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Married people less likely to develop hypertension

January 20, 2015 - 00:43
A study by Japan's health ministry has found that married couples are less likely to develop high blood pressure than people living alone. (NHK)
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Youth linked to videos of food tampering, shoplifting planned to elude cops until March

January 20, 2015 - 00:21
A male youth in police custody over the posting of online videos showing him tampering with food on store shelves apparently had plans to remain on the loose until March, investigative sources said. (Japan Times)
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Abstinence on rise as nearly half of Japanese report no sex

January 19, 2015 - 14:08
Talk about a low birthrate. Increasing numbers of married couples and others are choosing to go without sex. (Japan Times)
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Teen suspected of posting fake shoplifting videos on YouTube 'wanted to be famous'

January 19, 2015 - 09:09
A 19-year-old Tokyo teen under arrest on suspicion of entering a convenience store to record himself faking shoplifting has told investigators that he wanted to become famous and have the Juvenile Act revised, the Mainichi Shimbun has learned. (Mainichi)
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2 dead in avalanche in Nagano; 3 missing in Northern Alps

January 19, 2015 - 07:22
Two Argentinians who had been skiing at the Ryuoo Ski park in Yamanouchi, Nagano Prefecture, on Sunday were killed after being engulfed by an avalanche. (Japan Today)
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Man on bike sprays two girls walking to school

January 19, 2015 - 07:14
A man on a bicycle sprayed a liquid at two high school girls as they were walking to school in Takatsuki, Osaka, on Monday morning. (Japan Today)
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AFP Tokyo bureau chief Jacques Lhuillery dies at age 61

January 19, 2015 - 07:13
Journalist Jacques Lhuillery, whose more than three decades with Agence France-Presse took him to three continents, died overnight at age 61, the news agency said Sunday. (Japan Times)
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Netizens hatch adorable baby birds from supermarket eggs, provide evidence

January 18, 2015 - 23:41
Uzura (quail eggs) are a popular food in Japan, as their relatively tiny size makes them perfect for snacking or adding to bento. As a result, you can find them in pretty much any supermarket over here. (
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6-year-old boy injured in hit-and-run; dump truck driver arrested

January 18, 2015 - 23:33
Police said Sunday they have arrested a 64-year-old dump truck driver over a hit-and-run incident which left a 6-year-old boy seriously injured. (Japan Today)
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Woman in Tokyo tests negative for Ebola

January 18, 2015 - 23:11
Japanese Health Ministry officials say a Japanese woman who returned from the West African nation of Sierra Leone has tested negative for the Ebola virus. (NHK)
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Japan canine cops get name cards

January 18, 2015 - 08:41
In an effort to raise the profile of police dogs and draw attention to their contribution to criminal investigations, Tokyo police have made business cards for their canine partners and the public have responded positively. (
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Tokyo uni gals finding the Chuo Line's 'pink salons' to their liking

January 18, 2015 - 08:38
Just prior to April is typically an active time for students to begin searches for apartments as the start of the school year is just around the corner. (Tokyo Reporter)
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19-year-old arrested in connection with online toothpick 'prank' videos

January 18, 2015 - 08:22
Tokyo police arrested an unemployed 19-year-old man on Jan. 18 on suspicion of trespassing in connection with YouTube videos depicting a perpetrator shoplifting and poking a toothpick into a snack food package at supermarkets and convenience stores. (Asahi)
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Woman arrested for killing 72-year-old bedridden husband

January 18, 2015 - 00:03
Police on Saturday arrested a 77-year-old woman on suspicion of killing her 72-year-old bedridden husband at their home in Noda, Chiba Prefecture. (Japan Today)
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Sasebo girl who killed classmate judged criminally responsible

January 17, 2015 - 08:04
Prosecutors in Sasebo, Nagasaki Prefecture, say a 16-year-old girl accused of murdering and dismembering a classmate last July has been judged to be criminal responsible after a series of psychiatric tests. (Japan Today)
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Red Army member out of U.S. prison, set to be deported to Japan

January 17, 2015 - 02:51
A member of the Japanese Red Army convicted of a 1986 mortar attack on the U.S. Embassy in Jakarta is being held by U.S. immigration authorities for deportation after spending nearly two decades in federal prison, U.S. authorities said Friday. (Kyodo)
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Robbery after prostitute bait-and-switch ends in arrest in Kabukicho

January 17, 2015 - 02:27
Tokyo Metropolitan Police on Thursday arrested a 28-year-old male for robbing a customer of a short-term stay establishment in Shinjuku Ward following a dispute last month, reports TBS News (Jan. 16). (Tokyo Reporter)
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Kobe quake 20th anniversary

January 17, 2015 - 01:56
Saturday marks the 20th anniversary of the earthquake that hit Kobe City and its surrounding areas in western Japan. (NHK)
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Ex-AUM cult member pleads not guilty over subway sarin gas attack

January 16, 2015 - 05:52
One of the three former AUM Shinrikyo cult members arrested in 2012 after 17 years on the run pleaded not guilty Friday to charges related to the group's 1995 deadly sarin nerve gas attack on the Tokyo subway system. (Kyodo)
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Japanese among 20 missing after tug boat sinks on Yangtze River

January 16, 2015 - 04:12
More than 20 people, including several foreigners, were missing Friday after a tugboat sank on the Yangtze River in eastern China, the state-run Xinhua News Agency said. (Japan Today)
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