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Cartoonist Shigeru Mizuki finally gets to live in 'the other world'

December 1, 2015 - 09:10
Manga artist Shigeru Mizuki, who died Nov. 30 at age 93, enjoyed living like a cat--sleeping whenever he felt like it, and then waking up with a big yawn. He was convinced from boyhood that he "could never live any other way than as a lazy bum." (Asahi)
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Tochigi cops arrest housewife for poisoning husband's shochu

December 1, 2015 - 04:47
Tochigi Prefectural Police on Monday arrested a 33-year-old housewife in Utsunomiya City for attempting to kill her estranged husband by poisoning his alcohol, reports Nippon News Network (Nov. 30). (Tokyo Reporter)
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Kyoto cops bust Japan's top dating site for prostitution

November 30, 2015 - 22:57
Kyoto Prefectural Police on Monday busted a company that operates the top dating site in Japan for fostering prostitution, reports NHK (Nov. 30). (Tokyo Reporter)
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16-day-old girl dies after being put in trash can by parents

November 30, 2015 - 22:29
Police in Yonezawa, Yamagata Prefecture, have arrested a 23-year-old man and his 17-year-old wife over the fatal abuse of their 16-day-old daughter. The infant died after she was placed in a trash can, Fuji TV reported. (Japan Today)
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Osaka court finds mother not guilty in death of myopathic daughter

November 30, 2015 - 22:18
The Osaka District Court on Monday found a 20-year-old mother not guilty of causing the death last year of her 3-year-old daughter, who had an intractable disease, by not feeding her sufficiently. (Japan Today)
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Veteran manga artist Shigeru Mizuki dies at 93

November 30, 2015 - 12:03
Veteran Japanese manga artist Shigeru Mizuki has died. He was known for works featuring "yokai" monsters and those depicting the misery of war. (NHK)
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2 men beat up KFC employee, steal Y900,000

November 29, 2015 - 22:34
Two men assaulted the employee of a KFC store in Chiba Prefecture and stole 900,000 yen early Sunday morning, police said. (Japan Today)
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Body-swinging monks chant prayers at Kyoto's Higashi-Honganji temple

November 29, 2015 - 22:27
Seventy seated Buddhist monks intoned "nenbutsu" prayers and "wasan" hymns while swaying their bodies in unison during the annual memorial service at the famed Higashi-Honganji temple in Shimogyo Ward here on Nov. 28. (Asahi)
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Probe into yakuza-linked insurance fraud widens to include comedians

November 29, 2015 - 00:08
Tokyo Metropolitan Police on Friday re-arrested more than a dozen suspects, including one organized crime member, as a part of an ongoing health insurance fraud investigation that now includes comedians affiliated with a major entertainment agency, reports Sports Hochi (Nov. 28). (Tokyo Reporter)
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Prince Hitachi, emperor's younger brother, turns 80

November 28, 2015 - 23:55
Prince Hitachi, the younger brother of Emperor Akihito, marked his 80th birthday on Nov. 28. (Asahi)
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X Japan kicks off world tour in town devastated by tsunami

November 28, 2015 - 23:37
When popular heavy rock band X Japan's leader stopped by a live house here two years ago, an employee who showed the musician around could not believe what he was hearing. (Asahi)
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Japanese firm Soineya offer single women sleepovers with male models

November 27, 2015 - 23:04
A Japanese firm has launched a service for single women where they can select a man to go to their house so they can enjoy a platonic sleepover. (
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Two Indonesians detained in Japan for alleged weapons trading

November 27, 2015 - 23:00
Japanese authorities had arrested two Indonesians on suspicion that they had violated local laws on rifle possession and trading, an official said on Friday. (
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Tokyo cops arrest Brazilian male for pimping ex-girlfriend

November 27, 2015 - 12:09
Tokyo Metropolitan Police have arrested a 24-year-old Brazilian male for forcing his former girlfriend into prostitution in November, reports NHK (Nov. 27). (Tokyo Reporter)
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No full-scale yakuza war ... yet

November 27, 2015 - 12:05
No major gangster bloodbath has occurred in the three months since Japan's largest yakuza organization, Yamaguchi-gumi, split into two rival mobs, but to say the sides are living in harmony would be an exaggeration. (Asahi)
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Japan's farming crisis worsens as one in five workers abandoned roots in past five years

November 27, 2015 - 12:03
Government figures show a sharp and continuous fall-off in the number of farmers over the past five years that potentially threatens the landscape as its stewards leave the sector and are not replaced. (Japan Times)
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NHK announces 'Kohaku Uta Gassen' lineup

November 27, 2015 - 11:57
NHK released the lineup Thursday for the 66th edition of its annual "Kohaku Uta Gassen" yearend song contest. (Japan Times)
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Ex-Aum member acquitted and released

November 27, 2015 - 11:40
A former member of the Aum Shinrikyo cult has been released from detention after the Tokyo High Court acquitted her over a parcel bomb attack 20 years ago. (NHK)
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Man says he left mother's body at home because he couldn't afford funeral

November 26, 2015 - 22:47
Police have arrested a 67-year-old man who abandoned the body of his 87-year-old mother at her home two years ago because he could not afford to pay for her funeral. (Japan Today)
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Second of two emus on lam in Japan nabbed safely

November 26, 2015 - 22:45
Police and animal protection center officials captured the last of two emus, an ostrich-like bird from Australia, that escaped from a farm in Takasaki, Gunma Prefecture, earlier this month. (Japan Times)
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