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Rola rules Japan fashion scene

July 5, 2015 - 00:19
She is a Hafu. Hafu is a term used in Japanese language to refer to somebody who is biracial. Despite being a Hafu, model Rola has become the top fashion icon in Japan. (
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Japan's troubling lack of romance

July 5, 2015 - 00:17
Nearly 40 percent of single people in their 20s and 30s do not want a romantic partner, according to a survey by the Cabinet Office released in June. The survey was included in a government white paper on Japan's notoriously low birthrate that also found 46.2 percent of singles claiming that relationships were "bothersome." (Japan Times)
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Ex-Aum cult member Kikuchi appeals 5-year jail sentence

July 4, 2015 - 23:53
Former Aum Shinrikyo cult member Naoko Kikuchi, 43, has filed an appeal against a five-year prison term handed down to her by the Tokyo District Court on June 29. (Japan Today)
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Ex-NHK exec arrested for import of drugs

July 4, 2015 - 23:51
A drug control division of the health ministry on Saturday announced the arrest of a former executive of public broadcaster NHK for the importation of so-called "dangerous drugs," reports the Sankei Shimbun (July 4). (Tokyo Reporter)
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Body of decapitated cat found in Tokyo's Itabashi Ward

July 3, 2015 - 23:48
The body of a decapitated cat was found in the bicycle parking lot of an apartment building in Tokyo's Itabashi Ward on Thursday, police said. (Japan Today)
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Tokyo cops bust Yushima pachinko parlor

July 3, 2015 - 23:45
Tokyo Metropolitan Police on Friday announced the raid of a pachinko parlor operating illegally in Bunkyo Ward, reports Nippon News Network (July 3) . (Tokyo Reporter)
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J-pop star Utada gives birth to baby boy, hints at return to music

July 3, 2015 - 23:42
Pop star Hikaru Utada said on her official website Friday that she just gave birth to a baby boy. (Japan Times)
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Man held for abandoning body of woman he met on suicide site

July 3, 2015 - 23:35
Police in Yamanashi Prefecture said Friday that a 41-year-old man arrested on a charge of abandoning the body of a woman in her 20s in a forest, met the woman through a suicide website. (Japan Today)
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Man who set himself on fire on Shinkansen spoke of suicide, says sister

July 3, 2015 - 23:28
The 71-year-old man who set himself on fire on a Tokaido Shinkansen train on Tuesday told his sister he might kill himself during a phone conversation about 10 days before the incident, The Yomiuri Shimbun was told by the sister. (The Japan News)
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Ibaraki cops make Y10 million pot bust

July 3, 2015 - 06:30
Ibaraki Prefectural Police on Thursday announced the bust of a marijuana cultivation operation in Tsukubamirai City, reports the Ibaraki Shimbun (July 3). (Tokyo Reporter)
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Man arrested over theft of transport official's bag on train

July 3, 2015 - 01:35
Police in Kanagawa Prefecture have arrested a 23-year-old man on suspicion of stealing a bag belonging to the director-general of the Civil Aviation Bureau, while he was on a train last month. The bag contained a tablet computer which contained confidential information as well as a contact list for emergencies. (Japan Today)
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Man in shinkansen suicide blaze complained about pension

July 2, 2015 - 00:04
A 71-year-old man who set himself on fire on a shinkansen bullet train Tuesday had repeatedly complained that the pension he received was not enough to live on, one of his neighbors said Wednesday. (Kyodo)
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Population figures show steepest fall on record

July 1, 2015 - 23:49
The nation's population stood at 126,163,576 as of Jan. 1 this year, down 271,058, or 0.21 percent, from a year before, marking the steepest fall ever, a government survey said Wednesday. (The Japan News)
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Shinkansen passengers recount terrifying ordeal with man who set himself ablaze

July 1, 2015 - 11:00
Shortly after a Shinkansen left Tokyo bound for Osaka at 11 a.m. on June 30, a passenger in the train's No. 1 car became suspicious about a man who was behaving erratically. (Asahi)
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Teen troubles force cancellation of stalls at Yasukuni festival

July 1, 2015 - 10:52
Each year, the four-day Mitama Matsuri, a festival held on the grounds of the controversial Yasukuni Shrine, attracts approximately 300,000 revelers. (Tokyo Reporter)
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Japan bullet train incident: Two dead after suicide on Shinkansen train

June 30, 2015 - 10:21
Two passengers on a Japanese Shinkansen bullet train have died after one of them doused himself in oil and set himself ablaze, local media is reporting. (
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Two boys aged 3 and 4 hit by train in Yamanashi; one dies

June 29, 2015 - 23:39
Two boys aged 3 and 4 were hit by a train in Showacho, Yamanashi Prefecture, on Monday afternoon. (Japan Today)
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Crows culprit in car vandalism spree

June 29, 2015 - 23:29
An intensive investigation involving about 50 police officers has revealed the culprit in the vandalism of about 40 cars in the Higashi-Izumo area of Matsue this spring. Crows. (The Japan News)
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Imperial couple marks jubilee

June 29, 2015 - 23:24
Prince Akishino and Princess Kiko marked their 25th wedding anniversary on Monday, expressing appreciation to each other in a statement. (The Japan News)
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Drunk student drives motorbike into Kyoto pedestrian mall

June 29, 2015 - 10:51
Police have arrested a 20-year-old university student who drove his motorbike into a pedestrian mall on Sunday, running over a young boy. (Japan Today)
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