▽Former top prosecutor fined for gambling | NHK WORLD
A Tokyo court has fined a former high-ranking Japanese prosecutor for gambling. He has been in hot water for playing mahjong for money during the first coronavirus state of emergency.
The Tokyo Summary Court on Tuesday ordered Kurokawa Hiromu to pay a fine of about 1,800 dollars.
▽Racing-boat drivers to return COVID-19 subsidies | NHK WORLD
The Foundation of Japan Motor Boat Racing Association on Tuesday announced that it issued the order following a survey of 1,574 drivers. The foundation says it discovered that 211 of them had received subsidies without properly understanding whom the financial support was intended for.
It says that some drivers applied for subsidies on the grounds that they were adversely affected by race cancellations amid the pandemic.
▽Last Korean war criminal in Japan dies : The Hankyoreh
The last surviving Korean Class-B/Class-C war criminal from World War II, Lee Hak-rae, died on Monday at the age of 96... Despite being a mere pawn in the war Japan was waging, 129 Korean prison guards were found guilty of abusing POWs in war crimes tribunals organized by the Allies. Of that number, 14 were sentenced to death and executed.
Lee's death sentence was commuted, sparing his life, but he soon would face the merciless opprobrium of society. Koreans denounced him and others like him as "Japanese collaborators," while the Japanese reviled them as "war criminals."
▽BTS pens statement on racism against Asians, says 'we stand against racial discrimination'
BTS has raised its voice against the ongoing surge of Asian hate crimes. The K-pop group took to Twitter and shared a statement in both Korean and English about the ongoing issue. In the statement, the K-pop group not only condemned the anti-Asian hate crimes in USA but also shared their personal experiences.
▽Fired, interrogated, disciplined: Amazon warehouse organizers allege year of retaliation
The day after Jonathan Bailey organized a walkout over Covid-19 concerns at an Amazon warehouse in Queens, New York, he was, he said, “detained” during his lunch break by a manager in a black camouflage vest who introduced himself as ex-FBI.
Bailey, who co-founded Amazonians United, a network of Amazon workers fighting for better pay and working conditions, was ushered to a side office and interrogated for 90 minutes, according to testimony filed to the National Labor Relations Board, or NLRB.
The manager asked exactly what Bailey had said or done to get his fellow workers to join the walkout. When Bailey declined to explain, the manager shifted his tone. He told Bailey that some people “felt hurt” by what he did and that it “might be seen as harassment,” Bailey said.