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Man arrested after trying to steal car with police officers inside it

10 hours 52 min ago
A 23-year-old man from Anjo, Aichi Prefecture, was arrested in Shizuoka Prefecture, early Monday morning after trying to steal a police car that had police officers inside it. (Japan Today)
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Ex-yakuza boss nabbed in attempted extortion of actress Akiko Nishina

September 25, 2017 - 06:33
Tokyo Metropolitan Police on Saturday arrested a former gang boss in the attempted extortion of actress Akiko Nishina, reports the Sankei Shimbun (
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Giant panda cub born at Tokyo's Ueno zoo named Shan Shan

September 25, 2017 - 06:22
The new giant panda cub born at a Tokyo zoo has been named Shan Shan, or Xiang Xiang in Chinese, a source familiar with the case said Monday ahead of the metropolitan government's announcement on the naming later in the day. (Kyodo)
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Aircraft part falls on car in Osaka

September 24, 2017 - 23:41
A panel fell off a commercial jet and hit a car driving in central Osaka on Saturday. (NHK)
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Takamatsu: Machete-wielding man breaks into neighbor's home, slashes family of 4

September 24, 2017 - 23:38
A machete-wielding man barged into the neighboring home of a family of four in Takamatsu City on Sunday and slashed them all. (
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Shinkansen train halts after passenger's tablet catches fire, singes seat-back table

September 24, 2017 - 23:23
A tablet computer owned by a passenger apparently caught fire aboard a shinkansen train Sunday, forcing an emergency halt to the train, police and the railway said. (Japan Times)
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Osaka man stabs wife to death during dispute about her bulimia

September 24, 2017 - 02:12
Osaka Prefectural Police have arrested a 48-year-old man who allegedly stabbed his common-law wife to death at their residence in Sakai City last week after a dispute about her bulimia-like behavior. The woman's daughter was also seriously injured in the incident, reports the Sankei Shimbun (
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Hyogo police took wrong corpse from morgue for autopsy

September 24, 2017 - 02:06
A failure to follow protocol caused police officers in Kawanishi City to confuse the bodies of two elderly men, resulting in the wrong corpse undergoing an autopsy, it was learned on Friday, reports NHK (
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Passenger brings bus to halt after driver suffers fatal heart attack

September 24, 2017 - 00:46
A passenger took the steering wheel of an expressway bus and brought it to a halt after the driver lost consciousness on the Tohoku Expressway in Osaki, Miyagi Prefecture, on Friday night. The 46-year-old driver was taken to hospital where he was pronounced dead, police said. (Japan Today)
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16-year-old boy arrested over father's murder

September 22, 2017 - 08:30
Police in Shizuoka City said Friday they have arrested a 16-year-old boy on suspicion of stabbing his 51-year-old father to death at their home. (Japan Today)
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Veteran Japanese adventurer plans unassisted solo trek to South Pole

September 22, 2017 - 07:47
A 40-year-old Japanese adventurer will embark on an unassisted solo trek in mid-November journeying approximately 1,130 km across Antarctica to the South Pole. (Japan Times)
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Filipino admits involvement in 2004 murder of Japanese student

September 21, 2017 - 23:54
A 31-year-old Filipino on an international wanted list for suspected involvement in a 2004 rape and murder in baraki Prefecture on Thursday admitted his guilt to Kyodo News. (Japan Today)
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Namie Amuro to retire next year

September 20, 2017 - 22:40
Popular Japanese singer Namie Amuro has announced that she will retire next September. (NHK)
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Emperor visits shrine for ancient Korean settlers

September 20, 2017 - 22:24
Emperor Akihito on Wednesday visited a shrine dedicated to ancient Korean settlers in Hidaka, Saitama Prefecture. (Japan Today)
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Tokyo man arrested after apartment blaze

September 20, 2017 - 06:52
Tokyo Metropolitan Police have arrested a 32-year-old man after a fire at a government-run apartment in Edogawa Ward on Monday resulted in injuries to himself and one other person, reports NHK (
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Foreign crime fears spur Tokyo cops to search Roppongi sex parlors

September 20, 2017 - 06:51
Fears about foreign crime caused Tokyo Metropolitan Police to conduct searches through sex parlors in the Roppongi entertainment last week, an initiative that is part of law enforcement’s preparation for the upcoming Olympic Games, reports TV Asahi (
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Fukuoka man stabbed by wife makes emergency call, says guts 'coming out'

September 20, 2017 - 06:47
Fukuoka Prefectural Police have arrested a 36-year-old woman in Yukahashi City after she admitted to stabbing her husband, who himself told police his intestines were "coming out" in an emergency call. (
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Money dispute said to have led wife to break husband's 54 violins

September 19, 2017 - 23:02
The estranged wife of a former violin maker broke into his house and destroyed 54 violins and 70 bows after they fought over payments for child support, prosecutors said Tuesday. (Japan Times)
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Missing Sesshu painting found after 84 years

September 19, 2017 - 22:38
A work by 15th-century ink wash painter Sesshu that had been missing for 84 years has been found. (NHK)
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Teenagers admit to playing prank in suicide cave

September 19, 2017 - 22:35
Okinawa police say most of a group of teenagers arrested for vandalizing a site of mass suicide during World War Two say they were playing a prank without knowing the site's historic significance. (NHK)
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