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Fukuoka police arrest Kudo-kai chairman for attempted blackmail

January 27, 2015 - 03:42
Fukuoka Prefectural Police on Monday took the acting chairman of the Kudo-kai organized crime group into custody for allegedly blackmailing the owner of a building, reports the Yommiuri Shimbun (Jan. 26). (Tokyo Reporter)
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95-year-old man arrested for killing wife with cane

January 26, 2015 - 23:30
Police in Sukumo, Kochi Prefecture, said Monday they have arrested a 95-year-old man on suspicion of killing his 88-year-old wife by hitting her with a cane. (Japan Today)
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Crown prince meets new Saudi king

January 26, 2015 - 23:27
Crown Prince Naruhito met Saudi Arabia's new King Salman in the Saudi capital of Riyadh on Sunday and expressed his condolences over the death of King Abdullah, who passed away on Friday. (The Japan News)
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Fire drill held to protect Horyuji temple assets

January 26, 2015 - 23:19
A fire drill was conducted at Horyuji temple, a UNESCO World Heritage site in Ikaruga, Nara Prefecture, on Monday, which was Cultural Property Fire Prevention Day. About 100 personnel participated, including temple priests and local firemen. (The Japan News)
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Two children killed after train hits car in Aomori

January 26, 2015 - 12:22
Two children were killed after the car they were riding in with their mother was hit by a train at a railway crossing in Aomori City. (Japan Today)
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Osaka policeman arrested over murder of girlfriend

January 26, 2015 - 01:20
A 26-year-old Osaka policeman was arrested Sunday on suspicion of murdering his 23-year-old girlfriend. (Japan Today)
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Beheading of Japanese citizen leaves Tokyo with agonizing choice

January 26, 2015 - 01:09
The Islamic State beheaded one of the two Japanese citizens it has been holding, but signaled a potential willingness to negotiate over the fate of the other one - offering a tiny sliver of hope to a Japan reeling from shock and grief. (
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Man arrested for poking needle into bread in Chiba convenience store

January 25, 2015 - 15:06
Police in Chiba said Saturday they have arrested a 57-year-old man on suspicion of poking a needle into bread at a convenience store on Jan 14. (Japan Today)
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17-year-old boy arrested over death of grandfather

January 24, 2015 - 01:12
Police in Fukaya, Saitama Prefecture, said Friday they have arrested a 17-year-old boy on suspicion of killing his 73-year-old grandfather with whom he lived. (Japan Today)
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Another ex-Aum member on death row testifies in peer's trial

January 24, 2015 - 01:10
A former senior Aum Supreme Truth cult member on death row testified about how the cult's leader ordered his followers to commit a series of deadly crimes, at the trial of a fellow former member at the Tokyo District Court on Friday. (The Japan News)
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Japan extends surveillance of Aum cults

January 24, 2015 - 00:57
The Public Security Examination Commission decided Friday to extend the surveillance period for two groups deriving from the Aum Shinrikyo doomsday cult for three more years. (Jiji Press)
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Woman murdered in Tokyo; missing son found dead after possible suicide

January 23, 2015 - 06:31
Police investigating the murder of a 64-year-old woman in Tokyo's Suginami Ward said Friday that her 38-year-old son apparently committed suicide in the mountains near Okutamamachi. (Japan Today)
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7-year-old boy dies after being buried by snow

January 23, 2015 - 06:26
A 7-year-old boy died after being buried in snow in Shinanomachi, Nagano Prefecture, police said Friday. (Japan Today)
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Woman arrested over attempted murder of 8-year-old son

January 22, 2015 - 07:38
Police in Okazaki, Aichi Prefecture, said Thursday they have arrested a 33-year-old woman on suspicion of attempting to kill her 8-year-old son. (Japan Today)
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Former AKB48 idol's crowdfunding campaign includes date rewards

January 22, 2015 - 07:36
The former AKB48 idol Anna Mori is crowdfunding her first photobook after recently turning 20 years old (the "age of majority" in Japan, similar to turning 18 in the U.S.) and quickly raised 2,000,000 yen (about US$16,957) with a little help from some unique backer rewards. Mori offered threedates for backers who paid 200,000 yen (US$1,695). (
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Gov't to tighten penalties for dangerous bicycle riding

January 21, 2015 - 23:29
The government has finalized details for tougher penalties for "dangerous" bicycle riding, which includes using smartphones while on a bike. (Japan Today)
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Aum death row inmate blames self for Takahashi

January 21, 2015 - 23:08
A former senior Aum Supreme Truth cult member on death row claimed responsibility for a fellow former member's involvement in a series of Aum-committed deadly crimes, in a trial at Tokyo District Court on Wednesday. (The Japan News)
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Captive journalist went looking for other hostage

January 21, 2015 - 09:04
A Syrian man says he recalls speaking with the Japanese journalist held captive by the militant group believed to be Islamic State. He says Kenji Goto told him he was planning to look for the other Japanese hostage. (NHK)
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Tokyo cops bust 'JK' parlor in Takadanobaba

January 21, 2015 - 08:44
Tokyo Metropolitan Police on Wednesday announced the bust of a massage parlor staffed with school girls in Shinjuku Ward for harmful employment of minors, reports TBS News (Jan. 21). (Tokyo Reporter)
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Family: Goto went missing in October

January 20, 2015 - 23:32
The family of journalist Kenji Goto told Japan's Foreign Ministry that he did not come home after a scheduled return date of October 29th last year. (NHK)
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