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Kagoshima teen held over stabbing of high school girl said target 'could be anyone'

January 21, 2018 - 20:44
A male teen held for allegedly stabbing a female high school student in the city of Kagoshima earlier this month told police his target “could be anyone,” investigative sources said Sunday. (Japan Times)
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Filming of school girl prostitute leads to arrest of Saitama man

January 20, 2018 - 22:30
Tokyo Metropolitan Police have arrested a 32-year-old man for over an illicit encounter with a high school girl last year that he allegedly filmed, reports Fuji News Network (
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Body of 3-year-old Fukui boy missing since Dec 9 found at river edge

January 20, 2018 - 22:22
The body of a child which was found Friday at the edge of a river in Sakai, Fukui Prefecture, has been identified as that of a three-year-old boy who has been missing since Dec 9. (Japan Today)
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Ex-Kanto Rengo member among 3 accused in attempted extortion of porn actor

January 20, 2018 - 22:21
Tokyo Metropolitan Police have arrested three persons, including a former member of a bosozoku group, over the alleged extortion of a male adult video (AV) star, reports Nikkan Sports (
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Dud shell disposal conducted on Okinawa street

January 20, 2018 - 22:13
Work to dispose of a World War II bomb that did not explode was carried out on Kokusai-dori, a major street in the city center of Naha, the capital of Japan's southernmost prefecture of Okinawa, on Saturday. (Jiji)
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Luggage falls out of bus on Nagoya Expressway

January 19, 2018 - 21:06
Luggage fell out of a tour bus while it was driving along the Nagoya Expressway in Aichi Prefecture on Thursday. (Japan Today)
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Woman gives birth on Joban Line train in Chiba

January 19, 2018 - 21:01
A woman gave birth to a baby girl on a train at a station in Chiba Prefecture on Friday. The mother and child were taken to a hospital by ambulance, firefighters said. (Japan Times)
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Suicides down for 8th straight year in '17

January 19, 2018 - 20:56
The number of people who committed suicide in the country in 2017 fell 757, or 3.5 percent, from the previous year to 21,140, down for the eighth consecutive year, a Health, Labor and Welfare Ministry report showed Friday. (
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Ex-Asahi reporter severely wounded in 1987 shooting dies

January 19, 2018 - 20:34
Hyoe Inukai, a former Asahi Shimbun reporter who was severely wounded in a 1987 deadly shooting attack on a bureau of the major Japanese newspaper publisher, died on Tuesday, it was learned Friday. He was 73. (Jiji)
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Famed Japanese music producer Komuro to retire over affair

January 19, 2018 - 20:28
Prominent Japanese music producer Tetsuya Komuro, who took the music world by storm in the 1990s, announced Friday his retirement, after allegations of an extramarital affair by a weekly magazine. (Jiji)
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2 boys arrested for pouring shampoo into onsen

January 18, 2018 - 21:19
Two 19-year-old boys in Mie Prefecture have been arrested for causing an onsen to overflow after pouring shampoo into the natural hot spring last August. The suspects, who cannot be named because they are minors, were charged with forcible obstruction of business, Fuji TV reported Wednesday. (Japan Today)
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Man, 33, admits to showering dozens of women with spit and urine

January 18, 2018 - 21:19
Tokyo Metropolitan Police have arrested a 33-year-old man who admits to spitting and throwing urine on dozens women in Adachi Ward and nearby over the past six years, reports the Sankei Shimbun (
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Japanese idol supergroup AKB48 said to phasing out swimsuit modeling for younger teen members

January 18, 2018 - 21:09
The common snarky comment about Japanese idol singers is that their musical talents aren’t nearly strong enough to justify their fanbases, but it is true that the most successful idols have a media presence that goes far beyond just singing and dancing. (
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Number of crimes in Japan hits yet another postwar low in 2017

January 18, 2018 - 10:54
The number of criminal offenses recognized by police in Japan in 2017 fell by 81,009, or 8.1 pct, from the preceding year to 915,111, hitting a postwar low for the third straight year, the National Police Agency said in a preliminary report Thursday. (Jiji)
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Korean pair suspected in dozens of Tokyo burglaries

January 18, 2018 - 09:34
Tokyo Metropolitan Police have arrested two male Korean nationals who are suspected in dozens of burglaries in the capital dating back to late last year, reports the Sankei Shimbun (
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Hip-hop artist Uzi arrested for possession of marijuana

January 18, 2018 - 09:30
Tokyo Metropolitan Police have arrested hip-hop artist Uzi over the alleged possession of marijuana earlier this week, reports the Mainichi Shimbun (
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Tokyo: 'JK' parlor suspected of employing underage girls for sex

January 17, 2018 - 22:49
Tokyo Metropolitan Police have busted a so-called "JK" (joshi kosei) school girl business that is suspected of dispatching underage female employees to hotels to provide sex services, reports the Sankei Shimbun (
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Male teacher, 27, accused of molesting high school boy on train

January 17, 2018 - 22:45
Tokyo Metropolitan Police have arrested a 27-year-old male teacher for allegedly molesting a second-year high school boy on a train on Tuesday, reports Sports Nippon (Jan. 17). (
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Rugby star George Smith arrested for punching taxi driver in Tokyo

January 17, 2018 - 22:43
Australian rugby legend George Smith was arrested by the Tokyo police on New Year’s Eve for allegedly assaulting a taxi driver after refusing to pay his fare, authorities said Wednesday. (Japan Times)
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Hakkoda mountain frozen snow trees defaced with graffiti

January 17, 2018 - 22:29
Famous snow trees in the Hakkoda mountains in Aomori, northeastern Japan, part of the Towada-Hachimantai National Park, have been smeared with graffiti in fluorescent pink spray paint, it was learned Wednesday. (Jiji)
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