Katsuyuki and Anri Kawai are accused of using campaign funds to buy favors, but the use of cash for gift-giving is so prevalent in Japan as to make it difficult to prove.
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A drama about a romance that bridges the gap between two countries that are still at war comes with its own interpretive pitfalls.
Organizers must formally pledge that they will not do anything that interferes with park management before permission to hold protest is granted.
Caregiving companies are going out of business even as the demand for their services increases.
Will the incident prompt any major media outlet to change its ways when socializing with sources?
Could Daigo's uncharacteristically serious tone in recent times indicate that he is finally thinking of a career in politics?
The public and the media cried foul because Kurokawa was seen to be sympathetic to the interests of the administration of Prime Minister Shinzo Abe.
Local governments are making arrangements with hotels to house persons with mild symptoms so that they can avoid passing the virus on to families.
Members of the show business industry usually avoid anything smacking of politics so as not to jeopardize employment opportunities.
How prepared was Japan for the pandemic, and how well can it medically adapt to the emergency going forward?