People run up and down 785 steps of Konpira Shrine

Japan Society News - October 4, 2015 - 21:31
A unique running event was held on Sunday at Kagawa Prefecture's famous 785 steps of Konpira Shrine. (NHK)
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TPP talks enter final extension / Bio-drugs field still sticking point

Japan Economy News - October 4, 2015 - 21:25
Delegates from 12 countries taking part in talks over the Trans-Pacific Partnership free trade pact Saturday morning here decided to extend the talks for another day through Sunday, aiming to reach a broad agreement in three areas, including biopharmaceuticals. (The Japan News)
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Death row inmate Masaru Okunishi dies

Japan Society News - October 4, 2015 - 21:21
Masaru Okunishi, a death-row inmate who was seeking a retrial over a 1961 wine poisoning case, died at the Hachioji medical prison in western Tokyo on Sunday. (The Japan News)
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Shibuya Ward to begin accepting applications for 'same-sex partnership certificates'

Japan Society News - October 4, 2015 - 01:08
Tokyo's Shibuya Ward will start accepting applications later this month for certificates recognizing same-sex partnerships, and aims to issue the first such document in early November. (Asahi)
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Ex-Schindler employee arrested for deliberately stopping elevator

Japan Society News - October 4, 2015 - 01:01
Police arrested a former maintenance worker for Schindler Elevator KK on Saturday on suspicion of deliberately stopping one of the company's elevators near Tokyo and obstructing the company's business. (Japan Today)
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Japanese man shot dead in Bangladesh

Japan Politics News - October 4, 2015 - 00:57
Masked assailants riding a motorbike shot and killed a Japanese man in northern Bangladesh on Saturday, police said, the second foreigner in a week to be gunned down in the South Asian country. (Japan Today)
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Japan to overhaul Fujita scale on tornado intensity

Japan Sci-Tech News - October 4, 2015 - 00:44
The Japan Meteorological Agency has drafted a revised version of the Fujita scale, an international standard used to estimate the wind speeds of tornadoes from the extent of damage to property. (Jiji Press)
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Japan beats Samoa to keep quarterfinal hopes alive

Japan Sports News - October 4, 2015 - 00:39
Japan kept alive its chances of reaching the Rugby World Cup quarterfinals with a comprehensive 26-5 win against Samoa in their Pool B match on Saturday. (The Japan News)
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Kuroda's retreat from bonds stymied by expectations for more BOJ stimulus

Japan Economy News - October 2, 2015 - 23:39
With the economy weakening markedly, banks are flocking to longer-dated government debt on expectations the Bank of Japan will expand its stimulus program. That's creating fresh challenges for BOJ Gov. Haruhiko Kuroda, who's trying to get banks to buy fewer bonds and lend more. (Japan Times)
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Japan to test self-driving taxis on public roads next year

Japan Sci-Tech News - October 2, 2015 - 23:36
Self-driving taxis could become a common sight on the roads of Japan, as tests are being given the go-ahead for next year. (
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Japan's dental lobby desperate to hike prices set by government

Japan Politics News - October 2, 2015 - 23:34
The Japan Dental Federation's political donation scandal is a clear reminder, observers say, of lobbying by a group known for its persistent efforts to push up the prices of medical services. (Japan Times)
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Patient doing well one year after world's 1st iPS clinical trial

Japan Sci-Tech News - October 2, 2015 - 23:27
An eye disease patient is in good condition one year after she received the world's first transplant using iPS cells, a Japanese research team led by Riken said Friday. (Jiji Press)
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My Number system raises red flags ahead of notice release

Japan Politics News - October 2, 2015 - 23:24
Despite being trumpeted as ushering in a more efficient, egalitarian society, the government's controversial My Number system that starts with identification numbers being sent out to residents of Japan next week is raising serious qualms about invasion of privacy and leakage of personal information. (Japan Today)
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Japan makes concession in TPP auto talks

Japan Economy News - October 2, 2015 - 23:19
12 Pacific-rim nations are trying to break the logjam on the Trans-Pacific Partnership free-trade agreement. (NHK)
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Swallows land Central League title

Japan Sports News - October 2, 2015 - 23:08
The Tokyo Yakult Swallows wrapped up their first Central League title in 14 years with a 2-1 victory over the Hanshin Tigers in 11 innings on Friday night at Jingu Stadium. (The Japan News)
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Tokyo man admits to molesting dozens of women

Japan Society News - October 2, 2015 - 09:06
Tokyo Metropolitan Police on Thursday announced the arrest of a 30-year-old male company employee who admits to molesting dozens of women in the capital, reports NHK. (Tokyo Reporter)
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Man stabs 16-year-old boy in neck with umbrella

Japan Society News - October 2, 2015 - 09:03
Police in Chiba city are looking for a man who stabbed a 16-year-old boy in the neck with an umbrella. (Japan Today)
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Strong storm injures people, disrupts transportation in Japan

Japan Society News - October 2, 2015 - 08:57
A strong low-pressure storm with heavy winds and rains hit Japan from Thursday night to Friday, causing injuries, transportation disruptions, evacuations, blackouts and school closures mainly in the northernmost prefecture of Hokkaido. (Japan Today)
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Woman stabs 8-year-old son, then herself

Japan Society News - October 2, 2015 - 08:56
A 46-year-old woman stabbed her 8-year-old son and then herself in what police believe was a murder-suicide attempt at their house in Hino, Tokyo, on Friday morning. (Japan Today)
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Rare porpoises thriving near Kansai Airport

Japan Sci-Tech News - October 2, 2015 - 08:48
Rare finless porpoises seem to be breeding in waters off Kansai International Airport. (Asahi)
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