Japanese ballerinas snag gold, silver at U.S. competition

Japan Sports News - June 28, 2014 - 05:12
Japanese ballerinas Shiori Kase and Tamako Miyazaki grabbed the top two prizes Friday in the senior female division of an international ballet competition in Jackson, Mississippi. (Kyodo)
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Japan wades carefully into opening ports to North Korean ships

Japan Politics News - June 28, 2014 - 00:55
The government will only partially lift a ban on North Korean ships entering Japan but may expand the privilege depending on the progress of a new probe by Pyongyang into the whereabouts of kidnapped Japanese. (Nikkei)
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RIMPAC naval exercise begins off Hawaii, involving Japan, China

Japan Politics News - June 28, 2014 - 00:52
A U.S.-led international naval exercise called RIMPAC started in waters off Hawaii on Thursday, involving mainly Pacific-rim nations including Japan and China. (Jiji Press)
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QR code inventor wins European award / Masahiro Hara

Japan Sci-Tech News - June 28, 2014 - 00:48
The European Patent Office on June 17 awarded Masahiro Hara of Denso Corp. and his team the Popular Prize of the European Inventor Award 2014 for developing the QR code, which shows Internet addresses when read by smartphones and other devices. (The Japan News)
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Animator Miyazaki among 271 invited to Academy

Japan Society News - June 28, 2014 - 00:47
The U.S. Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences said Thursday it has invited 271 artists and executives, including animator Hayao Miyazaki, to join the organization. (The Japan News)
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IOC panel chief backs review of Tokyo Olympic venues

Japan Sports News - June 28, 2014 - 00:38
The chief of an International Olympic Committee panel expressed understanding on Friday about Tokyo's intention to change the original plans for some of the venues to be used for the 2020 Olympic and Paralympic Games. (Jiji Press)
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Work-related mental illness claims rise to record high in FY 2013

Japan Economy News - June 28, 2014 - 00:33
The number of people in Japan who claimed workers' compensation for work-related depression or other mental illness rose to a record 1,409 in the past year to March, according to data released by the labor ministry Friday. (Kyodo)
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Daichi-2 satellite sends first batch of images

Japan Sci-Tech News - June 27, 2014 - 14:03
Japan's space agency JAXA has released the first batch of images from a land observation satellite that was launched in May. (NHK)
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Wild boar attacks cameraman in Japan

Japan Society News - June 27, 2014 - 13:55
A wild boar has been filmed terrorising a Japanese neighbourhood and attacking a television cameraman. (Sydney Morning Herald)
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Inventor Nakamatsu reveals he has terminal cancer

Japan Society News - June 27, 2014 - 13:45
Eccentric inventor Yoshiro Nakamatsu, popularly known as Dr. NakaMats, has revealed that he has terminal cancer and is expected to live a year and a half. (Japan Times)
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420 Sony workers to take early retirement

Japan Business News - June 27, 2014 - 13:42
Officials at Japanese electronics company Sony say nearly 40 percent of employees in its PC business will take early retirement. (NHK)
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Japan's land minister meets Chinese vice premier

Japan Politics News - June 27, 2014 - 13:40
Japan's land minister Akihiro Ota has met Chinese Vice Premier Liu Yandong in Beijing. (NHK)
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Fukushima police inspector commits suicide after bullying by supervisor

Japan Society News - June 27, 2014 - 08:18
A police inspector killed himself in April partly because of the harassment of a superior who routinely abused his power, Fukushima prefectural police said. (Asahi)
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Aichi cops bust uncensored porn ring, seize 64,000 DVDs

Japan Society News - June 27, 2014 - 08:14
Aichi Prefectural Police on Friday announced the bust of an Internet mail order business in Kita Ward that sold illegal pornographic DVDs by mail order, reports Nippon Television Network (June 27). (Tokyo Reporter)
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Foreign investors buying more Japanese shares

Japan Economy News - June 27, 2014 - 08:10
Foreign investors are buying more Japanese stocks and pushing prices higher. (NHK)
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Nikkei falls to 1 1/2-week low on U.S. growth concerns

Japan Economy News - June 27, 2014 - 08:09
Japan's Nikkei share average fell to its lowest in 1-1/2 weeks on Friday as investors took profits, while overall sentiment suffered from brewing concerns over a weak U.S. economy and the yen's strength. (Reuters)
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