Japanese ambassador holds discussions with CoP

The Commissioner of Police Gary Griffith received a courtesy call yesterday from the Ambassador of Japan to Trinidad and Tobago.

According to the TTPS, his Excellency Tatsuo Hirayama met with Commissioner Griffith at the Police Administration Building in Port of Spain.

Their discussions centred on identifying ways to collaborate on issues of safety and security, and the continued transformation of the Trinidad and Tobago Police Service (TTPS).

T&T to face Japan in international friendly next month

Trinidad and Tobago will face Japan in an international friendly on June 5, the Japan Football Association announced Friday.

The friendly will take place at the Toyota Stadium in Aichi Prefecture and is likely to be Japan's last match before departing for the Copa America in Brazil.

Japan will be making its second guest appearance at the South American continental tournament running from June 14 to July 7.

Trinidad and Tobago, currently 93rd in the FIFA rankings, will use the match as a tune-up for the CONCACAF Gold Cup starting June 15.

Around the World: Nissan Chair arrested for 'misconduct'

Nissan Chairman Carlos Ghosn is arrested over claims of financial misconduct.
Mr Ghosn, a towering figure in the car industry, will be sacked from the Japanese firm after a board meeting on Thursday, and that's according to its chief executive.
He has been accused of "significant acts of misconduct", including under-reporting his pay package and personal use of company assets.
Nissan said it was unable to give further details on the offences.
Japanese prosecutors have yet to comment on Mr Ghosn's arrest.

International: Three killed in Japan earthquake

A strong earthquake in Osaka, Japan has killed at least three people, including a child, and injured more than 200.

Airports in the area were closed for several hours, train lines interrupted and factories had to halt production.

The 6.1 magnitude quake did not trigger a tsunami warning and nuclear plants in the area are operating normally.

Japan lies in a particularly earthquake-prone region and accounts for around 20% of quakes worldwide of magnitude 6.0 or more.Monday's quake in Osaka occurred just before 08:00 local time north of the city.

International: Japanese warships to join US fleet near North Korea as tensions rise

Japan is getting ready to send several destroyers from Japan’s maritime self-defence forces to join the US aircraft carrier, Carl Vinson.

The US warship is heading to the Korean peninsula, trying to deter North Korea from conducting further missile and nuclear tests while China tries to stop them from continuing.

This comes as the Chinese president, Xi JingPing, had a phone conversation with US President Donald Trump, trying for de-escalation and a more “peaceful” approach toward North Korea.

Internationally: 7 students, 1 teacher die in avalanche in Japan

Seven high school students and a teacher have died and more than 40 people have been injured after an avalanche hit ski slopes in Japan.

A total of 52 students and 11 teachers from seven high schools were taking part in a three-day mountaineering expedition near the Nasu Onsen resort, 93 miles north of Tokyo, when the incident occurred at about 9.20am on Monday.

“I cannot have peace of mind until I see the students’ faces,” the deputy headteacher of one of the affected schools told the Yomiuri newspaper.

Japan mends giant sinkhole in one week

A busy Japanese road reopened on Tuesday, just one week after it was wrecked by a gigantic sinkhole.

Construction workers moved fast to fill the hole, which spanned a five-lane street, stretching 30 metres (98 feet) wide and 15 metres deep.

The chasm first appeared on Tuesday, 8 November, in a business district of the south-west city of Fukuoka.

No one was hurt in the collapse, but local media reported disruptions to electricity, gas and water services.

The street reopened at 5 am Tuesday, in time for rush hour.