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Tokyo police bust 2 Kabukicho clubs for overcharging

May 22, 2015 - 13:15
In a crackdown on overcharging of customers, Tokyo Metropolitan Police on Friday announced the bust of two hostess clubs in Shinjuku Ward for overcharging customers, reports the TBS News (May 22). (Tokyo Reporter)
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Man arrested for threatening Princess Kako online

May 21, 2015 - 23:20
Police said Thursday they have arrested an unemployed 43-year-old man on suspicion of posting an online threat against Princess Kako. (Japan Today)
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3 teenagers indicted over murder of boy in Kawasaki

May 21, 2015 - 23:13
Public prosecutors indicted three male teenagers Thursday over the high-profile murder of a 13-year-old boy in Kawasaki, Kanagawa Prefecture, south of Tokyo. (Jiji Press)
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Dogs bite 2 pedestrians; owner arrested for negligence

May 21, 2015 - 13:53
Police in Tokyo's Setagaya Ward have arrested the 82-year-old owner of six dogs after they got loose on April 12 and bit two pedestrians, inflicting minor injuries. (Japan Today)
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Driver who killed cyclist in crosswalk accident found not guilty, causes controversy in Japan

May 21, 2015 - 13:48
Pedestrian crosswalk laws are all over the place no matter where you go. What's considered jaywalking varies by country, and in the U.S. each state has its own laws for exactly how far the pedestrian needs to have crossed on the crosswalk before you have to stop. (
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PAC-MAN 35th birthday celebrants set record

May 21, 2015 - 09:01
Some 350 Tokyoites clad in yellow raincoats set a world record Thursday for the largest human image of PAC-MAN, in honor of the video game character's 35th birthday. (NHK)
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Yakuza debt collector arrested for threatening Tokyo taxi chief

May 21, 2015 - 08:54
Tokyo Metropolitan Police on Thursday announced the arrest of an organized crime member for threatening the head of a taxi firm in Nerima Ward, reports TV Asahi (May 21). (Tokyo Reporter)
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Teen arrested over alleged plan to fly drone over shrine festival in Tokyo

May 21, 2015 - 04:54
A 15-year-old boy known to police for flying drones in crowded places was arrested Thursday on suspicion of planning to fly one of the devices at a Tokyo festival. (Japan Times)
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Yakuza, bosozoku members arrested for Tokyo brawl

May 21, 2015 - 04:51
Tokyo Metropolitan Police on Wednesday announced the arrest of multiple organized crime and motorcycle gang members for participation in a brawl that erupted last year in Kita Ward, reports the Sankei Shimbun (May 20). (Tokyo Reporter)
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Japanese grandfather gets life in prison in Indonesia drug case

May 20, 2015 - 23:27
A Japanese man who says he was deceived into carrying someone else's bag on a flight into Indonesia was sentenced to life in prison Wednesday for smuggling methamphetamine into the country with harsh drug laws. (Japan Today)
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Man arrested for stabbing 14-year-old girl in Himeji

May 20, 2015 - 23:22
Police in Himeji, Hyogo Prefecture, said Wednesday they have arrested an unemployed 36-year-old man on suspicion of stabbing a 14-year-old girl as she walked home on May 11. (Japan Today)
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Car drives into children; 1 in critical condition

May 20, 2015 - 22:54
Five children were injured, three seriously, when a car plowed into a line of primary school students on their way to school in Toyonaka, Osaka Prefecture, at around 7:50 a.m. on Wednesday. (The Japan News)
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Gunkanjima preservation cost could reach Y15.8 billion

May 19, 2015 - 23:22
Now that the Hashima coal mine in Nagasaki, also known as Gunkanjima (battleship island, see below) for its resemblance to a large warship, has been recommended for UNESCO World Cultural Heritage status as one of the "Sites of Japan's Meiji Industrial Revolution," preservation has become a pressing concern. (The Japan News)
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Last Week Tonight tackles Japan's mascot craze and the results are glorious

May 18, 2015 - 23:26
America has its share of loveable mascots. However, do they really compare to Fukuppy or Marimokkori? (
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Japan grapples with problem of decaying, vacant homes

May 18, 2015 - 23:21
Japan's problems with a rapidly ageing and declining population have been widely publicised. Less so however, is that there is vast stock of ageing and dilapidated houses that could turn many population centres into "ghost towns" in the fairly near future. (
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15-yr-old boy turns himself in after killing mother, grandmother

May 18, 2015 - 23:09
Police in Yokohama have arrested a 15-year-old boy on suspicion of murdering his mother and grandmother at their home on Monday. (Japan Today)
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Lodging houses filed false structural reports before fatal fire in Kawasaki

May 18, 2015 - 22:26
Two lodging houses in Kawasaki where a fire killed five and injured 19 Sunday had filed false reports about the buildings' structures to the city, according to the municipal government. (The Japan News)
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Man sets fire to convenience store in Aomori

May 17, 2015 - 23:04
A man entered a convenience store in Gonohe, Aomori Prefecture, on Sunday morning, poured gasoline on the floor and set fire to it. (Japan Today)
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Student held for murder charged with trying to poison two former classmates

May 17, 2015 - 22:53
A 19-year-old girl who was arrested in February on suspicion of killing a 77-year-old woman in Nagoya has also been charged with attempting to kill two classmates during her school years by poisoning them. (Japan Today)
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4 killed, 19 injured after fire destroys 2 boarding houses

May 17, 2015 - 11:09
Four people were killed and at least 19 people injured after a fire destroyed two adjacent boarding houses in Kawasaki, Kanagawa Prefecture, on Sunday morning. (Japan Today)
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