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New entry in 'Doraemon' robotic cat comic series to be released next month

November 16, 2014 - 22:25
A new book of the internationally popular "Doraemon" manga series, which compiles works that are not included in the original 45-volume manga series, will be published next month for the first time in eight years. (Asahi)
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Oh, Ginza Christmas Tree!

November 16, 2014 - 22:22
A lighting ceremony is held Saturday for the popular Christmas tree in front of the Mikimoto jewelry store in Tokyo's Ginza district. (The Japan News)
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Creative crooks stay one step ahead

November 16, 2014 - 22:16
The "Ore, ore" ("It's me") fraudsters and their ilk, who telephone elderly people and pretend to be a relative in need of money to help them out of a jam, keep coming up with new scams. (Japan Times)
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Employee hit by roller coaster at Kagawa theme park

November 15, 2014 - 21:44
A 71-year-old employee at a theme park is in a serious condition after he was hit by a roller coaster on Friday. (Japan Today)
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Man arrested for breaking into woman's hotel room, spanking her with shoehorn

November 14, 2014 - 22:43
Here's one you don't hear every day - a man was arrested in Daisen City, Akita Prefecture last weekend on charges of entering the hotel room of a female acquaintance through the window before proceeding to strike her about the buttocks with a shoehorn that he found in the room. (Japan Today)
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Central, local governments to remove abandoned cars in times of disaster

November 14, 2014 - 22:40
The Diet enacted a revised disaster countermeasure law on Friday to enable the central and local governments to remove abandoned vehicles blocking highways when major disasters strike, to aid rescue and firefighting operations. (Japan Times)
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Hampered by legal revisions, struggling breeders may have dumped dogs

November 14, 2014 - 22:23
Financially troubled breeders are suspected of abandoning a large number of dead and sick dogs recently in various locations around the country. (The Japan News)
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Sapporo's snowy surprise

November 14, 2014 - 22:21
Pedestrians walk in the street in front of the Hokkaido prefectural government building as heavy snow falls in Chuo Ward, Sapporo, on Friday morning. (The Japan News)
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Spooky 'radiation fog' turns Saitama cityscape into Silent Hill overnight

November 14, 2014 - 08:41
Halloween may be over for this year, but the weather gods in Saitama clearly hadn't got the message on Wednesday morning this week, as the city was shrouded in a mysterious thick fog - with an even more mysterious name! (
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TV Network cancels announcer job offer to woman over night club stint

November 14, 2014 - 08:32
A 22-year-old college student sued Nippon Television Network Corp. after the major TV network terminated its offer to her of an announcer's job on the grounds that she had worked part-time at a night club in Tokyo's Ginza district. (Kyodo)
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9 injured in bus-truck collision in Kawasaki

November 14, 2014 - 08:30
Nine people were injured after a bus and small truck collided at an intersection in Kawasaki, Kanagawa Prefecture, on Friday morning. (Japan Today)
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Fukushima police officer found dead in apparent suicide

November 13, 2014 - 22:25
A Fukushima police officer was found dead in a mountain forest in Minami-soma on Wednesday afternoon after having apparently hanged himself from a tree. (Japan Today)
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Saitama man arrested over Ebola claim

November 13, 2014 - 21:47
Police in Saitama Prefecture arrested a man on Thursday for allegedly obstructing the work of a health care center after he claimed he was sick and may have recently visited Liberia, the center of an Ebola epidemic in West Africa. (The Japan News)
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93-year-old woman murdered in Maebashi home

November 13, 2014 - 06:45
A 93-year-old woman has been found murdered in her own apartment in Maebashi, Gunma Prefecture, police said Thursday. (Japan Today)
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Japan denies Korean singer's entrance blocked due to Takeshima concert

November 12, 2014 - 23:27
Japan stood by its decision to bar a Korean singer from entering the country but denied that its move was due to his recent performance on the Liancourt Rocks, a set of disputed islets that lie between the two countries. (Wall Street Journal)
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Man arrested for posting death threat on Kawori Manabe's blog

November 12, 2014 - 23:23
Police in Hachinohe, Aomori Prefecture, said Wednesday they have arrested an unemployed 39-year-old man for posting a death threat on the blog of "talent" Kawori Manabe. (Japan Today)
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Couple injured by bear in Gifu Prefecture

November 12, 2014 - 23:21
A man and his wife in their 60s were injured by a bear in Takayama, Gifu Prefecture, on Wednesday morning. (Japan Today)
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Japan's smartphone 'zombies' wreak havoc on the streets

November 12, 2014 - 12:48
When the lights change at the Shibuya crossing in Japan's capital, one of the world's busiest pedestrian thoroughfares, hundreds of people with their eyes glued to smartphones pick their way over the road. (Capital Digital Media)
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2 women injured after car plows into supermarket

November 12, 2014 - 12:43
Two women were injured after they were hit by a car that plowed into the front of a supermarket in Noboribetsu, Hokkaido, on Wednesday morning. (Japan Today)
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Tokyo cops arrest bosokuzu group leader in extortion of hostess club

November 12, 2014 - 12:41
Tokyo Metropolitan Police on Sunday arrested the leader of a bosozoku motorcycle gang for allegedly extorting a hostess club in Edogawa Ward, reports the Sankei Shimbun. (Tokyo Reporter)
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