Giant squid seen as an 'omen' by Japanese fisherman

Japan Sci-Tech News - February 20, 2014 - 23:07
An increase in the number of giant squid being caught along the Sea of Japan coast is leading fisherman to fear it may be some kind of omen. (independent.co.uk)
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Woman found dead in car spoke to police about boyfriend's abuse

Japan Society News - February 20, 2014 - 23:02
A 26-year-old woman who was found shot dead in a car in Gunma Prefecture on Wednesday consulted police last year after her former boyfriend allegedly assaulted her. (Japan Today)
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Man arrested for murdering wife, grandmother

Japan Society News - February 20, 2014 - 23:00
Police in Niigata City have arrested a 31-year-old man on suspicion of murdering his wife and his grandmother last November. (Japan Today)
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Bali boat captain held over Japan divers' accident

Japan Society News - February 20, 2014 - 22:50
Indonesian police have arrested the captain of a boat that took a group of Japanese divers on an ill-fated expedition off Bali in which at least one woman died, an official said on Thursday. (South China Morning Post)
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Record-high tainted water leak at Fukushima plant

Japan Sci-Tech News - February 20, 2014 - 22:45
The operator of the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear plant says 100 tons of water containing record high levels of radioactive substances overflowed from a storage tank. (NHK)
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PM's aide denies making comment in WSJ report

Japan Politics News - February 20, 2014 - 22:42
An advisor to Japan's prime minister has denied telling a US newspaper that a goal of Japan's economic policy is to build a strong military to stand up to China. (NHK)
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Fishermen worried about Fukushima leak

Japan Business News - February 20, 2014 - 22:41
Fishermen in northeastern Japan have voiced strong concerns about a new leak of highly radioactive water at the crippled Fukushima Daiichi nuclear plant. (NHK)
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Thermometer out of order at Fukushima No.2 reactor

Japan Sci-Tech News - February 20, 2014 - 22:39
The operator of the crippled Fukushima Daiichi nuclear plant says there is just one working thermometer monitoring the temperature of melted nuclear fuel in the plant's No.2 reactor. (NHK)
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Nagoya available as Internet top-level domain

Japan Sci-Tech News - February 20, 2014 - 22:37
The first geographical name-based top-level domain in Japan, ".nagoya" for the city of Nagoya, central Japan, has become available, GMO Registry Inc. said Thursday. (Jiji Press)
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Japan supermarkets scrambling to attract bulk buying before tax hike

Japan Business News - February 20, 2014 - 22:32
Major supermarkets operators in Japan are stepping up sales campaigns to meet last-minute bulk-purchase demand for daily necessities ahead of a consumption tax hike in April. (Jiji Press)
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Japan, U.S. suspend working-level session on TPP

Japan Economy News - February 20, 2014 - 22:30
Japan and the United States suspended their working-level session on the multilateral Trans-Pacific Partnership free trade drive on Thursday, failing to break the stalemate over tariffs on farm products. (Jiji Press)
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Japan ex-sumo wrestler arrested for 'fake marriage'

Japan Society News - February 20, 2014 - 22:26
Japanese police have arrested a sumo wrestler-turned-restaurateur for allegedly staging a sham marriage to a South Korean bar hostess 20 years his junior, officials and reports said Thursday. (New Straits Times)
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Kichijoji defendant denies intent to kill

Japan Society News - February 20, 2014 - 22:24
An 18-year-old Romanian has denied that he intended to kill a 22-year-old woman when he and a Japanese friend stabbed her during a robbery in February 2013. (The Japan News)
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Tokyo 2020 chairman blasts Japan figure skater Mao Asada

Japan Sports News - February 20, 2014 - 22:10
If you're the chair of the Olympic Organizing Committee for your country's 2020 summer hosting duties, you ought to refrain from blasting your nation's 2010 women's figure skating silver medalist and two-time World Champion. (cbssports.com)
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China aims for Nanjing's history to speak loudly on Japan

Japan Politics News - February 20, 2014 - 22:07
China pressed a propaganda campaign against Japan this week with a guided visit to the site of the 1937 Nanjing massacre, holding up proof to refute doubts by some in Japan about the extent of the atrocity or even that it happened at all. (Reuters)
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Land boom gives boost to REIT bonds

Japan Business News - February 20, 2014 - 22:05
The nation's real estate investment trusts are offering the most bonds since 2012 as Prime Minister Shinzo Abe's stimulus steps spark a property-market boom and cut costs for REITs to refinance. (Japan Times)
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Japan's Abe faces challenge to broaden recovery

Japan Economy News - February 20, 2014 - 22:02
Japan's prime minister Shinzo Abe has ticked off the easy items on his to-do list for economic revival. (AP)
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Universal Studios Japan operator to construct new theme parks

Japan Business News - February 20, 2014 - 21:59
Universal Studios Japan, a hugely popular Hollywood movie theme park here, is now so crimped for space its operator is looking to develop new sites domestically or abroad. (Asahi)
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