Tokyo court gives Aska suspended prison term

Japan Society News - September 12, 2014 - 06:05
The Tokyo District Court on Friday handed singer Aska a suspended three-year prison sentence on charges of possession and use of stimulant drugs, reports the Nikkei Shimbun (Sept. 12). (Tokyo Reporter)
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Starbucks to conquer final frontier in Japan: Tottori Prefecture

Japan Business News - September 11, 2014 - 23:16
Starbucks Coffee Japan plans to open a store in Tottori Prefecture, the sole remaining Japanese prefecture where the coffee shop operator still lacks a presence. (Nikkei)
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Soccer: Japan, Australia to meet before Asian Cup

Japan Sports News - September 11, 2014 - 23:14
Defending Asian Cup champion Japan will host 2011 runner-up Australia in an international friendly ahead of the 2015 event. (Japan Today)
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Canceled Tottori mascot makes controversial comeback in manga

Japan Society News - September 11, 2014 - 23:12
A Tottori mascot that was ditched by the city three days after its July debut due to its depressing appearance has made a surprising - if somewhat controversial - comeback. (Japan Times)
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Y360,000 stolen from 80 students at two Chiba high schools

Japan Education News - September 11, 2014 - 23:04
Police in Chiba are investigating a series of thefts at two high schools in which 80 students were robbed of a total of Y360,000. (Japan Today)
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Man dies after jumping from moving train

Japan Society News - September 11, 2014 - 22:58
A man died after he jumped from a moving train onto the tracks in Yokohama, police said Thursday. (Japan Today)
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42 months on, over 240,000 still living as evacuees

Japan Society News - September 11, 2014 - 22:53
Some 246,000 people are still living as evacuees three and a half years after eastern Japan was hit by a 9.0-magnitude earthquake and huge tsunami on March 11, 2011. (Jiji Press)
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Kuroda hints at additional BOJ easing to underpin economy

Japan Economy News - September 11, 2014 - 22:46
Prime Minister Shinzo Abe held talks with Bank of Japan Governor Haruhiko Kuroda on Thursday amid increasing signs of headwinds in the face of efforts to revive the country's economy, with the central bank chief saying he would not hesitate to additionally ease monetary policy. (Kyodo)
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Govt. releases interviews about nuclear accident

Japan Politics News - September 11, 2014 - 22:44
Japan's government has released transcripts of interviews about the accident at the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear plant. (NHK)
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Princess Kako leaves Gakushuin Univ.

Japan Education News - September 11, 2014 - 22:33
Princess Kako dropped out of Gakushuin University in Tokyo at the end of August in the hope of entering another university, it was learned Thursday. (The Japan News)
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Heavy rain hits Hokkaido

Japan Society News - September 11, 2014 - 22:28
A low-pressure system off the west of Hokkaido brought unusually heavy rain to northern and northeastern Japan on Thursday, leading the Japan Meteorological Agency to issue a special warning in the prefecture. (The Japan News)
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Asahi head apologizes, removes editor

Japan Society News - September 11, 2014 - 22:22
The Asahi Shimbun admitted that its May article on the so-called Yoshida file concerning the crisis at the Fukushima No. 1 nuclear power plant was incorrect and removed Nobuyuki Sugiura from the post of executive editor to take responsibility, the newspaper's President Tadakazu Kimura announced Thursday. (The Japan News)
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Upskirt photo scheme exposed, couple accused of blackmail

Japan Society News - September 11, 2014 - 10:25
A married couple have been arrested on suspicion of blackmailing a man who was baited into taking an upskirt photograph of the provocatively posed wife. (Asahi)
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Chibatman called in by police; receives their official approval

Japan Society News - September 11, 2014 - 10:21
A few weeks ago, a handful of motorists in Chiba Prefecture witnessed a sight few of us will ever be fortunate enough to see: a man dressed as Batman riding a customized trike, speeding down the expressway. (Japan Today)
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Nikkei rises to near 8-month high on weak yen

Japan Economy News - September 11, 2014 - 07:06
Japan's Nikkei share average rose to a near eight-month high on Thursday morning as the weak yen lifted sentiment ahead of a meeting later in the day between the central bank governor and prime minister fuelled expectations for additional easing. (
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Anti-mosquito products flying off shelves amid dengue outbreak

Japan Business News - September 11, 2014 - 07:03
The ongoing outbreak of dengue fever traced to Tokyo's Yoyogi Park is prompting consumers to snap up anti-mosquito skin sprays in a season when sales of the item usually decline, while a novel type of mosquito guard is also seeing a sudden surge in demand, industry sources say. (Japan Times)
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Salmon still affected by 3/11 disaster, dealing blow to Tohoku economy

Japan Business News - September 11, 2014 - 06:57
The salmon run in northeastern Japan this autumn will likely plummet by 40 percent compared with last year due to damage to hatcheries caused by the 2011 earthquake and tsunami disaster. (Asahi)
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Gang boss arrested over 1998 murder

Japan Society News - September 11, 2014 - 06:04
Japanese police on Thursday arrested the leader of an influential "yakuza" crime syndicate for involvement in the murder of a former fisheries cooperative chief 16 years ago. (NHK)
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Putin meets former Japanese Prime Minister Mori, gets Abe's letter

Japan Politics News - September 11, 2014 - 02:35
Former Japanese Prime Minister Yoshiro Mori held talks with Russian President Vladimir Putin and handed him a letter from Prime Minister Shinzo Abe on Wednesday. (Kyodo)
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Chinese ships temporarily enter Japanese waters

Japan Politics News - September 11, 2014 - 02:33
Four Chinese Coast Guard ships temporarily intruded into Japan's territorial waters off the Senkaku Islands in the East China Sea on Wednesday. (NHK)
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