Naoki Inose

Inose fined, questions remain over 50-million-yen loan
Former Tokyo Governor Naoki Inose apologizes during a news conference at the Tokyo District Court on March 28. (Wataru Sekita)
Former Tokyo Governor Naoki Inose was fined 500,000 yen ($4,900) on March 28 but avoided a trial over a money scandal that forced him out of office.
EDITORIAL: Details should be publicly disclosed about Inose loan...
Former Tokyo Governor Naoki Inose at a news conference in Tokyo on March 28 (Wataru Sekita)
The Tokyo Summary Court slapped a 500,000 yen fine on former Tokyo Governor Naoki Inose on March 28 for receiving 50 million yen from the Tokushukai hospital group in violation ...
Charges loom for former Tokyo governor over 50-million-yen loan
Naoki Inose announces his resignation as Tokyo governor at a Dec. 19 news conference. (Asahi Shimbun file photo)
Prosecutors will soon indict former Tokyo Governor Naoki Inose on charges of violating the election law in connection with 50 million yen ($488,000) he received from a...
Resigning lawmaker claims Inose asked to borrow 50 million yen
Takeshi Tokuda bows as he announces his resignation as a Lower House member in Tokyo's Nagatacho district on Feb. 24. (Shogo Koshida)
A Lower House member who is resigning over allegations of campaign violations disputed former Tokyo Governor Naoki Inose's claim that the lawmaker offered to lend him 50...
Prosecutors question ex-Tokyo governor over money scandal
Naoki Inose announces his resignation as governor of Tokyo at the metropolitan government building on Dec. 19. (Asahi Shimbun file photo)
Prosecutors questioned Naoki Inose, who quit as governor of Tokyo in December over a money scandal, about the nature of 50 million yen ($479,000) he received from the...
VOX POPULI: 2013 and an alarming revival of prewar values
Journalist Takeji Muno (Asahi Shimbun file photo)
When Shinzo Abe began his second stint as prime minister in late December 2012, he proceeded with caution at first. But lately, he has become like a cocky, aggressive driver....
Hosokawa weighs run for Tokyo governor
Former Prime Minister Morihiro Hosokawa (Asahi Shimbun file photo)
Morihiro Hosokawa is thinking of coming out of retirement to make a run for the post of governor of Tokyo. The election is set for Feb. 9.
First 24-hour bus starts between Tokyo's Shibuya, Roppongi
A late-night bus is on its way to the entertainment center of Shibuya via Roppongi in Tokyo. (Asahi Shimbun file photo)
An all-night bus service started Dec. 21 between Shibuya and Roppongi, two Tokyo entertainment areas often filled with people partying until the early hours of the morning.
VOX POPULI: Inose the disgraced Tokyo governor meets Inose the...
Tokyo Governor Naoki Inose announces his resignation at a Dec. 19 news conference. (The Asahi Shimbun)
"It is easier to be wise for others than for oneself," observed Francois de La Rochefoucauld (1613-1680), a noted French author of maxims. A saying to the same effect in...
UPDATE: Tokyo governor goes from Olympic-bid hero to disgraced...
Tokyo Governor Naoki Inose announces his resignation at a Dec. 19 news conference. (Takaharu Yagi)
Just three months ago, Tokyo Governor Naoki Inose was the toast of the town, having led a successful bid to host the 2020 Summer Olympics in the nation’s capital. It was a...
Tokyo governor announces resignation over money scandal
Tokyo Governor Naoki Inose, center, enters the Tokyo metropolitan government building on Dec. 18. (The Asahi Shimbun)
Embattled Tokyo Governor Naoki Inose announced his resignation on Dec. 19 over an unfolding money scandal and outrage over his contradictory statements and vague replies about...
Calls grow for Tokyo Governor Inose to resign over money scandal
Tokyo Governor Naoki Inose refuses to respond to reporters' questions as he enters the Tokyo metropolitan government building on Dec. 18. (Hikaru Uchida)
Demands are spreading for Tokyo Governor Naoki Inose to resign before his money scandal, contradictory statements and vague replies further tarnish his greatest...
EDITORIAL: Tokyo Governor Inose should step down
Tokyo Governor Naoki Inose listens to a question from a member of the Tokyo Metropolitan Assembly on Dec. 10. (Junichi Bekku)
Were he still the journalist devoted to exposing injustice and corruption that he once was, Tokyo Governor Naoki Inose would no doubt have rejected the kind of explanations he...
VOX POPULI: Say what?
Senichi Hoshino, manager of the Tohoku Rakuten Golden Eagles, celebrates the professional baseball team's first Japan Series championship during an interview at Kleenex Stadium in Sendai on Nov. 3. (Asahi Shimbun file photo)
Trying to extricate himself from the cloud of suspicion he has come under for a 50 million yen (about $500,000) loan he received last year, a flustered Tokyo Governor Naoki...
VOX POPULI: Tokyo governor’s excuses for no-collateral loan...
Tokyo Governor Naoki Inose tries to explain the 50 million yen loan given to him from the Tokushukai Group at a regular news conference in the Tokyo metropolitan government building on Nov. 22. (Shinichi Iizuka)
A fake 1-million-yen banknote made news headlines earlier this month when it was found in a grocery store cash register in northern Japan.
Tokyo governor acknowledges receiving 50 million yen from...
Tokyo Governor Naoki Inose is surrounded by reporters on Nov. 22 at the Tokyo Metropolitan Government building in Shinjuku Ward. (Shinichi Iizuka)
Tokyo Governor Naoki Inose acknowledged he received 50 million yen (about $500,000) from a scandal-tainted medical corporation before his successful campaign in the...
Local leaders criticize Abe for saying radioactive water leaks...
Tokyo Governor Naoki Inose at a news conference in Buenos Aires on Sept. 6 (The Asahi Shimbun)
The governor of Tokyo and a local town assembly severely affected by the Fukushima disaster took issue with Prime Minister Shinzo Abe's assurance to International Olympic...
OLYMPICS/ Tokyo governor says nuclear crisis won't affect Games bid
Tokyo Governor Naoki Inose (Asahi Shimbun file photo)
Radiation levels in Tokyo are no different from those of other major world cities and the worsening crisis at Fukushima nuclear plant should have no impact on the city's bid to ...
OLYMPICS/ Tokyo revisits ‘recovery from 3/11 disaster' slogan in ...
Tokyo Governor Naoki Inose, front right, on Aug. 7, in Tokyo, crosses the finish line in a relay marathon to connect the capital and areas devastated by the March 2011 earthquake and tsunami. (Yuki Okado)
Ahead of the September general meeting of the International Olympic Committee to decide the host of the 2020 Summer Olympics, Tokyo has returned to using the slogan “recovery ...
VOX POPULI: Japanese people need to review time management
Tokyo Governor Naoki Inose is swamped by reporters on May 22 after he attended a meeting of the Industrial Competitiveness Council at the prime minister's office. At the meeting, Inose proposed moving up Japan's standard time by two hours. (The Asahi Shimbun)
Tokyo Governor Naoki Inose proposed May 22 that Japan should move up its standard time by two hours so that Tokyo’s financial market will be the first to open in the world.