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January 14, 2019 6:35 AM 'Browbeaten' Carlos Ghosn being mistreated in Japanese jail, says wife

Mr Ghosn is kept in an unheated cell, lost almost seven pounds and is given only rice and barley to eat, his wife claims. In a nine-page letter, Carole Ghosn said: "My husband's is a case study in the realities of this draconian system". Japanese authorities arrested Carlos Ghosn on 19 November and charged him with under-reporting his income by about 153

January 13, 2019 8:11 PM BDO World Championships: Glen Durrant beats Scott Waites in final

Glen Durrant beat fellow Englishman Scott Waites 7-3 to win a third consecutive BDO World Championship title at the Lakeside. Durrant, 48, is the first player to win three BDO world titles in a row since Eric Bristow in 1984-86 and the fifth to win it on three or more occasions. "It means the earth and back," Durrant told Eurosport after beating 41-year-old 144

January 12, 2019 5:52 PM BDO World Championships: Mikuru Suzuki beats England's Lorraine Winstanley

England's Lorraine Winstanley was beaten 3-0 by Japan's Mikuru Suzuki in the BDO Women's World Championship final at the Lakeside. Unseeded Suzuki, 36, becomes the first non-European to win the title as well as the first Asian world champion in either PDC or BDO competitions. Top seed Winstanley, 43, was competing in her first world final but won only two legs against 121

January 11, 2019 6:51 AM China ’NEEDS’ trade deal with post-Brexit UK for THIS key reason claims Beijing expert

CHINA “needs” a trade deal with post-Brexit UK according to a top expert on the country, who argued it would give a massive boost to the country’s “diplomatic prestige”. The comments were made by Dr Yu Jie, a research fellow at the Chatham House think tank. She was speaking on last night’s BBC Newsnight. Another Beijing expert agreed there is “no downside 126

January 9, 2019 5:44 AM Fukubukuro: Why Japan goes crazy for 'lucky bags'

They're called Fukubukuro - and at the start of each New Year, thousands of people in Japan queue up for hours to get their hands on them. Fukubukuro - or lucky bags - are essentially mystery goodie bags that contain anything from clothes to food, depending on the store selling them. They started out as a way for Japanese department stores to get rid of old stock 122

January 7, 2019 9:21 AM Andres Iniesta: Former Barcelona midfielder criticised for posing with two people in blackface

Former Barcelona and Spain midfielder Andres Iniesta has been criticised after posting a photograph of himself with two people in blackface as part of Epiphany celebrations in Spain. Two of the group are painted black - the role of Balthazar is often played by a white man in blackface in Spain. Iniesta, who plays for Vissel Kobe in Japan, has not responded 97

January 7, 2019 8:53 AM Billionaire overtakes chicken nugget boy for most-retweeted tweet

Yusaku Maezawa's promise to giveaway 100m yen has become the most retweeted-tweet of all time. The record now belongs to Yusaku Maezawa, who has pledged to give away 100m yen (£725,000) to his followers. Mr Maezawa is a Japanese billionaire and the founder of Zozotown, the country's largest retailer. His social media success means Carter Wilkerson, who was retweeted 130

January 4, 2019 2:58 PM Japanese lesbian couple to wed in all 26 countries with marriage equality

A Japanese lesbian couple is planning to hold weddings in all 26 countries where same-sex marriage is legal to protest their nation’s lack of marriage equality. University students Misato Kawasaki, 21, and Mayu Otaki, 22, will post pictures of the ceremonies on their blog during their six-month journey in an effort to convince readers that same-sex couples 97

January 3, 2019 10:11 AM Japan earthquake hits: Japan coast struck by 5.0 magntude quake

JAPAN has been struck by a magnitude 5.0 earthquake today, in Kumamoto prefecture on the southern island of Kyushu. An earthquake with a preliminary magnitude of 5.0 hit southern Japan on Thursday but no tsunami warning was issued, the Japan Meteorological Agency (JMA) said, and there were no immediate reports of damage or injuries. The quake, which 116

December 21, 2018 5:51 AM Ex-Nissan boss Carlos Ghosn rearrested in Japan on new charges

Prosecutors alledge Carlos Ghosn passed on personal investment losses of $16.6m (£13.1m) to Nissan.  Carlos Ghosn can be held for another 10 days in a Tokyo jail after prosecutors alleged he had passed on personal investment losses of $16.6m (£13.1m) to Nissan. Ghosn was arrested a month ago - along with a colleague - as part of an investigation into alleged 98