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Tokyo stays fourth in global city ranking

October 9, 2014 - 21:56
Tokyo remained fourth out of 40 major cities in an annual global city ranking released Thursday, trailing London, New York and Paris. (Japan Times)
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Top court finds Japan govt liable for asbestos exposure for 1st time

October 9, 2014 - 21:47
In a landmark ruling, Japan's Supreme Court said Thursday that the government is liable for failing to prevent former workers at factories using asbestos in Osaka Prefecture, western Japan, from developing lung cancer and other health issues. (Jiji Press)
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Parents arrested for chaining 8-year-old son inside house

October 9, 2014 - 08:37
Police in Nagahama, Shiga Prefecture, said Thursday they have arrested a couple for chaining their 8-year-old son to a column in their livingroom. (Japan Today)
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'Beautiful foreigner walking a polar bear' spotted at Shibuya's famous crossing

October 9, 2014 - 03:43
Twitter was set ablaze last night after dozens of people shared photos of "a beautiful foreigner walking a polar bear" between throngs of pedestrians at the world-famous Shibuya Scramble crossing in Tokyo. (
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Japan continues futile crackdown on sex videos streamed online

October 8, 2014 - 22:54
On September 30, a total of 60 investigators from five administrative districts across Japan, including Tokyo and Kyoto, raided the offices of Homepage System in Osaka on suspicion that its operations assisted in the distribution of obscene material on the Internet. (Tokyo Reporter)
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Storm heads off northeast coast; 2 dead, 1 missing, 96 injured

October 8, 2014 - 11:53
A large storm was heading off Japan's northeast coast early Tuesday, leaving two people dead, one missing and 96 injured even in 23 prefectures, public broadcaster NHK said. (Japan Today)
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Police standoff with man threatening to commit suicide ends after 16 hours

October 8, 2014 - 06:52
An armed man who held police at bay in Iwata, Shizuoka Prefecture, for 16 hours while he threatened to commit suicide, surrendered on Wednesday morning. (Japan Today)
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Man sought over murder of woman in May found dead in apparent suicide

October 7, 2014 - 22:39
Police in Hokkaido said a man wanted for questioning as a possible witness in the murder of a woman in Sapporo in May was found dead Monday in an apparent suicide. (Japan Today)
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3 more bodies found on volcano

October 7, 2014 - 22:36
Rescue workers on Tuesday found three bodies in the ash on a volcano in central Japan, bringing the death toll to 54. At least 12 hikers are still unaccounted for following the Sept 27 eruption. (Japan Today)
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Mie Prefecture building abalone farms to help 'ama' divers survive

October 6, 2014 - 22:46
The prefectural government is creating abalone farms on the ocean floor off the Shima Peninsula to preserve the traditional fishing by "ama" female divers. (Asahi)
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Festival float crashes into shrine structure; 1 dead, 14 injured

October 6, 2014 - 22:26
A festival float crashed into a shrine building here on Oct. 5, leaving one woman dead and 14 others injured, police said. (Mainichi)
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Isis: Tokyo bookstore ad 'recruited would-be jihadi Japanese student'

October 6, 2014 - 22:20
Tokyo police have raided a bookstore they say was used to recruit would-be jihadists in Japan and questioned a university student who allegedly planned to travel to Syria and join the Islamic State group. (
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3 teens arrested over vending machine arson

October 6, 2014 - 22:07
Police in Tokyo's Katsushika Ward said Monday they have arrested three boys for torching and stealing money from a vending machine on Sept 18. (Japan Today)
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Funeral held for murdered 6-year-old Kobe girl

October 6, 2014 - 22:02
The funeral was held Monday for 6-year-old Mirei Ikuta, whose dismembered body was found Sept 23 in bags dumped in a wooded area in Nagata Ward, Kobe, 12 days after she disappeared. (Japan Today)
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Dad of alleged schoolgirl murderer dies in apparent suicide in Sasebo

October 5, 2014 - 21:58
The father of a 16-year-old girl who was arrested in July in Sasebo, Nagasaki Prefecture, on suspicion of killing and dismembering a female classmate, was found dead Sunday in an apparent suicide, police said. (Japan Times)
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Spooky vision for apartments in Shizuoka

October 5, 2014 - 09:35
HAMAMATSU, Shizuoka Prefecture--The roofs are warped, the pillars twisted, and ghoulish creatures appear here and there. A gnarled tree seems to be hugging one of the walls. (Asahi)
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Princess Noriko marries son of Izumo Taisha priest, relinquishes royal status

October 5, 2014 - 09:29
Princess Noriko on Sunday married the eldest son of the head priest of the Izumo Taisha grand shrine in Shimane Prefecture, thereby relinquishing her royal status. (Japan Times)
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Dead newborn left in Kumamoto 'baby hatch'; mom arrested

October 5, 2014 - 01:20
A 31-year-old woman was arrested Saturday on suspicion of leaving the dead body of her newborn son in a "baby hatch" at a hospital in the city of Kumamoto. (Japan Times)
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Princess Noriko conveys her gratitude to emperor, empress ahead of wedding

October 4, 2014 - 01:26
Members of the imperial family gathered for a special rite ahead of Princess Noriko's wedding this weekend to the son of a Shinto priest. (Asahi)
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Man arrested for cutting schoolgirl's skirt on train

October 4, 2014 - 01:22
Police have arrested a 50-year-old man on suspicion of cutting a schoolgirl's skirt on a train at JR Minami-Urawa Station in Saitama Prefecture. (Japan Today)
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