The president of Japan's Olympic Committee, Tsunekazu Takeda, is under formal investigation in France and was indicted over "active corruption" in connection with bribes on Japan's bid to host the Olympics.
Earlier Tokyo prosecutors filed two new charges of financial misconduct against Carlos Ghosn.
South Korea and its neighbours have strict immigration laws that make it hard for asylum seekers to find a permanent home - but hopes are high as these East Asian nations face a population crisis.
Ghosn, credited with rescuing Nissan from near-bankruptcy two decades ago, appeared thinner then before his arrest as he entered a court in handcuffs and a rope around his waist, wearing a dark suit without a tie.
Germany's Finance Minister Olaf Scholz said he was expecting lower tax revenues that regularly exceeded expectations and weaker growth in 2019 as headwinds from trade frictions hamper exports.
A Japanese sushi entrepreneur paid a record $3.1 million for a giant tuna Saturday as Tokyo's new fish market, which replaced the world-famous Tsukiji late last year, held its first pre-dawn New Year's auction.
The crash occurred on Takeshita Dori, a road well known to tourists and pop culture and fashion fans that runs right by Meiji Shrine in Harajuku, Shibuya ward.
The growing case against the auto tycoon represents a stunning reversal of fortune for a man once revered in Japan and beyond for his ability to turn around automakers, including Nissan.
An incredible day on Wall Street, which saw major indexes finishing at least 5 percent higher, spurred early gains in Asia on Thursday as some traders returned from a Christmas break.
Asian equities were shaky following a Christmas eve Wall Street plunge, as investors remain wary of chaos in Washington, President Trump's attack on the nominally independent Federal Reserve, and a partial government shutdown over a border wall.
Japan has defied international protests to conduct what it calls scientific research whaling, having repeatedly said its ultimate goal is to whale commercially again.
Japanese stocks plunged Tuesday and other Asian markets declined following heavy Wall Street losses triggered by Trump's attack on the US central bank and political chaos in Washington.
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