Woman's naked corpse found inside Nakano apartment

Japan Society News - August 27, 2015 - 23:30
Tokyo Metropolitan Police have launched a murder investigation following the discovery of the body of 25-year-old woman inside her apartment in Nakano Ward, reports Fuji News Network. (Tokyo Reporter)
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JR to start maglev construction

Japan Sci-Tech News - August 27, 2015 - 23:24
Central Japan Railway Company says it will start building a high-speed train line using magnetic levitation, or maglev, technology. (NHK)
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Ministry to order Pfizer to improve operations

Japan Business News - August 27, 2015 - 23:21
Japan's health ministry has decided to order drug maker Pfizer to revamp its information-sharing system. (NHK)
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Abe likely to be reelected LDP leader on Sept. 8

Japan Politics News - August 27, 2015 - 23:19
Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe is likely to be reelected president of the ruling Liberal Democratic Party as early as Sept. 8, as no one apparently plans to challenge him, it was learned Thursday. (Jiji Press)
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Japan land ministry seeks 6,679 billion yen as FY 2016 budget

Japan Politics News - August 27, 2015 - 23:10
Japan's Ministry of Land, Infrastructure, Transport and Tourism said Thursday it wants 6,679.1 billion yen in its general-account budget for fiscal 2016, up 15.4 pct from the amount allocated in the government's fiscal 2015 initial budget. (Jiji Press)
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Mayor Hashimoto, Governor Matsui to bolt from Japan Innovation Party

Japan Politics News - August 27, 2015 - 06:49
Fed up with the spread of "Nagatacho disease" among their colleagues, Osaka Mayor Toru Hashimoto and Osaka Governor Ichiro Matsui said they were leaving the opposition Japan Innovation Party. (Asahi)
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Body of naked woman found in Tokyo apartment

Japan Society News - August 27, 2015 - 06:43
The body of a naked woman was found in her apartment in Tokyo's Nakano Ward on Wednesday night, police said, adding that she had been strangled to death. (Japan Today)
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Tabloid: Ex-LDP lawmaker Takaya Muto linked to male prostitute

Japan Politics News - August 27, 2015 - 04:49
A controversial former Lower House member is now being accused of engaging in sex acts with a male prostitute, according to a report in the September 3 issue of weekly tabloid Shukan Bunshun. (Tokyo Reporter)
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5 killed after minivan crashes on Nara bridge

Japan Society News - August 27, 2015 - 04:46
Three men and two woman were killed after the minivan they were traveling in flipped over and slammed into the railing of a bridge in Asuka, Nara Prefecture, early Thursday. (Japan Today)
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Police riled by flood of 110 calls tied to bogus smartphone tip tweeting the rounds

Japan Society News - August 27, 2015 - 04:44
A bogus smartphone tip spreading through tweets is causing a headache for the National Police Agency as users have been tricked into dialing the emergency number 110 in at least 22 prefectures. (Japan Times)
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Amazon to bring video streaming service to Japan

Japan Business News - August 26, 2015 - 23:29
Streaming-media giant Netflix's planned September entry into the Japanese market has spurred rivals to step up, with Amazon.com set to bring its streaming service for paying members into Japan as well. (Nikkei)
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Japan relaxing ban on foreign housekeepers on trial basis

Japan Economy News - August 26, 2015 - 23:28
Japanese housekeeping services will begin employing foreign workers in two experimental policy regions after restrictions are relaxed within the year, heading off a shortage of labor in the field. (Nikkei)
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Ex-LDP lawmaker Takaya Muto involved in sex scandal: report

Japan Politics News - August 26, 2015 - 23:24
Takaya Muto, a Lower House member who quit the Liberal Democratic Party over an alleged money scandal last week, has engaged in sexual intercourse with a 19-year-old male prostitute repeatedly since last November, the website of weekly magazine Shukan Bunshun reported Wednesday. (Japan Times)
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Tochigi car chase leads to arrest of yakuza boss

Japan Society News - August 26, 2015 - 23:23
As a part of an investigation into a car accident earlier this year in Utsunomiya City, an organized crime boss has been arrested for a firearms violation, reports Fuji News Network (Tokyo Reporter)
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Youth climbing 'genius' Miwa Oba stars in new commercial and nearly breaks the Internet

Japan Education News - August 26, 2015 - 23:21
Rock climbing and bouldering aren't really the first sports we associate with junior high and high school students. (rocketnews24.com)
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American man initially held for dumping woman's body into sea faces charge in her slaying

Japan Society News - August 26, 2015 - 23:20
An American man arrested earlier this month in connection with the death of a Japanese woman whose body was found off the coast of Miura, Kanagawa Prefecture, is expected to face another arrest warrant shortly, this time for killing the woman, an investigative source said Wednesday. (Japan Times)
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Suspect in Osaka kid murder case slipped from police question in Tokyo

Japan Society News - August 26, 2015 - 22:59
Koji Yamada, the 45-year-old man who was arrested in Osaka Prefecture last week for abandoning a girl's body, was questioned by police in Tokyo before committing the alleged crime, it was learned on Wednesday. (Jiji Press)
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Nissay in talks to buy Australian bank's insurance business

Japan Business News - August 26, 2015 - 22:56
Nippon Life Insurance Co. is in talks with National Australia Bank to buy the bank's insurance business, The Yomiuri Shimbun has learned. (The Japan News)
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Japan pump price hits 6-month low

Japan Economy News - August 26, 2015 - 22:52
The average retail price of regular gasoline in Japan as of Monday decreased 1.5 yen from a week earlier to 136.7 yen per liter, hitting the lowest level since mid-February, the Natural Resources and Energy Agency said Wednesday. (Jiji Press)
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Japanese astronaut Kanai assigned to ISS long-stay mission

Japan Sci-Tech News - August 26, 2015 - 22:51
Japanese astronaut Norishige Kanai will stay at the International Space Station for about six months from November 2017, the Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency said Wednesday. (Jiji Press)
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