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Japan swimsuit teen's eel ad pulled over sexism claims

September 26, 2016 - 22:42
An online ad featuring a swimsuit-clad teenage girl who turns into an eel was pulled Monday after Japanese internet users complained it was sexist. (Japan Today)
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17-yr-old boy jumps to death in front of train in Saitama

September 26, 2016 - 02:39
A 17-year-old boy died after he was hit by a train in Hidaka, Saitama Prefecture, on Sunday afternoon. (Japan Today)
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Antiseptic solution believed used to poison man, 88, undergoing drip at Yokohama hospital

September 26, 2016 - 02:38
An antiseptic solution was believed the substance that fatally poisoned an 88-year-old man while he was receiving an intravenous drip at a Yokohama hospital last week, investigative sources said Monday. (Japan Times)
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Increasing number of women leave rice behind at revolving sushi train restaurants in Japan

September 25, 2016 - 23:25
Unless sushi train restaurants add a new dish to their menus, the wasteful trend looks set to continue. (
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Tokyo cops nab underwear thief on railway tracks

September 25, 2016 - 23:15
A man was caught running onto railway tracks here and briefly caused trains to stop while he was being pursued for allegedly stealing underwear, police said. (Tokyo Reporter)
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Hiroshima cops arrest Mazda employee in murder of colleague

September 24, 2016 - 21:54
Hiroshima Prefectural Police have arrested a 20-year-old male employee of Mazda Motor Co. in the killing of his colleague in Hiroshima City earlier this month, reports NHK. (Tokyo Reporter)
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Kanagawa cops probe poisoning in deaths of 4 elderly patients

September 24, 2016 - 01:32
A male patient at a hospital in Yokohama who died on Tuesday could have been killed by poison that was slipped into his IV drip, police said, after three other elderly patients died in the same time frame. (Tokyo Reporter)
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Sagamihara massacre site to be razed, rebuilt

September 24, 2016 - 00:25
The Kanagawa Prefectural Government decided Friday to raze and rebuild the Sagamihara care home that became the scene of Japan's worst mass killing in postwar history. (Japan Times)
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Hard-rock maid band BAND-MAID to start world tour in 2 weeks

September 23, 2016 - 23:17
Japanese all-girl rock band BAND-MAID will be starting their 1st World Tour "BAND-MAID "Brand New MAID" Release Tour World Series" in just two weeks. The hardcore maids will be holding a total of nine shows in eight countries in South America, Europe and Asia. (Japan Today)
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Man arrested over dismembered body parts found in Shizuoka lake

September 22, 2016 - 22:40
A 33-year-old man was arrested Thursday on suspicion of killing a male acquaintance whose dismembered body was found in July in Lake Hamana in Shizuoka Prefecture, police said. (Japan Today)
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Chris Brown denied entry into Japan

September 22, 2016 - 22:13
Chris Brown's been profiting off of his recent "This B***h Lyin" T-shirt sales after allegations of assault were flung at the singer late last month. And while the assault claims from the supposed victim are turning out to be very suspect, she may be getting the last laugh. (
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Tokyo cops arrest 4 U.S. tourists over graffiti in Shibuya

September 22, 2016 - 00:12
Four U.S. male tourists were arrested here on Wednesday for spraying graffiti on store shutters, claiming they were told street art was allowed in the city. (Tokyo Reporter)
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Calls to abolish death penalty grow louder in Japan

September 21, 2016 - 23:54
Japan is expected to come under unprecedented domestic pressure over its use of the death penalty when, for the first time, the country's legal community calls for its abolition next month. (
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Ex-Japanese Red Army member pleads not guilty

September 21, 2016 - 13:14
A member of the now-defunct extremist group the Japanese Red Army has pleaded not guilty to charges of attempted murder in an attack on the Japanese Embassy in Indonesia 30 years ago. (NHK)
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Mother who confined daughter, forced her to eat goldfish gets suspended sentence

September 21, 2016 - 13:07
The Kurume branch of the Fukuoka District Court on Tuesday sentenced a 47-year-old woman to three years in prison, suspended for five years, for abusing her daughter in 2015. (Japan Today)
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89-year-old man arrested for assaulting 'noisy' children

September 20, 2016 - 22:48
An 89-year-old man has been arrested on suspicion of assaulting elementary school children for being "noisy" while they were playing outside a housing complex in Wakayama City. (Japan Today)
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Anglers safe after boys push them off separate Osaka piers

September 20, 2016 - 03:01
Boys pushed two people who were fishing off separate jetties into the sea in Osaka early Monday morning, according to police. (Japan Times)
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Woman assaulted, robbed while on her way home in Saitama

September 19, 2016 - 23:33
A 19-year-old woman was attacked from behind by a man and robbed as she was on her way home in Sakado, Saitama Prefecture, on Monday morning. (Japan Today)
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Sprightly Japanese granny 'Dreamgirls' bitten by cheerleading bug

September 18, 2016 - 23:27
Strutting her stuff in a gold-hemmed mini-skirt, white leather boots and shaking silver pom poms, 84-year-old Fumie Takino has discovered her elixir of youth - cheerleading. (
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Tokyo police establish office to assist in identification of corpses

September 18, 2016 - 23:15
Tokyo Metropolitan Police have established on a limited basis a special consultation office in Taito Ward to assist in the identification of corpses found in the capital, reports TV Asahi (Sept. 16). (Tokyo Reporter)
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