Murakami's new book hits shelves amid fan frenzy; more ordered

Japan Society News - April 19, 2014 - 02:45
Haruki Murakami's first collection of short stories in nine years hit store shelves in Japan on Friday with excited fans lining up for the midnight launch. (Japan Times)
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Japan to continue whaling in Pacific

Japan Politics News - April 19, 2014 - 02:30
Japan will go ahead with research whaling in the northwestern Pacific for fiscal 2014, but by reducing catches following an International Court of Justice ruling that ordered the country to stop whaling in the Antarctic Ocean, the Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries Ministry said Friday. (The Japan News)
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Tokyo stocks close up 0.68pc, Nikkei 225 index added 98.74 points

Japan Stocks News - April 18, 2014 - 07:52
Tokyo stocks rose 0.68 percent in quiet trade Friday as a weaker yen boosted exporter shares following a mixed session on Wall Street. (brecorder.com)
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Tokyo stocks close up 0.68pc, Nikkei 225 index added 98.74 points

Japan Economy News - April 18, 2014 - 07:52
Tokyo stocks rose 0.68 percent in quiet trade Friday as a weaker yen boosted exporter shares following a mixed session on Wall Street. (brecorder.com)
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Police officer arrested for sexually assaulting woman on train

Japan Society News - April 18, 2014 - 07:49
A police officer has been arrested for assaulting a woman on a train car in Tokyo. Police identified the suspect as Akira Inada, 53, who works at the Ushigome Station. (Japan Today)
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Car being chased by police plunges into sea, killing driver

Japan Society News - April 17, 2014 - 23:33
A man was killed after the car he was driving plunged into the sea while he was being chased by a police car in Kurashiki, Okayama Prefecture, on Thursday morning. (Japan Today)
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Man jumps to death from 8th floor of Foreign Ministry building

Japan Society News - April 17, 2014 - 23:32
An employee of the Foreign Ministry jumped to his death from the 8th floor at the ministry, police said Thursday. (Japan Today)
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Homemaker joins Japan girl band AKB48

Japan Society News - April 17, 2014 - 23:22
Japanese commercial music juggernaut AKB48 has added a 37-year-old mother of two to the wildly popular all-girl group as it looks to broaden the appeal of its teen-dominated line-up. (AFP)
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Wage hike exceeds Y7,000 for 1st time in 16 years

Japan Economy News - April 17, 2014 - 23:19
This spring's labor-management wage negotiations have so far resulted in an average monthly wage increase of ¥7,697 among union members at major companies, according to the Japan Business Federation (Keidanren). (The Japan News)
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Toyota revamps Camry to win midsize car war

Japan Business News - April 17, 2014 - 23:16
Toyota Motor Corp. showed off a reworked Camry that sports deeper-stamped body panels and a modified cabin as the world's largest automaker works to keep its benchmark sedan the U.S. market's best-selling car. (The Japan News)
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Japan to put off foreign minister's visit to Russia

Japan Politics News - April 17, 2014 - 23:15
Japan's government on Thursday announced the postponement of Foreign Minister Fumio Kishida's visit to Russia, planned for later this month, amid mounting tensions in Ukraine. (Jiji Press)
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Bird fu in Japan has same virus type as S. Korea flu

Japan Sci-Tech News - April 17, 2014 - 23:13
Japan's farm ministry said Thursday that the highly pathogenic avian influenza found at a poultry farm in the southwestern Japan prefecture of Kumamoto has been confirmed to be the H5N8 subtype, the same virus strain as the bird flu found in South Korea. (Jiji Press)
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Govt. revises down economic assessment

Japan Economy News - April 17, 2014 - 22:58
Japan's government downgraded its assessment for the current state of the country's economy. This is partly due to a downturn in demand after the consumption tax hike. The downward revision is the first in 17 months. (NHK)
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Itochu reveals embezzlement

Japan Business News - April 17, 2014 - 22:58
Major Japanese trading firm Itochu says a former employee embezzled about 7 million dollars from the company. (NHK)
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Imperial couple hosts spring garden party

Japan Society News - April 17, 2014 - 22:53
Japan's Emperor and Empress have hosted more than 2,000 guests at their Spring Imperial Garden Party. (NHK)
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Man in his 30s being questioned over murder of 7-year-old girl in 2005

Japan Society News - April 17, 2014 - 07:35
Tochigi prefectural police said Thursday that they are questioning a man in his 30s over the murder of a 7-year-old girl in December 2005. Japanese media quoted police as saying that the man, who was arrested for dealing in fake brand-name goods, has hinted at his involvement in the murder. (Japan Today)
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Contaminated water leaks from container at Fukushima plant

Japan Sci-Tech News - April 17, 2014 - 07:33
Just over one ton of water contaminated with radioactive particulates leaked from one of the containment vessels at the stricken Fukushima Daiichi nuclear plant on Wednesday, Tokyo Electric Power Co (TEPCO) said. (Japan Today)
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Japan to secure minimum required power supply capacity in summer

Japan Business News - April 17, 2014 - 07:31
Japan is expected to secure the minimum required power supply capacity when electricity demand peaks in August, even if all the country's nuclear reactors remain offline, estimates by major regional utilities showed Thursday. (Kyodo)
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Asia stocks subdued, Nikkei weak on profit taking

Japan Stocks News - April 17, 2014 - 07:28
Asian stock markets were subdued on Thursday, with Japan's Nikkei faltering as investors locked in profits after a strong rally. (AP)
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Asia stocks subdued, Nikkei weak on profit taking

Japan Economy News - April 17, 2014 - 07:28
Asian stock markets were subdued on Thursday, with Japan's Nikkei faltering as investors locked in profits after a strong rally. (AP)
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