent protest over religion law - France 24

More than a dozen opposition MPs were detained in Montenegro's parliament Friday after they violently protested a controversial law on religious freedom, which was passed after the group was taken away.
The law has raised tensions in recent weeks between the government and a pro-Serb opposition which is close to the Serbian Orthodox Church (SPC), Montenegro's main religious body.
The most sensitive piece of the legislation is a clause requiring religious communities to prove ownership of properties from before 1918, when Montenegro lost its independence, in order to keep them.







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