Story of Mitsuoki Shigeta's first Thai surrogate offers clues into mystery of 16 babies

Japan Society News - September 2, 2014 - 23:36
When the young Thai woman saw an online ad seeking surrogate mothers, it seemed like a life-altering deal: $10,000 to help a foreign couple that wanted a child but could not conceive. (Japan Times)
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Indian PM Modi meets with Japanese emperor in Tokyo

Japan Politics News - September 2, 2014 - 23:31
Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi had an audience with Japanese Emperor Akihito at the Imperial Palace in Tokyo on Tuesday, as part of his five-day trip to Japan to strengthen bilateral ties amid the military rise of China. (Kyodo)
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Dengue fever strikes 2 models in Yoyogi Park

Japan Society News - September 2, 2014 - 23:26
A worsening outbreak of dengue fever in Japan has claimed its first celebrities-two young models sent on assignment to the Tokyo park believed to be its source. (Japan Today)
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Australia leans toward buying Japanese subs to upgrade fleet

Japan Politics News - September 2, 2014 - 23:23
Japan and Australia are leaning towards a multibillion-dollar sale by Tokyo of a fleet of stealth submarines to Canberra's military in a move that could rile an increasingly assertive China, people familiar with the talks said. (Japan Today)
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X-ray reveals hidden mini tower inside statue of ancient Buddhist leader in Kyoto

Japan Education News - September 2, 2014 - 23:18
A miniature "gorinto" five-ringed Buddhist tower has been discovered inside a statue of the founder of the Daigoji temple in Kyoto's Fushimi Ward. (Asahi)
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AKB48's adult member 'graduates' after 4 months

Japan Society News - September 2, 2014 - 23:04
Mariko Tsukamoto, a 38-year-old mother of two, who joined idol group AKB48 as an adult member in April, has "graduated" and says she is happy to go back to being a mother. (Japan Today)
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Teacher arrested for taking photos of girls in toilet

Japan Education News - September 2, 2014 - 22:58
A junior high school teacher, who was arrested once before for taking photos of girls in a school toilet, has been detained a second time. (Japan Today)
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Major department store sales turn around

Japan Economy News - September 2, 2014 - 22:55
Sales at all of four major department store operators have turned around to year-on-year growth for the first time since the April 1 consumption tax hike, according to data released by the company. (The Japan News)
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Nissan loses Ghosn successor candidate

Japan Business News - September 2, 2014 - 22:44
Nissan Motor said Tuesday that Andy Palmer, its executive vice president overseeing product planning, is leaving Sept. 15, making him the latest in a string of executives to jump ship. (Nikkei)
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Japan to set up dedicated courthouse for corporate litigation

Japan Business News - September 2, 2014 - 22:40
The Supreme Court of Japan will by 2021 set up a courthouse here devoted to business-related legal actions, consolidating areas under the jurisdiction of separate courts. (Nikkei)
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More than $250,000 raised for ALS in Japan

Japan Society News - September 2, 2014 - 09:40
The Japan ALS Association says the fundraising activity known as the Ice Bucket Challenge has resulted in over 250,000 dollars' worth of donations in Japan. (NHK)
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Tennis: Nishikori sees off Raonic in marathon to reach q'finals

Japan Sports News - September 2, 2014 - 09:37
Japan's Kei Nishikori won a marathon match against Canadian Milos Raonic to reach the quarterfinals of the U.S. Open on Monday. (Kyodo)
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Nikkei ends at 7-month high in on weak yen, reform hopes

Japan Economy News - September 2, 2014 - 07:35
Japan's Nikkei share average ended at a seven-month high on Tuesday in active trade as the yen slipped to a seven-month low against the dollar, sending exporters higher on hopes of a boost to earnings. (Economic Times)
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Average monthly wage rises by over 2% for 1st time in decade

Japan Economy News - September 2, 2014 - 05:53
Average monthly pay for workers in Japan, including bonuses, rose 2.6 percent in July from a year earlier to 369,846 yen, marking a rise of 2 percent or more for the first time in a decade, the labor ministry said Tuesday. (Kyodo)
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23 more missing persons named possible abductees

Japan Politics News - September 2, 2014 - 05:48
Japanese police have added 23 missing persons to a list of those who may have been abducted by North Korea. (NHK)
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Japanese girl wins Air Guitar World Championship

Japan Society News - September 2, 2014 - 04:54
The best thing about the World Air Guitar Championship - now in it's 19th year - is that it seems to thoroughly appreciate its own absurdity. (
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Japan's annual dolphin slaughter begins at Taiji cove

Japan Society News - September 2, 2014 - 04:45
The controversial six-month dolphin hunting season began on Monday in the infamous town of Taiji, but bad weather would delay any killing, a local official told AFP. (The Guardian)
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Sapporo cops bust 'girl's' restaurant for bikini uniforms

Japan Society News - September 2, 2014 - 02:54
Hokkaido Prefectural Police on Monday accused a restaurant in Chuo Ward of violating labor laws by attiring waitresses under the age of 18 in bikinis, reports the Hokkaido Shimbun (Sept. 2). (Tokyo Reporter)
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3-year-old boy dies after being thrown against wall by mother

Japan Society News - September 1, 2014 - 23:51
Police in Tamamura, Gunma Prefecture, said Monday they have arrested a 32-year-old woman over the death of her 3-year-old son. (Japan Today)
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Man who dismembered mother goes on trial

Japan Society News - September 1, 2014 - 23:49
A 20-year-old man went on trial Monday for killing his mother and chopping her body into pieces. (Japan Today)
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