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Japan's Empress plays piano to soprano singer

August 28, 2015 - 06:36
Japan's Empress Michiko has enjoyed playing the piano to the singing voice of a prominent foreign soprano. (NHK)
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Woman's naked corpse found inside Nakano apartment

August 27, 2015 - 23:30
Tokyo Metropolitan Police have launched a murder investigation following the discovery of the body of 25-year-old woman inside her apartment in Nakano Ward, reports Fuji News Network. (Tokyo Reporter)
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Body of naked woman found in Tokyo apartment

August 27, 2015 - 06:43
The body of a naked woman was found in her apartment in Tokyo's Nakano Ward on Wednesday night, police said, adding that she had been strangled to death. (Japan Today)
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5 killed after minivan crashes on Nara bridge

August 27, 2015 - 04:46
Three men and two woman were killed after the minivan they were traveling in flipped over and slammed into the railing of a bridge in Asuka, Nara Prefecture, early Thursday. (Japan Today)
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Police riled by flood of 110 calls tied to bogus smartphone tip tweeting the rounds

August 27, 2015 - 04:44
A bogus smartphone tip spreading through tweets is causing a headache for the National Police Agency as users have been tricked into dialing the emergency number 110 in at least 22 prefectures. (Japan Times)
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Tochigi car chase leads to arrest of yakuza boss

August 26, 2015 - 23:23
As a part of an investigation into a car accident earlier this year in Utsunomiya City, an organized crime boss has been arrested for a firearms violation, reports Fuji News Network (Tokyo Reporter)
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American man initially held for dumping woman's body into sea faces charge in her slaying

August 26, 2015 - 23:20
An American man arrested earlier this month in connection with the death of a Japanese woman whose body was found off the coast of Miura, Kanagawa Prefecture, is expected to face another arrest warrant shortly, this time for killing the woman, an investigative source said Wednesday. (Japan Times)
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Suspect in Osaka kid murder case slipped from police question in Tokyo

August 26, 2015 - 22:59
Koji Yamada, the 45-year-old man who was arrested in Osaka Prefecture last week for abandoning a girl's body, was questioned by police in Tokyo before committing the alleged crime, it was learned on Wednesday. (Jiji Press)
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Toyama woman admits to killing father, encasing corpse in concrete

August 26, 2015 - 07:36
Toyama Prefectural Police on Tuesday arrested a 56-year-old woman for allegedly dumping the body of her father outside their home in Takaoka City. Investigators are now working to apply murder charges, reports the Asahi Shimbun (Aug. 26). (Tokyo Reporter)
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Man arrested for scamming millions of yen with complaints of 'soggy bread'

August 26, 2015 - 06:08
Soggy bread is the pits. A great sandwich is equal parts texture and taste, so there's no greater let-down when your bread feels like a freshly opened bucket of tile grout. (
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12-year-old boy dies after apparently falling from bridge

August 26, 2015 - 05:24
The body of a 12-year-old boy was found on a riverbank in Ome, Tokyo, police said Wednesday, adding that he apparently fell from a bridge. (Japan Today)
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Yakuza syndicate raided over illegal dumping of toxic waste

August 26, 2015 - 04:19
Police raided the headquarters of Japan's largest yakuza syndicate Yamaguchi-gumi on Tuesday after 14 workers at a waste disposal plant in Kobe, western Japan, became sick after treating waste from the building early this month. (Japan Times)
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Signal glitch halts Tokyo-Yokohama Tokyu trains for four hours, stranding 360,000

August 25, 2015 - 23:30
As many as 360,000 commuters on their way home after work faced major train disruptions Tuesday evening on three Tokyu railway lines linking the Tokyo and Yokohama areas, with the operator suspecting trouble with a circuit breaker in the signal system. (Japan Times)
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Japan's escalator rules drastically changed

August 25, 2015 - 23:25
Escalators are convenient to ride, but if something goes wrong they can be the scene of serious accidents. (The Japan News)
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More baths OK tattooed visitors; stickers needed

August 25, 2015 - 23:07
Restrictions on tattooed customers at bathing facilities and resort swimming areas are being loosened around the country. (The Japan News)
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Murder of Osaka students highlights street children problem

August 25, 2015 - 13:27
The murder this month of two junior high school students from Osaka Prefecture who loitered around a train station until the morning of the day they disappeared, has highlighted the problem of street children and prompted locals to enhance measures to protect them. (Japan Times)
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Tokyo cops: Janitor robbed 100 homes to pay for sex

August 25, 2015 - 05:11
Tokyo Metropolitan Police on Tuesday announced the arrest of a 33-year-old male who robbed more than 100 residences in order to pay for visits to sex parlors, reports TV Asahi (Aug. 25). (Tokyo Reporter)
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Blood found in car of man arrested over Osaka girl's murder

August 24, 2015 - 22:16
A small amount of blood was found in a car owned by Koji Yamada, who was arrested Friday on suspicion of abandoning the body of a 13-year-old girl from Osaka Prefecture, investigative sources said Monday. (Japan Times)
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Huge fire breaks out at steel plant near Haneda airport

August 24, 2015 - 05:24
A huge fire broke out Monday at a steel pipe plant near Tokyo's Haneda airport, a fire department official said, as television images showed plumes of thick black smoke and flames shooting up into the air. (Japan Today)
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Police link adhesive tape found on bodies of slain Osaka boy, girl

August 23, 2015 - 22:58
Adhesive tape wrapped around parts of the bodies of two Osaka youths who were murdered earlier this month and found at different locations likely came from the same roll, investigators said Sunday. (Japan Times)
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