Baseball: Fifth-inning outburst carries Tigers to Game 1 triumph over Hawks

Japan Sports News - October 25, 2014 - 23:17
The Hanshin Tigers put runners on every base with two outs in the fifth inning in the opening game of the Japan Series as the zeal and frenzy of their fans in the stands shot to new levels. (Japan Times)
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Japan, S. Korea lawmakers vow efforts over comfort women issue

Japan Politics News - October 25, 2014 - 23:13
Japanese and South Korean lawmakers pledged their mutual efforts Saturday to resolve the issue of so-called "comfort women" at an early date. (Jiji Press)
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Japan entering Super Rugby as competition expands to 18

Japan Sports News - October 25, 2014 - 09:09
Japan will take the 18th spot in an expanded Super Rugby competition from 2016. (
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Japan could deploy minesweepers off S. Korea in war with North, U.S. admiral says

Japan Politics News - October 25, 2014 - 09:07
Prime Minister Shinzo Abe's decision to let Japan's military fight overseas could open the way for the country to deploy minesweepers in South Korean waters in the event of a war with North Korea, a senior U.S. admiral said on Friday. (Reuters)
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Man arrested for pouring urine from PET bottle on girl

Japan Society News - October 25, 2014 - 01:42
Police in Tokyo's Mizuhomachi area have arrested a 20-year-old man for pouring urine from a PET bottle on a 14-year-old girl earlier this month. (Japan Today)
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Under system that relies on honesty, 70% with dependents abroad pay no income tax

Japan Economy News - October 25, 2014 - 01:37
Alarmed by gaping holes in oversight, the Board of Audit wants to tighten scrutiny on tax deductions for overseas dependents to prevent dubious individuals from cheating the government out of revenue. (Asahi)
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Tokyo stocks rebound on upbeat overseas equity market trades

Japan Economy News - October 25, 2014 - 01:18
Stocks gained ground on the Tokyo Stock Exchange on Friday, backed by overnight rises in U.S. and European stocks. (The Japan News)
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Govt to allow use of Fujifilm drug for Ebola treatment in Japan

Japan Sci-Tech News - October 25, 2014 - 00:54
An experts' panel of Japan's health ministry agreed Friday to allow an antiflu drug developed by a Fujifilm Corp. group company to be used for Ebola if any patient is found in the country. (Jiji Press)
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Cabinet OKs bill to allow all-night dance clubs, subject to lighting levels

Japan Society News - October 24, 2014 - 07:51
The Cabinet approved a bill Friday to revise the adult entertainment business law to enable dance clubs to operate past midnight, provided they meet interior lighting regulations. (Japan Times)
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Man arrested over bomb threat to former Asahi reporter

Japan Society News - October 24, 2014 - 07:49
Police have arrested a 64-year-old man from Tsubame, Niigata Prefecture, for threatening a former Asahi Shimbun reporter over stories he wrote about the comfort women issue. (Japan Today)
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Chewing too much hassle? Japan's got just the thing

Japan Business News - October 24, 2014 - 05:09
A small-scale Japanese study last year, among others, suggested there was a connection between chomping and cognitive function, and the belief in a link between chewing and health is widely held in Japan. (
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Ministry stepping in as concerns mount over animals feeding on sea turtle eggs

Japan Sci-Tech News - October 24, 2014 - 04:50
Environment Ministry officials will launch a nationwide study to look into disturbing reports of animals such as wild boars and raccoon dogs eating the buried eggs of endangered sea turtles. (Asahi)
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Honda recalling Fit hybrid for 5th time

Japan Business News - October 24, 2014 - 04:38
Honda Motor is recalling several models, including the Fit hybrid, for defects. (NHK)
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2 Nobel physicists among year's 7 Order of Culture winners

Japan Society News - October 24, 2014 - 04:30
The government said Friday it has chosen Nobel physics prize laureates Shuji Nakamura and Hiroshi Amano and five others as this year's winners of Japan's top cultural award, the Order of Culture. (Kyodo)
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Toyota leads way as Japan's automakers reap record profits

Japan Business News - October 23, 2014 - 23:37
Japanese automakers are flying high on brisk North American sales and a weaker yen, with Toyota Motor expected to report a record operating profit for the six months through September. (Nikkei)
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Death toll from Ontake eruption rises to 57

Japan Society News - October 23, 2014 - 23:02
Police have confirmed the 57th death in the eruption of Mount Ontake in central Japan. Another 6 people are still missing after Japan's worst volcanic disaster in decades. (NHK)
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Mother holding 1-year-old baby jumps in front of train in Tokyo

Japan Society News - October 23, 2014 - 14:54
A 36-year-old woman holding her one-year-old son in her arms jumped off the platform in front of a train at Nezu Station on the Chiyoda subway line in Tokyo, police said. (Japan Today)
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Nikkei loses 0.37 pct on falling U.S. stocks

Japan Economy News - October 23, 2014 - 14:53
The Nikkei stock index closed negative, losing 0.37 percent Thursday, following a roller coaster series of runs recently, with the market being dragged down eventually today by falling U.S. shares overnight. (
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Finance Ministry wants to squeeze more children into classrooms, close elementary schools

Japan Education News - October 23, 2014 - 14:51
The Finance Ministry will ask the education ministry to increase the maximum number of students per class for first-graders at public elementary schools to 40, from the current 35, in a bid to cut the education budget for next year, it has been learned. (Japan Times)
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Top court rejects hospital's demotion of pregnant worker

Japan Society News - October 23, 2014 - 14:45
The Supreme Court on Thursday rejected a high court ruling that a western Japan hospital was within its rights to demote a physical therapist who sought a lighter workload due to pregnancy. (Kyodo)
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