Probe of Ghana diplomat likely to end

Japan Society News - August 28, 2014 - 22:44
Tokyo police are likely to effectively conclude their investigation into Ghana's ambassador to Japan, who is suspected of being involved in illegal gambling operations. (NHK)
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Kishida, new S. Korean ambassador agree to improve bilateral ties

Japan Politics News - August 28, 2014 - 22:38
Japanese Foreign Minister Fumio Kishida and new South Korean Ambassador to Japan Yoo Heung-soo agreed Thursday to work together to build a stable and future-oriented relationship between their countries. (Jiji Press)
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Japanese 24yo who fathered 15 children via surrogacy will likely take them from Thailand

Japan Society News - August 28, 2014 - 12:11
A 24-year-old multimillionaire who fathered 15 children via surrogacy in Thailand will likely be able to take them from the country. (ABC)
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2 more people found to have contracted dengue fever in Japan

Japan Sci-Tech News - August 28, 2014 - 11:47
Two more people were said to have contracted dengue fever in Japan on Thursday, a day after the government said it had confirmed the first local infection of the disease in nearly 70 years. (Nikkei)
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Airport-style duty-free store to open in Tokyo's Ginza

Japan Business News - August 28, 2014 - 08:28
Foreign tourists as well as Japanese travelers headed for international destinations will be able to start their duty-free shopping in central Tokyo from next year. (Asahi)
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Coast guard warns explosion could occur on volcanic islet in Ogasawara chain

Japan Sci-Tech News - August 28, 2014 - 08:25
A new islet created by volcanic activity in the Ogasawara chain south of Tokyo could be in danger of blowing up, the Japan Coast Guard says. (Asahi)
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Book publishers shout foul over Amazon Japan's new ratings

Japan Business News - August 28, 2014 - 08:18
Online retail giant Amazon Japan introduced a new system this summer to rank book publishers, a decision that has not gone down well with its business partners. (Asahi)
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Topix drops to extend weekly decline on yen, steelmakers

Japan Economy News - August 28, 2014 - 06:59
Japanese shares fell, with the Topix (TPX) index extending its weekly loss, as the yen headed for a second day of gains and steel companies slid. (businessweek.com)
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Police probe guide dog stabbing in Saitama

Japan Society News - August 28, 2014 - 02:36
Police are investigating the stabbing of a guide dog in Saitama Prefecture near Tokyo in July during its owner's commute to work, investigators said Thursday. (Kyodo)
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For McDonald's Japan's CEO Sarah Casanova, problems bigger than tainted chinese chicken

Japan Business News - August 27, 2014 - 23:27
Is it fate that hands to newly elevated women CEOs problem-plagued and accident prone companies? The women who now lead GM, Yahoo, Ebay, and IBM might have asked themselves this question. (Forbes)
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NPA to assign 3,000 more officers to deal with stalking, bank transfer fraud cases

Japan Society News - August 27, 2014 - 23:18
The National Police Agency and Ministry of Internal Affairs and Communications plan to assign an extra 3,000 officers over the next three years to deal with stalking and bank transfer fraud cases which are increasing. (Japan Today)
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Special English zones proposed as part of Cool Japan tourism initiative

Japan Education News - August 27, 2014 - 23:16
In an effort to expand upon the "Cool Japan" initiative, a program intended to broaden foreign tourists' knowledge and understanding of Japanese culture and industries, a committee of specialists has submitted a proposal that includes establishing "special English zones" in large cities where English would be one of the officially spoken languages. (Japan Today)
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JAL to fly Mitsubishi Regional Jet at home

Japan Business News - August 27, 2014 - 23:14
Japan Airlines will order the regional jet Mitsubishi Aircraft is readying for commercialization in 2017, with plans to cut fuel costs by replacing its old domestic fleet with the energy efficient aircraft. (Nikkei)
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Line hoping to parlay user network into big e-commerce payout

Japan Business News - August 27, 2014 - 23:11
Line, provider of a popular free chat app, is throwing its hat in the red-hot online shopping market, betting that its vast domestic user base will make it a formidable presence in a field dominated by three industry titans: Rakuten, Amazon Japan and Yahoo. (Nikkei)
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Singer ASKA's trial on drug charges to begin Thursday

Japan Society News - August 27, 2014 - 23:04
Pop singer ASKA, of the duo CHAGE and ASKA, will go on trial on Thursday at the Tokyo District Court on charges of possession and usage of the illegal stimulant drug MDMA. (Japan Today)
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Instant noodles carry health risks for women: study

Japan Sci-Tech News - August 27, 2014 - 23:03
Women who eat instant noodles, like Ramen, at least two times a week face a greater risk of high blood pressure, elevated blood sugar and high cholesterol, U.S. researchers say. (Japan Today)
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Budget requests to top record 100 tril. yen

Japan Politics News - August 27, 2014 - 13:26
Officials with Japan's government ministries are set to demand more than 100-trillion-yen, or over 960 billion dollars, for the 2015 fiscal budget. (NHK)
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STAP cell phenomenon not yet verified: Riken

Japan Sci-Tech News - August 27, 2014 - 13:22
Riken has been unable to verify the so-called STAP cell phenomenon, the Japanese government-affiliated research institute said in an interim report on Wednesday. (Jiji Press)
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Quasi-Legal Drug Stores Raided in Japan

Japan Society News - August 27, 2014 - 13:20
Japanese authorities on Wednesday raided stores believed to sell dangerous quasi-legal drugs in Tokyo and three other major prefectures across the country. (Jiji Press)
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Korean hostess club in Akasaka accused of 120 mill yen in tax evasion

Japan Business News - August 27, 2014 - 07:48
The Tokyo Regional Taxation Bureau charged the former manager of a club employing Korean hostesses in the Akasaka entertainment district with tax evasion, it was learned on Tuesday, reports the Sankei Shimbun. (Tokyo Reporter)
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