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One woman dead, two injured in stabbing attack in Tachikawa

June 25, 2016 - 23:03
A 57-year-old woman stabbed her younger sister and her mother in her 80s, and then stabbed herself, at their apartment in Tokyo's Tachikawa, police said Saturday. (Japan Today)
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Ex-actor Takachi arrested for drug possession

June 25, 2016 - 22:51
Police have arrested former actor Noboru Takachi, husband of actress Reiko Takashima, on suspicion of possessing stimulant drugs and marijuana, they said. (Japan Today)
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Vietnamese arrested in Japan for sexual assaults: report

June 25, 2016 - 00:46
Police in Tokyo on Wednesday arrested a Vietnamese man suspected of sexually assaulting many Japanese women on the street. (
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Police officer arrested for filming up 17-year-old girl's skirt

June 24, 2016 - 22:13
Police in Kawasaki, Kanagawa Prefecture, said Friday they have arrested a 28-year-old police officer on suspicion of using his smartphone to film up a 17-year-old girl's skirt. (Japan Today)
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Woman jailed for 4 years for murder, assisted suicide of parents

June 24, 2016 - 05:40
The Saitama District Court has sentenced a 47-year-old woman to four years in prison for killing her mother and assisting her father to commit suicide. (Japan Today)
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Kyushu deluge continues, 700,000 people urged to evacuate

June 23, 2016 - 22:42
Heavy rain continued to pummel northern Kyushu, including quake-damaged Kumamoto Prefecture, through Thursday, with local governments urging some 703,000 people to evacuate. (Japan Times)
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Othello game inventor dies at 83

June 23, 2016 - 22:21
A Japanese man known as the inventor of the modern version of the Othello board game died at his home in eastern Japan on Monday. Goro Hasegawa was 83. (NHK)
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Train derails due to landslide in Hiroshima

June 23, 2016 - 22:16
A four-car local train derailed in Hiroshima early Thursday after running over a landslide that flowed onto the tracks following heavy rain. (
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Human body parts found in Tokyo park pond

June 23, 2016 - 07:35
Human body parts including a head and a foot were found in a park pond in Tokyo on Thursday. (Japan Today)
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66-year-old homeless man indicted for arson in Tokyo's Golden-gai district

June 22, 2016 - 23:12
Papers were sent to prosecutors on Wednesday, charging a 66-year-old homeless man with arson over a fire in the Shinjuku Golden-gai district in Tokyo in April. (Japan Today)
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18th-century Utamaro woodblock print fetches world-record 745,000 euro in Paris

June 22, 2016 - 23:05
A Japanese woodblock print from the Edo Period fetched €745,000 ($841,000) at auction in Paris on Wednesday, setting a world record for both the genre and the artist, Kitagawa Utamaro, the auctioneer said. (Japan Times)
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3-year-old girl appears to have been killed by air bag deployment

June 21, 2016 - 22:38
A 3-year-old girl who died from a chest injury in a traffic accident in Osaka in February appears to have been killed by the deployment of the vehicle's air bag, police said Tuesday. (Japan Today)
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2 buildings to be national assets / Department store, temple recognized for design, culture

June 21, 2016 - 22:16
Two buildings in Tokyo will be designated as national important cultural properties. One is the Nihonbashi Mitsukoshi main store in Chuo Ward, Tokyo, which features outstanding design features such as a central hall with a large open ceiling space. (
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1 woman dead, 3 injured in stabbing rampage at Hokkaido shopping mall

June 21, 2016 - 13:20
A knife-wielding man stabbed four women at a shopping mall in Kushiro, Hokkaido on Tuesday, leaving one of them dead and the other three injured, police said. (Japan Today)
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Japan landslides, floods death toll rises to six

June 21, 2016 - 10:01
The death toll from landslides and floods in an earthquake-battered region of southern Japan has risen to six, an official said Wednesday, with all missing now accounted for. (AFP)
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Tires of more than 110 cars slashed in Ibaraki since March

June 20, 2016 - 23:09
Tires on more than 110 cars, including public vehicles parked at city halls and government-run institutions, have been slashed in Ibaraki Prefecture since March, police have revealed. (Japan Today)
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Naomi Fujiyama wins best actress award at Shanghai

June 20, 2016 - 22:54
Japanese actress Naomi Fujiyama has won the best actress award at the Shanghai International Film Festival. (NHK)
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Man held for confining sleeping woman on train in his apartment

June 19, 2016 - 08:10
Kanagawa prefectural police said Sunday they have arrested a 33-year-old man on suspicion of confining a woman in his apartment in Sagamihara, after he allegedly took her from a train while she was sleeping. (Japan Today)
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Sashihara wins AKB48's annual popularity vote

June 18, 2016 - 23:35
About 30,000 people from across Japan packed a baseball stadium in a Sea of Japan coastal city on Saturday for the annual vote counting event to announce the most popular members of the AKB48 family of all-girl pop groups. (Japan Today)
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Okinawa prepares for World War Two memorial day

June 18, 2016 - 23:19
People in Okinawa Prefecture, southwestern Japan, are preparing to commemorate the World War Two battle in the island prefecture. Prior to the memorial day, people cleaned a peace monument inscribed with the names of victims of the 1945 battle. (NHK)
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