Healthy McCartney back in Japan for 5th solo tour with dates in Osaka, Tokyo

Japan Society News - April 20, 2015 - 11:19
Looking chipper, Paul McCartney arrived at Kansai International Airport here in a chartered plane on the morning of April 20 for the first time since the ex-Beatle canceled his entire Japan tour in May 2014 because of illness. (Asahi)
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Tsunami alert lifted after M6.8 quake hits off Okinawa

Japan Sci-Tech News - April 20, 2015 - 03:13
The Japan Meteorological Agency lifted a tsunami alert about one hour after it was issued following a 6.6 magnitude earthquake that struck off eastern Taiwan on Monday morning. (Japan Today)
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In Japan, schools so small they can't even form soccer teams resist the ax

Japan Education News - April 19, 2015 - 22:25
AONE, Japan - In the historic wooden schoolhouse here, decked out in the kind of bright artwork done by kids the world over, there are two classrooms, each containing three desks that sit marooned in the middle of a space made for many more. At break time, a boy kicks a soccer ball around the yard by himself. (
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Haruki Murakami: Japan must apologize for WWII until it is forgiven

Japan Politics News - April 19, 2015 - 22:18
Japan must repeatedly say sorry to China, Korea and the other countries it invaded in the 20th century until its former victims have heard enough, says novelist Haruki Murakami. (
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Japan starts buying real estate again

Japan Business News - April 19, 2015 - 22:13
Tokio Marine Holdings, one of Japan's oldest insurers, is joining its Chinese peers in investing in property overseas - but with a twist. (
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National parks set trail running rules

Japan Sports News - April 19, 2015 - 21:41
Environment ministry guidelines for trail running (see below) rules have been introduced at national parks amid a growing number of problems and complaints resulting from the sport. (The Japan News)
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Tokyo cops arrest yakuza for threatening to kill IT exec

Japan Society News - April 19, 2015 - 21:37
Tokyo Metropolitan Police arrested a boss of the Yamaguchi-gumi organized crime group for the repeated extortion of a 49-year-old IT executive, reports the Sankei Shimbun. (Tokyo Reporter)
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Lesbian couple 'wed' amid calls to legalize same-sex marriage

Japan Society News - April 19, 2015 - 21:34
A lesbian couple held a symbolic wedding ceremony Sunday as calls grow to legalize same-sex marriage. (Japan Times)
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JAXA plans Japan's first moon shot in 2018

Japan Sci-Tech News - April 19, 2015 - 21:27
The Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency (JAXA) is planning to attempt Japan's first lunar landing in fiscal 2018, sources close to the project said Sunday. (Japan Times)
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Japan, US continue TPP negotiations

Japan Economy News - April 19, 2015 - 21:18
Japan's minister in charge of TPP negotiations and the US Trade Representative ended their first day talks in Tokyo on Sunday. (NHK)
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University student arrested for molesting 9-year-old girl

Japan Society News - April 18, 2015 - 23:42
Police in Tokyo's Shinjuku Ward said Saturday they have arrested a 21-year-old university student on suspicion of molesting a 9-year-old girl. (Japan Today)
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ANA to invest in Skymark as rehabilitation sponsor

Japan Business News - April 18, 2015 - 09:14
ANA Holdings Inc. <9202> plans to provide Skymark Airlines with support measures, including investment, as a rehabilitation sponsor for the bankrupt airline, informed sources said Saturday. (Jiji Press)
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Samsung taking its name off Japanese smartphones

Japan Business News - April 17, 2015 - 23:55
Samsung Electronics will no longer put its name on the Galaxy smartphones it sells in Japan. (Nikkei)
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Body of elderly woman with bag over her head found in Gunma river

Japan Society News - April 17, 2015 - 23:36
Police in Tatebayashi, Gunma Prefecture, are investigating the murder of an 84-year-old woman whose body was found in the Tatara River on April 15. She had a plastic bag over her head and a scarf pulled tightly around her neck when she was found. (Japan Today)
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Consumer sentiment continues to improve in Japan

Japan Economy News - April 17, 2015 - 23:29
Consumer confidence in Japan improved in March for the fourth straight month. (NHK)
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More women sue Kanebo over skin problems

Japan Business News - April 17, 2015 - 23:23
A group of 27 women in Tokyo and nearby prefectures on Friday sued Kanebo Cosmetics Inc. at Tokyo District Court for damages totaling 487 million yen for skin problems caused by Kanebo products. (Jiji Press)
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LDP panel questions TV Asahi, NHK execs over news shows

Japan Politics News - April 17, 2015 - 13:03
A Liberal Democratic Party panel on Friday questioned executives of TV Asahi Corp. and Japan Broadcasting Corp., or NHK, about popular news shows. (Jiji Press)
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Japan's population down 4th straight year

Japan Education News - April 17, 2015 - 13:00
Japan's government says the country's population continues to decrease and become grayer. (NHK)
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Millions of stolen IDs, credit card details found on seized web servers in Tokyo

Japan Society News - April 17, 2015 - 12:54
Investigators have found 7.85 million passwords, credit card numbers and other pieces of stolen personal information on an Internet server seized last year from a Tokyo-based firm that provided proxy servers for Chinese users, Tokyo police said Friday. (Japan Times)
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Worker falls into giant tank at sewage plant

Japan Society News - April 17, 2015 - 08:12
A 58-year-old man working at a sewage plant in Tokyo fell into a giant 17-meter deep tank on Friday morning. (Japan Today)
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