Japan's Nishikori beats Djokovic, making history

Japan Sports News - September 6, 2014 - 23:27
After dispatching world No. 1 Novak Djokovic in four sets Saturday, Kei Nishikori put a buzz into the U.S. Open crowd in New York and put himself into the history books, becoming the first Asian man to reach a Grand Slam tennis final. Saturday's match was also the first elite semifinal he'd reached. (npr.org)
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Woman, 3 minors charged over 17-year-old girl's death

Japan Society News - September 6, 2014 - 00:15
A 36-year-old woman and three minors have been charged with inflicting bodily injury resulting in death after the body of a 17-year-old girl was found in the closet of an apartment in Iyo, Ehime Prefecture, last month. (Japan Today)
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Decline in forestry industry blamed for falling survival rates of golden eagles

Japan Sci-Tech News - September 6, 2014 - 00:05
The survival rate of Japanese golden eagle chicks has been halved over the past 30 years because the forestry industry's decline has affected the hunting grounds of the endangered species, environmental experts say. (Asahi)
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Edo Period bridge passes 'heavy' high school student test

Japan Education News - September 6, 2014 - 00:02
Bridge builders and artisans who toiled under the rule of the Tokugawa Shogunate designed spans that were more than just aesthetically pleasing--they were built to last and endure heavy loads. (Asahi)
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Harvest moon viewing at Matsumoto Castle

Japan Society News - September 5, 2014 - 23:50
The compound of Matsumoto Castle in central Japan is now open for free in the evenings to allow visitors to enjoy the harvest moon. (NHK)
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Amari: Speed up Japan-US talks for TPP agreement

Japan Economy News - September 5, 2014 - 23:42
Economic Revitalization Minister Akira Amari says if the Trans-Pacific Partnership free trade talks fail to reach a broad agreement by the end of this year, the talks will continue for a long time. (NHK)
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Chongryon chairman leaves Japan for trip to N. Korea

Japan Politics News - September 5, 2014 - 23:41
Ho Jong Man, chairman of the General Association of Korean Residents in Japan, or Chongryon, left Tokyo International Airport at Haneda on Friday to visit North Korea. (Jiji Press)
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JR East to bid for high-speed railway project in California

Japan Business News - September 5, 2014 - 23:29
East Japan Railway Co. plans to take part in the international bidding as early as this fall to choose railcars for a planned high-speed railway line in California, offering Japan's bullet train technology, JR East sources said Friday. (Kyodo)
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Japan suicide rate ranked 4th among high-income countries, WHO report says

Japan Education News - September 5, 2014 - 23:25
About 803,900 people worldwide are estimated to have killed themselves in 2012, a World Health Organization report revealed Thursday. (The Japan News)
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Aso eyes economic measures before tax increase

Japan Economy News - September 5, 2014 - 23:20
The government should begin to study the possibility of preparing economy-boosting measures before implementing a planned additional consumption tax increase from 8 percent to 10 percent in October 2015, Finance Minister Taro Aso said Friday. (The Japan News)
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10 arrested over offer to delete woman's 'leaked' e-mail address

Japan Society News - September 5, 2014 - 23:17
The manager of a dating service company and nine others have been arrested on suspicion of defrauding a woman by demanding money to erase her e-mail address from where they claimed it had been leaked online. (The Japan News)
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Dengue spreads beyond two Tokyo parks; tally at 74

Japan Society News - September 5, 2014 - 13:26
Evidence emerged Saturday that dengue fever is spreading throughout the capital after an infected Tokyo man said he hadn't recently visited either of the parks so far linked to the virus, and the case tally grew overnight to 74. (Japan Times)
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Uniqlo's tennis bet pays off as endorsers square off at U.S. Open

Japan Sports News - September 5, 2014 - 13:25
Fast Retailing Co. is ready for war. The clothing maker's battle begins Saturday, when world No. 1 Novak Djokovic takes on 10th-seed Kei Nishikori in the U.S. Open semifinal. (Japan Times)
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Japan's First Lady Says Husband Helps With Chores

Japan Politics News - September 5, 2014 - 07:22
Japan's first lady says she has such a busy schedule that sometimes it's up to the prime minister to do the dishes or take out the garbage. (abcnews.go.com)
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Nikkei flat at close

Japan Economy News - September 5, 2014 - 07:18
Tokyo stocks ended flat on Friday, losing early gains driven by the yen hitting a six-year low against the dollar and the European Central Bank's surprise rate cut. (The Standard)
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Japan to push for closure of aging reactors

Japan Sci-Tech News - September 5, 2014 - 07:17
Japan will push nuclear operators to draft plans to scrap a quarter of the country's 48 reactors, which are either too old or too costly to upgrade to meet new standards imposed after the Fukushima disaster, the Nikkei reported on Friday. (Reuters)
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Driver held after car slams into 7-Eleven store, killing employee

Japan Society News - September 5, 2014 - 07:12
Police have arrested the 79-year-old driver of a car that plowed into a 7-Eleven convenience store in Higashi-Osaka on Friday morning. A store employee was killed and a customer injured, police said. (Japan Today)
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Dollar hits near 6-yr high around 105.70 yen before U.S. jobs data

Japan Economy News - September 5, 2014 - 05:33
The U.S. dollar briefly hit a near six-year high of around 105.70 yen Friday morning in Tokyo on growing optimism that a U.S. Labor Department report due later in the day will show continuing strength in the world's largest economy. (Kyodo)
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