14 sickened by carbon monoxide at Aichi restaurant

Japan Society News - August 24, 2014 - 22:55
Fourteen people were taken to hospital after being sickened by carbon monoxide at a restaurant in Seto, Aichi Prefecture, police said Sunday. (Japan Today)
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22-year-old student killed in hit-and-run in Tokyo

Japan Society News - August 24, 2014 - 22:53
A 22-year-old postgraduate student was killed in a hit-and-run incident in Hachioji, Tokyo, police said Sunday. (Japan Today)
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Skylark on verge of getting green light to go public

Japan Business News - August 24, 2014 - 22:47
Skylark's application to list its shares is expected to be approved by the Tokyo Stock Exchange as early as this week, paving the way for the family restaurant operator to go public in late September at the soonest. (Nikkei)
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Golf: Ueda ends three-year title drought

Japan Sports News - August 24, 2014 - 22:32
Former money winner Momoko Ueda captured the CAT Ladies by a single shot to end a three-year drought on Sunday. (Japan Times)
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GSDF holds annual drills to protect remote islands

Japan Politics News - August 24, 2014 - 10:26
Japan's Ground Self-Defense Force has shown reporters its annual live-fire drills at the foot of Mt Fuji. (NHK)
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BOJ may keep easing in place for 'some time' to slay deflation: Kuroda

Japan Economy News - August 24, 2014 - 10:18
The Bank of Japan may have to pursue its aggressive monetary policy easing for "some time" to fully vanquish deflation, BOJ Gov. Haruhiko Kuroda said Saturday. (Japan Times)
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In culture shift, female engineers take the wheel in Japan

Japan Business News - August 24, 2014 - 01:47
Back when Chika Kako was a junior engineer for Toyota Motor Corp., she had to run the gantlet of cringe-worthy questions from her predominantly male cohorts. "Why aren't you married?" (autonews.com)
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Japan and India to sign 'two-plus-two' dialogue mechanism

Japan Politics News - August 24, 2014 - 01:40
According to the Japan Times, government sources indicated on Thursday that India and Japan are currently finishing negotiations to create a formal bilateral framework between their foreign and defense ministers, or a "two-plus-two" dialogue mechanism. (thediplomat.com)
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BOJ's Kuroda sees pickup in global growth, Japanese exports

Japan Economy News - August 24, 2014 - 01:38
The Bank of Japan is sticking to its expectation of an improving domestic economy and gradually rising inflation fueled by its current policies, despite growing skepticism among private analysts about the health of the recovery and the adequacy of the central bank's efforts. (Wall Street Journal)
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Former Japanese PM Naoto Kan urges Australia to wean world off uranium, focus on renewables

Japan Politics News - August 24, 2014 - 01:35
Japan's prime minister during the Fukushima disaster says Australia should be trying to wean other countries away from nuclear power, not increase exports of uranium. (abc.net.au)
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Man arrested for assaulting, robbing woman on street in Saitama

Japan Society News - August 24, 2014 - 01:30
Police in Saitama said Saturday they have arrested a 32-year-old man on suspicion of assaulting and robbing a 24-year-old woman as she walked home last week. (Japan Today)
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Pizza Hut in Japan is now run by four bossy felines in new adorable campaign

Japan Business News - August 24, 2014 - 01:27
In Japan, there's the phrase "neko no te mo karitai" (literally "want to borrow even a cat's hand"), meaning that you're so busy, you even want the cat to help. Well, Pizza Hut took this idiom to heart in its new campaign, hiring four rough-and-tumble cats to manage a franchise called Pizza Cat! (rocketnews24.com)
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3 Japanese freshmen killed in California crash

Japan Society News - August 24, 2014 - 01:09
Eight incoming freshman college students from Japan were riding in a small car that ran off a California freeway and hit a power pole, leaving three of them dead and five of them injured, officials said. (abcnews.go.com)
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Samba carnival in Asakusa

Japan Society News - August 24, 2014 - 01:01
Thousands of people danced to the sounds of Brazilian music at an annual samba carnival in Tokyo on Saturday. (NHK)
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Indonesia revokes beef import ban on Japan to diversify supply

Japan Business News - August 23, 2014 - 09:02
Indonesia has revoked a four-year ban on beef and cattle imports from Japan, in a move to reduce dependence on Australian shipments and diversify its supply sources, an official in the Southeast Asian nation's agriculture ministry said on Friday. (indiatimes.com)
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Cram school operator Yoyogi Seminar to shut majority of schools

Japan Education News - August 23, 2014 - 08:55
Yoyogi Seminar, one of the country's largest cram school operators, plans to close the majority of its schools for children preparing for university entrance examinations, possibly next spring, a school official said Saturday. (Kyodo)
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Steel beam falls at construction site, killing 2 workers

Japan Society News - August 23, 2014 - 08:53
Two workers were killed and one injured after they were hit by a large steel beam that fell on them at the construction site for an apartment complex in Tokyo's Edogawa Ward on Friday. (Japan Today)
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Retired NHK employees demand Momii's resignation from top slot

Japan Business News - August 23, 2014 - 00:34
More than 1,500 retired employees of Japan Broadcasting Corp. (NHK) have demanded the resignation of NHK President Katsuto Momii, saying he is not suitable for leading the public broadcaster. (Asahi)
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1,129 hospitalized for 'dangerous drug' effects

Japan Society News - August 23, 2014 - 00:28
The number of people in Tokyo who were transported to hospital by ambulance in comas or other conditions after inhaling "dangerous drugs" came to 1,129 over the past 5½ years, including two fatalities, it was learned on Friday. (The Japan News)
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Princess Noriko to marry son of Shinto shrine's chief priest on Oct 5

Japan Society News - August 23, 2014 - 00:14
The Imperial Household Agency has announced that Princess Noriko, 26, a daughter of Emperor Akihito's late cousin Prince Takamado, will marry Kunimaro Senge, 40, a son of the chief priest of the Izumo Taisha (Grand Shrine) in Shimane Prefecture, on Oct 5. (Japan Today)
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