High school teacher arrested for drunk driving

Japan Education News - March 23, 2015 - 22:57
Police in Kofu, Yamanashi Prefecture, have arrested a 54-year-old high school teacher for driving under the influence of alcohol. (Japan Today)
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Govt. upgrades economic assessment

Japan Economy News - March 23, 2015 - 22:48
Japanese government officials say business output and profits are improving. They've upgraded their take on the nation's economy for the first time in 8 months. (NHK)
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Japanese victims in Tunisia attack to return home

Japan Society News - March 23, 2015 - 22:46
Three Japanese victims of the terror attack in Tunisia last Wednesday are on the way home. (NHK)
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Chinese coral poacher gets suspended prison term

Japan Society News - March 23, 2015 - 22:44
A Japanese court has handed down a suspended prison sentence for the captain of a Chinese fishing boat for illegally taking coral in Japanese territorial waters. (NHK)
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Abe to visit U.S. April 26-May 3

Japan Politics News - March 23, 2015 - 22:42
Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe will visit the United States between April 26 and May 3, Chief Cabinet Secretary Yoshihide Suga said Monday. (Jiji Press)
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Japan, Indonesia to launch high-level forum on maritime security

Japan Politics News - March 23, 2015 - 22:40
Japan and Indonesia agreed Monday to launch a high-level bilateral "maritime forum" to expand their cooperation in ensuring security at sea and to increase Japan's assistance in building Indonesia's port infrastructure and coast guard capabilities. (Kyodo)
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Okinawa orders suspension of operations at base relocation site

Japan Politics News - March 23, 2015 - 22:38
The Okinawa prefectural government has instructed the Defense Ministry to suspend underwater work at the planned relocation site for a key U.S. military base in a coastal area of Nago in the island prefecture, the governor said Monday. (Kyodo)
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Hyogo Pref. to require bicycle riders to buy insurance

Japan Politics News - March 23, 2015 - 22:28
The Hyogo Prefectural Assembly has adopted an ordinance requiring bicycle riders to buy liability insurance so compensation can be provided for injuries and deaths resulting from their bicycle rides. (The Japan News)
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41 species added to endangered list

Japan Sci-Tech News - March 23, 2015 - 22:27
Forty-one kinds of animals and plants will be newly designated as national endangered species, the Environment Ministry announced on Monday. (The Japan News)
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The changing face of ema votive tablets

Japan Society News - March 23, 2015 - 22:21
KYOTO - "Find a good marriage partner for me," "Let me succeed in an entrance exam" and "I wish for the well-being of my family" are all wishes people write on ema, small wooden votive tablets. An array of ema bearing these, and many other, hopes are hung at temples and shrines around the nation. (The Japan News)
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Leaders pay tribute to Lee Kuan Yew

Japan Politics News - March 23, 2015 - 08:39
World leaders are paying tribute to the late Lee Kuan Yew of Singapore. Prime Minister Shinzo Abe told reporters on Monday that Lee was Singapore's founding father and a great leader who established the foundation for the country's prosperity today. (NHK)
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Nikkei rises to fresh 15-year high; Eisai soars on hopes for Alzheimer's drug

Japan Economy News - March 23, 2015 - 08:37
Japan's Nikkei share average rose to a fresh 15-year high on Monday, tracking gains in U.S. shares, while Eisai Co jumped 21 percent after a brokerage upgraded the stock, citing the effectiveness of its drug to treat Alzheimer's disease. (Reuters)
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New Nankai Trough quake plan to harness 130,000 responders nationwide

Japan Sci-Tech News - March 23, 2015 - 04:02
The government has drafted an emergency action plan to prepare for a major earthquake in the Nankai Trough running south of Japan's mainland, forecast to cause massive damage along a wide swath of the country facing the Pacific Ocean, sources close to the plan said Sunday. (Kyodo)
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Sumo: Hakuho claims sixth straight championship and 34th Emperor's Cup

Japan Sports News - March 22, 2015 - 22:25
Yokozuna Hakuho extended his Emperor's Cup record to 34 by defeating fellow yokozuna Harumafuji on the final day of the Spring Grand Sumo Tournament at Bodymaker Colosseum on March 22. (Asahi)
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Opening ceremony held for cherry blossom festival in Washington

Japan Society News - March 22, 2015 - 22:13
The opening ceremony for this year's National Cherry Blossom Festival was held in Washington on Saturday, attracting some 2,000 people. (Jiji Press)
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Imperial couple meet survivors of 1944 battle

Japan Society News - March 22, 2015 - 22:08
Emperor Akihito and Empress Michiko have met former Japanese soldiers who survived a fierce battle on the Pacific island of Peleliu during World War Two. (NHK)
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Buddhist monk arrested for filming up girl's skirt on escalator

Japan Society News - March 22, 2015 - 07:53
Police have arrested a 41-year-old Buddhist monk for using his smartphone to film up the skirt of a 16-year-old girl as she was on an escalator at JR Odawara Station in Kanagawa Prefecture. (Japan Today)
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Kanagawa cops arrest Inagawa-kai member in shooting of rival yakuza boss

Japan Society News - March 22, 2015 - 07:51
Kanagawa Prefectural Police on Sunday announced the arrest of an organized crime member in the shooting of a boss of a rival gang in Fujisawa City the day before, reports TBS News (Tokyo Reporter)
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Paul McCartney announces Budokan concert

Japan Society News - March 21, 2015 - 23:18
Former Beatle Paul McCartney, 72, has announced on his official website that he will be returning to the Budokan for a special performance on April 28 as part of his "Out There Japan" tour. (Japan Today)
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Remarks by Aum cult founder in prison

Japan Society News - March 21, 2015 - 23:11
NHK has learned that the founder of the Aum Shinrikyo cult had suggested in prison that he conspired with his followers to carry out the sarin gas attack in Tokyo 20 years ago. (NHK)
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