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Couple arrested at Tokyo's Haneda airport for attempting to smuggle meth worth Y1.8 billion

April 23, 2018 - 19:39
A 43-year-old man and his 34-year-old wife have been arrested at Tokyo’s Haneda airport on suspicion of smuggling methamphetamine with an approximate street value of ¥1.8 billion ($16.7 million), police and customs officials said Monday. (Japan Times)
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Emperor, Empress visit Linnaeus exhibition

April 23, 2018 - 19:20
Japan's Emperor and Empress have joined Sweden's King and Queen in visiting an exhibition on the Swedish botanist Carl Linnaeus in Tokyo. (NHK)
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Member of comedy duo accused of illicit filming prior to breakup

April 22, 2018 - 20:27
Tokyo Metropolitan Police arrested a member of a comedy duo over illicit filming of a woman at a subway station the day before the unit broke up, reports Nippon News Network. (
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World’s oldest person, last born in 19th century, dies in Japan at 117

April 22, 2018 - 20:26
The world’s oldest person, a 117-year-old Japanese woman, has died. Nabi Tajima died of old age in a hospital Saturday evening in Kikai, Kagoshima Prefecture, town official Susumu Yoshiyuki confirmed. (Japan Times)
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Tokyo cops re-arrest 'Kamen Rider' actor over molestation of second woman

April 22, 2018 - 00:45
Tokyo Metropolitan Police have re-arrested a 30-year-old actor in the “Kamen Rider” television series for molesting a second woman in Setagaya Ward last month, reports Jiji Press (
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Man stabbed in back while walking home in Chiba Pref

April 22, 2018 - 00:28
A 58-year-old man was stabbed in the back as he walked home in Nagareyama, Chiba Prefecture, police said Saturday. (Japan Today)
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Ex-taxi driver fined Y300,000 for stalking actress Momoko Kikuchi

April 22, 2018 - 00:26
The Tokyo Summary Court ordered a former taxi driver to pay a fine of 300,000 yen for stalking actress Momoko Kikuchi at her residence, reports TV Asahi (
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Wakayama police: Man, 29, staged murder of wife as accidental drowning

April 20, 2018 - 23:43
Wakayama Prefectural Police have arrested a 29-year-old man over the murder of his wife during a diving excursion in the town of Shirahama last year, a case that he framed as an accidental drowning, reports the Yomiuri Shimbun (
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BOJ official suspected of stealing commemorative gold coins

April 20, 2018 - 23:09
The Bank of Japan said Wednesday that a veteran official at its Currency Issue Department is believed to have stolen commemorative gold coins from a safe. (Jiji)
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Doctor, 29, found with marijuana in Shibuya

April 18, 2018 - 22:41
Tokyo Metropolitan Police have arrested a 29-year-old male doctor over the alleged possession of marijuana in Shibuya Ward earlier this month, reports the Asahi Shimbun. (
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24 years sought for ex-NHK reporter for allegedly raping 3 women

April 18, 2018 - 22:27
Public prosecutors demanded 24 years in prison on Wednesday for a former Japan Broadcasting Corp. (NHK) reporter, blaming him for raping and injuring multiple women. (Jiji)
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Justice minister apologizes as 6,600 police hunt fugitive thief

April 17, 2018 - 22:54
Japan's justice minister apologized Tuesday over the escape of a "model" inmate who fled an open prison more than a week ago, as the number of police hunting him passed 6,000. (Japan Today)
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Saitama: Teacher not prosecuted in alleged indecent assault of woman

April 17, 2018 - 22:51
Prosecutors have announced the non-prosecution of a middle school teacher who was accused of molesting a woman as she returned home in Fujimino City last year, reports TBS News (
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Detainees go on hunger strike at Ibaraki detention center

April 17, 2018 - 22:47
Foreigners held in a Japanese immigration detention centre have launched a hunger strike over the death of a detainee, drawing fresh attention to conditions under which they are held. (Japan Today)
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Man arrested for fatally stabbing woman in Hiroshima hotel room

April 17, 2018 - 22:46
Police have arrested a 44-year-old man on suspicion of stabbing to death a 48-year-old woman in a hotel room in Hiroshima City. (Japan Today)
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Shiga cops seek help of public in identifying severed woman's corpse

April 16, 2018 - 23:55
Shiga Prefectural Police are seeking the help of the public in identifying a woman’s corpse found severed in Moriyama City one month ago, reports NHK (
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Nagoya's Shachihoko Boys look to make global splash

April 16, 2018 - 23:55
Men wearing gold, full-body suits and costume hats, themed as taiyaki (a waffle-like cake shaped like a fish, typically filled with red bean paste), have started to appear in central Nagoya, attracting the attention of pedestrians. (Japan Times)
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85-year-old woman fatally struck by driver playing Pokemon Go

April 16, 2018 - 23:43
An 85-year-old woman was fatally struck by a car in Nishio City, Aichi Prefecture, police said Sunday. The female driver of the car, who resides in the same city, was arrested on suspicion of negligent driving resulting in death, Sankei Shimbun reported. (Japan Today)
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Prison escapee continues to evade police on small island

April 15, 2018 - 23:02
The whereabouts of a 27-year-old prison escapee remained unknown on Sunday, with a weeklong search involving some 6,600 police officers on a small forested western Japan island failing to nab the convicted thief. (Japan Today)
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Filipino held after 10 guns, 200 bullets found in vacated Tokyo dorm room

April 14, 2018 - 23:00
A Filipino man has been arrested after police found 10 guns and more than 200 bullets earlier this week in a Tokyo dormitory room where he recently lived. (Japan Times)
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