Japan assures S. Korea it upholds apology over wartime sexual slavery

Japan Politics News - July 23, 2014 - 15:05
The Japanese government assured South Korea on Wednesday that it will uphold an official apology over frontline brothels for Japanese soldiers during World War II that mainly recruited Asian women as prostitutes. (Kyodo)
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Failed Mt. Gox mum on debt repayment amounts

Japan Business News - July 23, 2014 - 14:59
The bankruptcy administrator for Tokyo-based bitcoin exchange Mt. Gox Co. on Wednesday declined to say how much of its debts the firm expects to repay to creditors. (Jiji Press)
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Sumo: Hakuho, upset by Goeido, falls into two-way tie for lead on Day 11

Japan Sports News - July 23, 2014 - 14:58
Sekiwake Goeido upset grand champion Hakuho to hand the Mongolian his first loss and throw the title chase at the Nagoya Grand Sumo Tournament wide open on July 23. (Asahi)
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Aska's female acquaintance pleads innocence to drugs but not sex

Japan Society News - July 23, 2014 - 14:56
Kasumi Tochinai, a female acquaintance of troubled musician Aska, entered an innocent plea on drug charges at the Tokyo District Court on Monday, reports Nikkan Sports (July 23). (Tokyo Reporter)
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Imperial couple visit temporary shopping center in Miyagi Prefecture

Japan Society News - July 23, 2014 - 14:46
Japan's Emperor Akihito and Empress Michiko on Wednesday visited a temporary shopping center, opened after the March 2011 disaster, in the town of Minamisanriku in Miyagi Prefecture, northeastern Japan. (Jiji Press)
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Tokyo stocks close down 0.10pc

Japan Economy News - July 23, 2014 - 07:02
Tokyo stocks closed down 0.10 percent on Wednesday as early buying following a positive lead from Wall Street ran out of steam. (thepeninsulaqatar.com)
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Japan's seasonal eel haul triples

Japan Business News - July 23, 2014 - 07:00
Japanese people can look forward to some relief this year from the summer heat. The catch of young eels this season is triple the volume of last year. The Japanese traditionally eat grilled eel to give them an energy boost amid the heat and humidity of summer. (NHK)
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Warning of 'dangerous' public backlash against solar in Japan

Japan Sci-Tech News - July 23, 2014 - 03:23
Rises in consumer electricity prices, caused in part by a backlog of unbuilt PV projects, could put Japan's solar industry in serious danger of losing support, a Tokyo-based analyst has warned. (pv-tech.org)
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Japan's secrecy law seen as draconian

Japan Politics News - July 23, 2014 - 03:12
"Abe colour" is an expression occasionally used in Japan's domestic media. It means those government policies that reflect Prime Minister Shinzo Abe's personal views, and the term relates to his hawkish security policies. (aljazeera.com)
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Biopesticide ladybug developed in Japan

Japan Sci-Tech News - July 22, 2014 - 23:49
An agricultural research center in western Japan has developed and commercialized a ladybug as a biopesticide. (Jiji Press)
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Man questioned by police after building 'girl' out of plastic bottles, taking her out on a date

Japan Society News - July 22, 2014 - 23:47
Inventor and performance artist Showta Mori has been getting a taste of internet fame recently for his videos featuring his quick-draw, arm-mounted iPhone sleeve gun, but that's far from his only creation or even his weirdest creation. (rocketnews24.com)
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Yamaguchi-gumi boss joins Facebook?

Japan Society News - July 22, 2014 - 23:40
Earlier this year, a number of news outlets covered last year's launch of a Web site for the Yamaguchi-gumi, Japan's largest organized crime group. (Tokyo Reporter)
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Lawyer accidentally supports the armament of Japan with flawed cartoon reference

Japan Education News - July 22, 2014 - 23:34
On 16 July Sapporo Attorney Ayako Ito made a visit to Sapporo Kotoni Technical High School to assist the social studies teacher Shiego Kawahara in an important lesson regarding the right of collective self-defense. It's a thorny issue that can be difficult enough to explain to adults let alone teenagers. (rocketnews24.com)
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Woman arrested after 5-month-old son dies in car while she plays pachinko

Japan Society News - July 22, 2014 - 23:32
Police in Okinawa on Tuesday arrested a 40-year-old woman after her 5-month-old son died in her car while she played pachinko. (Japan Today)
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Benesse says noncustomer data included in leaked info

Japan Business News - July 22, 2014 - 23:18
Information leaked from Benesse Corp. includes personal data on people who have never had a contract with the company, its parent company said Tuesday. (Jiji Press)
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Palace moats may get subway water cleanup

Japan Sci-Tech News - July 22, 2014 - 23:14
The Environment Ministry is considering using groundwater welling up from subway tunnels to improve the water quality in moats surrounding the Imperial Palace, The Yomiuri Shimbun has learned. (The Japan News)
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Japan's top convenience stores dominate like never before

Japan Business News - July 22, 2014 - 23:11
The five biggest convenience store operators in Japan claimed more than 90% of the market by sales for the first time in fiscal 2013. (Nikkei)
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Starbucks gives caffeine jolt to plans for new stores in Japan

Japan Business News - July 22, 2014 - 23:08
Starbucks Coffee Japan plans to open new outlets at an accelerated pace while shifting its focus from urban centers to suburban areas. (Nikkei)
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Hitachi throws down gauntlet to top 3 train makers

Japan Business News - July 22, 2014 - 23:04
Hitachi on Monday unveiled standard rail cars developed for overseas customers, an occasion that revealed the company's vaulting ambition for a market dominated by three giants. (NHK)
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Iitate residents to file for arbitration

Japan Society News - July 22, 2014 - 22:59
A group of residents from a village near the crippled Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power plant is planning to file for state arbitration so all villagers can be entitled to equal damages regardless of radiation levels of their areas. (NHK)
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