18-year-old man arrested for killing flatmate

Japan Society News - February 22, 2015 - 22:50
Police in Funabashi, Chiba Prefecture, on Sunday arrested an 18-year-old man on suspicion of fatally stabbing his 23-year-old flatmate. (Japan Today)
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Vast majority in Japan haven't felt improvement in economy

Japan Economy News - February 22, 2015 - 22:48
The recovery in Japan's economy has yet to reach the public, according to Nikkei Inc.'s latest opinion poll, with 81% of respondents saying they have not sensed any tangible improvement. (Nikkei)
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Crown Prince turns 55, calls for accounts of history to be passed down correctly

Japan Society News - February 22, 2015 - 22:44
Crown Prince Naruhito, on the occasion of his 55th birthday on Monday and ahead of the 70th anniversary of the end of World War II later this year, called for accounts of history to be handed down correctly. (Japan Times)
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Asahi deliveryman threatens NTV announcer over 'dirty legs' and 'sexy clothes'

Japan Society News - February 22, 2015 - 22:42
Tokyo Metropolitan Police on Sunday arrested an Asahi Shimbun newspaper deliveryman for allegedly threatening to kill a female announcer of Nippon Television over her choice of clothing, reports the Sankei Shimbun (Feb. 22). (Tokyo Reporter)
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Sled dog racing begins in Wakkanai

Japan Sports News - February 22, 2015 - 22:28
Dozens of hardworking sled dogs are battling it out in an annual competition in Wakkanai City in Japan's northernmost prefecture of Hokkaido. (NHK)
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Protest against US base relocation plan

Japan Politics News - February 22, 2015 - 22:26
Thousands of people rallied in Japan's southern Okinawa Prefecture against a plan to construct a US base in a coastal area. (NHK)
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Tokyo Marathon ends safely in tight security

Japan Sports News - February 22, 2015 - 22:18
The Tokyo Marathon on Sunday ended with no major trouble amid tight security that included police officers who ran along with participants. (Jiji Press)
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Radioactivity alarm rings at TEPCO Fukushima plant

Japan Sci-Tech News - February 22, 2015 - 22:16
Japan's Nuclear Regulation Authority said Sunday that an alarm went off at Tokyo Electric Power Co.'s <9501> Fukushima No. 1 nuclear plant that signaled high radioactivity levels in drainage ditches. (Jiji Press)
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S. Korea protests Japanese isle ceremony as 'provocation'

Japan Politics News - February 22, 2015 - 22:12
South Korea on Sunday protested the Japanese government's sending of a high-level official to represent it at an annual ceremony held in western Japan to press Tokyo's claim to a pair of South Korean-controlled islets, issuing a statement condemning the move as a "provocation" and calling it "extremely deplorable." (Kyodo)
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'Takeshima Day' ceremony held, attended by central gov't rep

Japan Politics News - February 22, 2015 - 22:09
A central government representative pledged efforts to find a peaceful solution to a dispute with Seoul over a group of South Korean-administered islets as the Shimane prefectural government held its 10th annual "Takeshima Day" ceremony on Sunday. (Kyodo)
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Bug repellent advertising 'misleading'

Japan Business News - February 22, 2015 - 00:35
The Consumer Affairs Agency has ordered Earth Chemical Co. and three other companies to stop misleading advertising and other representations about some of their insect repellents. (The Japan News)
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Another Japanese national temporarily held by Kurds in northern Iraq

Japan Politics News - February 22, 2015 - 00:32
Japan's Foreign Ministry said Saturday another Japanese national has been temporarily detained as a suspicious person by authorities in the Kurdish autonomous zone in northern Iraq earlier this month. (Kyodo)
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Nissan executive known as 'father of the Z' dies at 105

Japan Business News - February 22, 2015 - 00:23
Yutaka Katayama, a former president of Nissan Motor Co.'s U.S. unit who built the Z sports car into a powerful global brand in the 1970s, has died, his son said Saturday. He was 105. (Japan Today)
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Abe defends playing golf during hostage crisis

Japan Politics News - February 22, 2015 - 00:22
Prime Minister Shinzo Abe responded to criticism in the Diet on Friday about his playing golf and attending concerts in late December after he had been informed that two Japanese were being held hostage by Islamic State extremists. (Japan Today)
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Tokyo cops arrest man for pimping teen runaway to Saitama sex service

Japan Society News - February 22, 2015 - 00:19
Tokyo Metropolitan Police on Friday arrested a man living in Mizuho for providing a teenage girl to an out-call sex service in Saitama Prefecture, reports the Yomiuri Shimbun (Feb. 11). (Tokyo Reporter)
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Japan's 1st mass-produced drone takes maiden flight

Japan Sci-Tech News - February 22, 2015 - 00:18
The nation's first mass-produced drone underwent a test flight here Feb. 20 ahead of work assisting cleanup crews near the stricken Fukushima No. 1 nuclear power plant. (Asahi)
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Kanagawa police make largest 'dangerous drugs' bust in Saitama

Japan Society News - February 22, 2015 - 00:14
As a part of an ongoing investigation into drugs smuggled from China, Kanagawa Prefectural Police on Friday arrested the leader of a huge producer of a highly specialized stimulant, reports the Sankei Shimbun (Feb. 20). (Tokyo Reporter)
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U.S. will fine Takata $14,000/day for resisting air bag probe

Japan Business News - February 21, 2015 - 04:55
U.S. regulators said they're fining Takata Corp. to help speed government efforts to solve the mystery of why millions of air bags in passenger cars may be at risk of exploding. (Bloomberg)
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Police probe murder of male youth found near Kawasaki river

Japan Society News - February 21, 2015 - 04:53
A murder investigation is underway after the body of a male age 10 to 19 was found by a river in Kawasaki, police said Saturday. (Japan Times)
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Chinese scrambling to buy shower toilet seats in Japan

Japan Business News - February 21, 2015 - 00:07
Japan has become a popular place for Chinese people to spend their week-long Lunar New Year holidays partly thanks to a weak yen, with newspapers here running articles on the shopping spree of Chinese tourists in Japan. (The Japan News)
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