Militants' video shows Jordanian pilot killed

Japan Politics News - February 3, 2015 - 23:11
The Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant put to death a captured Jordanian fighter pilot by burning him alive in a cage, according to a video the group released Tuesday. The kingdom vowed a swift and lethal response to what it called a "barbaric" act. (The Japan News)
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Nikkei falls after weak JGB auction sours mood; global growth concerns weigh

Japan Economy News - February 3, 2015 - 09:26
Japanese stocks extended early losses and fell to a 1-1/2-week low on Tuesday as the results of the new 10-year Japanese government bonds auction were weaker than expected, with worries about global growth also weighing on risk appetite. (Reuters)
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Soccer: JFA sacks Samurai Blue coach Aguirre

Japan Sports News - February 3, 2015 - 09:25
The Japan Football Association fired national team coach Javier Aguirre over concerns that allegations of his involvement in match-fixing will interfere with Japan's World Cup qualification. (Asahi)
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Japanese netizens proud to see Tokyo named safest city in the world, Osaka number three

Japan Society News - February 3, 2015 - 05:02
Japan had plenty to boast last week when Tokyo was named as the safest city in the world by The Economist, with Osaka coming in a respectable third. (
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Tokyo cops arrest Nigerian club manager in Kabukicho for drugging, robbing customers

Japan Society News - February 3, 2015 - 04:57
Tokyo Metropolitan Police on Monday arrested the Nigerian manager of a hostess club in Shinjuku Ward allegedly involved in a series of incidents in which male customers have been drugged and robbed, reports public broadcaster NHK (Feb. 2). (Tokyo Reporter)
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Chiba prosecutors accuse man involved in raping, filming of 100 drugged women

Japan Society News - February 3, 2015 - 04:55
Four new charges were filed at the Matsudo branch of the Chiba District Court against a man accused of sexually violating women he had drugged, reports Sports Nippon (Feb. 2). (Tokyo Reporter)
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Tokyo police arrest woman for murder after stabbing, beating boyfriend

Japan Society News - February 3, 2015 - 04:52
Tokyo Metropolitan Police on Monday arrested a woman for allegedly killing her boyfriend in the apartment they shared in Chuo Ward, reports the Sankei Shimbun (Feb. 3). (Tokyo Reporter)
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Novartis Japan unit faces business suspension order

Japan Business News - February 3, 2015 - 04:45
The health ministry has decided to order a business suspension of around 15 days for a Japanese unit of Swiss pharmaceutical maker Novartis AG for not reporting serious side effects of its drugs, sources close to the matter said Monday. (Kyodo)
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Skymark shares dive 87.89% as Japan carrier heads for bankruptcy

Japan Business News - February 2, 2015 - 22:34
Shares in Japan's third largest carrier Skymark Airlines lost nearly 90% of their value Monday after the Tokyo stock exchange scrapped trading limits on the bankrupt firm weeks before it is delisted. (Japan Today)
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TPP negotiators agree on copyrights protection

Japan Economy News - February 2, 2015 - 22:28
Negotiators of the Trans Pacific Partnership free trade pact have reached a deal on copyright duration in principle. The plan is for copyrights to last for 70 years. (NHK)
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Japan regulator worries about falling mortgage rates

Japan Economy News - February 2, 2015 - 22:20
Japanese banks are racing to cut mortgage rates on the back of lower long-term interest rates, prompting the Financial Services Agency to check whether banks are managing risks responsibly. (Nikkei)
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'I AM KENJI' Facebook followers try to overcome anger over Goto's slaying

Japan Society News - February 2, 2015 - 22:14
Members of a special Facebook page set up for Kenji Goto responded to his slaying with shock and sorrow as well as words of admiration for what he achieved. (Asahi)
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Nagoya student made no effort to hide victim's corpse

Japan Society News - February 2, 2015 - 22:11
A female 19-year-old student who admitted killing an elderly woman and poisoning a male high school classmate appeared to show no discomfort over what she did, allowing the woman's body to remain in her apartment for weeks as it decomposed. (Japan Times)
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Japanese companies fire up production at home

Japan Business News - February 2, 2015 - 22:08
Although it is much weaker now, a strong yen is at the top of Japan Inc.'s list of six barriers to doing good business, followed by high corporate tax rates, delayed trade liberalization, energy-related restrictions, labor regulations and rules governing greenhouse gas emissions. (Nikkei)
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Princess Kako attends 'kyogen' play performed in sign language in Tokyo

Japan Education News - February 2, 2015 - 22:03
Princess Kiko and her daughter Princess Kako attended traditional "kyogen" comedic plays performed in sign language by actors with hearing impairments at the National Noh Theater in Tokyo's Shibuya Ward on Feb. 1. (Asahi)
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Fireman turns himself to police for flashing student last October

Japan Society News - February 2, 2015 - 22:01
A 24-year-old fireman has been arrested for exposing himself to a female high school student on the street in Tochigi Prefecture last October. (Japan Today)
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Japan starts building Fukushima soil storage facilities

Japan Sci-Tech News - February 2, 2015 - 21:50
Japan's Environment Ministry on Tuesday started building interim facilities to store soil contaminated in the 2011 triple reactor meltdown at Tokyo Electric Power Co.'s Fukushima No. 1 nuclear power plant. (Jiji Press)
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TEPCO to resume cleanup work at Fukushima Daiichi plant Tue.

Japan Business News - February 2, 2015 - 21:50
Tokyo Electric Power Co. said Monday it will resume part of its decommissioning work at the disaster-hit Fukushima Daiichi nuclear plant from Tuesday after a two-week hiatus in the wake of fatal accidents. (Kyodo)
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Death sentence for Akihabara killer to become final

Japan Society News - February 2, 2015 - 21:46
The Supreme Court rejected Monday an appeal against a lower court decision to give the death penalty to a man who indiscriminately killed seven people and injured 10 others in Tokyo's Akihabara district in June 2008. (The Japan News)
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