Gifu woman held for cashing dead parents' pension for 50 years

Japan Society News - May 8, 2015 - 11:07
An 86-year-old Japanese woman who allegedly carried on cashing her parents' pension for half a century after they died has been arrested, police in Ena, Gifu Prefecture, said Friday. (Japan Today)
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Scientist: Hakone volcanic gas contains more CO2

Japan Sci-Tech News - May 8, 2015 - 10:50
A scientist says volcanic gas venting near Owakudani at Mount Hakone contains more carbon dioxide than before the latest seismic activities began. (NHK)
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Experts: Faults at Mihama reactor unlikely to move

Japan Sci-Tech News - May 8, 2015 - 10:42
A group of experts says faults under a nuclear reactor compound in Fukui Prefecture are unlikely to become active. (NHK)
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Tokyo stocks close up 0.45pc

Japan Economy News - May 8, 2015 - 10:20
Tokyo stocks rose 0.45 percent Friday after Wall Street rallied and the yen eased on hopes for a solid US jobs report, while Nintendo shares surged on better-than-expected earnings. (
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Toyota posts record group operating profit in FY 2014

Japan Business News - May 8, 2015 - 10:07
Toyota Motor Corp. said Friday its group operating profit for the business year to March 31 rose 20.0 percent year-on-year to a record 2.75 trillion yen ($22.93 billion), topping the previous all-time high of 2.29 trillion yen set the previous year, due in part to the yen's depreciation. (Kyodo)
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Ex-yakuza in Y100 million lottery fraud

Japan Society News - May 8, 2015 - 00:19
Tokyo Metropolitan Police on Thursday announced the arrest of an organized crime member for heading a fraud ring that sold lottery numbers, reports the Sankei Shimbun (May 7). (Tokyo Reporter)
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SoftBank to take 5% stake in Yamada Denki

Japan Business News - May 7, 2015 - 23:56
Yamada Denki will accept an investment from SoftBank, forming a partnership that will combine the big-box electronics retailer's sales network with the mobile carrier's technological strengths. (Nikkei)
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Nintendo still faces long road back to peak health

Japan Business News - May 7, 2015 - 23:54
Even as Nintendo moves to dramatically boost profit this fiscal year, its outlook for recovery is not all rosy as sales of 3DS handhelds falter. (Nikkei)
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100,000 dead fish found in Nagoya canal

Japan Society News - May 7, 2015 - 23:51
Nagoya government officials said Thursday that around 100,000 dead fish had been found in a canal between May 3 and May 6. (Japan Today)
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Japan to bid for Australian submarine project

Japan Politics News - May 7, 2015 - 23:46
The Japanese government will make a formal decision at a National Security Council meeting Wednesday to participate in the international race to win an Australian order for the construction of new submarines, sources said Thursday. (Japan Times)
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US to sell 17 Ospreys to Japan's SDF

Japan Politics News - May 7, 2015 - 23:44
The US government has decided to sell 17 Osprey transport aircraft to Japan's Self-Defense Forces for an estimated cost of 3 billion dollars. (NHK)
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Japanese astronaut Yui cleared for space mission

Japan Sci-Tech News - May 7, 2015 - 23:41
Japanese astronaut Kimiya Yui has passed the final test to head to the International Space Station on board Russia's Soyuz spacecraft later this month. (NHK)
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Diet panel begins debate on revising Constitution

Japan Politics News - May 7, 2015 - 10:45
A Diet panel created to discuss possible amendments to the Constitution has begun substantive deliberations on what topics it should focus on. (NHK)
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