Sushi eaters pushing Pacific bluefin tuna to brink of extinction

Japan Sci-Tech News - November 17, 2014 - 21:45
The never-ending demand for Pacific bluefin tuna among sushi lovers is driving the iconic fish towards extinction, a conservation group said. (cbsnews.com)
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Reckless driver runs into teenage girl; drug use suspected

Japan Society News - November 17, 2014 - 09:50
Police in Sapporo said Monday they have arrested a 26-year-old man after the car he was driving veered off the road onto a sidewalk, hitting a 15-year-old girl, and then causing major damage to a building. (Japan Today)
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4-year-old girl survives fall from 9th floor in Oita

Japan Society News - November 17, 2014 - 09:49
A 4-year-old girl sustained only minor injuries after she fell from the balcony of her 9th floor apartment in Usa, Oita Prefecture. (Japan Today)
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Number of Japanese students at U.S. colleges dips 1.2%

Japan Education News - November 17, 2014 - 09:48
Japanese students enrolled in U.S. colleges and universities decreased by 1.2 percent to around 19,000 in the 2013-2014 academic year, although they remained the seventh-most numerous in the country, the New York-based Institute of International Education said Monday. (Japan Times)
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Tokyo shares skid as Japan slips into recession

Japan Economy News - November 17, 2014 - 09:44
Japanese stocks marked their biggest daily drop since August on Monday, helping the yen rebound from a fresh seven-year low against the dollar touched after news Japan unexpectedly fell into recession in the third quarter. (Reuters)
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Japanese politicians alarmed by weak data

Japan Politics News - November 17, 2014 - 09:41
Surprisingly weak economic data Monday sent an alarm bell to ruling and opposition lawmakers in Japan. (Jiji Press)
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Imperial Household Agency employee arrested in 'happening bar' bust

Japan Society News - November 17, 2014 - 03:29
During a raid earlier this month of a bar that allows customers to engage in sex, a male employee of Japan's Imperial Household Agency was arrested on charges of public obscenity, police revealed on Sunday, reports the Sankei Shimbun (Nov. 17). (Tokyo Reporter)
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Japan's economy dips into recession

Japan Economy News - November 17, 2014 - 03:21
Japan's economy unexpectedly shrank for the second consecutive quarter, marking a technical recession in the world's third largest economy. (BBC)
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'Dangerous drug' trade goes underground, online

Japan Society News - November 16, 2014 - 22:42
Sales of "dangerous drugs" - synthetic drugs with narcotic-like effects that are not banned outright under current laws - are going underground or moving online despite police efforts to crack down on the substances. (asianewsnet.net)
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Japan confirms $1.5 billion commitment for U.N. climate fund

Japan Politics News - November 16, 2014 - 22:38
Japan on Sunday confirmed plans to contribute up to $1.5 billion to the U.N.-backed Green Climate Fund, joining a U.S. pledge of $3 billion to mitigate the impact of global warming on developing nations. (Japan Times)
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SIM-free iPhone 6 prices up

Japan Business News - November 16, 2014 - 22:33
Apple Inc. of the United States on Friday raised the prices by Y8,640 to Y12,960 in Japan for iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus models without subscriber identity module locks. (The Japan News)
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New entry in 'Doraemon' robotic cat comic series to be released next month

Japan Society News - November 16, 2014 - 22:25
A new book of the internationally popular "Doraemon" manga series, which compiles works that are not included in the original 45-volume manga series, will be published next month for the first time in eight years. (Asahi)
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Oh, Ginza Christmas Tree!

Japan Society News - November 16, 2014 - 22:22
A lighting ceremony is held Saturday for the popular Christmas tree in front of the Mikimoto jewelry store in Tokyo's Ginza district. (The Japan News)
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Creative crooks stay one step ahead

Japan Society News - November 16, 2014 - 22:16
The "Ore, ore" ("It's me") fraudsters and their ilk, who telephone elderly people and pretend to be a relative in need of money to help them out of a jam, keep coming up with new scams. (Japan Times)
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Fukushima radioactivity detected off California coast

Japan Sci-Tech News - November 16, 2014 - 21:56
Monitoring efforts along the Pacific Coast of the U.S. and Canada have detected the presence of small amounts of radioactivity from the 2011 Fukushima Dai-ichi Nuclear Power Plant accident 100 miles (150 km) due west of Eureka, California. (indybay.org)
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Onaga wins Okinawa gubernatorial election

Japan Politics News - November 16, 2014 - 21:43
Voters in Okinawa have chosen a new governor who opposes the central government's plan to build a new US military facility in the prefecture. (NHK)
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Employee hit by roller coaster at Kagawa theme park

Japan Society News - November 15, 2014 - 21:44
A 71-year-old employee at a theme park is in a serious condition after he was hit by a roller coaster on Friday. (Japan Today)
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Japan, Caribbean nations to cooperate in UN reform

Japan Politics News - November 15, 2014 - 21:36
Foreign ministers from Japan and 14 Caribbean nations have agreed to step up cooperation in efforts to reform the UN Security Council. (NHK)
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Abe highlights effects of 'three-arrow' policy at G-20

Japan Politics News - November 15, 2014 - 21:33
Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe, at a two-day Group of 20 summit that began here Saturday, stressed that the nation's economy is restoring growth momentum as his "three-arrow" policy, dubbed Abenomics, is helping create a virtuous cycle. (Jiji Press)
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68.4 percent of Japan prospective univ. grads next Spring secure job offers

Japan Education News - November 15, 2014 - 06:39
Of the Japanese university students due to graduate next spring, 68.4 pct had found employers as of Oct. 1, up 4.1 percentage points from a year earlier and improving for the fourth consecutive year, the education and labor ministries said Friday. (Jiji Press)
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