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Man questioned over torching 24 vending machines

March 4, 2015 - 05:24
Police in Inagi, Tokyo, are questioning an unemployed 26-year-old man on suspicion of setting fire to at least 24 vending machines in the area this year. (Japan Today)
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Court rejects ex-AUM member Hirata's appeal against 9-yr prison term

March 4, 2015 - 05:06
The Tokyo High Court rejected Wednesday an appeal filed by a former senior member of the AUM Shinrikyo cult against a nine-year prison term handed down by a lower court for his involvement in three crimes. (Kyodo)
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JAL operates all-women flight for Girls' Day

March 3, 2015 - 09:25
Japan Airlines flew a plane serviced entirely by women to mark the country's girls' day festival on Tuesday. (NHK)
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Osaka police yet to crack down on 'JK' businesses in Nipponbashi

March 3, 2015 - 09:17
While police in Tokyo continue cracking down on illicit businesses employing underage school girls, a different situation is unfolding in Osaka. (Tokyo Reporter)
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Kiss ukiyo-e prints go on sale to rock art industry

March 3, 2015 - 09:10
Kiss, the veteran U.S. rock band famed for its makeup, elaborate costumes and wild stage performances, has adopted a new look to help revitalize a traditional Japanese art industry. (Asahi)
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Osaka taxi driver arrested in rape of drunken female passengers

March 3, 2015 - 06:31
Osaka Prefectural Police on Friday announced the arrest of a late-shift taxi driver from Joto Ward for allegedly raping a number of intoxicated female passengers, reports the Asahi Shimbun. (Tokyo Reporter)
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Resident in high-rise condo admits starting fire

March 3, 2015 - 06:30
A resident in the high-rise Tokyo condo where a fire broke out on Monday has admitted starting the fire, police said Tuesday. (Japan Today)
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Thai police arrest yakuza in Y1.5 billion fraud

March 3, 2015 - 03:31
Police in Thailand on Monday announced the arrest of a Japanese organized crime member who had been wanted in a fraud ring, reports Jiji Press. (Tokyo Reporter)
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Suspect rearrested after threatening gas station owner for 2nd time

March 2, 2015 - 22:39
A 65-year-old man who was arrested and jailed for causing trouble at a gasoline station in Mitaka, Tokyo, was rearrested after he returned to the same gas station upon his release and threatened the owner, police said Monday. (Japan Today)
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Puffer fish meal sickens five men in Japan

March 2, 2015 - 11:43
Five Japanese men have became sick after eating poisonous puffer fish, an official says, the latest victims of a delicacy seen as sophisticated by fans and crazy by others. (sbs.com.au)
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Tokyo cops bust 23-person hotel orgy, arrest manager

March 2, 2015 - 11:32
Tokyo Metropolitan Police on Monday announced the bust of a club in which male members have sex with prostitutes in hotel rooms, reports TBS News (March 2). (Tokyo Reporter)
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Massive power blackout hits Nagano Prefecture; hospitals, trains, homes affected

March 2, 2015 - 11:26
An estimated 380,000 homes in Nagano Prefecture lost power early Monday, Chubu Electric Power Co. said. (Japan Times)
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6-year-old boy goes missing in Toyonaka

March 2, 2015 - 07:11
Police in Toyonaka, Osaka, on Monday asked the public for any information on the whereabouts of a six-year-old boy who has been missing since Saturday. (Japan Today)
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18-year-old admits to killing young teenager

March 2, 2015 - 07:06
Police say the leader of a group of youths has admitted to fatally stabbing a 13-year-old boy in an alleged gang killing in Kawasaki City, near Tokyo. (NHK)
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Teen suspect in Kawasaki slaying says leader threatened to kill him, too

March 1, 2015 - 22:25
One of three male teenagers arrested on suspicion of fatally stabbing a 13-year-old boy along the Tama River in Kawasaki has told police that the ringleader threatened him, too, with death, investigative sources said Sunday. (Japan Times)
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Actress Rei Dan appointed 'washoku' ambassador

March 1, 2015 - 22:22
Japanese actress Rei Dan has been appointed an international goodwill ambassador for Japanese cuisine ("washoku"). Her mission is to spread appreciation for the many charms of "washoku," the agriculture ministry said. (Japan Today)
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Drug suspect who escaped from police by stealing taxi turns himself in

March 1, 2015 - 22:02
A 57-year-old man being investigated on a charge of possession of illegal drugs, who escaped from police by stealing a taxi in Shimonoseki, Yamaguchi Prefecture, on Feb 6, has turned himself in a police station. (Japan Today)
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Last section of Joban Expwy opens to traffic

March 1, 2015 - 21:43
The last section of the Joban Expressway, designed to connect the Tokyo metropolitan area with the Tohoku northeastern region, opened to traffic on Sunday after delays caused by the nuclear crisis that began almost four years ago. (The Japan News)
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Prince William dons warrior garb on Japan visit

March 1, 2015 - 02:15
The Duke of Cambridge was transformed into a samurai warlord when he visited the set of a long-running Japanese drama. (westernmorningnews.co.uk)
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Abe, Prince William visit Fukushima

February 28, 2015 - 23:23
Japan's Prime Minister Shinzo Abe joined Britain's Prince William on a visit to Fukushima Prefecture, northeastern Japan, on Saturday. (NHK)
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