December 12, Tuesday, 2023

1. The Lower House of Japan’s Diet has voted down a motion of non-confidence in Chief Cabinet Secretary Matsuno Hirokazu over a political fund scandal.
2. A Japanese district court has found three male former Ground Self-Defense Force members guilty on charges of indecent assault of a female subordinate. The Fukushima District Court handed down two-year prison sentences suspended for four years to Shibuya Shutaro, Sekine Akito and Kimezawa Yusuke on Tuesday.
3. In Major League Baseball, the Los Angeles Dodgers officially announced on Monday that they have signed a 10-year-contract with Japanese two-way superstar Ohtani Shohei. The announcement quoted Ohtani thanking his new team’s fans for welcoming him.