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Woman arrested after 5-month-old son dies in car while she plays pachinko

July 22, 2014 - 23:32
Police in Okinawa on Tuesday arrested a 40-year-old woman after her 5-month-old son died in her car while she played pachinko. (Japan Today)
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Man, 22, pleads guilty to girlfriend's murder

July 22, 2014 - 23:19
A 22-year-old man pleaded guilty Tuesday to stabbing his former girlfriend to death last October in a high-profile stalking-murder case in Mitaka, west Tokyo. (Japan Times)
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Iitate residents to file for arbitration

July 22, 2014 - 22:59
A group of residents from a village near the crippled Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power plant is planning to file for state arbitration so all villagers can be entitled to equal damages regardless of radiation levels of their areas. (NHK)
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6 dead, 3 missing in water-related accidents on Marine Day

July 22, 2014 - 06:42
A series of water-related accidents across Japan during Marine Day on Monday has left six people dead, three missing and one in a critical condition, according to media and Fire and Disaster Management Agency reports. (Japan Today)
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Police tag law-evading drugs as 'kiken'

July 22, 2014 - 06:40
Japanese authorities have decided to use the term "kiken" or "unsafe" drugs to refer to so-called law-evading drugs to raise the awareness of their risks. (NHK)
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Deer hunter shot and killed by fellow hunter

July 22, 2014 - 00:20
Police in Izu, Shizuoka, said Monday that a 60-year-old man who was part of a deer-hunting party, was shot and killed by a fellow hunter. (Japan Today)
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New revelations about woman accused of drugging, robbing Tokyo men

July 22, 2014 - 00:04
For the past three months, Tokyo Metropolitan Police have sought a woman believed to be responsible for the drugging and robbing of multiple men in the metropolis over the last two years. (Tokyo Reporter)
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Even the yakuza are speaking English now

July 21, 2014 - 23:10
You may remember this this year, Japan's largest organized crime group, the Yamaguchi-gumi, launched its own website in Japan. (japansubculture.com)
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Renovations suggest plan to confine girl for long time

July 21, 2014 - 22:19
A 49-year-old man arrested Saturday on suspicion of confining an 11-year-old girl at his house here has told police he wanted to be with the girl forever, according to a source related to the investigation. (The Japan News)
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Wounded man dies in Saitama convenience store

July 21, 2014 - 06:55
Police in Yashio, Saitama Prefecture, said Monday they are investigating the death of a 24-year-old man who came into a 7-Eleven convenience store, bleeding from stab wounds and died shortly after. (Japan Today)
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A 51-year-old male schoolgirl? Meet Tokyo's inspirational cross-dresser

July 21, 2014 - 00:13
In Japan, a country where structure, conformity and security are bedrocks, it is often hard for individuals to break free and follow a more idealized path. It is especially difficult when that path turns out to be somewhat ... eccentric. (CNN)
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Wide-area evacuations 'could cut rescues by 90% in Arakawa flood'

July 20, 2014 - 23:43
A so-called wide-area evacuation of Tokyo residents in the event of major flooding caused by the Arakawa river could reduce the number of people requiring rescue by 90 percent from current estimates, according to a simulation carried out by the Tokyo metropolitan government. (The Japan News)
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Knife-wielding man arrested on bus in Fukuoka

July 20, 2014 - 23:23
A man wielding a knife on a bus was arrested in Fukuoka Prefecture on Sunday. (Japan Today)
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Cheers of joy resound at Miyagi beach for first time in 4 years

July 20, 2014 - 11:44
SHIOGAMA, Miyagi Prefecture--Squeals of delight and the happy splashing of feet in the waves were heard on Katsurashima island's bathing beach on July 19, as it opened to public for the first time in four years. (Asahi)
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3-year-old girl hit and killed by car in Osaka; driver arrested

July 20, 2014 - 01:01
Police in Osaka said Saturday they have arrested the driver of a car that hit and killed a 3-year-old girl in Osaka. (Japan Today)
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Welfare ruling stuns foreigners

July 20, 2014 - 00:51
Friday's landmark decision by the Supreme Court that permanent foreign residents of Japan are not entitled to welfare benefits will discourage more municipalities than ever from doling out such aid amid ballooning public assistance expenditures, experts said Saturday. (Japan Times)
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Missing Okayama girl found unharmed; 49-year-old man arrested

July 20, 2014 - 00:45
Police in Kurashiki, Okayama Prefecture, said Saturday night that an 11-year-old girl who disappeared while walking on her way home from school last Monday afternoon, has been found unharmed after being confined in a man's home. (Japan Today)
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Tokyo vagina artist released by police

July 19, 2014 - 00:46
A Tokyo artist known for her genital-inspired works has been released from police custody following her arrest on obscenity charges, her lawyer said Friday, in a case that sparked accusations of a clampdown on freedom of expression. (Japan Today)
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Politician proposes giving newlyweds pierced condoms

July 19, 2014 - 00:43
A Japanese politician in Aichi Prefecture has landed himself in hot water after suggesting that deliberately punctured condoms be distributed to married couples to counter the country's dwindling birth rate, local media reported on Friday. (Japan Today)
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Japan to tighten controls on quasi-legal drug retailers

July 19, 2014 - 00:27
Japan will tighten controls on retailers of quasi-legal drugs after a series of accidents, including fatalities, involving users of the drugs, the Ministry of Health, Labor and Welfare said Friday. (Jiji Press)
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