Japanese react to minister taking paternity leave | AFP

Japan’s environment minister caused a stir earlier this week when he announced that he would take two weeks of paternity leave – the first time a cabinet minister has publicly committed to such a move in the country. His decision is met with approval from ordinary citizens on the streets of Tokyo.

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Today in History for January 17th

Highlights of Today in History: Benjamin Franklin born; Soviet and Polish forces liberate Warsaw; Eisenhower farewell address; Japan earthquake; Al Capone is born;Muhammad Ali born.

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Japanese youths take part in ceremony ahead of Coming of Age Day | AFP

Students from Kokugakuin University in Tokyo take part in a ceremony on Saturday involving traditional costumes and performances, ahead of Japan’s Coming of Age Day which falls on January 13 this year.

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Carlos Ghosn: the rise and fall of the automotive tycoon | AFP

Former auto tycoon Carlos Ghosn, once-revered boss of three huge car companies, has masterminded an exit from Japan as stunning as his arrest that shocked the world more than a year ago.

The 65-year-old’s journey from one of the world’s best-known CEOs to a Japanese detention cell on financial misconduct charges was one of the most precipitous downfalls in corporate history.

REPLAY – Ex-Nissan boss Carlos Ghosn’s speaks from Beirut | AFP

Former Nissan chief Carlos Ghosn jumped bail and fled Japan in December 2019 for Lebanon to avoid trial on four charges of financial misconduct. For the first time since his escape he holds a press conference in Beirut.

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Carlos Ghosn’s flight from Japan | AFP Animé

Fugitive auto tycoon Carlos Ghosn on Wednesday accused Nissan and Japanese prosecutors of plotting against him, vowing to prove his innocence at his first public appearance since fleeing the country. Videographic showing his flight from Japan to Beirut.VIDEOGRAPHICS

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Carlos Ghosn says won’t accuse Japan officials ‘not to hurt Lebanon’ | AFP

Carlos Ghosn says won’t accuse Japanese officials ‘not to hurt Lebanon’ as he faces the world’s media on Wednesday during a press conference in Beirut, for the first time since his Houdini-like escape from Japan. SOUNDBITE

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Ghosn says financial misconduct charges against him ‘baseless’ | AFP

Ex-Nissan boss, Carlos Ghosn, says that financial misconduct charges against him are ‘baseless’ during a much-anticipated press conference in Beirut, making his first public appearance since skipping bail in Japan. IMAGES

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Carlos Ghosn says he had “no other choice” but to flee | AFP

Former Nissan boss Carlos Ghosn says he had “no other choice” but to flee s he faces the world’s media on Wednesday during a press conference in Beirut, for the first time since his Houdini-like escape from Japan. SOUNDBITE

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Former Nissan boss Ghosn says he was ‘ripped’ from friends, family | AFP

Former Nissan boss Carlos Ghosn says he was ‘ripped’ from friends, family as he faces the world’s media on Wednesday during a press conference in Beirut, for the first time since his Houdini-like escape from Japan. SOUNDBITE

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Ghosn makes first appearance since skipping bail in Japan | AFP

Former Renault-Nissan boss Carlos Ghosn arrives at the venue of a much-anticipated press conference in Beirut, making his first public appearance since skipping bail in Japan. IMAGES

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Convoy of Carlos Ghosn leaves his residence for presser venue | AFP

Convoy of Carlos Ghosn leaves his residence in the capital Beirut as he heads to a press conference to speak for the first time since his Houdini-like escape from Japan. IMAGES

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Images of former Nissan chief Carlos Ghosn’s house in Beirut | AFP

Images of a house in a wealthy neighbourhood of Beirut, Lebanon, identified by court documents as belonging to former Nissan chief Carlos Ghosn. Carlos Ghosn is set to hold a highly anticipated press conference in Lebanon on Wednesday, the first by the fugitive car magnate since his Houdini-like escape from trial in Japan. IMAGES

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Sumo champions perform New Year ritual | AFP

Sumo champions Hakuho and Kakuryu perform a New Year ritual at Tokyo’s Meiji Shrine. Both Mongolians, the two wrestlers are currently the only Yokozuna grand champions in Japan’s national sport.

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Today in History for January 2nd

Highlights of Today in History: WV mine blast; JFK declares he’s running for President; Japan captures Manila, Philippines during WWII; Lindbergh baby trial; Annie closes on Broadway. (Jan. 2)

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Carlos Ghosn’s lawyer ‘dumbfounded’ by client’s flight to Lebanon | AFP

Former Nissan chief Carlos Ghosn’s main lawyer says he is “dumbfounded” by the news of his client’s sudden departure from Japan, where he was out on bail ahead of a trial for financial misconduct.

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Grown from necessity: vertical farming takes off in Japan | AFP

On an industrial site near Kyoto, 30,000 heads of lettuce grow under artificial light with barely any human intervention. This “vegetable factory”, using the latest vertical farming techniques, is part of a trend born out of necessity in Japan, where traditional farming is threatened by the ageing population and migration from rural areas.

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Tour Fukushima’s wrecked nuclear plant

Japan has revised a roadmap for the tsunami-wrecked Fukushima nuclear plant cleanup, further delaying the removal of thousands of spent fuel units that remain in cooling pools since the 2011 disaster. (Dec. 27)

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Chinese, S.Korean and Japanese leaders kick off summit in Chengdu | AFP

China hosts the leaders of squabbling neighbours South Korea and Japan on Tuesday, flexing its diplomatic muscle with America’s two key military allies in Asia and seeking regional unity on how to deal with a belligerent North Korea. IMAGES

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AP Top Stories December 23 A

Here’s the latest for Monday December 23rd: Senate deadlocked over impeachment trial plans; China, Japan, South Korea hold summit; Barbershop employee shot over possible haircut dispute; Surfer rescued off California after shark bite.

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Japan journalist wins high-profile #MeToo case | AFP

A Tokyo court awards 3.3 million yen ($30,000) in damages to journalist Shiori Ito, who accused a former TV reporter of rape in one of the most high-profile cases of the #MeToo movement in Japan. “I feel this is the closing of one chapter. However, that we won this case doesn’t mean this [sexual assault] didn’t happen. I still have to face up to the scar I suffered. This is not the end,” she says.

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London Elektricity – Empty Seat At The Table (feat. Whiney)

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Following six studio albums of funk-driven loungecore, Hospital Records’ head honcho London Elektricity embarks on the boldest musical adventure of his 30-year career with his seventh long-player ‘Building Better Worlds’.

It began in a Forest Hill cafe in 2017 where London Elektricity adoringly browsed through a series of Benjamin Beech’s photography of perfectly untouched, derelict buildings and towns in Japan, Taiwan and China. “Many of the images show what has been, what could have been and what will be. The duality of beauty and melancholia within appealed to me immensely.” Each track was married to a photo, to join the sights to sounds from each of his tales of ‘Building Better Worlds.’

Leading the voyage is the orchestral masterpiece ‘Final View From The Rooftops’, that’s been 13 years in the making and is the “most unusual piece of D+B” [he’s] ever made”, featuring the incredible operatic talent of Cydnei B. ‘Build A Better World’ is a smooth drum & bass sonnet with the vocals of Hospital family favourite Emer Dineen. “The beauty of this song lies in its simplicity, but also its duality. I’ll leave you to work out what the lyrics are really about… They are some of the darkest lyrics I’ve come across in years.”

Another special moment is the feature of London Elektricity’s youngest son, The Secretary-General. The talented nine-year-old takes no ‘Time To Think’ as he flawlessly flows through Inja’s lyrics with the ever-vibrant MC following suit, bringing the track full-circle across generations.

London Elektricity is the mastermind behind classic Hospital albums such as ‘Pull The Plug’, ‘Syncopated City’, ‘Are We There Yet?’, and ‘Yikes’. His latest body of work delves into uncharted depths for a very personal and expressive collection of tracks where drum & bass and live instrumentation meet. London Elektricity can be found showcasing this latest chapter with tours in China, Japan, the UK and Europe throughout 2019.

‘Building Better Worlds’ is available as a special limited edition, 36-page lyric-book complete with an in-depth narrative for each track and a 3 x clear vinyl, on sale exclusively from the Hospital Shop.

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Celebration parade for Japan’s ‘Brave Blossoms’ | AFP

Thousands of flag-waving rugby fans cheer Japan’s national team at a celebratory parade in Tokyo, hailing the Brave Blossoms’ best-ever World Cup performance.

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Cherry blossoms prompt full-blown scandal for Japan’s PM | AFP

It might be the most Japanese of political scandals: a furore over Prime Minister Shinzo Abe’s guest list at a party to mark the annual cherry blossom season. from protestsN°1MX0C0

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