Ishin no To to expel member for skipping Diet vote

Japan Politics News - April 5, 2015 - 22:54
Opposition party Ishin no To (Japan Innovation Party) decided Saturday to expel a Lower House lawmaker who skipped a vote on the state budget to go dining that night and travel to Kyoto soon after, a senior member of the party said. (Japan Times)
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Former abductee calls for public support

Japan Politics News - April 5, 2015 - 22:51
A former Japanese abductee has called for continued public support to help the Japanese nationals abducted by North Korea to return home. (NHK)
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Sharp sounds out gov't-backed fund about investing in new spinoff

Japan Business News - April 5, 2015 - 22:49
Sharp Corp. plans to spin off its core small and medium-sized liquid crystal display panel business by having a government-backed fund invest around 100 billion yen in the new subsidiary by the end of next March, sources close to the matter said Sunday. (Kyodo)
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Suga, Onaga still apart over relocation

Japan Politics News - April 5, 2015 - 22:40
Okinawa Gov. Takeshi Onaga restated his opposition to the relocation of the U.S. Marine Corps' Futenma Air Station in Ginowan to the Henoko district of Nago in Okinawa Prefecture in a meeting with Chief Cabinet Secretary Yoshihide Suga on Sunday. (The Japan News)
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Tokyo cops arrest Russian male in slashing of Japanese woman

Japan Society News - April 4, 2015 - 23:07
Tokyo Metropolitan Police on Saturday arrested a 33-year-old Russian male for slashing a Japanese woman he lives with in Kunitachi City, reports Fuji News Network. (Tokyo Reporter)
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A life of tofu seller in a city

Japan Society News - April 4, 2015 - 22:59
One cold afternoon in January, an old man worked at the tofu store. His left arm was swollen up, affected with chilblains. When the customers ordered tofu, he used his left hand to scoop tofu from the deep container filled with water. Kuniichi Sakai, the second owner of Otaya-Tofu, has been running the shop for 50 years. (
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Woman arrested for attacking 6-year-old girl in Yokohama park

Japan Society News - April 4, 2015 - 22:55
Police in Yokohama said Saturday they have arrested a 37-year-old woman on suspicion of attacking a 6-year-old girl while she was playing in a park. (Japan Today)
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BOJ faces tough policy maneuvering

Japan Economy News - April 4, 2015 - 22:51
Japan's central bank is still faced with difficult policy maneuvering, two years after unleashing massive monetary easing measures. (NHK)
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Skywatchers enjoy total lunar eclipse

Japan Sci-Tech News - April 4, 2015 - 22:48
Star gazers across Japan got to enjoy seeing a total lunar eclipse. The celestial event occurs when the sun, Earth and the full moon line up, and the moon passes through Earth's shadow. (NHK)
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Japan Chief Cabinet Secretary Suga arrives in Okinawa

Japan Politics News - April 4, 2015 - 22:46
Japanese Chief Cabinet Secretary Yoshihide Suga arrived in Okinawa Prefecture Saturday on a two-day visit to the southern prefecture. (Jiji Press)
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