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Osaka cops: Married couple confined 3-year-old boy prior to his death

July 28, 2016 - 22:57
Osaka Prefectural Police have arrested a 32-year-old man and his wife for over the alleged confinement of their son, 3, that led to his death in Sakai City, reports the Asahi Shimbun (Tokyo Reporter)
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Smoking rate for Japanese men falls below 30%

July 28, 2016 - 22:53
The smoking rate for Japanese men stood at 29.7 percent as of May this year, slipping below 30 percent for the first time since the survey began in 1965, Japan Tobacco Inc. said Thursday. (Japan Times)
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Teen couple arrested for burying newborn baby in park

July 28, 2016 - 22:48
Police in Takasaki, Gunma Prefecture, have arrested a teenage couple on charges of burying the dead body of their newborn baby girl. (Japan Today)
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Naked passenger arrested for causing damage inside taxi

July 27, 2016 - 23:01
Police in Sapporo have arrested a 24-year-old man for causing damage to a taxi after he got into the vehicle naked and caused a ruckus when the driver asked him to get out. (Japan Today)
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Sagamihara stabbings: Suspect prosecuted, offers apology

July 27, 2016 - 06:48
The day after a stabbing rampage inside a facility for the handicapped in Sagamihara City, the 26-year-old suspect in the case was sent to prosecutors, reports TBS News. (Tokyo Reporter)
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14-year-old girl arrested for strangling grandfather to death

July 27, 2016 - 05:57
Police in Midori, Gunma Prefecture, said Wednesday they have arrested a 14-year-old girl on suspicion of strangling her 76-year-old grandfather to death. (Japan Today)
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Chiba cops: Man killed woman in Funabashi hotel

July 27, 2016 - 05:54
Chiba Prefectural Police have arrested a 36-year-old man in the killing of a woman at a hotel in Funabashi City, reports Nippon News Network (July 27). (Tokyo Reporter)
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Manhunt underway after deliveryman stabbed with ice pick in Hiroshima

July 27, 2016 - 05:51
Hiroshima Prefectural Police are searching for an assailant who stabbed a newspaper deliveryman with an ice pick in Hiroshima City early Wednesday, reports the Yomiuri Shimbun (July 27). (Tokyo Reporter)
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Japan attack: Biggest danger country faces is overreaction

July 26, 2016 - 23:18
Mass killings are rare in Japan. Guns are heavily restricted and almost impossible to come by outside of the closed world of yakuza gangsters: police recorded just a single gun fatality for the whole of the country last year. The weapon of choice on the isolated occasions when someone runs amok is usually a knife. (
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Tokyo cops: Husband of woman found in suitcase admits killing her

July 26, 2016 - 12:47
Tokyo Metropolitan Police have re-arrested a 36-year-old Chinese man for the dumping of the body of his wife in a canal in Shinagawa Ward last month, reports the Asahi Shimbun (July 26). (Tokyo Reporter)
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Experts say determining Kanagawa attacker's motive will be difficult

July 26, 2016 - 12:42
Following the murder of 19 people at a care facility by a former staff member, experts are trying to determine the motivation behind the attack. (Japan Times)
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Attacker suggested stabbing rampage in letter

July 26, 2016 - 12:36
The man who went on a stabbing rampage at a facility for the disabled had written a letter hinting about the attack to the speaker of the Lower House of the Diet. (NHK)
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Shock as peaceful Japanese town wakes to knife rampage

July 26, 2016 - 06:44
SAGAMIHARA - Shock and bewilderment gripped neighbors of a center for mentally disabled people in Sagamihara, Kanagawa Prefecture, on Tuesday after a man stabbed and killed 19 residents in their sleep and wounded dozens more in Japan's worst mass killing in decades. (Japan Today)
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Shark likely attacked surfer off Kochi Prefecture

July 25, 2016 - 23:47
A shark is believed to have attacked a 29-year-old man Sunday evening when he was surfing in shallow waters off Irino Beach, a popular surfing spot in Kochi Prefecture, according to the Japan Coast Guard. (Japan Times)
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Emperor, Empress to stay in villa till Thursday

July 25, 2016 - 23:23
The Emperor and Empress arrived at the Nasu Imperial Villa, north of Tokyo on Monday for rest and recuperation. (NHK )
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Pokemon Go players flock to 'sacred' park in Nagoya

July 24, 2016 - 23:54
Hundreds of Pokemon Go players have been flocking to a park here since Saturday night, dubbing the hotspot "sacred ground" due to the resemblance one of the park's features has with a key part of the game. (Tokyo Reporter)
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Okinawa cops accuse another U.S. serviceman of drunk driving

July 24, 2016 - 23:42
Since the lifting of an off-base ban on alcohol last month, Okinawa Prefectural Police have arrested a second U.S. serviceman for drunk driving, reports TBS News. (Tokyo Reporter)
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Tokyo cops: Officer dies in 9-floor plunge from Harajuku Police Station

July 24, 2016 - 23:31
Tokyo Metropolitan Police suspect that a officer committed suicide on Sunday by jumping from a police station building in Shibuya Ward, reports Nippon News Network (July 24). (Tokyo Reporter)
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'Pokemon Go' player wanders onto expressway

July 24, 2016 - 23:28
Police in Gifu Prefecture in central Japan found a man walking along an expressway, having lost his way while playing the smartphone game "Pokemon Go." (NHK)
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Kumamoto quake victims remembered in 100th-day ceremonies

July 24, 2016 - 23:23
A memorial ceremony was held in Mashiki, Kumamoto Prefecture, on Sunday to mark the 100th day after a series of powerful earthquakes heavily damaged the town and surrounding areas in southwestern Japan. (Jiji Press)
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