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Shogi association president announces resignation

January 18, 2017 - 21:54
The president of the Japan Shogi Association has officially announced his resignation after a top player of the chess-like game was cleared of allegations of software-assisted cheating. (NHK)
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Tokyo cops nab yakuza in sale of stimulant drugs to woman

January 18, 2017 - 09:21
Tokyo Metropolitan Police have arrested an organized crime member in the sale of illegal drugs to a woman at a bar in Shinjuku Ward, reports Fuji News Network. (
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3 family members found dead in apparent murder-suicide

January 18, 2017 - 09:15
Police in Tokyo's Hachioji said Wednesday that three bodies were found in a home in an apparent murder-suicide on Tuesday night. (Japan Today)
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Okinawa cops nab 6 Taiwanese men with Y1.2 bil. in stimulant drugs

January 15, 2017 - 23:50
Six Taiwanese men were arrested for attempting to smuggle more than one billion yen worth of stimulant drugs through Naha Port in a possible organized smuggling operation, police said on Sunday. (
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Yoshiki performs 2 sold-out shows at New York's Carnegie Hall

January 15, 2017 - 23:38
Japanese musician Yoshiki performed two back-to-back sold-out shows at New York's famous classical venue, Carnegie Hall, on Jan 12 and 13. (Japan Today)
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Guide dog user killed by train after falling from platform

January 15, 2017 - 22:48
A guide dog user died after falling from a railway platform and being hit by a train in the city of Warabi, Saitama Prefecture, on Saturday, according to local police and the train operator. (
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Seasonal highlights in Japan battling with changing times

January 15, 2017 - 06:37
"Joya no kane" temple-bell tolling and "mochitsuki" rice-cake making have long been seasonal highlights around the turn of the year in Japan, but they face challenges to survive in changing times. (Jiji)
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Chiba woman denies murderous intent in burying classmate alive

January 14, 2017 - 07:22
A woman accused in the robbery and killing of an 18-year-old girl denied murderous intent at the opening of her trial at the Chiba District Court on Friday, reports Fuji News Network. (
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Ex-Tokyo ward office worker arrested for stealing personal info of woman

January 13, 2017 - 00:25
Police in Tokyo said Wednesday they have re-arrested a former part-time employee of the Nakano Ward office on suspicion of breaking and entering, as well as violating a privacy protection ordinance. (Japan Today)
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Stabbing incident in Sagamihara leaves 3 injured

January 13, 2017 - 00:19
Kangawawa Prefectural Police are investigating a stabbing incident at a residence in Sagamihara City that left three persons injured, reports Fuji News Network (
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'Nose-gargling' ad attracts attention on Tokyo trains

January 13, 2017 - 00:12
A journey on a Japanese train can bring with it tales of kindness, furry passengers, and sometimes, unusual advertisements that you won't be able to get out of your head. That's exactly what's happening to passengers on Tokyo's trains at the moment, thanks to an ad for a nasal douche, or nose gargle, as it's known in Japan. (Japan Today)
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On unearthed tape, Mishima talked death 9 months before suicide

January 13, 2017 - 00:01
Japanese author Yukio Mishima, in an audiotape recently unearthed in a Tokyo television station, made an ominous remark about death nine months before committing "seppuku" ritual suicide in 1970, it was learned Thursday. (Jiji)
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'Matagi' huntress in Yamagata breaks, upholds tradition

January 12, 2017 - 03:32
Hunting bears and other mountain animals is an activity with a history of more than 400 years in the town of Oguni, Yamagata Prefecture, northeastern Japan. (Jiji)
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Ex-postal worker busted for dumping 200 letters into ocean

January 12, 2017 - 00:21
A former employee of Japan Post told police he dumped over 200 letters into the ocean because he was unable to deliver them, Jiji Press reported on Wednesday. (
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5,000 sprint for title of 'Lucky Man'

January 11, 2017 - 01:26
Some 5,000 men burst through the gates of Nishinomiya Shrine in Hyogo Prefecture at 6 a.m. on Tuesday morning and raced 230 meters toward the shrine's main hall with the frontrunners attempting to capture the title of "fuku-otoko" (Lucky Man). (Japan Today)
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Kodansha deputy editor arrested for alleged murder of wife

January 11, 2017 - 00:56
Tokyo police arrested a 41-year-old deputy editor of major publisher Kodansha Ltd. on Tuesday on suspicion of killing his 38-year-old wife in August last year. (Jiji)
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Woman injured by flying body parts after suicide at train station

January 10, 2017 - 03:16
A woman received injuries on Sunday after being struck by parts of the body of a man who had just been hit by a train in a likely suicide, reports Nippon News Network. (
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Missing taxi with 93-year-old passenger found after 27 hours

January 10, 2017 - 03:02
Police in Kagoshima said Monday a taxi carrying a 93-year-old woman had been located after the vehicle went missing for 27 hours. The 71-year-old driver was found at the bottom of a nearby cliff and is a coma. (Japan Today)
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Gun-wielding man steals watches valued at Y2.85 million from Don Quijote

January 10, 2017 - 02:58
Kanagawa Prefectural Police are searching for a man who used what appears to have been a gun to steal two wristwatches from a discount department store in Yokohama, reports TV Asahi (
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Fresh questions arise after kangaroo dies at Hokkaido zoo

January 9, 2017 - 00:59
A female kangaroo found dead at a zoo in Sapporo on Friday was likely killed after her neck was caught in the mesh of her feeding box, raising fresh questions over the zoo's habitat conditions following a string of other animal deaths. (
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