Obokata injured while fleeing pack of NHK reporters, lawyer says

Japan Society News - July 24, 2014 - 22:26
Embattled researcher Haruko Obokata was injured Wednesday while being hounded by NHK reporters on her way home from the state-affiliated Riken institute, her lawyer said Thursday. (Japan Times)
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Rat poison found in imported frozen fish

Japan Business News - July 24, 2014 - 13:44
A seafood importer in western Japan is recalling frozen fish from Vietnam after finding that packages of the product contained rat poison. (NHK)
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Top court gives 1st ruling to overturn lay judge decision

Japan Society News - July 24, 2014 - 13:43
The Supreme Court overturned on Thursday an earlier lower court ruling by lay judges in Japan that sentenced parents accused of abusing and killing their daughter in 2010 to a harsher punishment than demanded by prosecutors. (Kyodo)
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Soccer: Aguirre confirmed as Japan's next manager

Japan Sports News - July 24, 2014 - 13:39
The Japan Football Association on Thursday officially named Mexican Javier Aguirre as Japan's new national team manager. (Japan Times)
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Nikkei reverses early gains

Japan Economy News - July 24, 2014 - 07:06
Tokyo stocks lost modest early gains to finish down 0.29 percent on Thursday, but a slightly stronger yen helped prop up the Japanese market. (The Standard)
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Truck driver arrested over hit-and-run death of 83-year-old woman

Japan Society News - July 24, 2014 - 06:58
Police in Komaki, Aichi Prefecture, have arrested a 65-year-old truck driver over the hit-and-run death of an 83-year-old woman who was dragged for nearly 400 meters. (Japan Today)
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Bullying suspected in Aomori high school girl's death

Japan Education News - July 24, 2014 - 06:57
The body of a second-year high school girl was discovered in the sea off Hachinohe, Aomori Prefecture, on July 8, in what police believe may have been a suicide caused by bullying. (Japan Today)
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Foreign Ministry concluded passport not required for Emperor in 1971

Japan Politics News - July 24, 2014 - 06:30
Diplomatic records declassified on Thursday indicate that the Foreign Ministry concluded in 1971 that no passport would be needed for the Emperor should he decide to go abroad. (Japan Times)
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Japan logs biggest 6-month trade deficit in 2014 1st half

Japan Economy News - July 24, 2014 - 06:16
Japan registered a 7,598.4 billion yen deficit in goods trade for the six months through June, the biggest on record for any six-month period, due partly to slow growth in exports and a surge in imports amid the prolonged halt of nuclear power plants, the government said Thursday. (Kyodo)
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Obokata's case reveals faults of lenient Japanese academia

Japan Education News - July 23, 2014 - 23:44
Amid a series of research misconduct cases involving universities and research institutions in the nation, such as the recent controversy over articles on stimulus-triggered acquisition of pluripotency (STAP) cells, there is increasing criticism over insufficient investigations into suspected research misconduct. (The Japan News)
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Man found dead in Kawasaki apartment

Japan Society News - July 23, 2014 - 23:37
Police in Kawasaki, Kanagawa Prefecture, have arrested a 58-year-old man on suspicion of murder after his flatmate was found dead. (Japan Today)
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Tokyo cops bust uncensored porn ring in Ikebukuro, seize 24,000 DVDs

Japan Society News - July 23, 2014 - 23:01
Tokyo Metropolitan Police on Wednesday announced the bust of a business in the Ikebukuro district of Toshima Ward that sold illegal pornographic DVDs, reports TBS News (July 23). (Tokyo Reporter)
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Japan assures S. Korea it upholds apology over wartime sexual slavery

Japan Politics News - July 23, 2014 - 15:05
The Japanese government assured South Korea on Wednesday that it will uphold an official apology over frontline brothels for Japanese soldiers during World War II that mainly recruited Asian women as prostitutes. (Kyodo)
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Failed Mt. Gox mum on debt repayment amounts

Japan Business News - July 23, 2014 - 14:59
The bankruptcy administrator for Tokyo-based bitcoin exchange Mt. Gox Co. on Wednesday declined to say how much of its debts the firm expects to repay to creditors. (Jiji Press)
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Sumo: Hakuho, upset by Goeido, falls into two-way tie for lead on Day 11

Japan Sports News - July 23, 2014 - 14:58
Sekiwake Goeido upset grand champion Hakuho to hand the Mongolian his first loss and throw the title chase at the Nagoya Grand Sumo Tournament wide open on July 23. (Asahi)
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Aska's female acquaintance pleads innocence to drugs but not sex

Japan Society News - July 23, 2014 - 14:56
Kasumi Tochinai, a female acquaintance of troubled musician Aska, entered an innocent plea on drug charges at the Tokyo District Court on Monday, reports Nikkan Sports (July 23). (Tokyo Reporter)
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Companies scramble to recover from tainted meat debacle

Japan Business News - July 23, 2014 - 14:50
The spreading meat scandal in China prompted Japan Wednesday to tighten inspections of food imports as Chinese authorities detained five employees of a Shanghai supplier accused of selling expired beef and chicken. (Japan Times)
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Imperial couple visit temporary shopping center in Miyagi Prefecture

Japan Society News - July 23, 2014 - 14:46
Japan's Emperor Akihito and Empress Michiko on Wednesday visited a temporary shopping center, opened after the March 2011 disaster, in the town of Minamisanriku in Miyagi Prefecture, northeastern Japan. (Jiji Press)
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Tokyo stocks close down 0.10pc

Japan Economy News - July 23, 2014 - 07:02
Tokyo stocks closed down 0.10 percent on Wednesday as early buying following a positive lead from Wall Street ran out of steam. (thepeninsulaqatar.com)
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Japan's seasonal eel haul triples

Japan Business News - July 23, 2014 - 07:00
Japanese people can look forward to some relief this year from the summer heat. The catch of young eels this season is triple the volume of last year. The Japanese traditionally eat grilled eel to give them an energy boost amid the heat and humidity of summer. (NHK)
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