January 29, Monday, 2024

1. Japanese investigative sources say a suspected fugitive believed to have been involved in one of several bombing attacks in the Japanese capital in the 1970s died at a hospital near Tokyo on Monday morning. The Tokyo Metropolitan Police Department received information on Thursday last week that a man, who claimed to be the fugitive Kirishima Satoshi, was hospitalized in Kanagawa Prefecture earlier this month for stomach cancer.
2. The governor of Japan’s Ishikawa Prefecture says power supplies are expected to be resumed as early as Wednesday in most of the areas that have been without electricity since the powerful earthquake four weeks ago. Governor Hase Hiroshi told reporters on Monday that blackouts are expected to end by Wednesday, apart from some areas.
3. Japanese Prime Minister Kishida Fumio has reiterated his apology in the Diet for the money scandal embroiling factions of his main ruling Liberal Democratic Party. Kishida said the issue seriously undermined the public trust in politics. He pledged to make persistent efforts to reform politics and restore trust.