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Truck driver arrested over hit-and-run death of 83-year-old woman

July 24, 2014 - 06:58
Police in Komaki, Aichi Prefecture, have arrested a 65-year-old truck driver over the hit-and-run death of an 83-year-old woman who was dragged for nearly 400 meters. (Japan Today)
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Man found dead in Kawasaki apartment

July 23, 2014 - 23:37
Police in Kawasaki, Kanagawa Prefecture, have arrested a 58-year-old man on suspicion of murder after his flatmate was found dead. (Japan Today)
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Tokyo cops bust uncensored porn ring in Ikebukuro, seize 24,000 DVDs

July 23, 2014 - 23:01
Tokyo Metropolitan Police on Wednesday announced the bust of a business in the Ikebukuro district of Toshima Ward that sold illegal pornographic DVDs, reports TBS News (July 23). (Tokyo Reporter)
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Aska's female acquaintance pleads innocence to drugs but not sex

July 23, 2014 - 14:56
Kasumi Tochinai, a female acquaintance of troubled musician Aska, entered an innocent plea on drug charges at the Tokyo District Court on Monday, reports Nikkan Sports (July 23). (Tokyo Reporter)
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Imperial couple visit temporary shopping center in Miyagi Prefecture

July 23, 2014 - 14:46
Japan's Emperor Akihito and Empress Michiko on Wednesday visited a temporary shopping center, opened after the March 2011 disaster, in the town of Minamisanriku in Miyagi Prefecture, northeastern Japan. (Jiji Press)
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Man questioned by police after building 'girl' out of plastic bottles, taking her out on a date

July 22, 2014 - 23:47
Inventor and performance artist Showta Mori has been getting a taste of internet fame recently for his videos featuring his quick-draw, arm-mounted iPhone sleeve gun, but that's far from his only creation or even his weirdest creation. (rocketnews24.com)
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Yamaguchi-gumi boss joins Facebook?

July 22, 2014 - 23:40
Earlier this year, a number of news outlets covered last year's launch of a Web site for the Yamaguchi-gumi, Japan's largest organized crime group. (Tokyo Reporter)
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Woman arrested after 5-month-old son dies in car while she plays pachinko

July 22, 2014 - 23:32
Police in Okinawa on Tuesday arrested a 40-year-old woman after her 5-month-old son died in her car while she played pachinko. (Japan Today)
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Man, 22, pleads guilty to girlfriend's murder

July 22, 2014 - 23:19
A 22-year-old man pleaded guilty Tuesday to stabbing his former girlfriend to death last October in a high-profile stalking-murder case in Mitaka, west Tokyo. (Japan Times)
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Iitate residents to file for arbitration

July 22, 2014 - 22:59
A group of residents from a village near the crippled Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power plant is planning to file for state arbitration so all villagers can be entitled to equal damages regardless of radiation levels of their areas. (NHK)
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6 dead, 3 missing in water-related accidents on Marine Day

July 22, 2014 - 06:42
A series of water-related accidents across Japan during Marine Day on Monday has left six people dead, three missing and one in a critical condition, according to media and Fire and Disaster Management Agency reports. (Japan Today)
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Police tag law-evading drugs as 'kiken'

July 22, 2014 - 06:40
Japanese authorities have decided to use the term "kiken" or "unsafe" drugs to refer to so-called law-evading drugs to raise the awareness of their risks. (NHK)
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Deer hunter shot and killed by fellow hunter

July 22, 2014 - 00:20
Police in Izu, Shizuoka, said Monday that a 60-year-old man who was part of a deer-hunting party, was shot and killed by a fellow hunter. (Japan Today)
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New revelations about woman accused of drugging, robbing Tokyo men

July 22, 2014 - 00:04
For the past three months, Tokyo Metropolitan Police have sought a woman believed to be responsible for the drugging and robbing of multiple men in the metropolis over the last two years. (Tokyo Reporter)
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Even the yakuza are speaking English now

July 21, 2014 - 23:10
You may remember this this year, Japan's largest organized crime group, the Yamaguchi-gumi, launched its own website in Japan. (japansubculture.com)
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Renovations suggest plan to confine girl for long time

July 21, 2014 - 22:19
A 49-year-old man arrested Saturday on suspicion of confining an 11-year-old girl at his house here has told police he wanted to be with the girl forever, according to a source related to the investigation. (The Japan News)
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Wounded man dies in Saitama convenience store

July 21, 2014 - 06:55
Police in Yashio, Saitama Prefecture, said Monday they are investigating the death of a 24-year-old man who came into a 7-Eleven convenience store, bleeding from stab wounds and died shortly after. (Japan Today)
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A 51-year-old male schoolgirl? Meet Tokyo's inspirational cross-dresser

July 21, 2014 - 00:13
In Japan, a country where structure, conformity and security are bedrocks, it is often hard for individuals to break free and follow a more idealized path. It is especially difficult when that path turns out to be somewhat ... eccentric. (CNN)
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Wide-area evacuations 'could cut rescues by 90% in Arakawa flood'

July 20, 2014 - 23:43
A so-called wide-area evacuation of Tokyo residents in the event of major flooding caused by the Arakawa river could reduce the number of people requiring rescue by 90 percent from current estimates, according to a simulation carried out by the Tokyo metropolitan government. (The Japan News)
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Knife-wielding man arrested on bus in Fukuoka

July 20, 2014 - 23:23
A man wielding a knife on a bus was arrested in Fukuoka Prefecture on Sunday. (Japan Today)
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