Who are the indigenous Ainu people of Japan?
The Japanese government will for the first time formally recognize the Ainu people of Hokkaido as an indigenous people of the country.
A British grandfather is facing life in prison after drugs were found in his luggage after his plane landed in Japan- but his daughter claims he has been duped by an email inheritance scam.
Frank Rodway took a flight from Mali, West Africa and landed in Tokyo, Japan, where he was found with 2.1 kilograms of amphetamines in his bags.
The 67-year-old from Salford has already been detained for six months and faces life in prison under Japan's notoriously strict drug laws.
But his daughter Laura said her father has fallen for an email phishing scam and was persuaded to go to Mali to collect an inheritance, where drugs were hidden in his luggage without his knowledge, and was then convinced to fly to Japan to get his inheritance signed off and confirmed.
Ryanair fined €3 million by Italian authorities over luggage policy
Italy’s antitrust agency accused the airline of effectively raising ticket prices in a “non-transparent manner”.
She told The Sun: 'Nobody can believe it. He's the sort of man who likes a pint, looks after his neighbour's dog and loves his garden.
'My dad has diabetes and rarely travels.
'He's never been further than Scarborough before and now he's accused of being an international drug dealer. You can imagine my shock.'
The retired plasterer was convinced to go to Mali by emails claiming he could get an £8 million inheritance ($10.5 million).
The grandfather boarded a plane from Manchester airport, via Casablanca in Morocco, to Mali on August 9 last year to sign the papers to get the windfall.
But when he landed he was told he would need to head further afield to Japan - 7,973 miles away from Mali - to sign important documents.
Australian who drove into crowd, killed 6, sentenced to life
A man who drove a stolen car into lunchtime crowds in downtown Melbourne and killed six people was sentenced to life imprisonment in what the judge described as "one of the worst examples of mass murder in Australian history." James Gargasoulas will spend at least 46 years in jail before he's eligible for parole. He was in a drug-induced psychosis in 2017 when he killed six and injured dozens more.
His daughter Laura says that drugs were hidden in his luggage without him knowing and then he got on a plane to Japan.
When Mr Rodway arrived in Tokyo he was found to be in possession of the drugs and has been incarcerated ever since.
His daughter claims she has seen emails from the gang confirming he has been conned.
Japan has strict anti-drug laws where even possession of minute quantities can lead to jail sentences.
Mr Rodway is now awaiting a trial date.
The Foreign Office are thought to be assisting Frank and his family.
Cork twins, 4, honoured for saving their grandmother's life after overnight seizure.
Paramedics say that Seán and Emma’s quick thinking saved their grandmother’s life . Speaking on RTÉ Radio One on Friday, Ms Clarke spoke glowingly of her two grandchildren who acted incredibly calm for their young age during a time of an emergency. “Not only am I really close to my two 4-year-old grandchildren, but the fact that they were so brave to do what they did – especially Sean,” said the grateful granny. “To do what he did to save his grandmother’s life was just unbelievable, at 4 years old! Unbelievable.