Oxford Dictionaries picks single emoji as Word of the Year, seemingly forgets what 'word' means

Japan Education News - November 18, 2015 - 21:48
Oxford Dictionaries, the online arm of the publisher of the Oxford Dictionary of English, has announced that its 2015 Word of the Year is an emoji. No, not the word "emoji," but a single, specific emoji. (rocketnews24.com)
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Abe in Manila to attend APEC summit

Japan Politics News - November 18, 2015 - 21:41
Japan's Prime Minister Shinzo Abe has arrived in Manila to attend a summit of the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation forum. (NHK)
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7-billion-yen fine eyed for Toshiba over accounting fraud

Japan Business News - November 18, 2015 - 21:34
Japan's Securities and Exchange Surveillance Commission is considering recommending by the end of this month at the earliest that the Financial Services Agency impose fines on Toshiba Corp. <6502> over an accounting fraud, it was learned Wednesday. (Jiji Press)
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Japan to ease rules on yen loans

Japan Economy News - November 18, 2015 - 21:28
The Japanese government plans to ease rules for state guarantee it requires from a partner country for low-interest yen loans for infrastructure projects in developing nations, informed sources said Wednesday. (Jiji Press)
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Toyota to issue recall of 440,000 vehicles

Japan Business News - November 18, 2015 - 21:23
Toyota Motor Corp. notified the Japanese transport ministry on Wednesday that it will recall a total of 443,460 vehicles made between September 2006 and August 2013 for free repairs, due to defects in the continuously variable transmission system and other devices. (The Japan News)
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Two Japanese women killed in crossfire while driving near remote Brazil prison break attempt

Japan Society News - November 17, 2015 - 23:34
Brazilian police say two Japanese women were killed after driving into a gunbattle between police and armed men attempting a prison break in the remote Amazonian state of Para. (Japan Times)
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The top baby names in Japan for 2015 revealed

Japan Education News - November 17, 2015 - 21:29
A list of the top boys' and girls' names for newborn babies in Japan has been released, showing the trends for 2015. (insidejapantours.com)
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Japan seeks record number of golds in 2020 Tokyo Olympics

Japan Sports News - November 17, 2015 - 21:22
The Japanese government told the ruling Liberal Democratic Party Tuesday that Japan will seek to win a record number of gold medals for the country in the 2020 Tokyo Olympics. (Jiji Press)
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Guidelines drafted for temporary manhole toilets

Japan Education News - November 17, 2015 - 21:11
The infrastructure ministry has drafted guidelines for setting up temporary toilets directly over manholes at the time of disaster, Jiji Press has learned. (The Japan News)
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Court orders payment in maternity harassment case

Japan Society News - November 17, 2015 - 21:06
A Japanese high court has ordered a hospital in Hiroshima to compensate a female employee who claims she was demoted because of her pregnancy. (NHK)
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Nissan reports first Takata air bag injury in Japan

Japan Business News - November 17, 2015 - 12:54
Nissan Motor Co. has found that an air bag made by Takata Corp. ruptured abnormally and injured a passenger in a Nissan vehicle last month, the transport ministry said, announcing the first such case in Japan. (Japan Times)
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French radio announcer who fled after Fukushima crisis wins damages from NHK

Japan Business News - November 17, 2015 - 09:59
A Frenchwoman who was dismissed from Japan Broadcasting Corp. (NHK) for fleeing Japan during the Fukushima nuclear crisis in March 2011 has won 5.14 million yen ($41,680) in compensation from the public broadcaster. (Asahi)
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Dad in Japan arrested for forcing 2-year-old son to smoke cigarette

Japan Society News - November 17, 2015 - 09:55
The father of a 2-year-old boy and his girlfriend have been arrested for child abuse after he posted a video on Facebook that showed him forcing the boy to inhale directly from a cigarette. (Japan Times)
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Japan govt sues Okinawa to revive landfill permit

Japan Politics News - November 17, 2015 - 09:34
The Japanese government filed a lawsuit on Tuesday for court approval to substitute for the Okinawa prefectural government in withdrawing the cancellation of the landfill permit for a planned U.S. base transfer within the southernmost Japan prefecture. (Jiji Press)
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Roppongi club 10 Sluts busted for licensing violations

Japan Society News - November 16, 2015 - 22:09
Tokyo Metropolitan Police on Friday busted an SM-themed club in the Roppongi entertainment district for licensing violations, reports Fuji News Network (Nov. 16). (Tokyo Reporter)
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Long human chain heralds 180th birthday of samurai Ryoma in Kochi

Japan Society News - November 16, 2015 - 22:06
More than 1,000 people joined hands to form a human chain here linking two statues of Sakamoto Ryoma (1835-1867) to commemorate the 180th birthday of the influential samurai. (Asahi)
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Tokyo man accused in murder of teen girl 'wanted to strangle a person'

Japan Society News - November 16, 2015 - 22:00
A 29-year-old man in custody for allegedly killing a teenage girl implied to police that his crime was premeditated, reports the Mainichi Shimbun. (Tokyo Reporter)
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Japanese regulator discusses new cryptocurrency rules

Japan Sci-Tech News - November 16, 2015 - 21:58
Japan needs an adequate oversight mechanism for virtual currencies, including ways to confirm identities and block money laundering, Financial Services Agency panel members agreed in a meeting Monday. (Nikkei)
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Man arrested for keeping body of 87-year-old mother in suitcase

Japan Society News - November 16, 2015 - 21:55
Police in Yokohama, Kanagawa Prefecture, have arrested a 49-year-old man who kept the body of his 87-year-old mother in a large suitcase in a condo since last March. (Japan Today)
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Travelers canceling trips to Paris

Japan Business News - November 16, 2015 - 21:48
Seat occupancy rates for airline flights between Tokyo and Paris have dropped by 20 to 30 percent in the wake of last Friday's deadly terrorist attacks. (NHK)
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