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Fukushima Horse Festival

July 27, 2014 - 23:28
Residents have taken part in a horse festival that boasts a history of over 1,000 years in Soma, Fukushima Prefecture, northeastern Japan. (NHK)
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AKB48′s Shanghai sister group holds first popularity poll

July 27, 2014 - 23:24
The results of a poll to pick the 16 singers who will perform on the next single by SNH48, the Shanghai-based sister group of the hugely popular all-female pop group AKB48, were released over the weekend at an event that drew more than 3,000 fans. (Japan Times)
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Tokyo police form special team against stalking abuse

July 27, 2014 - 01:26
The Metropolitan Police Department on Friday launched a special team to deal with stalking, domestic violence and child and elder abuse. (The Japan News)
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Police arrest man who tried to get 9-year-old girl into his car

July 27, 2014 - 01:15
Police in Matsudo, Chiba Prefecture, said Saturday they have arrested a 24-year-old man who tried to get a 9-year-old girl into his car. (Japan Today)
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Seoul museum ordered to host Japanese manga show

July 26, 2014 - 01:28
South Korea's War Museum has retracted its decision to cancel an exhibition of the popular Japanese manga "One Piece" after a court ordered that the event should go ahead. (NHK)
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Reckless driving leaves 3 injured in Osaka; 'dangerous drug' blamed

July 26, 2014 - 00:55
Police in Osaka said Friday that a reckless driving incident involving five vehicles left three people injured. (Japan Today)
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Japanese man executed in China over drug smuggling

July 25, 2014 - 09:27
Chinese authorities executed on Friday a Japanese man who had been sentenced to death in connection with stimulant drug smuggling, Japanese Foreign Minister Fumio Kishida said. (Nikkei)
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Man reportedly tries to get 9-year-old girl into his car in Chiba

July 25, 2014 - 05:55
Police in Matsudo, Chiba Prefecture, are looking for a man who reportedly tried to get a 9-year-old girl into his car on Friday morning. (Japan Today)
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Nursing home employee arrested for beating elderly resident

July 24, 2014 - 23:03
A male health care worker working at a nursing home for elderly people in Tokyo's Edogawa Ward has been arrested for repeatedly beating an elderly woman resident. (Japan Today)
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Dangerous drug warehouse discovery leads to arrests

July 24, 2014 - 22:54
A local office of the health ministry has identified a warehouse in Nanao, Ishikawa Prefecture, where so-called dangerous drugs were processed. (The Japan News)
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Obokata injured while fleeing pack of NHK reporters, lawyer says

July 24, 2014 - 22:26
Embattled researcher Haruko Obokata was injured Wednesday while being hounded by NHK reporters on her way home from the state-affiliated Riken institute, her lawyer said Thursday. (Japan Times)
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Top court gives 1st ruling to overturn lay judge decision

July 24, 2014 - 13:43
The Supreme Court overturned on Thursday an earlier lower court ruling by lay judges in Japan that sentenced parents accused of abusing and killing their daughter in 2010 to a harsher punishment than demanded by prosecutors. (Kyodo)
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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. (
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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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