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Prosecutors appeal decision to reopen Hakamada murder case

March 31, 2014 - 21:59
Prosecutors appealed on Monday last week's decision by the Shizuoka District Court to reopen a 1966 murder case involving former professional boxer Iwao Hakamada on death row. (Kyodo)
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Japan allows people to return to Fukushima disaster 'hot zone'

March 31, 2014 - 21:51
For the first time since Japan's Fukushima nuclear disaster more than three years ago, residents of a small district 20 km from the wrecked plant are about to be allowed to return home. (
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Tokyo cops crack down on teen prostitution in Akihabara before Olympics

March 30, 2014 - 22:37
Throughout Tokyo, reports Shukan Jitsuwa (Apr. 10), a purification drive of the city's red-light areas is expanding, with the latest blow arriving in Chiyoda Ward's Akihabara area, where law enforcement is attempting to thwart child prostitution. (Tokyo Reporter)
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China bans video game over adverts featuring Japanese porn star

March 30, 2014 - 22:27
A video game that featured a famous Japanese porn star in its promotion has been banned by China's Ministry of Culture, which is now fining the developer for publicizing porn. (
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Five dead, two missing after Japan bridge collapses

March 30, 2014 - 21:34
Five construction workers are reported dead and two more people are missing after a bridge collapsed during work on a remote reef in Japan, according to the Japanese coastguard. (
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Tokyo looks for blossoms, manners

March 29, 2014 - 22:23
Saturday was the first weekend day since the start of the cherry blossom viewing season was declared in Tokyo, and unseasonably warm weather in the Kanto region brought large crowds to popular viewing spots. (The Japan News)
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Worker dies at TEPCO N-plant during reinforcement work

March 28, 2014 - 22:56
A worker at the Fukushima No. 1 nuclear power plant died after he was trapped under concrete and soil during work to reinforce a waste storage facility Friday, operator Tokyo Electric Power Co. <9501> said. (Jiji Press)
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Lost paintings of Horyuji digitally restored

March 28, 2014 - 22:55
A group of experts has recreated Japan's oldest Buddhist wall paintings with cutting-edge digital technology. The paintings were lost in a fire 65 years ago. (NHK)
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Sister joyful as Hakamada clears 1st step toward retrial

March 27, 2014 - 21:42
Hideko Hakamada was all smiles Thursday after the Shizuoka District Court granted her younger brother Iwao a retrial in the so-called Hakamada case. (The Japan News)
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Man loses leg after being hit by train in Saga

March 27, 2014 - 21:30
A man had his left leg severed below the knee after he fell from the platform and was hit by a train at a station in Karatsu, Saga Prefecture, police said. (Japan Today)
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Amnesty International slams Japan's 'secrecy' on death penalty

March 27, 2014 - 21:28
Human rights group Amnesty International criticized Japan on Thursday for its continued used of the death penalty and the "secrecy" surrounding the execution process. (Japan Times)
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Crimes by foreign visitors in Japan up for 1st time in 9 years

March 27, 2014 - 12:04
Crimes by foreign visitors in Japan increased for the first time in nine years in 2013, the National Police Agency said Thursday. (Jiji Press)
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Death row inmate released

March 27, 2014 - 03:17
A 78-year-old man on death row has been released from a detention center in Tokyo, after a district court granted his request for a retrial. He has spent 48 years in detention. (NHK)
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Two 'Brazilian' family members found dead after fire in Shiga, western Japan

March 26, 2014 - 22:45
A woman and a child were found dead on Wednesday morning following a fire in the western Japanese prefecture of Shiga, local press reported. (Global Post)
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Vietnam stewardess arrested in Japan

March 26, 2014 - 22:14
Tokyo police said Wednesday they have arrested a 25-year-old female cabin attendant of Vietnam Airlines on suspicion of attempting to smuggle stolen goods into Vietnam and searched the carrier's Tokyo office. (Bangkok Post)
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Man arrested over hit-and-run death of woman he met through online dating site

March 25, 2014 - 22:52
Police in Iizuka, Fukuoka Prefecture, said Tuesday they have arrested a 24-year-old man over the hit-and-run death of a 19-year-old woman whom he met on an online dating site. (Japan Today)
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Japan to allow long stay in Fukushima village

March 25, 2014 - 22:15
The Japanese government said Tuesday it plans to allow nuclear disaster evacuees from the Fukushima Prefecture village of Kawauchi to stay in their homes for up to three months starting April 26. (Jiji Press)
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Driver gets 9 and a half years for fatal bus crash in Japan

March 25, 2014 - 22:13
A 45-year-old bus driver was sentenced to nine and a half years in prison Tuesday over a fatal crash in eastern Japan in 2012 that killed seven passengers. (Jiji Press)
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Spring arrives in Japan with first cherry blossoms

March 25, 2014 - 21:59
Spring officially arrived in Tokyo on Tuesday when Japan's weather agency announced the start of the cherry blossom season. (Global Post)
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Imperial sword, jewel taken to Ise Shrines

March 25, 2014 - 21:51
The Emperor and Empress arrived at the Ise Grand Shrines in Ise, Mie Prefecture, on Tuesday afternoon with the sacred sword and jewel of the Imperial family. (The Japan News)
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