Police: US Marine admits contact with motorcycle

Japan Society News - December 10, 2014 - 22:42
Japanese police strongly suspect a senior US Marine officer may have left the scene after the officer's car came in contact with a motorcycle in the southern prefecture of Okinawa. In the suspected hit-and-run incident last week a man on the motorcycle was found unconscious. (NHK)
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3 Japanese scientists receive Nobel medals at ceremony

Japan Sci-Tech News - December 10, 2014 - 22:37
Three Japanese-born inventors of blue light-emitting diode were among the laureates honored at the 2014 Nobel Prize award ceremony, held at Stockholm Concert Hall on Wednesday. (Jiji Press)
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Cockroach fears prompt Japan frozen food recall

Japan Business News - December 10, 2014 - 11:43
Hundreds of thousands of frozen pasta meals were being recalled in Japan on Wednesday after a cockroach was found inside a packet. (bangkokpost.com)
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Sony says 'The Interview' will not be shown in Japan

Japan Business News - December 10, 2014 - 11:41
Sony Corp. said Wednesday it has no plans to release "The Interview" in Japan, a controversial comedy about a plot to assassinate North Korean leader Kim Jong Un. (Japan Times)
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Japanese company creates creepy hugging chair for the lonely

Japan Business News - December 10, 2014 - 11:39
Nothing compares to the warm hug of a real person, but when there's no one else around, this nifty little Japanese invention can do the job quite well. It's called the 'tranquility chair' - its back is shaped like a giant human doll with a friendly face and long arms that can wrap around you in an affectionate embrace. (odditycentral.com)
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Japanese company creates creepy hugging chair for the lonely

Japan Sci-Tech News - December 10, 2014 - 11:39
Nothing compares to the warm hug of a real person, but when there's no one else around, this nifty little Japanese invention can do the job quite well. It's called the 'tranquility chair' - its back is shaped like a giant human doll with a friendly face and long arms that can wrap around you in an affectionate embrace. (odditycentral.com)
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Rugby: Japan smoker free to play

Japan Sports News - December 10, 2014 - 11:36
Christian Loamanu, who tested positive for cannabis five years ago, has had his indefinite ban for playing rugby in Japan lifted. (iafrica.com)
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'Black widow' charged in Japan over death of husband

Japan Society News - December 10, 2014 - 11:31
A Japanese woman linked to the death of six of her partners including four husbands was charged Wednesday (Dec 10) with the killing of her 75-year-old most recent spouse, local media said. (channelnewsasia.com)
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Japan secrecy law takes effect amid protests

Japan Politics News - December 10, 2014 - 07:33
A strict new state-secrets law that critics charge will help conceal government misdeeds and limit press freedom has taken effect in Japan. (aljazeera.com)
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Police arrest man for brandishing knife at Docomo HQ in Tokyo

Japan Society News - December 10, 2014 - 07:29
Police in Tokyo have arrested a 65-year-old man after he brandished a kitchen knife at staff at the NTT Docomo headquarters located in Chiyoda Ward on Tuesday. (Japan Today)
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Japan's persisting gender gap leaves many single moms in poverty

Japan Economy News - December 10, 2014 - 07:28
Yuka Suzuki, 47, has virtually no savings, earns about half the average national wage and cannot see where the money will come from to retire one day. (Japan Times)
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Tokyo stocks close down 2.25pc

Japan Economy News - December 10, 2014 - 07:25
Tokyo shares closed down 2.25 percent on Wednesday following a sell-off across global markets, while a stronger yen pressured exporters. (brecorder.com)
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Skymark plans to request support from ANA

Japan Business News - December 10, 2014 - 03:33
Struggling Skymark Airlines Inc. is planning to seek assistance from All Nippon Airways Co. in the form of code-sharing and other tie-ups, sources familiar with the matter said Tuesday. (Kyodo)
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Fitch puts Japan credit rating under negative watch

Japan Economy News - December 10, 2014 - 03:32
Fitch Ratings said Tuesday that it has placed its A plus sovereign credit rating on Japan under negative watch for a potential downgrade, citing the country's delay in a consumption tax rate hike. (Jiji Press)
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Sendai mom, 31, admits suffocating baby girl, is arrested

Japan Society News - December 10, 2014 - 00:33
Miyagi Prefecture Police said they arrested a 31-year-old woman from Aoba Ward, Sendai, on Tuesday on suspicion of killing her 4-month-old daughter. (Japan Times)
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Deregulation to halve cost of hydrogen stations

Japan Business News - December 10, 2014 - 00:31
A flurry of deregulation will help cut the cost of building hydrogen stations in Japan by half, prompting many companies to offer fuel for fuel cell vehicles. Seven-Eleven Japan, for one, is moving to open convenience stores annexed to such filling stations. (Nikkei)
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Residents complain over noise at day care centers in Tokyo

Japan Education News - December 10, 2014 - 00:29
Efforts to eliminate the number of children on a waiting list to enroll in day care centers in central Tokyo have been met with complaints from local residents who find children too noisy. (The Japan News)
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Obuchi makes 'apology tour' / Speaking 40 times a day

Japan Politics News - December 10, 2014 - 00:26
Yuko Obuchi, a candidate of the ruling Liberal Democratic Party in the upcoming House of Representatives election, bowed deeply and did not raise her head for a while. (The Japan News)
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Japan's stalking crisis

Japan Society News - December 10, 2014 - 00:24
Stalkers are terrorising more and more women across the country, with 21,000 cases reported to police in 2013. (aljazeera.com)
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Needle found in fish at Sapporo supermarket; 13th case at same store

Japan Society News - December 10, 2014 - 00:15
A needle was found in sandfish at a Daiei supermarket in Sapporo, the 13th such case in the same store since August, police said Tuesday.A needle was found in sandfish at a Daiei supermarket in Sapporo, the 13th such case in the same store since August, police said Tuesday. (Japan Today)
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