79-year-old man arrested over wife's murder

Japan Society News - June 6, 2015 - 23:32
Police in Saitama City have arrested a 79-year-old man on suspicion of strangling to death his 75-year-old wife. (Japan Today)
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Yokota family urges Tokyo to do more for abductees

Japan Politics News - June 6, 2015 - 23:30
Parents of a Japanese woman abducted by agents for North Korea nearly 40 years ago have called on leaders in Tokyo to do more to bring their daughter and other victims home. (NHK)
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Abe tells Ukraine leader Japan will work for peace

Japan Politics News - June 6, 2015 - 23:29
Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe has told Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko that Japan will actively contribute to help Ukraine resolve its conflict. (NHK)
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Japan, China finance heads meet

Japan Economy News - June 6, 2015 - 23:25
Japan and China agreed to push for infrastructure development in Asia during a bilateral finance dialogue in Beijing on Saturday. (The Japan News)
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2 arrested over bomb threats to Machida high school

Japan Society News - June 6, 2015 - 09:56
Police said Saturday they have arrested a 54-year-old woman and a 17-year-old boy over apparently unrelated bomb threats against Machida Technical High School in Tokyo in the past week. (Japan Today)
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Gov't may delay linking pension data to My Number system

Japan Politics News - June 6, 2015 - 01:51
The government is likely to delay using pension data with the My Number system following a massive data leak involving the Japan Pension Service last week in which staff computers were improperly accessed by an external email virus, allowing the leak of some 1.25 million cases of personal data. (Japan Today)
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4 women jailed for beating acquaintance to death

Japan Society News - June 6, 2015 - 01:47
The Tokyo District Court on Friday sentenced four women to prison for beating to death another woman at her apartment in Shinjuku Ward in May 2014. (Japan Today)
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Japan's key economic index up in April

Japan Economy News - June 6, 2015 - 01:45
A key index of Japan's economic health rose in April for the first time in 3 months. (NHK)
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Crown Prince, Princess may visit Tonga in July

Japan Society News - June 6, 2015 - 01:43
Japan's Crown Prince Naruhito and Crown Princess Masako will likely visit the South Pacific nation of Tonga in July to attend the coronation of King Tupou VI. (NHK)
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Japan birthrate down to 1.42, 1st fall in 9 years

Japan Society News - June 6, 2015 - 01:41
Japan's total fertility rate fell 0.01 point from the previous year to 1.42 in 2014, down for the first time in nine years, with the number of births hitting a record low, the health ministry said in a report Friday. (Jiji Press)
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Japan to hold 2016 G-7 Summit in Shima

Japan Politics News - June 6, 2015 - 01:39
Japan will hold the 2016 summit of the Group of Seven major countries in Shima in Mie Prefecture, western Japan, Prime Minister Shinzo Abe said Friday. (Jiji Press)
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Tokyo stocks slip 0.13% on US-Greece fears

Japan Economy News - June 5, 2015 - 09:28
Tokyo stocks slipped 0.13 per cent by the close as concerns over the US economy and debt-ridden Greece dragged the market into negative territory. (tradingroom.com.au)
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JR Tokai lets U.S. governor take joy ride on maglev train

Japan Business News - June 5, 2015 - 09:27
Maryland Governor Larry Hogan took a 505-kph train ride on June 4 as Central Japan Railway Co. (JR Tokai) continued its pitch to construct a magnetic-levitation line connecting Washington and Baltimore. (Asahi)
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Monk arrested in murder of nail artist in Matsuyama

Japan Society News - June 5, 2015 - 09:25
Ehime Prefectural Police on Thursday night arrested an acquaintance of a 37-year-old woman found stabbed to death in Matsuyama City last year, reports the Yomiuri Shimbun (June 5). (Tokyo Reporter)
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Japan on alert as deadly MERS spreads in South Korea

Japan Sci-Tech News - June 5, 2015 - 09:22
Japan started monitoring travelers from South Korea more closely Thursday to keep the regional outbreak of Middle East Respiratory Syndrome at bay, while businesses began taking precautions. (Japan Times)
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Japan to introduce mandatory English test for junior highs

Japan Education News - June 5, 2015 - 09:14
The Japanese education ministry said Friday it will newly introduce a mandatory English proficiency test for junior high school students nationwide in 2019 as part a new plan to improve English skills of junior high and high school students. (Jiji Press)
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Ex-lower house speaker Machimura's funeral held in Tokyo

Japan Politics News - June 5, 2015 - 08:39
Some 1,800 people attended a funeral for former House of Representatives Speaker Nobutaka Machimura held in central Tokyo Friday. (Jiji Press)
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