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Police officer arrested for sexually assaulting woman on train

April 18, 2014 - 07:49
A police officer has been arrested for assaulting a woman on a train car in Tokyo. Police identified the suspect as Akira Inada, 53, who works at the Ushigome Station. (Japan Today)
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Man jumps to death from 8th floor of Foreign Ministry building

April 17, 2014 - 23:32
An employee of the Foreign Ministry jumped to his death from the 8th floor at the ministry, police said Thursday. (Japan Today)
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Homemaker joins Japan girl band AKB48

April 17, 2014 - 23:22
Japanese commercial music juggernaut AKB48 has added a 37-year-old mother of two to the wildly popular all-girl group as it looks to broaden the appeal of its teen-dominated line-up. (AFP)
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Imperial couple hosts spring garden party

April 17, 2014 - 22:53
Japan's Emperor and Empress have hosted more than 2,000 guests at their Spring Imperial Garden Party. (NHK)
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Man in his 30s being questioned over murder of 7-year-old girl in 2005

April 17, 2014 - 07:35
Tochigi prefectural police said Thursday that they are questioning a man in his 30s over the murder of a 7-year-old girl in December 2005. Japanese media quoted police as saying that the man, who was arrested for dealing in fake brand-name goods, has hinted at his involvement in the murder. (Japan Today)
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24-year-old man arrested for robbing convenience store

April 17, 2014 - 00:12
Police in Tokyo said Wednesday they have arrested an unemployed 24-year-old man for robbing a convenience store in Shibuya. (Japan Today)
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6-year-old boy dead, 3-year-old girl in coma after being swept away in river

April 16, 2014 - 23:32
A 6-year-old boy died and a 3-year-old girl remains in a coma after they were swept away by a strong current in a river in Koriyama, Fukushima Prefecture, on Wednesday afternoon. (Japan Today)
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Spectacular snow walls

April 16, 2014 - 23:26
People enjoy viewing the 15-meter snow walls of the Yuki no Otani (Great Snow Valley), along the Tateyama Kurobe Alpine Route that passes through the Northern Japan Alps to link Toyama and Nagano prefectures. (The Japan News)
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Anne Frank vandalism suspect to face psychiatric test

April 16, 2014 - 07:46
Tokyo prosecutors plan to look into whether a man, who has been arrested for allegedly vandalizing copies of Anne Frank's diary, is mentally competent to be held criminally responsible for his actions, informed sources said Wednesday. (Jiji Press)
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Young salmon released into river in Fukushima

April 16, 2014 - 00:11
Fishermen in Fukushima Prefecture have released young salmon into a local river for the first time in 4 years. (NHK)
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Population declines for 3rd straight year

April 15, 2014 - 23:51
The nation's population has slipped for the third straight year to a 13-year low, the Internal Affairs and Communications Ministry said Tuesday. (The Japan News)
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Hakamada makes first public appearance as reprieve pends

April 14, 2014 - 23:41
Apparently perplexed but thrilled to find himself in the spotlight, Iwao Hakamada, formerly the world's longest-serving death-row inmate, made his first public appearance Monday in Tokyo since being released from prison and hospitalized. (Japan Times)
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Spring festival in Takayama starts

April 14, 2014 - 23:06
The Takayama Spring Festival in central Japan kicked off on Monday with its traditional float parade. (NHK)
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3 family members, one relative found dead in Aichi

April 14, 2014 - 23:02
Aichi prefectural police are investigating a possible link between the discovery of the bodies of a husband and wife and their eldest son, and the body of a male relative of the deceased family who was found hanging by his neck in a hotel. (Japan Today)
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Taiwanese tourists hurt in deer rampage at Nikko

April 14, 2014 - 07:58
Visitors to one of Japan's most celebrated spots are being warned to be on the lookout, after two Taiwanese tourists were injured in a rampage by a wild deer. (Japan Today)
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Body of missing worker from Okinotori atoll accident found

April 14, 2014 - 02:15
The body of one of two missing workers who died on March 30 after a floating pier overturned while being unloaded from a barge during construction work on a remote rocky atoll, was found on Sunday, the coast guard said. (Japan Today)
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Mother, son killed after their car hit by police car

April 14, 2014 - 02:12
A 34-year-old woman and her 5-year-old son were killed after their car was hit by a police patrol car at an intersection in Tamba, Hyogo Prefecture, on Sunday. (Japan Today)
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Man killed in hit-and-run in Yokohama

April 13, 2014 - 07:10
A 35-year-old man died after being hit by a car that kept going in Yokohama on Sunday morning. (Japan Today)
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600 million dreamers

April 12, 2014 - 23:23
Mickey Mouse and friends celebrate the 600 millionth visitor to Tokyo Disney Resort's two theme parks (The Japan News)
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'Galaxy train' aims to boost Tohoku area

April 12, 2014 - 23:21
East Japan Railway Co. launched a special train service on the JR Kamaishi Line in Iwate Prefecture on Saturday, using a restored C58 steam locomotive in a bid to help revive the local economy hit hard by the 2011 Great East Japan Earthquake. (The Japan News)
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