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Man arrested for dumping body of ex-girlfriend

October 26, 2016 - 22:24
A 50-year-old man has been arrested for allegedly abandoning the body of his 24-year-old former girlfriend, who went missing last month after telling police that she was being stalked, police said. (Japan Today)
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Japanese director Kitano awarded France's Legion of Honour

October 26, 2016 - 22:23
Japanese filmmaker and comedian Takeshi Kitano has been awarded "The Legion of Honour", one of France's highest awards, at a ceremony in Paris. (Japan Today)
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Damages ordered over tsunami deaths of elementary school students

October 26, 2016 - 22:11
A court ordered Ishinomaki City and Miyagi Prefecture on Wednesday to pay roughly 1.4 billion yen ($13.4 million) in damages to the families of 23 elementary school students killed by the tsunami that followed a major earthquake in northeastern Japan in 2011, judging the city-run school failed to evacuate the children appropriately. (Kyodo)
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Man admits slaying ex-girlfriend after promising police he would stop stalking her

October 26, 2016 - 05:56
A 50-year-old man was arrested Tuesday on initial suspicion of discarding the dismembered corpse of his 24-year-old ex-girlfriend, who vanished last month after telling police she was being stalked, the police said. (Japan Times)
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Aichi cops: Chinese man slit woman's throat with scissors

October 25, 2016 - 22:44
Aichi Prefectural Police have arrested a 28-year-old male Chinese national in the killing of a woman in Kasugai City, reports TBS News (Oct. 24). (
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Tokyo cop saves injured raccoon dog on roadside

October 25, 2016 - 22:37
A member of the Tokyo Metropolitan Police saved an injured raccoon dog after it was found unable to move on a roadside here on Monday. (
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Former Japanese actress Takagi arrested for marijuana possession

October 25, 2016 - 22:30
Former actress Saya Takagi, who ran unsuccessfully in July's upper house election, was arrested Tuesday on suspicion of possessing marijuana, the Health, Labor and Welfare Ministry said. (Japan Today)
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Osaka boy found stabbed to death outside flat; mom leaps to death when confronted by police

October 25, 2016 - 04:55
A male high-school student in Nishiyodogawa Ward, Osaka Prefecture, was found dead with multiple stab wounds in the hallway of his apartment Monday afternoon, and his mother jumped to her death from a nearby building soon afterward when approached by investigators, police said. (Japan Times)
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Cabbie held for abandoning drunk rider by road before death

October 24, 2016 - 22:59
Police arrested a taxi driver on Monday for allegedly abandoning on the roadside a drunk passenger who later died in a traffic incident. (
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Tokyo cops arrest taxi driver after fight at restaurant leaves 1 dead

October 24, 2016 - 22:54
Tokyo Metropolitan Police have arrested a 53-year-old male taxi driver over the assault of a man outside a restaurant in Fuchu City who later died, reports TV Asahi (Oct. 22). (Tokyo Reporter)
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Cheating allegations rock professional shogi world

October 24, 2016 - 22:43
Allegations of software-assisted cheating led the Japan Shogi Association to suspend top-ranked player Hiroyuki Miura from competition earlier this month, but a lack of hard evidence and a dubious investigation process has left more questions than answers about the controversial decision. (Japan Today)
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GSDF veteran likely made bomb to kill himself

October 24, 2016 - 22:30
Investigative sources have reportedly found evidence that suggests the man who died in an explosion at a park in Utsunomiya City near Tokyo detonated a homemade bomb. (NHK)
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Fukuoka cops hunting for woman who posed as postal worker in slashing

October 23, 2016 - 20:48
Fukuoka Prefectural Police are hunting for a woman who posed as a postal worker and slashed an elderly woman here on Saturday. (Tokyo Reporter)
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Japanese actor Mikijiro Hira dies at 82

October 23, 2016 - 20:42
Japanese actor Mikijiro Hira, who performed in various fields including television dramas and theater plays, died on Sunday. He was 82. (Jiji)
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1 killed, 3 injured in Utsunomiya explosions

October 23, 2016 - 20:32
Two explosions in Utsunomiya, north of Tokyo, on Sunday killed one person and injured 3 others. Police suspect a man killed himself with explosives. (NHK)
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Tokyo Metro draws criticism over official mascot's see-through skirt

October 22, 2016 - 22:20
Subway operator Tokyo Metro was forced to change the design of one of its official "Tetsudou Musume" mascots last week after an outcry over what some deemed as inappropriate elements, including a see-through skirt. (
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Aussie rape victim slams Japanese authorities' response

October 22, 2016 - 21:55
In terms of response to rape victims, Japanese authorities are a century behind their U.S. and European counterparts, Catherine Jane Fisher, who was raped by a U.S. serviceman in Japan in 2002, said in a lecture on Saturday. (Jiji)
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Quake clean-up continues despite rain in Tottori

October 22, 2016 - 08:35
The residents of a western Japanese city that was struck by a major earthquake on Friday are busy cleaning up. (NHK)
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Worker engaged in nuclear plant restart kills himself due to overwork

October 21, 2016 - 21:54
A labor standards office has found that a Kansai Electric Power Co employee who logged hundreds of extra work hours pursuing approval to restart and extend the operating life of two aging nuclear reactors killed himself in April due to overwork, according to sources close to the matter. (Japan Today)
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Woman fights off knife-wielding would-be rapist in Minato Ward

October 21, 2016 - 21:39
Tokyo Metropolitan Police arrested a man on Thursday for allegedly barging into a woman's residence in Minato Ward with the intention to commit rape, the Sankei Shimbun reports (Oct. 20). (Tokyo Reporter)
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