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Woman wrongly arrested by Osaka Pref police; 9th wrongful arrest since last July

April 23, 2014 - 23:26
Police in Neyagawa, Osaka Prefecture, admitted Wednesday that they mistakenly arrested a woman in her 20s over her suspected involvement in a blackmail case which occurred in January of this year. (Japan Today)
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Bigger damages ordered over suicide of Japan MSDF crewman

April 23, 2014 - 23:13
Tokyo High Court ordered the state and a former Maritime Self-Defense Force officer on Wednesday to pay 73 million yen in compensation for the 2004 suicide of a junior crewman of an MSDF destroyer after bullying by the officer. (Jiji Press)
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100,000 apply to participate in first public tours of parts of Imperial Palace

April 23, 2014 - 07:57
The Imperial Household Agency announced this week that it has received over 100,000 applications from individuals seeking to participate in the first ever public opening of parts of the Imperial Palace. (Japan Today)
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79-year-old woman stabbed to death in Shizuoka home

April 22, 2014 - 23:34
Police in Hamamatsu, Shizuoka Prefecture, said Tuesday that a 79-year-old woman was stabbed to death at her home. (Japan Today)
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Ex-judge installed camera in women's toilet at Ministry of Justice

April 22, 2014 - 12:22
A former judge from the Ministry of Justice is alleged to have installed a camera inside a women's toilet inside a ministry building in Kasumigaseki, people with knowledge of the matter announced on Monday, reports Sports Nippon (Apr. 22). (Tokyo Reporter)
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Hunters kill bear after it attacks man in Niigata

April 22, 2014 - 07:22
Hunters shot and killed a bear on Monday after it attacked a man in Murakami, Niigata Prefecture. (Japan Today)
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Justin Bieber 'in a happy place,' hits Tokyo with mom Pattie Mallette

April 21, 2014 - 07:16
Justin Bieber flies to Tokyo, Japan, with mom Pattie Mallette, leaving his legal woes, Drake Bell drama and the debate on the deportation petition behind. (
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Daughter arrested for killing 83-year-old mother with kettle

April 21, 2014 - 06:50
Police in Okazaki, Aichi Prefecture, said Monday they have arrested a 55-year-old woman for fatally beating her 83-year-old mother with a kettle at their home. (Japan Today)
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Man stabs ex-girlfriend, her parents in their home in Aichi

April 20, 2014 - 23:57
Police in Fuso, Aichi Prefecture, said Sunday they have arrested an unemployed 38-year-old man for attempted murder after he broke into the home of his ex-girlfriend and stabbed her and her parents. (Japan Today)
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Man jumps to death after fatally stabbing father

April 20, 2014 - 23:55
Police in Tokyo said that a 46-year-old man apparently jumped to his death after fatally stabbing his father at their condominium in Tokyo's Koto Ward on Sunday morning. (Japan Today)
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Matsushima gull feeding ban to protect pine trees

April 20, 2014 - 23:47
Feeding black-tailed gulls has been a popular activity on the sightseeing boats that cruise around the Matsushima islets, considered to be one of the three most beautiful spots in Japan, but local authorities banned the practice this month in a bid to protect the islets' famous pine trees from withering as a result of nitrogen in the droppings of the gulls, who have bred in large numbers in the area. (The Japan News)
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Serial burglar suspected of over 100 thefts

April 19, 2014 - 23:10
Police in Tokyo have arrested a 41-year-old construction worker on suspicion of stealing over 10 million yen in cash and precious jewels. (Japan Today)
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Japan opens Imperial Palace to public

April 19, 2014 - 13:34
Japan opened the Imperial Palace to the public on Saturday, starting a string of special palace openings to celebrate the longevity of Emperor Akihito who turned 80 last December. (Jiji Press)
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Male cross-dresser arrested for assaulting 3 elementary school students

April 19, 2014 - 02:54
Kanagawa prefectural police said Friday they have arrested an unemployed 42-year-old man on assault charges for allegedly attacked a 10-year-old elementary school boy and two others as they were playing in Yokosuka City in February of this year. (Japan Today)
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Japan virtual star Hatsune Miku to join Lady Gaga tour

April 19, 2014 - 02:51
Hatsune Miku, a computer-generated Japanese pop star who performs as a hologram, is to support some of Lady Gaga's tour of North America next month, the U.S. songstress has announced on Twitter. (Japan Today)
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Murakami's new book hits shelves amid fan frenzy; more ordered

April 19, 2014 - 02:45
Haruki Murakami's first collection of short stories in nine years hit store shelves in Japan on Friday with excited fans lining up for the midnight launch. (Japan Times)
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Police officer arrested for sexually assaulting woman on train

April 18, 2014 - 07:49
A police officer has been arrested for assaulting a woman on a train car in Tokyo. Police identified the suspect as Akira Inada, 53, who works at the Ushigome Station. (Japan Today)
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Car being chased by police plunges into sea, killing driver

April 17, 2014 - 23:33
A man was killed after the car he was driving plunged into the sea while he was being chased by a police car in Kurashiki, Okayama Prefecture, on Thursday morning. (Japan Today)
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Man jumps to death from 8th floor of Foreign Ministry building

April 17, 2014 - 23:32
An employee of the Foreign Ministry jumped to his death from the 8th floor at the ministry, police said Thursday. (Japan Today)
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Homemaker joins Japan girl band AKB48

April 17, 2014 - 23:22
Japanese commercial music juggernaut AKB48 has added a 37-year-old mother of two to the wildly popular all-girl group as it looks to broaden the appeal of its teen-dominated line-up. (AFP)
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