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Woman robbed of underwear while walking home

July 15, 2014 - 07:22
A 28-year-old woman walking home in Tokyo's Meguro Ward on Monday night was knocked down by an unknown man who forcibly removed her underwear and fled with it. (Japan Today)
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Japan's trade in 'dappo' dope not likely to slow

July 15, 2014 - 07:07
On June 24, Keiji Nagura, a 37-year-old restaurant manager from Saitama Prefecture, lost control of his car and plowed it into a group of pedestrians near the west exit of JR Ikebukuro Station, leaving a woman in her 20s dead and seven others injured. (Tokyo Reporter)
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From Yokosuka rape to U.S. court victory, 'Jane' commits her 12-year ordeal to print

July 14, 2014 - 23:40
Catherine Fisher was once just another foreign resident of Tokyo, living out her life in a middle-class neighborhood with her children. But in April 2002, the Australian native made the fateful decision to arrange a meeting with her boyfriend, Jerry, near the U.S. military base in Yokosuka, Kanagawa Prefecture. (Japan Times)
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Govt. delays lifting evacuation order

July 14, 2014 - 23:32
The Japanese government has put off plans to lift the evacuation order for a village near the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear plant, after strong opposition from residents who say the area is still not safe. (NHK)
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Woman arrested for slashing two people in Sapporo

July 14, 2014 - 23:22
Police in Sapporo said Monday they have arrested a 31-year-old woman for slashing two people at random on the street. (Japan Today)
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Mixed-race Rola changing the DNA of Japanese pop culture

July 14, 2014 - 11:24
In celebrity-obsessed Japan with its conveyor belt of 15-minute stars, fashion icon Rola is blazing a meteoric trail at the forefront of a galaxy of mixed-race stars changing the DNA of Japanese pop culture. (
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Vagina artist arrested in Japan

July 14, 2014 - 11:11
Move over guns. Add 3D-printed vaginas to the things that will get you arrested in Japan. (
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Girls' Generation finish up their Japan tour in Tokyo while showcasing new ballad 'Indestructible'

July 14, 2014 - 10:34
Girls' Generation has successfully wrapped their 3rd Japan tour! The girls kicked off their 3rd arena tour 'Girls' Generation ~Love&Peace~ Japan 3rd Tour' on April 26th at Fukuoka, and went through Hiroshima, Kobe, Nagoya, Osaka, Saitama, and Tokyo. (
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17-year-old boy drowns in Tochigi river

July 14, 2014 - 04:32
A 17-year-old boy drowned Sunday after he jumped into a river in Shioya, Tochigi Prefecture. (Japan Today)
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Man held in suspected drunken hit-and-run fatal to three at Hokkaido beach

July 14, 2014 - 04:31
Hokkaido Police arrested a 31-year-old man Monday for allegedly hitting four women Sunday while driving his car near a beach in Otaru, Hokkaido, killing three of them before he fled the scene. (Japan Times)
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Young hunters needed to stem crop damage

July 13, 2014 - 20:23
Even though deer and wild boars have been causing serious damage to crops and forests, the number of licensed hunters has tumbled to less than half the figure 40 years ago, and those who actively hunt are aging. (The Japan News)
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Minibike rider dies after hit by car, dragged for 1.3 kms

July 13, 2014 - 10:48
A 65-year-woman riding a minibike was hit by a car and dragged along for about 1.5 kms before falling to the road in Kawaguchi, Saitama Prefecture, police said Sunday, adding that the driver of the car kept going. (Japan Today)
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Woman stabbed in her home by stranger in Matsue

July 11, 2014 - 23:30
Police in Matsue, Shimane Prefecture, said Friday that a 40-year-old woman was stabbed by an unknown assailant after she returned home on Thursday night. (Japan Today)
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Agent Orange ingredients found at Okinawa military dumpsite

July 11, 2014 - 23:12
Dozens of rusting barrels unearthed on former U.S. military land in Okinawa City have been identified as containing chemical precursors to defoliant Agent Orange, a toxic compound used widely in the Vietnam War and blamed for poisoning that has resulted in birth defects and other health problems. (Japan Times)
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ROK museum cancels 'One Piece' exhibition

July 11, 2014 - 23:03
A South Korean war museum has canceled an exhibition on "One Piece" after receiving complaints that the original work of the popular Japanese manga series contains imagery resembling Japan's "rising sun" wartime flag. (The Japan News)
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Ikebukuro man arrested for 'training' teen girl in prostitution

July 11, 2014 - 05:28
Tokyo Metropolitan Police on Tuesday announced the arrest of an employee at a sex-guide booth in Toshima Ward for providing a teenager with "skills training" to be a prostitute, reports the Sankei Shimbun (July 8). (Tokyo Reporter)
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Imperial family a driving force in making blood donations popular

July 11, 2014 - 03:07
Many ordinary Japanese may have royal blood running in their veins. For nearly half a century, imperial family members have donated blood in nationwide drives and are credited with helping the endeavor enjoy the success it does today. (Asahi)
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Hollywood 'Godzilla' finally stomps home to Japan

July 11, 2014 - 00:05
Tokyo is rolling out the red carpet for Hollywood's "Godzilla" remake although the nation that gave birth to the fire-breathing monster is seeing the latest movie after it opened everywhere else. (
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Investigative reform package moves forward

July 10, 2014 - 23:46
A special committee of the Legislative Council has adopted a draft report that requires police and prosecutors to implement video recording of the entire interrogation process for cases handled by lay judges, as well as independent investigations by prosecutors' offices. (The Japan News)
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Tottori City's starving mascot makes waves and suddenly disappears

July 10, 2014 - 23:27
From December of last year until this February, Tottori City held an open call for mascot ideas for a character to represent the Tottori Castle ruins. The ruins were named one of Japan's 100 notable castles and have enjoyed an influx of tourists. (
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