Tokyo police bust 2 Kabukicho clubs for overcharging

Japan Society News - May 22, 2015 - 13:15
In a crackdown on overcharging of customers, Tokyo Metropolitan Police on Friday announced the bust of two hostess clubs in Shinjuku Ward for overcharging customers, reports the TBS News (May 22). (Tokyo Reporter)
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Tokyo shares end higher on BOJ's policy continuance

Japan Economy News - May 22, 2015 - 08:21
Tokyo shares ended higher on Friday with the benchmark Nikkei index logging a sixth straight day of gaining on the Bank of Japan's decision to maintain its ultra- loose monetary policy. (
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BOJ maintains monetary easing policy, lifts view on consumption

Japan Economy News - May 22, 2015 - 08:20
The Bank of Japan decided Friday to maintain its current monetary easing policy and assessment of the economy as recovering moderately, while upgrading views on personal consumption and housing investment after waning of adverse effects of last year's sales tax hike. (Kyodo)
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Man arrested for threatening Princess Kako online

Japan Society News - May 21, 2015 - 23:20
Police said Thursday they have arrested an unemployed 43-year-old man on suspicion of posting an online threat against Princess Kako. (Japan Today)
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McDonald's Japan announces new sales strategies

Japan Business News - May 21, 2015 - 23:17
Executives at McDonald's Japan are trying to turn around their business by revamping their menus. They announced a strategy plan for boosting sales following a series of food-safety scandals. (NHK)
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3 teenagers indicted over murder of boy in Kawasaki

Japan Society News - May 21, 2015 - 23:13
Public prosecutors indicted three male teenagers Thursday over the high-profile murder of a 13-year-old boy in Kawasaki, Kanagawa Prefecture, south of Tokyo. (Jiji Press)
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Japan PM Abe announces $110-billion aid for Asia infrastructure

Japan Economy News - May 21, 2015 - 23:09
Japan will provide a total of 110 billion dollars over the next five years to boost by 30 pct financial assistance for promoting infrastructure development in other Asian countries, Prime Minister Shinzo Abe said Thursday. (Jiji Press)
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Chinese bombers fly between southern Japan islands

Japan Politics News - May 21, 2015 - 23:06
The Japanese Defense Ministry said Thursday that two Chinese bombers flew over open seas between Okinawa Prefecture's main island and the island of Miyakojima, prompting the Air Self-Defense Force to scramble fighter jets. (Jiji Press)
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Dogs bite 2 pedestrians; owner arrested for negligence

Japan Society News - May 21, 2015 - 13:53
Police in Tokyo's Setagaya Ward have arrested the 82-year-old owner of six dogs after they got loose on April 12 and bit two pedestrians, inflicting minor injuries. (Japan Today)
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Driver who killed cyclist in crosswalk accident found not guilty, causes controversy in Japan

Japan Society News - May 21, 2015 - 13:48
Pedestrian crosswalk laws are all over the place no matter where you go. What's considered jaywalking varies by country, and in the U.S. each state has its own laws for exactly how far the pedestrian needs to have crossed on the crosswalk before you have to stop. (
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PAC-MAN 35th birthday celebrants set record

Japan Society News - May 21, 2015 - 09:01
Some 350 Tokyoites clad in yellow raincoats set a world record Thursday for the largest human image of PAC-MAN, in honor of the video game character's 35th birthday. (NHK)
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Yakuza debt collector arrested for threatening Tokyo taxi chief

Japan Society News - May 21, 2015 - 08:54
Tokyo Metropolitan Police on Thursday announced the arrest of an organized crime member for threatening the head of a taxi firm in Nerima Ward, reports TV Asahi (May 21). (Tokyo Reporter)
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Nikkei ends flat after hitting 15-year high

Japan Economy News - May 21, 2015 - 08:50
Japan's Nikkei share average ended flat on Thursday after hitting a fresh 15-year high as investors took profits ahead of the Bank of Japan's two-day policy meeting on Friday. (
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WAZA welcomes Japan body's dolphin catch decision

Japan Sci-Tech News - May 21, 2015 - 04:57
The World Association of Zoos and Aquariums has issued a statement welcoming a Japanese body's decision to ban the acquisition of dolphins caught by drive hunting. (NHK)
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Teen arrested over alleged plan to fly drone over shrine festival in Tokyo

Japan Society News - May 21, 2015 - 04:54
A 15-year-old boy known to police for flying drones in crowded places was arrested Thursday on suspicion of planning to fly one of the devices at a Tokyo festival. (Japan Times)
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Yakuza, bosozoku members arrested for Tokyo brawl

Japan Society News - May 21, 2015 - 04:51
Tokyo Metropolitan Police on Wednesday announced the arrest of multiple organized crime and motorcycle gang members for participation in a brawl that erupted last year in Kita Ward, reports the Sankei Shimbun (May 20). (Tokyo Reporter)
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Japanese grandfather gets life in prison in Indonesia drug case

Japan Society News - May 20, 2015 - 23:27
A Japanese man who says he was deceived into carrying someone else's bag on a flight into Indonesia was sentenced to life in prison Wednesday for smuggling methamphetamine into the country with harsh drug laws. (Japan Today)
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Man arrested for stabbing 14-year-old girl in Himeji

Japan Society News - May 20, 2015 - 23:22
Police in Himeji, Hyogo Prefecture, said Wednesday they have arrested an unemployed 36-year-old man on suspicion of stabbing a 14-year-old girl as she walked home on May 11. (Japan Today)
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Intl. real estate exhibition opens in Japan

Japan Business News - May 20, 2015 - 23:14
Japanese real estate companies are holding an international trade fair in Tokyo to attract more overseas investment. (NHK)
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Mazda unveils all-new Roadster

Japan Business News - May 20, 2015 - 23:02
Mazda Motor Corp. said Wednesday that it will launch the fourth-generation model of its Roadster two-seat convertible sports car on Thursday. (The Japan News)
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