Polarization growing among yakuza groups: govt report

Japan Society News - July 24, 2015 - 09:49
The polarization between weakening and steady yakuza organized crime syndicates is growing in Japan on the back of the widening rich-poor gap among them and the aging of their members, the National Police Agency said in an annual report on Friday. (Jiji Press)
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1,000-km Olympic relay to Tokyo starts

Japan Sports News - July 24, 2015 - 09:43
A 1,000-kilometer relay race has started in the northern Japanese city of Aomori, headed for Tokyo. Friday marks exactly five years before the opening of the Tokyo Summer Olympics in 2020. (NHK)
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Japan upper house OKs eectoral reform

Japan Politics News - July 24, 2015 - 09:38
The House of Councillors on Friday passed a bill to reduce vote-value disparities among constituencies that features the first mergers of prefectural constituencies in the history of Japan's constitutional politics. (Jiji Press)
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Noel Gallagher brings his High Flying Birds back to Fuji Rock and where the 'mania' began

Japan Society News - July 23, 2015 - 23:14
It doesn't take much to set Noel Gallagher off. We are sat in a backstage portacabin at London's peculiarly ragbag Clapham Calling festival, and I've just mentioned to the former Oasis songwriter that "Chasing Yesterday," the second solo album under his High Flying Birds banner, is the U.K.'s fastest selling of the year. (Japan Times)
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Eel shipments peaking

Japan Business News - July 23, 2015 - 23:05
Shipments of eel are peaking in the central Japanese town of Isshiki a day before people traditionally eat the fish. (NHK)
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Japan's Nikkei media group to take over Financial Times

Japan Business News - July 23, 2015 - 23:01
Japanese news organization Nikkei Inc. on Thursday agreed to buy out the leading British newspaper Financial Times Group from the U.K. media and education services group Pearson PLC in what will be one of the largest ever acquisitions of an overseas business by a Japanese media group. (Kyodo)
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4-year-old girl dies after falling from 12th floor

Japan Society News - July 23, 2015 - 10:07
A 4-year-old girl died after falling the balcony of a 12th-floor apartment in Tokyo's Shibuya Ward on Wednesday night. (Japan Today)
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Frozen tuna destined for Japan found stuffed with drugs in Taiwan

Japan Society News - July 23, 2015 - 10:04
Amphetamines with a black market value of 1.4 billion yen ($11.4 million) in Japan were found packed inside 53 frozen tuna awaiting shipment to Shizuoka city, authorities here said July 22. (Asahi)
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Tokyo stocks rebound on buybacks

Japan Economy News - July 23, 2015 - 10:01
Stocks staged a rebound on the Tokyo Stock Exchange Thursday, helped by buybacks after the previous day's tumble. (Japan Times)
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3 crew members begin 5-month mission on ISS

Japan Sci-Tech News - July 23, 2015 - 09:59
Japanese astronaut Kimiya Yui and two other crew members from the United States and Russia have begun their mission on the International Space Station. (NHK)
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71-year-old tobacco shop owner slashed in robbery attempt

Japan Society News - July 22, 2015 - 23:08
Police in Izumisano, Osaka, said Wednesday they are looking for a man who slashed a 71-year-old woman in a tobacco shop. (Japan Today)
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Tsunami-carried shrine gate to return to Japan

Japan Society News - July 22, 2015 - 23:05
Parts of Shinto shrine gates that washed ashore in the US state of Oregon after the 2011 tsunami in Japan are being shown to the public ahead of its return to the country. (NHK)
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Head of Delta's Japan unit eager to back Skymark turnaround

Japan Business News - July 22, 2015 - 23:02
Masaru Morimoto, head of Delta Air Lines' Japanese unit, expressed the U.S. carrier's intention Tuesday to play a major role in the business rehabilitation of Skymark Airlines by supplying its customer service and other know-how to the failed Japanese airline. (The Japan News)
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Drone went missing during test flight at Japan Defense Ministry

Japan Politics News - July 22, 2015 - 23:00
A drone went missing during its experimental flight conducted at the Japanese Defense Ministry in Tokyo's Shinjuku Ward Wednesday. (Jiji Press)
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Govt reveals map, photographs of China's structures in E. China Sea

Japan Politics News - July 22, 2015 - 22:46
The government released a map on Wednesday showing the locations of offshore structures constructed by China in the East China Sea as well as 14 aerial photos. (The Japan News)
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Mori denies role in failed stadium bid

Japan Politics News - July 22, 2015 - 10:57
Facing reporters at the Japan National Press Club, Former Prime Minister Yoshiro Mori, head of the 2020 Tokyo Olympic Games' organizing committee, had much to say during a Wednesday news conference. (Japan Times)
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Family of suicide victim sues Saizeriya amid claims of sexual harassment

Japan Business News - July 22, 2015 - 10:46
The family of a young woman who worked for the major restaurant chain Saizeriya has sued her former boss and the company amid claims she committed suicide as a result of his sexual harassment and stalking. (Japan Times)
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Billions to be lost over botched Olympic stadium design

Japan Politics News - July 22, 2015 - 10:38
Most of the 5.9 billion yen ($47.7 million) paid for the now-scrapped design of the new National Stadium for the Tokyo Olympics apparently won't be returned. (Asahi)
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Nikkei average posts 1st fall in 7 trading days

Japan Economy News - July 22, 2015 - 10:37
Tokyo stock prices have fallen for the first time in 7 trading days as sell orders for a wide range of issues were placed for profit-taking. (NHK)
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Man sets himself on fire after emailing his estranged wife

Japan Society News - July 21, 2015 - 23:23
A 36-year-old man set himself on fire in his apartment in Tokyo's Sumida Ward after emailing his estranged wife to say he was going to kill himself, police said Tuesday. (Japan Today)
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