US President Barack Obama will not apologise for the atomic bombing of Hiroshima on his landmark visit this week, he told Japanese public broadcaster in an interview.
The scandal -- reported to cover almost every model sold in Japan since the early 1990s.
MSCI's broadest index of Asia-Pacific shares outside Japan rose 0.4 per cent.
The dollar index, which tracks the U.S. currency against a basket of six rivals, was nearly flat at 94.547.
Brent crude futures were up 28 cents at $49.25 a barrel, near six-month highs of $49.47 reached on Monday.
Mitsubishi sold about one million vehicles globally last year.
Takashi Kubota (right), space programme director of the Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency, with a miniature version of the ultra high-tech satellite Hitomi during a press conference with Saku Tsuneta (left), director-general of the Institute of Space and Astronautical Science, and Chikara Harada (centre), head of the space tracking and communication centre, in Tokyo. (Photo: AFP)
Dozens of Japanese lawmakers including a Cabinet minister visited a Tokyo war shrine on Friday in a ritual angering China and South Korea, where memories of Japan’s military and colonial record remain
The United States will propose that President Barack Obama visit Hiroshima, Japan’s Nikkei newspaper said on Friday, in what would be the first visit by an incumbent US president to the city devastate
Japanese mobile giant SoftBank on Thursday hit back at a bid by a group of investors to unseat the former Google executive seen as heir apparent to its billionaire founder Masayoshi Son.