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Goldfish scooping competition in Nara

August 19, 2018 - 22:49
About 2,000 people including children are testing their skills at scooping up goldfish in an annual event in Nara prefecture, western Japan. (NHK)
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Ex-nurse served 3rd arrest warrant in serial murder case

August 18, 2018 - 21:51
A former nurse at a hospital in Yokohama, the capital of Kanagawa Prefecture, south of Tokyo, was served a third arrest warrant on Saturday in a serial poisoning murder case about two years ago. (Jiji)
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Man bought spit, used underwear from girl for Y16,000

August 17, 2018 - 23:58
Tokyo Metropolitan Police have arrested a 48-year-old man over the alleged purchase of saliva and used underwear from a teenage girl earlier this year. Such crimes involving minors reached a record last year, reports the Asahi Shimbun (
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Murder-suicide: Elderly man found hanged, son fatally strangled

August 17, 2018 - 23:56
Chiba Prefectural Police are investigating what is believed to have been a murder-suicide after the bodies of an 81-year-old man and his eldest son, 52, were found in their residence in Yotsukaido City on Wednesday, reports the Sankei Shimbun (
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Needles found in bread on two days in same Fukuoka supermarket

August 17, 2018 - 23:36
Sewing needles have been found inserted into bread products on two days this week at a supermarket in Fukuoka city, police said Friday. (Jiji)
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Osaka fugitive allegedly chased women

August 17, 2018 - 23:26
Investigators in Osaka Prefecture say a suspect who fled a police station 5 days ago chased women on a motorcycle as he apparently hunted for bag-snatching targets. (NHK)
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2-year-old boy missing after grandfather sends him home alone

August 13, 2018 - 23:15
About 150 police and firefighters in Yamaguchi Prefecture resumed their search on Oshima island Monday for a two-year-old boy who went missing after his grandfather sent him home alone from a beach excursion on Sunday. (Japan Today)
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Suspect escapes from police station in western Japan

August 13, 2018 - 22:57
A 30-year-old man suspected of theft, forcible intercourse and other charges escaped from a detention house of a police station in Tondabayashi in Osaka Prefecture, western Japan, on Sunday. (Jiji)
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JAL crash victims remembered on 33rd anniversary

August 12, 2018 - 22:45
Victims of the 1985 crash of a Japan Airlines <9201> jumbo jet were remembered on the mountainous disaster site on the 33rd anniversary on Sunday. (Jiji)
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Japanese Princess Ayako officially engaged

August 12, 2018 - 22:43
Japanese Princess Ayako, 27, and corporate employee Kei Moriya, 32, were officially engaged at a ceremony in Tokyo on Sunday. (Jiji)
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Japan's royal wedding called off over in-laws' money trouble

August 10, 2018 - 07:16
The parents of Princess Mako of Japan have informed the mother of her commoner fiancé that they will not permit the wedding to go ahead until a financial dispute within his family is solved. (
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Gunma copter crash kills all nine crew members and passengers

August 10, 2018 - 07:14
All nine passengers on a rescue helicopter that crashed on a mountain near the border of Gunma and Nagano prefectures on Friday died, Gunma Prefectural Government officials confirmed on Saturday. (Japan Times)
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Marijuana smuggling ring using postal mail busted

August 9, 2018 - 22:47
Saitama Prefectural Police and Tokyo Customs on Thursday announced the bust of a marijuana smuggling ring that has netted 12 persons, reports the Sankei Shimbun (
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Hokkaido: Cop flashed women in Sapporo

August 9, 2018 - 22:44
Hokkaido Prefectural Police on Tuesday arrested an officer for exposing himself to women in Sapporo earlier this year, reports Jiji Press (
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Crippled Fukushima plant stops selling souvenirs

August 9, 2018 - 22:32
The operator of Japan's crippled Fukushima nuclear reactors said Thursday it had stopped selling a souvenir at the plant after facing a storm of online criticism saying it was inconsiderate. (Japan Today)
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Nagasaki marks 73 years since atomic bombing

August 9, 2018 - 12:00
People in Japan are observing 73 years since American forces carried out their second atomic bomb attack on the country during World War Two. (NHK)
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70,000 taken to hospital for heatstroke this year

August 7, 2018 - 23:04
More than 70,000 people have been taken to hospitals across Japan since late April with symptoms of heatstroke. (NHK)
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Japan Crown Prince Naruhito to visit France next month

August 7, 2018 - 22:58
Japan's Crown Prince Naruhito is set to make an official visit to France on Sept. 7-15. (Jiji)
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Whale washes ashore in Kamakura

August 6, 2018 - 22:30
A 10-meter-long whale washed ashore at a beach in Kamakura City on Sunday, reports the Sankei Shimbun (
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Trial begins over forced sterilizations

August 6, 2018 - 22:14
A Japanese court has begun a trial filed by a man who is seeking compensation from the government after being forced to undergo sterilization under the now-defunct Eugenic Protection Law. (NHK)
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