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Transgender bureaucrat sues METI over sex discrimination

November 14, 2015 - 00:19
A transgender trade bureaucrat on Friday launched a landmark ¥18 million discrimination lawsuit against the government, claiming the trade ministry refused to let her use the female toilets and harassed her about her sex change. (Japan Times)
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Corpse of man with face skinned off found in Fussa

November 14, 2015 - 00:15
The body of a 38-year-old transgender man was found with its facial skin removed on Thursday by his lover inside the residence they share in Fussa City, reports the Sankei Shimbun . (Tokyo Reporter)
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Three held over Japanese farmer's murder in Bangladesh

November 14, 2015 - 00:12
Bangladesh security forces Friday arrested three suspects wanted over the murder of a Japanese farmer who was shot dead last month in an attack claimed by the Islamic State group. (Japan Today)
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Ringleader's cousin gets life imprisonment over Amagasaki murders

November 14, 2015 - 00:10
A 41-year-old man was sentenced to life in prison Friday over the killing of three of eight people found dead in a series of murders believed to have been masterminded by a woman from the western Japan city of Amagasaki. (Japan Today)
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Underdrawings found on illustrated Genji scroll

November 13, 2015 - 23:59
Japanese art restorers have found ink drawings underneath a 12th-century illustrated scroll that is designated as a national treasure. (NHK)
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Woman's corpse found in bag in Yokohama apartment

November 13, 2015 - 03:52
Kanagawa Prefectural Police have launched an investigation following the discovery of a woman's body inside an apartment in Yokohama, reports NHK. (Tokyo Reporter)
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Body found in Fussa had been partially skinned

November 13, 2015 - 03:50
An individual found dead in the Tokyo neighborhood of Fussa on Thursday bore macabre injuries, police said. The victim's face had been completely skinned with a knife. (Japan Times)
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Tokyo cops crack down on clubs ripping off foreigners in Roppongi

November 12, 2015 - 22:43
As a part of a crackdown on bars defrauding foreign customers in the Roppongi area, Tokyo Metropolitan Police on Wednesday busted a hostess club for threatening a male customer, reports TBS News. (Tokyo Reporter)
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12-year-old boy admits to smoking pot, brother arrested

November 12, 2015 - 22:16
A 12-year-old boy has admitted to smoking marijuana that he pinched from his older brother, who has since been arrested on suspicion of violating the Cannabis Control Law, police sources said. (Asahi)
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Crown Princess Masako attends first Imperial garden party in 12 years

November 12, 2015 - 22:09
Emperor Akihito and Empress Michiko on Thursday met celebrities and renowned Japanese from a variety of fields at a biannual garden party they hosted in Tokyo, with Crown Princess Masako taking part for the first time in 12 years. (Japan Times)
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Firemen, police drill for drone attack at Olympics

November 11, 2015 - 22:23
About 450 police officers and firefighters took part in an anti-terrorism drill at a sports arena near Tokyo on Wednesday. They were preparing for a possible drone attack during the 2020 Olympics and Paralympics in Tokyo. (NHK)
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Emergency number 119 unreachable for 6 minutes in Tokyo

November 11, 2015 - 04:53
The Tokyo Fire Department said Wednesday that there was a system malfunction for six minutes from 11:30 a.m. Tuesday, during which the emergency number 119 could not be reached in all 23 wards. (Japan Today)
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Yakuza linked to Hong Kong gold smuggled over porous Japanese borders in a trend of underworld tax cheating

November 10, 2015 - 22:37
Incidents of gold being smuggled into Japan are soaring, with authorities struggling to get a grip on the scale of the illegal trade and admitting they have no idea how much gold is being trafficked into the country. (
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'Fed up' postal worker stashed 29,000 undelivered items at her home

November 10, 2015 - 22:28
A postal worker who said she was bored with work stashed away 29,000 undelivered parcels and letters over the past two years. (Japan Times)
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Police question 12-year-old Kyoto student over smoking marijuana

November 10, 2015 - 22:17
Police in Kyoto have questioned a 12-year-old boy who goes to a public elementary school after he told his teacher that he smoked marijuana. (Japan Today)
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Tokyo man accused of stealing Facebook underwear photos

November 10, 2015 - 22:03
A Tokyo man accused of accessing a woman's Facebook account and allegedly downloading pictures of her in her underwear has been arrested. (Japan Times)
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Brothers arrested for throwing 300 eggs at cars on expressway

November 10, 2015 - 21:50
Police arrested on Tuesday a 18-year-old boy and his 21-year-old brother for allegedly throwing some 300 eggs at cars driving on an expressway and damaged them in Kanagawa Prefecture, south of Tokyo. (Jiji Press)
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Elderly Chiba man kills neighbor in drainage dispute

November 9, 2015 - 21:40
Chiba Prefectural Police on Monday arrested a 76-year-old man for killing his neighbor following a dispute over drainage in Tateyama City, reports TBS News (Nov. 9). (Tokyo Reporter)
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Kobe man hid in drains to film up women's skirts

November 9, 2015 - 21:38
Hyogo Prefectural Police have again arrested a 28-year-old male company employee for hiding inside a storm drain to take illicit photographs of female pedestrians in Kobe, reports the Sankei Shimbun (Tokyo Reporter)
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Japan's cops crack down on app used for sharing child porn

November 9, 2015 - 21:29
On November 5, law enforcement, including Kyoto police, announced the arrest of Mitsuaki Ono, the 55-year-old president of Tokyo-based Aircast, for allegedly helping teenagers distribute pornographic content of themselves in exchange for cash. (Tokyo Reporter)
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