Tokyo cops arrest taxi driver after fight at restaurant leaves 1 dead

Japan Society News - October 24, 2016 - 22:54
Tokyo Metropolitan Police have arrested a 53-year-old male taxi driver over the assault of a man outside a restaurant in Fuchu City who later died, reports TV Asahi (Oct. 22). (Tokyo Reporter)
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US Osprey aircraft come to SDF base in Kisarazu

Japan Politics News - October 24, 2016 - 22:37
Japanese defense officials have measured noise levels from US Osprey aircraft at a Self-Defense Forces base in Chiba Prefecture near Tokyo. This is the first time for the aircraft to fly over the Chiba base. (NHK)
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Media invited new SDF peacekeeping duties drill

Japan Politics News - October 24, 2016 - 22:34
Japan's Ground Self-Defense Force has invited the media to a drill of new duties the government is considering for its peacekeeping unit in South Sudan. (NHK)
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Japan panel seeks clear definition of serious bullying

Japan Education News - October 24, 2016 - 22:32
A panel of experts urged the Japanese education ministry Monday to clarify the definition of serious school bullying cases and draw up guidelines for investigations of such cases. (Jiji)
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BOJ watching real estate market

Japan Economy News - October 24, 2016 - 22:28
The Bank of Japan is closely monitoring developments in the real estate market. It says financial institutions are lending more to the sector as property prices rise in the metropolitan areas. (NHK)
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Uber sees opportunities in Japan's rural areas

Japan Business News - October 24, 2016 - 22:15
In a small coastal town on the Sea of Japan, Uber Technologies Inc. is deploying an unusual strategy. (
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Fukuoka cops hunting for woman who posed as postal worker in slashing

Japan Society News - October 23, 2016 - 20:48
Fukuoka Prefectural Police are hunting for a woman who posed as a postal worker and slashed an elderly woman here on Saturday. (Tokyo Reporter)
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Baseball: Carp sink Fighters to take 2-0 Japan Series lead

Japan Sports News - October 23, 2016 - 20:44
Hiroshima Carp fans might have gone home feeling that a little can sometimes go a long way after Game 2 of the Japan Series. Their Hokkaido Nippon Ham Fighters counterparts, however, head back to Sapporo thinking that snowballs have a nasty tendency to start avalanches. (Japan Times)
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Japanese actor Mikijiro Hira dies at 82

Japan Society News - October 23, 2016 - 20:42
Japanese actor Mikijiro Hira, who performed in various fields including television dramas and theater plays, died on Sunday. He was 82. (Jiji)
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LDP-aligned candidates win 2 by-elections

Japan Politics News - October 23, 2016 - 20:35
Candidates aligned with Japan's governing Liberal Democratic Party have won 2 Lower House by-elections held on Sunday. (NHK)
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Abe instructs SDF to prepare for new tasks

Japan Politics News - October 23, 2016 - 20:34
Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe has instructed the Self-Defense Forces to fully prepare for their expected new tasks under new national security laws that took effect earlier this year. (NHK)
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1 killed, 3 injured in Utsunomiya explosions

Japan Society News - October 23, 2016 - 20:32
Two explosions in Utsunomiya, north of Tokyo, on Sunday killed one person and injured 3 others. Police suspect a man killed himself with explosives. (NHK)
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Tokyo Metro draws criticism over official mascot's see-through skirt

Japan Society News - October 22, 2016 - 22:20
Subway operator Tokyo Metro was forced to change the design of one of its official "Tetsudou Musume" mascots last week after an outcry over what some deemed as inappropriate elements, including a see-through skirt. (
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China gobbling up Japanese government bonds

Japan Economy News - October 22, 2016 - 22:10
China is on a shopping spree, buying up Japanese government bonds. (Nikkei)
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Comfort women statues unveiled at Shanghai university

Japan Education News - October 22, 2016 - 22:02
Two statues of young girls symbolizing the so-called comfort women who were forced to serve as prostitutes for Japanese troops before and during World War II were unveiled in Shanghai in a ceremony held on Saturday. (Japan Times)
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Planetarium system in central Japan sets Guinness record

Japan Sci-Tech News - October 22, 2016 - 21:59
The Chiron 401 planetarium system at the Yokkaichi Municipal Museum in Mie Prefecture, central Japan, has been recognized by Guinness World Records as being capable of projecting the largest number of stars in the world, the museum said Saturday. (Jiji)
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Aussie rape victim slams Japanese authorities' response

Japan Society News - October 22, 2016 - 21:55
In terms of response to rape victims, Japanese authorities are a century behind their U.S. and European counterparts, Catherine Jane Fisher, who was raped by a U.S. serviceman in Japan in 2002, said in a lecture on Saturday. (Jiji)
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Japan to provide 4 bil. yen in loans to Russian bank under sanctions

Japan Business News - October 22, 2016 - 21:51
Japan will provide about 4 billion yen ($39 million) in loans to Sberbank of Russia by the end of the year to help construct facilities at a port in the Russian Far East, sources close to the matter said Saturday. (Kyodo)
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Abe to offer 5 bil. yen in loans in talks with Philippine president

Japan Politics News - October 22, 2016 - 21:45
Prime Minister Shinzo Abe is looking to offer 5 billion yen ($48.2 million) in loans when he meets with Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte next week, bilateral diplomatic sources said Saturday. (Kyodo)
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SDF to use helmet cams on missions

Japan Politics News - October 22, 2016 - 21:43
Following the enactment of the security-related laws that authorize Self-Defense Force members to carry out new duties such as rescue missions in South Sudan, the Defense Ministry plans to record images of the members' activities as they conduct the new missions, according to sources. (
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