Queries on Suzuki Motor’s fuel economy data

The news comes as Mitsubishi Motors admitted last month to manipulating its fuel economy data.

Government officials have been asking automakers to investigate whether they used the methods for measuring fuel economy that had been authorized by the government.

NHK has learned that Suzuki Motor also used a method different from the one stipulated by the government to measure the fuel efficiency of its mini-vehicles. (NHK)

Japan’s Foreign Ministry plans to adopt a new design for its passport visa pages based on a series of centuries-old woodblock prints of Mount Fuji. (NHK)

Japan’s Cabinet Office says the GDP figures for the three months between January and March were up by 0.4 percent in real terms from the previous quarter. (NHK)

Iwate Prefectural Police are investigating what is believed to have been murder-arson after two bodies were found at a burned-out home in Morioka City, reports Asahi Shimbun (May 18). (Tokyo Reporter)

A UNESCO advisory panel has recommended putting the main building of the National Museum of Western Art in Tokyo and 16 other buildings designed by Le Corbusier on the world body’s list of cultural heritage sites, the Japanese Agency for Cultural Affairs said Tuesday. (Jiji Press)

Tokyo Metropolitan Police have arrested one more member of a group of former bar hosts from the Kabukicho entertainment area who admits to participating in a series of fake accidents targeting taxi drivers, reports TV Asahi (May 17). (Tokyo Reporter)

Sunday marked one month since the Kobe Yamaguchi-gumi splintered off from the Yamaguchi-gumi and became an organized crime syndicate under the Anti-Organized Crime Law. (Tokyo Reporter)

The Osaka District Court on Monday ruled in favor of a music company in a suit seeking compensation for the death of a woman due to a lightning strike prior to a concert by boy band Exile in Osaka four years ago, reports NHK. (Tokyo Reporter)

Kumamoto Prefecture’s popular mascot, Kumamon, made an appearance in Tokyo to thank people for assistance to the region following the recent powerful earthquakes. (NHK)

Japan and South Korea agreed Monday to accelerate efforts to set up a foundation to help former “comfort women” procured for Japan’s wartime military brothels, the centerpiece of a landmark bilateral deal struck last year, the Japanese government said. (Kyodo)

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