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2 men convicted of disposing of girl's body in cardboard box

November 26, 2014 - 22:40
The Utsunomiya District Court in Tochigi Prefecture on Wednesday convicted two men over the illegal disposal of a body after they dumped the body of a young woman in a cardboard box near a quarry in Sano on Aug 4. (Japan Today)
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Japan journalist faces trial for 'defaming' Park

November 26, 2014 - 22:23
A Japanese journalist indicted by South Korean authorities on suspicion of defaming President Park Geun-hye is facing his first hearing. (NHK)
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Tokyo police: Hooker ring used KakaoTalk to recruit customers

November 26, 2014 - 22:17
Tokyo Metropolitan Police on Wednesday announced the bust of a prostitution ring that utilized social media services to recruit customers, reports Nippon News Network (Nov. 26). (Tokyo Reporter)
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Tokyo cops raid illegal casino in Ikebukuro

November 26, 2014 - 10:55
Tokyo Metropolitan Police on Wednesday announced the bust of a casino in Toshima Ward on charges of illegal gambling, reports TV Asahi (Nov. 26). (Tokyo Reporter)
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Fake 'Japanese Beethoven' faces damage lawsuit

November 25, 2014 - 22:08
The fraudulent composer once dubbed "Japan's Beethoven" is facing a lawsuit over the cancellation of his tour after it emerged he lied about his work and relied on a ghostwriter, reports said Tuesday. (Japan Today)
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'Washi' paper-making village hopes UNESCO designation will bring tailwind

November 25, 2014 - 21:29
Villagers in Higashi-Chichibu, Saitama Prefecture, are riding high. (Japan Times)
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Pop singers pick up

November 25, 2014 - 21:12
A Japanese pop group is trying to get people to change their tune about trash. They're singing in the streets while they clean. And some of their fans are helping them along the way. (NHK)
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South Koreans arrested over stolen Buddha in Japan

November 25, 2014 - 09:59
Four South Korean men have been arrested in southern Japan on suspicion of stealing an ancient Buddha statue, police said Nov. 25. (Asahi)
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16,000 New Year greeting cards stolen from 26 Lawson stores in Hokkaido

November 25, 2014 - 07:50
Police in Asahikawa, Hokkaido, said Tuesday that around 16,000 New Year greeting cards ("nengajo") have been stolen from 26 Lawson convenience stores. Security cameras have captured footage of two men who are believed to be the thieves. (Japan Today)
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Man fires shots into ex-wife's apartment in Yokohama

November 24, 2014 - 22:54
A 49-year-old man was arrested on Monday afternoon after he fired shots into the Yokohama apartment of his former wife, police said. (Japan Today)
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Powerful jolts leave residents terrified

November 23, 2014 - 21:59
Aftershocks continued overnight after the strong earthquake that hit Nagano Prefecture late Saturday, leaving local residents anxious. (The Japan News)
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41 injured in central Japan earthquake

November 23, 2014 - 21:53
A total of 41 people have been injured in a 6.7-magnitude earthquake that struck Nagano Prefecture, central Japan, Saturday, prefectural police said Sunday. (Jiji Press)
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10 years sought for PC hijacker in Japan

November 21, 2014 - 23:59
Japanese public prosecutors on Friday demanded a prison sentence of 10 years for Yusuke Katayama, who is accused of hijacking other people's personal computers and using them to send online threats. (Jiji Press)
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Osaka couple arrested for starving 3-year-old daughter to death

November 21, 2014 - 23:43
A couple in Ibaraki, Osaka Prefecture, have been arrested on suspicion of starving their 3-year-old daughter to death. (Japan Times)
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Woman held for murder after dropping 3-year-old daughter from bridge into river

November 21, 2014 - 23:40
Police in Tsubame, Niigata Prefecture, said Friday they have arrested a 24-year-old woman on a murder charge after she dropped her 3-year-old daughter off a bridge into the river. (Japan Today)
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Shipwreck dismantled in Fukushima no-go zone

November 21, 2014 - 23:33
Workers have for the first time gone inside a no-entry zone in Fukushima Prefecture to dismantle a fishing boat washed ashore by the tsunami three years and eight months ago. (NHK)
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Suspected black widow killer inherited Y1 billion over 10 years

November 21, 2014 - 22:57
Murder suspect Chisako Kakehi invested most of the about Y1 billion she inherited from her spouses and lovers in futures trading and other financial products over the past few years, The Yomiuri Shimbun has learned from investigative sources. (The Japan News)
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83-year-old retiree arrested for selling explicit pre-war photos online

November 20, 2014 - 22:13
According to various Japanese news sources, 83-year-old retiree Yasuji Shibata was arrested for selling obscene material via an Internet auction in April for 3,400 yen (about US$28) after police found explicit photos in his home on November 16. (
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Hot spring resort features Beaujolais Nouveau bath

November 20, 2014 - 22:00
Visitors at a hot spring resort in Hakone Town, west of Tokyo, are bathing in a spa containing newly released Beaujolais Nouveau wine. (NHK)
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Tokyo holds terror drill on subway system

November 20, 2014 - 21:58
Tokyo has conducted an anti-terrorism drill on its subway system, simulating the 1995 sarin nerve gas attack that killed 13 people and sickened more than 6,000 others. (NHK)
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