Thousands turn out to watch Japan's first practice session in Brazil

Japan Sports News - June 9, 2014 - 06:08
As a police helicopter circled overhead to keep a watchful eye on scores of anti-World Cup demonstrators outside the stadium, over 5,000 fans turned out to watch Japan's first practice session Sunday, a day after the Asian champions arrived in Brazil for soccer's showpiece tournament. (Japan Times)
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LDP farm-linked lawmakers agree on drastic JA-Zenchu reform

Japan Politics News - June 9, 2014 - 06:04
The ruling Liberal Democratic Party's senior lawmakers associated with Japan's farm industry have agreed to drastically reform the Central Union of Agricultural Cooperatives, or JA-Zenchu, into a new organization. (Jiji Press)
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Gruesome details emerge about Shinjuku beating death broadcast live on Net

Japan Society News - June 9, 2014 - 05:46
On May 20 at approximately 6:20 p.m., emergency personnel were summoned to an apartment in the Lions Mansion Shinjuku building in Shinjuku Ward. (Tokyo Reporter)
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Asia's economic strategy beyond free trade agreements

Japan Economy News - June 9, 2014 - 05:41
The launch of negotiations on the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) (in APEC's backyard led by the United States) and (later) the Regional Comprehensive Economic Partnership (RCEP) (under the umbrella of ASEAN) is dominating thinking about regional integration. (East Asia Forum)
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Fire in shopping district near JR Okachimachi station in Tokyo

Japan Society News - June 9, 2014 - 05:40
A fire destroyed most of a three-story commercial building in the shopping area near JR Okachimachi station on Monday morning. (Japan Today)
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Japan's economy picks up pace

Japan Economy News - June 9, 2014 - 05:31
Japan's economy grew at a quicker pace than estimated in the first quarter, as business spending increased more than previously reported. (Sydney Morning Herald)
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Japanese TV makers bet on super-HD as World Cup looms

Japan Business News - June 8, 2014 - 23:13
With a hopeful eye on the approaching World Cup, Japan's embattled TV makers are hoping the key to their rescue can be found on the second floor of Bic Camera's downtown Tokyo outlet. (Japan Today)
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Elderly couple killed in Hokkaido farm accident

Japan Society News - June 8, 2014 - 23:11
A 75-year-old man and his 68-year-old wife were killed when a farm vehicle they were driving overturned on a slope in Yoichi on Sunday morning. (Japan Today)
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Idol's private moments caught on tape and used for a commercial

Japan Society News - June 8, 2014 - 23:09
Japanese TV has a tendency to be pretty ridiculous. This commercial starts with the feeling that maybe you shouldn't be watching it. Well-known idol Akari is the star of this particular leaked footage. (rocketnews24.com)
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Japan makes list of abductees allegedly held as hostages by N Korea

Japan Politics News - June 8, 2014 - 23:05
Japan has made a list of some 470 citizens who are believed to have been abducted by the North Korean security services and filed it to Pyongyang, Japan's Kyodo News Agency reported Sunday, citing Japan's Chief Cabinet Secretary Yoshihide Suga. (voiceofrussia.com)
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Victims remembered 6 years after Akihabara rampage

Japan Society News - June 8, 2014 - 10:55
Sunday marks the 6th anniversary of a rampage in Tokyo's Akihabara district that left 7 people dead and 10 others wounded. (NHK)
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SoftBank to follow NTT Docomo in offering flat-rate call service

Japan Business News - June 8, 2014 - 10:53
SoftBank Corp. said Saturday it will launch a flat-rate domestic call service on July 1 similar to the one introduced this month by rival NTT Docomo Inc. amid competition from inexpensive smartphone services. (Japan Times)
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Japan's soccer squad arrives in Brazil

Japan Sports News - June 8, 2014 - 10:48
Japan's football squad arrived in Brazil on Saturday, 5 days before the opening of the FIFA World Cup. (NHK)
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Prince Katsura, cousin of Emperor Akihito, dies at 66

Japan Society News - June 8, 2014 - 10:45
Prince Katsura, a cousin of Emperor Akihito, died of acute heart failure at a Tokyo hospital at 10:55 a.m. Sunday, the Imperial Household Agency said. He was 66. (Kyodo)
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66-year-old driver kicked to death by motorcyclist in Osaka

Japan Society News - June 8, 2014 - 00:44
Police are looking for a motorcyclist who kicked a 66-year-old man to death after an apparent dispute in Osaka's Yodogawa Ward early Saturday morning. (Japan Today)
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Japan media staffer released in China

Japan Politics News - June 8, 2014 - 00:41
A Chinese staffer at a Japanese newspaper has been released in China after spending about 3 weeks in detention. (NHK)
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Days over 30 C may triple by end of 21st century

Japan Sci-Tech News - June 8, 2014 - 00:38
The number of hot days with temperatures of 30 C or above could more than triple in Japan by the end of this century if climate change is left unaddressed, the Environment Ministry said. (The Japan News)
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Japan fails to include 640 kg of unused plutonium in report to IAEA

Japan Sci-Tech News - June 8, 2014 - 00:35
Japan has failed to include 640 kilograms of unused plutonium in its annual report to the International Atomic Energy Agency in 2012 and 2013 in what experts say is an inappropriate omission. (Kyodo)
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AKB48 popularity poll runs without a hitch

Japan Society News - June 8, 2014 - 00:33
Fans of Japanese girl group AKB48 have gathered for the results of a popularity poll amid tight security following a recent attack on two members. (NHK)
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Soccer: Japan beats Zambia in final World Cup warm-up

Japan Sports News - June 8, 2014 - 00:12
Japan's national football team has defeated Zambia 4-3 in its last warm-up match before the World Cup finals. (NHK)
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