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Manager attempts to rob his own restaurant in Saga

February 10, 2016 - 06:35
Police in Tosu, Saga Prefecture, have arrested the manager of a yakitori restaurant on suspicion of attempting to rob the establishment on Jan 15. (Japan Today)
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Tokyo police bust 2-chome gay bar for licensing violations

February 10, 2016 - 06:34
Tokyo Metropolitan Police have busted of a bar in the 2-chome gay quarter of Shinjuku Ward for licensing violations, reports TV Asahi (Feb. 10) . (Tokyo Reporter)
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Japan drops World Heritage bid for Christian sites

February 9, 2016 - 21:31
The Japanese government decided at a cabinet meeting Tuesday to withdraw its recommendation of Christianity-related historic facilities and sites in Nagasaki and Kumamoto prefectures for addition to the UNESCO World Heritage List. (Jiji Press)
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Tokyo Dome terrorism drill

February 9, 2016 - 21:18
Officers of the Metropolitan Police Department's special weapons squad subdue a "terrorist" during a counterterrorism drill at Tokyo Dome on Tuesday. (
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Tokyo cops: Man choked, robbed prostitute at Shibuya hotel

February 9, 2016 - 08:08
Tokyo Metropolitan Police have arrested a 39-year-old man for assaulting and robbing a female prostitute inside a hotel in Shibuya Ward last year, reports the Sankei Shimbun (Feb. 9). (Tokyo Reporter)
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Hokkaido cops searching for man wanted in stabbing death

February 9, 2016 - 04:40
Following a stabbing incident that left one woman dead and another injured, Hokkaido Prefectural Police announced on Monday that a 30-year-old man is wanted in connection with the crime, reports the Yomiuri Shimbun (Tokyo Reporter)
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Cross-dressing man robs woman in Gifu; gives back Y4,000

February 8, 2016 - 22:12
An armed man dressed as a woman robbed a pedestrian on a street in the city of Ogaki, Gifu Prefecture, but returned some of her cash before fleeing the scene, police said. (Japan Today)
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Lunar New Year celebrated in Yokohama Chinatown

February 8, 2016 - 21:49
The Chinatown district of Yokohama, south of Tokyo, has begun events to celebrate the start of the Chinese Lunar New Year. (NHK)
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71-year-old woman torches her son's room for not cleaning up mess

February 8, 2016 - 04:49
Police in Toda, Saitama Prefecture, have arrested a 71-year-old woman on suspicion of setting her son's room on fire. (Japan Today)
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Seized Rolls-Royce Phantom to be auctioned online by tax agency

February 7, 2016 - 22:18
A Rolls-Royce Phantom, one of the most luxury cars in the world, has been put up for sale on an online auction by the National Tax Agency. (Japan Today)
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The yakuza are running Japan's Hollywood

February 6, 2016 - 21:36
The Japanese mob has been trying to dominate Japan's talent agencies for years. Now one yakuza has stepped forward to tell the story. (
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Tokyo cops: Kiyohara received drugs from Gunma dealer

February 6, 2016 - 21:11
The day before his arrest at his apartment for possession of stimulant drugs, former professional baseball player Kazuhiro Kiyohara visited a dealer in Gunma Prefecture, investigative sources revealed on Friday, reports Sports Hochi. (Tokyo Reporter)
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Teen arrested over murder of grandparents in Hyogo

February 6, 2016 - 21:07
A teenager was arrested Saturday in Ako, Hyogo Prefecture, on suspicion of killing his grandparents, local police said. (Japan Times)
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Stimulant abusers top 10,000 a year

February 6, 2016 - 21:00
The number of people charged with stimulant abuse in Japan tops 10,000 every year, and the number of such people aged 40 years or older has been increasing in particular, police said. (
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J-pop idol fans run amuck, drop their pants at Tokyo concert

February 6, 2016 - 04:12
Many Japanese venues allow concertgoers to wave glow sticks, but waving your junk? That's a no-no. (
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Osaka cops bust hooker service in condom scam

February 6, 2016 - 04:06
Osaka Prefectural Police have busted a prostitution ring that extorted male customers, reports the Sankei Shimbun (Feb. 5). (Tokyo Reporter)
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Chiba cops nab elderly American with gun at Narita

February 5, 2016 - 21:47
Chiba Prefectural Police have arrested an elderly American male at Narita International Airport for the illegal possession of a firearm, reports the Sankei Shimbun (Feb. 5). (Tokyo Reporter)
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Crowds gather for rare 'Diamond Fuji' view from central Tokyo

February 5, 2016 - 21:45
The "Diamond Fuji" phenomenon of the sun setting over Japan's emblematic mountain drew a large crowd to Meijijingu Gaien on Feb. 4. (Asahi)
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Student admits stealing online shopping account details: police

February 5, 2016 - 21:41
Police referred a 16-year-old high school student to prosecutors on Friday on suspicion of using software on other people's computers to obtain the online account details of several hundred people, including records of their online shopping. (Japan Times)
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Japan's oldest elephant finds herself at centre of tug of war

February 4, 2016 - 22:04
Hanako the elephant's cramped quarters at Japanese zoo prompted tourist to start a petition to have her moved, but zookeeper says it's too late now. (
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