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Police to restrict pedestrian access to Shibuya crossing on New Year's Eve

December 18, 2014 - 23:00
The Tokyo Metropolitan Police plan to limit pedestrian access to Shibuya's famous scramble crossing to avoid trouble from rowdy revelers on New Year's Eve. (Japan Today)
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Osaka court rules tattoo check on city employees illegal

December 18, 2014 - 04:46
The Osaka District Court has ruled that Osaka Mayor Toru Hashimoto's order to check whether municipal office workers had tattoos was illegal and constituted an invasion of privacy. (Japan Today)
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Use of quasi-legal 'kiken' drugs nets man 90-day ban on bicycling

December 18, 2014 - 03:41
The Chiba Public Safety Commission has banned a 29-year-old man from Matsudo, Chiba Prefecture, from riding a bicycle for 90 days, after he was found guilty of cycling under the influence of "kiken" quasi-legal drugs. (Japan Times)
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Teacher arrested for intruding into woman's bedroom

December 18, 2014 - 00:08
Police in Nara said Wednesday they have arrested a public school teacher for intruding into the bedroom of a woman who lives in the same apartment building as he does. (Japan Today)
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Woman found stabbed to death in Ehime apartment

December 17, 2014 - 23:47
Police in Matsuyama, Ehime Prefecture, said Wednesday that a 37-year-old woman was found dead with knife wounds to her neck in her apartment on Tuesday night. (Japan Today)
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American Airlines jet hits turbulence, 12 injured

December 17, 2014 - 02:55
A Dallas-bound American Airlines jet coming from South Korea made an emergency landing in Japan early Wednesday after encountering turbulence. At least 12 people on board the plane were injured. (NHK)
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Elderly couple stabbed by intruder in their Maebashi home

December 16, 2014 - 06:42
A couple in their 80s were stabbed by an intruder in their home in Maebashi, Gunma Prefecture, on Tuesday morning. (Japan Today)
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19 Tokyo subway personnel face disciplinary action after falsifying alcohol tests

December 15, 2014 - 23:02
Nineteen employees of Tokyo Metro Co are facing disciplinary action after they colluded to falsify mandatory alcohol tests. (Japan Today)
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Blackout leaves bullet train riders in the cold in Niigata

December 14, 2014 - 11:36
Heavy snow caused a power outage along parts of the Joetsu Shinkansen Line for about six hours on Sunday morning, leaving some 300 passengers trapped in a bullet train for 2½ hours near the mountainous southern border of Niigata Prefecture. (Japan Times)
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BABYMETAL voted Best Metal Album of the Year by magazine

December 13, 2014 - 23:33
From relative obscurity only two years ago, to doing various concerts around the world in 2014, the presence of BABYMETAL has been sudden, if not shocking. (Japan Today)
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72-year-old woman arrested for killing bedridden son

December 13, 2014 - 23:29
Police in Higashiyamato, Tokyo, on Saturday arrested a 72-year-old woman for killing her 54-year-old bedridden son. (Japan Today)
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How Japan (mis)handles rape cases

December 13, 2014 - 23:22
When "Rachel Halle" traveled to Japan for an exchange year, she expected a lot of things from her visit; Japan is a culturally rich, diverse nation with a great deal to offer to exchange students seeking to learn about Japanese history and culture. (
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Restaurant in Japan bans couples on Christmas Eve for lonely singletons

December 13, 2014 - 23:16
To spare staff and diners from the "severe emotional trauma" of being surrounded by lovey dovey couples flaunting their love in the faces of lonely singletons, a restaurant in Japan has banned all couples on Christmas Eve - "with no exceptions!" (
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Japan grapples with rural exodus

December 13, 2014 - 23:05
This village deep in the rugged mountains of southern Japan once was home to hundreds of families. Now, only 35 people remain, outnumbered three-to-one by scarecrows that Tsukimi Ayano crafted to help fill the days and replace neighbours who died or moved away. (
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Japan prepares for New Year's Day

December 13, 2014 - 08:46
At an annual year-end event in Kyoto, traditional female entertainers dressed in colorful kimono visited a master of traditional Japanese dance on Saturday. (NHK)
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Japan's Empress attends Belgium Queen's funeral

December 13, 2014 - 00:58
Japan's Empress Michiko has attended the funeral of Belgium's Queen Fabiola at the Saint Michael and Saint Gudula Cathedral in Brussels. (NHK)
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Building proposal hems in Sengakuji Temple, site of 47 ronin fame

December 12, 2014 - 03:06
As Sengakuji Temple prepares to mark on Sunday the legendary revenge taken by the Ako Roshi (47 ronin), priests are up in arms over the construction of an imposing eight-story apartment block next to its entrance. (Japan Times)
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Paraglider snagged on power lines for 3 1/2 hours before being rescued

December 11, 2014 - 07:15
A paraglider in Shiga Prefecture got snagged by a power line leaving the man piloting the glider suspended in mid-air for nearly 3 1/2 hours before he was finally rescued, police said Thursday. (Japan Today)
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Niigata cops arrest man for stealing nurse shoes, seize 200 pairs

December 11, 2014 - 07:13
Niigata Prefectural Police late last month announced the arrest of a 41-year-old unemployed from Murakami City for stealing nurse shoes, reports the Nikkan Sports (Nov. 29). (Tokyo Reporter)
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Japan to ease restrictions on gun ownership

December 11, 2014 - 07:07
Japan's National Police Agency decided Thursday to ease restrictions on gun ownership with the aim of making it easier for people engaged in extermination of birds and animals to obtain or renew gun carry permits. (Jiji Press)
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