The yakuza are running Japan's Hollywood

Japan Society News - February 6, 2016 - 21:36
The Japanese mob has been trying to dominate Japan's talent agencies for years. Now one yakuza has stepped forward to tell the story. (thedailybeast.com)
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Tokyo cops: Kiyohara received drugs from Gunma dealer

Japan Society News - February 6, 2016 - 21:11
The day before his arrest at his apartment for possession of stimulant drugs, former professional baseball player Kazuhiro Kiyohara visited a dealer in Gunma Prefecture, investigative sources revealed on Friday, reports Sports Hochi. (Tokyo Reporter)
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Teen arrested over murder of grandparents in Hyogo

Japan Society News - February 6, 2016 - 21:07
A teenager was arrested Saturday in Ako, Hyogo Prefecture, on suspicion of killing his grandparents, local police said. (Japan Times)
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PAC-3 missile battery arrives at remote Japan island

Japan Politics News - February 6, 2016 - 21:04
Japan's Maritime Self-Defense Force transport ship Osumi carrying a Patriot Advanced Capability-3, or PAC-3, surface-to-air missile battery arrived at the remote southwestern Japan island of Ishigaki Saturday in preparations for a possible missile launch by North Korea. (Jiji Press)
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Chile overtakes France as No. 1 wine exporter to Japan in 2015

Japan Business News - February 6, 2016 - 21:02
Chilean wines became number one in terms of annual import volume in 2015, surpassing French wines, according to Finance Ministry statistics. The annual import volume covers red, white and rose wines. (the-japan-news.com)
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Stimulant abusers top 10,000 a year

Japan Society News - February 6, 2016 - 21:00
The number of people charged with stimulant abuse in Japan tops 10,000 every year, and the number of such people aged 40 years or older has been increasing in particular, police said. (the-japan-news.com)
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School gymnastic formation accidents alarm

Japan Education News - February 6, 2016 - 20:53
The annual number of accidents during gymnastic formation performances has exceeded 8,000 for four years in a row since fiscal 2011 in primary, middle and high schools, according to the Japan Sport Council (JSC). (the-japan-news.com)
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North Korea shifts missile launch window

Japan Politics News - February 6, 2016 - 20:51
The government said Saturday that North Korea has changed the scheduled period for test-firing a ballistic missile to sometime between Sunday and Feb. 14. (the-japan-news.com)
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J-pop idol fans run amuck, drop their pants at Tokyo concert

Japan Society News - February 6, 2016 - 04:12
Many Japanese venues allow concertgoers to wave glow sticks, but waving your junk? That's a no-no. (rocketnews24.com)
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Osaka cops bust hooker service in condom scam

Japan Society News - February 6, 2016 - 04:06
Osaka Prefectural Police have busted a prostitution ring that extorted male customers, reports the Sankei Shimbun (Feb. 5). (Tokyo Reporter)
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Newly discovered Thai dinosaur makes museum debut in Japan

Japan Sci-Tech News - February 5, 2016 - 21:53
Japanese dinosaur fans are among the first to see the skeleton of a newly discovered taxon from Thailand that went on display at the Fukui Prefectural Dinosaur Museum from Jan. 30. (Asahi)
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Chiba cops nab elderly American with gun at Narita

Japan Society News - February 5, 2016 - 21:47
Chiba Prefectural Police have arrested an elderly American male at Narita International Airport for the illegal possession of a firearm, reports the Sankei Shimbun (Feb. 5). (Tokyo Reporter)
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Crowds gather for rare 'Diamond Fuji' view from central Tokyo

Japan Society News - February 5, 2016 - 21:45
The "Diamond Fuji" phenomenon of the sun setting over Japan's emblematic mountain drew a large crowd to Meijijingu Gaien on Feb. 4. (Asahi)
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Student admits stealing online shopping account details: police

Japan Society News - February 5, 2016 - 21:41
Police referred a 16-year-old high school student to prosecutors on Friday on suspicion of using software on other people's computers to obtain the online account details of several hundred people, including records of their online shopping. (Japan Times)
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Weekly flu patients top 1 million in Japan

Japan Sci-Tech News - February 5, 2016 - 21:32
The seasonal flu is now taking its toll on Japan. Researchers estimate that the weekly number of patients has topped one million for the first time this winter. (NHK)
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Goromaru leaves for Australia to join Super Rugby

Japan Sports News - February 5, 2016 - 21:31
Rugby star Ayumu Goromaru has left Japan to join the world's top professional league. (NHK)
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Agency issues volcanic ash forecast

Japan Sci-Tech News - February 5, 2016 - 21:29
The Meteorological Agency has issued a forecast of volcanic ash from Mount Sakurajima. (NHK)
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Japan signs investment pact with Iran to boost economic ties

Japan Economy News - February 5, 2016 - 21:24
Japan and Iran signed a bilateral investment pact Friday in a move aimed at helping Japanese firms do business in the resource-rich country amid intensifying foreign competition for its market access. (Kyodo)
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Mount Sakurajima erupts in fiery blast

Japan Sci-Tech News - February 5, 2016 - 11:47
Mount Sakurajima, a volcano that overlooks the city of Kagoshima, erupted Friday with a fiery blast that sent lava rolling down its slope. (Japan Times)
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Japan's oldest elephant finds herself at centre of tug of war

Japan Society News - February 4, 2016 - 22:04
Hanako the elephant's cramped quarters at Japanese zoo prompted tourist to start a petition to have her moved, but zookeeper says it's too late now. (thestar.com)
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