Sumo: Terunofuji holds off Ikioi to stay unbeaten

Japan Sports News - July 13, 2015 - 13:01
Terunofuji rolled to his second win as ozeki with victory over third-ranked maegashira Ikioi at the Nagoya Grand Sumo Tournament on Monday. (Japan Times)
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Electronics makers feed growing appetite for high-end rice cookers

Japan Business News - July 13, 2015 - 12:59
Consumer electronics companies are pitching the latest in luxury rice cookers, devices that feature special materials that replicate traditional furnace cooking to provide the ultimate in taste. (Asahi)
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Chiba geisha's self-published book on her disappearing profession a sellout

Japan Education News - July 13, 2015 - 12:58
Despite being self-published, a book passing down the history and traditions of the last of the prefecture's geisha that remain here has sold out all 500 copies in only a month. (Asahi)
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After cleanup, Tokyo to temporarily lift head-dunking ban at beach

Japan Society News - July 13, 2015 - 12:56
Long considered cesspools with enough water pollution to cause serious health problems, beaches in central Tokyo are being restored partly through the cleanup efforts of nonprofit organizations. (Asahi)
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Man fatally stabbed on street in Aichi

Japan Society News - July 13, 2015 - 12:54
A 65-year-old man was found collapsed and bleeding on a roadside in Nisshin City, Aichi Prefecture, on Sunday night. (Japan Today)
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Girl sent to medical reformatory over murder of classmate in Sasebo

Japan Society News - July 13, 2015 - 12:46
The Nagasaki Family Court decided Monday to send a 16-year-old girl who killed a female classmate in Sasebo, Nagasaki Prefecture last year, to a juvenile medical reformatory, judging that criminally punishing her would make things worse. (Kyodo)
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Failing on inflation, Japan fudges the numbers

Japan Economy News - July 13, 2015 - 12:43
As Bank of Japan Gov. Haruhiko Kuroda fails to get much traction in his bid to revitalize his country's economy, he should spare a thought for the man who warned him this would happen: his predecessor. (
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Nikkei retakes 20,000 on receding Greece bailout worries

Japan Economy News - July 13, 2015 - 12:41
The benchmark Nikkei average rallied and retook 20,000 on the Tokyo Stocks Exchange on Monday, with investor wariness somewhat eased over the Greek debt crisis and Chinese stocks. (The Japan News)
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Osaka cops: Woman stabbed to death by boyfriend

Japan Society News - July 13, 2015 - 05:51
Osaka Prefectural Police on Sunday arrested the 24-year-old boyfriend of a woman found stabbed to death in Chuo Ward, reports the Sankei Shimbun (July 12). (Tokyo Reporter)
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Cancer claims Nintendo CEO Satoru Iwata at 55

Japan Business News - July 13, 2015 - 05:50
Nintendo said Monday that its chief executive, Satoru Iwata, has died of bile duct cancer at the age of 55, several months after he abandoned the Japanese videogame giant's consoles-only policy. (Japan Times)
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Tokyo to get two new subway lines amid redevelopment boom

Japan Business News - July 12, 2015 - 23:19
The Tokyo Metropolitan Government has announced plans to construct two new subway lines in line with the city's development after the 2020 Summer Olympics. (Japan Today)
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8K TV showcased in Milan

Japan Sci-Tech News - July 12, 2015 - 22:29
Visitors to a special event in Milan have had an opportunity to see the latest in broadcast television technology -- 8K ultra high-definition. (NHK)
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Kamakura summer spectacular

Japan Society News - July 12, 2015 - 22:22
People in the seaside city of Kamakura, south of Tokyo, have enjoyed a unique nighttime parade of portable shrines covered in traditional paper lanterns. (NHK)
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Japan seeks to end wartime copyright extensions under TPP

Japan Economy News - July 12, 2015 - 22:20
The Japanese government is seeking to abolish wartime copyright extensions in negotiations on the protection of intellectual property rights as part of Trans-Pacific Partnership multilateral free trade talks. (Jiji Press)
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Teacher forces 96 students to kneel for 20 minutes as punishment for being late

Japan Education News - July 12, 2015 - 01:03
A Tokyo school teacher made 96 high school students kneel for 20 minutes in the plaza outside the Tokyo Metropolitan Government building in May, officials said Saturday. (Japan Today)
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Abe visits temporary medical clinic in Miyagi

Japan Politics News - July 12, 2015 - 00:52
Prime Minister Shinzo Abe has revisited areas hit by the March 2011 earthquake and tsunami and pledged to support survivors with increased healthcare. (NHK)
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New subway lines eyed for Tokyo

Japan Business News - July 12, 2015 - 00:50
The Tokyo metropolitan government has announced plans to construct two subway lines directly linking central Tokyo and two developing destinations - the Rinkai waterfront area, where major development is under way ahead of the 2020 Tokyo Olympics and Paralympics, and Shinagawa Station, the future terminal station of the Linear Chuo Shinkansen. (The Japan News)
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WAZA reinstates Japan body's membership

Japan Sci-Tech News - July 11, 2015 - 00:14
The World Association of Zoos and Aquariums, or WAZA, has restored the membership of Japan's governing body. (NHK)
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Japan's pension fund posts record profit for 2014

Japan Business News - July 11, 2015 - 00:12
A giant Japanese pension fund posted its highest revenue in more than a decade in fiscal 2014, reflecting the robust Japanese stock market. (NHK)
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Japan panel calls for tougher penalties for sex crimes

Japan Society News - July 11, 2015 - 00:10
A Japanese Justice Ministry panel has drafted a report calling for toughening penalties for sex crimes and allowing prosecutions for them with or without petitions from victims, it was learned on Friday. (Jiji Press)
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