Kobe murder suspect says he was too drunk to remember his actions

Japan Society News - September 25, 2014 - 07:22
The man arrested in connection with the murder of a 6-year-old girl in Kobe told police he could not confirm security camera footage that appeared to show him near the girl around the time she disappeared, as he had been drinking, investigative sources said Thursday. (Japan Times)
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Guam man sentenced to life for rampage that killed 3 Japanese tourists

Japan Society News - September 25, 2014 - 05:13
A Guam man convicted of killing three Japanese tourists in a crash and stabbing rampage in 2013 was sentenced on Sept. 25 to life in prison. (Asahi)
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Japan, U.S. fail to clinch bilateral TPP deal

Japan Economy News - September 25, 2014 - 05:08
Japan and the United States have failed to clinch a much-awaited bilateral agreement seen as crucial for working out a multilateral Pacific Rim free trade deal, both sides said Wednesday. (Kyodo)
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Japanese children's cartoon Crayon Shin-chan branded pornography

Japan Education News - September 24, 2014 - 23:57
With his penchant for mooning and blurting out risqué spoonerisms, Crayon Shin-chan has delighted Japanese children, and infuriated their parents, for more than two decades. (The Guardian)
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In Abenomics' shadow, Japanese women fight 'maternity harassment'

Japan Economy News - September 24, 2014 - 23:54
When Sayaka Osakabe returned to work after a second miscarriage, one of the first questions her boss asked was whether she was having sex again. (Reuters)
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Couple injured after car plunges from third level of shopping mall

Japan Society News - September 24, 2014 - 23:52
A man and a woman were injured after their car went off the third level of a shopping mall car park in Itabashi, Tokyo, on Wednesday afternoon. (Japan Today)
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Bus driver arrested for attempting to kiss female passenger

Japan Society News - September 24, 2014 - 23:47
Police have arrested a 54-year-old bus driver in Anan, Tokushima Prefecture, after he attempted to kiss a female passenger on her forehead against her will. (Japan Today)
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Plane stupid? Japan's air force's scooter gimmick to toast birthday

Japan Society News - September 24, 2014 - 23:30
Japan has produced a novel twist on the traditional flypast - a 'squadron' of plane-shaped scooters whizzing around in formation. (euronews.com)
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Panasonic readies nursing care robot

Japan Sci-Tech News - September 24, 2014 - 23:27
Panasonic announced Wednesday that it will introduce a robot to help the elderly stand and sit down, with plans to start sales to hospitals and nursing care centers in fiscal 2016. (Nikkei)
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Kyoto U. ranks No. 2 in iPS research

Japan Education News - September 24, 2014 - 23:18
Among world institutions influential on research into induced pluripotent stem (iPS) cells, Kyoto University has been ranked second - behind only Harvard University - in a field that is rapidly capturing global attention. (The Japan News)
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Japan announces extra sanctions against Russia over Ukraine

Japan Politics News - September 24, 2014 - 14:19
Japan announced additional sanctions against Russia on Wednesday over the crisis in Ukraine, urging Moscow to take concrete steps to resolve the issue peacefully. (Kyodo)
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Computer virus compromises JAL customer data

Japan Business News - September 24, 2014 - 14:16
Japan Airlines revealed on Wednesday that the personal data of 750,000 mileage program members may have been compromised by a computer virus. (NHK)
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Segmental lung transplant for 2-yr-old boy ends in success in Japan

Japan Sci-Tech News - September 24, 2014 - 14:13
Okayama University Hospital said Wednesday it has succeeded in dividing part of the left lung of a mother into smaller segments and transplanting them into the both lungs of her 2-year-old boy. (Jiji Press)
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Tsukuba University climbs to 13th in global new university rankings

Japan Education News - September 24, 2014 - 14:11
The University of Tsukuba has been rated the 13th best new university worldwide, in a ranking that compares the merits of such institutions set up within the past 50 years. (Japan Times)
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Sumo: Hakuho edges closer to Autumn basho title

Japan Sports News - September 24, 2014 - 14:08
Mongolian yokozuna Hakuho moved a step closer to winning his 31st career title on Wednesday after a comfortable win over Takekaze kept him one win clear with four days remaining at the Autumn Grand Sumo Tournament. (Japan Times)
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College serves students fish that can cause uncontrollable bowel movements

Japan Education News - September 24, 2014 - 10:23
A college here promised to never again feed students a deep-sea fish that can trigger uncontrollable bowel movements and has been banned from markets since causing a food-poisoning outbreak in 1970. (Asahi)
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Nikkei slips as U.S. air strikes hurt sentiment, lift yen

Japan Economy News - September 24, 2014 - 08:06
Japanese shares stepped back on Wednesday, after U.S. air strikes in Syria dampened risk sentiment and curbed the yen's fall - the main driver of the market's rally in the past several weeks. (Reuters)
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U.S. airstrikes in Syria understandable: Kishida

Japan Politics News - September 24, 2014 - 05:46
Japanese Foreign Minister Fumio Kishida expressed the view Tuesday that the U.S. forces' launch of an air campaign against Islamic State militants in Syria is an understandable move. (Jiji Press)
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No more Japan-U.S. ministerial talks on TPP: Amari

Japan Economy News - September 24, 2014 - 05:41
Japan does not intend to have any more ministerial meeting with the United States on Trans-Pacific Partnership multilateral free trade negotiations, Japanese TPP Minister Akira Amari said Tuesday before a two-day such meeting in Washington. (Jiji Press)
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Ex-yakuza arrested in January stabbing in Kameido

Japan Society News - September 24, 2014 - 02:06
Tokyo Metropolitan Police on arrested a former organized crime member on charges of attempted murder in a stabbing incident that took place in Kameido, Koto Ward earlier this year, reports TBS News (Sept. 22). (Tokyo Reporter)
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