Man beaten while walking on Tokyo street

Japan Society News - June 4, 2015 - 09:08
Police in Tokyo said Thursday they are looking for a man who attacked a 63-year-old man with a metal pipe as he was walking along a street in Minato Ward. (Japan Today)
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Shinjuku company busted for illegal sale of AKB40 photos

Japan Society News - June 4, 2015 - 09:06
Tokyo Metropolitan Police on Thursday announced the bust of a production and sales company based in Shinjuku Ward on charges of copyright infringement for the sale of photos of idol groups, reports the Sankei Shimbun (June 4). (Tokyo Reporter)
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Lower house OKs bill to lower voting age to 18 next year

Japan Politics News - June 4, 2015 - 06:15
Japan's lower house unanimously approved Thursday a bill to lower the voting age for national elections to 18 from the current 20, in a step towards first such amendment to the electoral law in 70 years. (Kyodo)
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Japanese people aren't happy with their looks, ranked world's lowest in self-confidence

Japan Society News - June 3, 2015 - 23:49
One of the first things you notice when you come to Japan is how great everybody looks. The guys all know how to wear a suit, and the ladies dress conservatively and stylishly. (
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Rakuten to raise 200 billion yen via public stock offering

Japan Business News - June 3, 2015 - 23:46
Rakuten plans to procure about 200 billion yen ($1.6 billion) through a public offering of new shares, aiming to bolster its war chest for mergers and acquisitions and other strategic investment. (Nikkei)
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Magnitude-5 temblor rocks Hokkaido; no tsunami warning

Japan Sci-Tech News - June 3, 2015 - 23:40
An earthquake with a preliminary magnitude of 5 struck Hokkaido early Thursday morning, the Meteorological Agency said, adding that it poses no tsunami risk. (Japan Times)
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Man arrested for trying to kill convenience store employee

Japan Society News - June 3, 2015 - 23:39
Police in Nagano have arrested an unemployed 36-year-old man on suspicion of attempted murder after he attacked a convenience store employee with a knife on Wednesday morning. (Japan Today)
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Okinawan man arrested for threatening to detonate bomb at Haneda airport

Japan Society News - June 3, 2015 - 23:37
Police in Tokyo said Wednesday that a 39-year-old Okinawan man has been arrested for posting a message on Twitter in which he threatened to detonate a bomb at Haneda airport in Tokyo. (Japan Today)
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Philippine president visits Japan amid growing concerns over China's maritime activity

Japan Politics News - June 3, 2015 - 14:11
The Philippine president is on his sixth visit to Japan in less than five years, signaling his country's deepening ties with Tokyo amid increasing concerns by both sides about China's assertiveness in regional seas. (
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McDonald's Japan to allow children to cook burgers in its kitchens

Japan Business News - June 3, 2015 - 14:08
Money-losing McDonald's Japan said Wednesday it will try to regain customer confidence in their products by allowing children and their parents to cook burgers in its kitchens under the instruction of its staff. (Japan Times)
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Japan beefs up measures in bid to pre-empt arrival of deadly MERS virus

Japan Politics News - June 3, 2015 - 14:00
The central government is strengthening measures to minimize any potential impact from the Middle East Respiratory Syndrome (MERS) within its borders, amid an outbreak in neighboring South Korea that had claimed the lives of at least two people as of Wednesday. (Japan Times)
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School meeting to mark Mt. Fugen eruption

Japan Education News - June 3, 2015 - 13:56
An elementary school in a town near Mount Fugen in southwestern Japan has held an event to mark the 24th anniversary of the volcano's deadly eruption. (NHK)
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2 near misses coincide at Naha Airport

Japan Society News - June 3, 2015 - 13:52
Two dangerous incidents have taken place almost at the same time at Naha Airport in Okinawa. They involved a Self-Defense Force helicopter and passenger jets. None of the passengers and crewmembers on board was injured. (NHK)
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New arrest warrant for drone suspect

Japan Society News - June 3, 2015 - 10:10
Japanese police have served a new arrest warrant to a man suspected of sending a drone to the prime minister's office in Tokyo. (NHK)
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Tokyo stocks fall on profit-taking

Japan Economy News - June 3, 2015 - 10:06
Stocks lost further ground on the Tokyo Stock Exchange Wednesday, pressured by profit-taking after the recent rises. (Japan Times)
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Elderly women get suspicious calls possibly linked to pension info hack; inquiries top 158,000

Japan Society News - June 3, 2015 - 07:46
Metropolitan Police Department said they confirmed two cases of suspicious calls made to elderly women in Tokyo Tuesday predending to be an official of the Japan Pension Service, according to media reports. (Japan Times)
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Uno Kanda speaks about being robbed by her babysitter

Japan Society News - June 3, 2015 - 07:44
Fashion designer and TV "talent" Uno Kanda showed off her new collection of wedding dresses in Tokyo this week, but after the show, the only thing the media were interested in was a highly publicized incident last year in which her former babysitter stole 30 million yen worth of brand-name goods and jewelry. (Japan Today)
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Tennis: Tsonga ousts Nishikori from French Open in semis

Japan Sports News - June 3, 2015 - 07:43
Kei Nishikori rallied from two sets down against Jo-Wilfried Tsonga, but his bid to become the first Japanese man to reach the semifinals of the French Open in 82 years fell just short of the mark. (Asahi)
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Humble 1-yen coin turns 60

Japan Economy News - June 3, 2015 - 07:35
Japan's smallest unit of currency, the one-yen coin that buys nothing, has now been in circulation for 60 years. (Asahi)
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