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Police arrest son of chairman of pro-N.Korean body

May 12, 2015 - 06:44
Japanese police have arrested a son of the head of a pro-North Korean organization and 2 others on suspicion of illegally importing mushrooms from the North. (NHK)
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72 year-old man arrested after kicking wife in stomach, inflicting fatal injuries

May 11, 2015 - 23:04
Police in Soma, Fukushima Prefecture, have arrested a 72-year-old man on suspicion of murder after he kicked his 66-year-old wife in the stomach, inflicting fatal injuries. (Japan Today)
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Suspect flees after attempted rape in Shinjuku Station restroom

May 11, 2015 - 11:31
Police in Tokyo are looking for a man who allegedly attempted to rape a woman in her 20s while in a restroom inside JR Shinjuku station on Sunday night. Police said that the man struck the woman violently across the face before fleeing the scene. (Japan Today)
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Woman gives birth on flight from Canada to Japan

May 11, 2015 - 11:06
A Canadian woman gave birth aboard a plane to Tokyo after going into labor over the Pacific Ocean, a spokesman for Air Canada said Monday, an event the baby's father described as "completely unexpected". (Japan Today)
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Man arrested for throwing liquid on girl

May 10, 2015 - 23:38
Police in Tokyo's Katsushika Ward said Sunday they have arrested a 32-year-old man for throwing a coffee-like liquid on a 15-year-old schoolgirl as she walked home last month. (Japan Today)
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Dud bomb from U.S. air raid removed in downtown Osaka shopping area

May 10, 2015 - 23:34
An unexploded bomb believed to have been dropped by U.S. forces in a World War II air raid was defused and removed by the Self-Defense Forces in a busy shopping district here on May 9. (Asahi)
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9-year-old boy attacked by monkey in Fukuoka

May 10, 2015 - 23:26
A nine-year-old boy in Fukuoka was attacked by a wild monkey that apparently wanted his bento, police said Sunday. (Japan Today)
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Festival parade held in central Tokyo

May 10, 2015 - 23:15
About 1,000 people have paraded in historical Japanese costumes in one of the largest festivals in Tokyo. (NHK)
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Gays call on Japan bar federation to lobby for same-sex marriage

May 9, 2015 - 23:37
A group of gay people will ask the Japan Federation of Bar Associations in July to recommend that the government and the Diet legislate for same-sex marriages, arguing that denial of such marriages would violate the Constitution's guarantee of equality, their lawyer said. (Japan Times)
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Police officer busted for filming up woman's skirt

May 9, 2015 - 23:28
A police officer in Himeji, Hyogo Prefecture, has been arrested for using his smartphone to film up a woman's skirt, prefectural police said Saturday. (Japan Today)
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Edo-era human, animal bones found at Tokyo construction site

May 9, 2015 - 23:19
Construction workers have discovered portions of a human skull and almost 300 pieces of animal bones at a construction site near Hamamatsucho train station in Tokyo. (Japan Today)
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Concrete slab falls from elevated Tohoku shinkansen bridge in Miyagi

May 9, 2015 - 00:33
A large concrete slab was found on a farm road after it came loose and fell from an elevated bridge used for the Tohoku Shinkansen in Osaki, Miyagi Prefecture, police said Friday. No one was injured and train services were not disrupted. (Japan Today)
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Woman, holding newborn baby, jumps from building

May 9, 2015 - 00:31
The body of a woman in her 30s and a newborn baby girl were found in the parking lot of an apartment building in Tokyo's Meguro Ward on Friday morning, police said, adding that the woman apparently jumped from an exterior stairwell. (Japan Today)
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Zoo to keep monkey's name same as British baby princess despite uproar

May 9, 2015 - 00:07
A zoo in Oita, southwestern Japan, will not change the name of a baby monkey, despite a domestic uproar over naming her after Britain's newborn princess because there was no protest from the British royal family, the Oita municipal government said Friday. (Kyodo)
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Gifu woman held for cashing dead parents' pension for 50 years

May 8, 2015 - 11:07
An 86-year-old Japanese woman who allegedly carried on cashing her parents' pension for half a century after they died has been arrested, police in Ena, Gifu Prefecture, said Friday. (Japan Today)
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Ex-yakuza in Y100 million lottery fraud

May 8, 2015 - 00:19
Tokyo Metropolitan Police on Thursday announced the arrest of an organized crime member for heading a fraud ring that sold lottery numbers, reports the Sankei Shimbun (May 7). (Tokyo Reporter)
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100,000 dead fish found in Nagoya canal

May 7, 2015 - 23:51
Nagoya government officials said Thursday that around 100,000 dead fish had been found in a canal between May 3 and May 6. (Japan Today)
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Zoo backpedals from naming baby monkey after U.K. princess

May 6, 2015 - 23:39
A zoo in southwestern Japan was forced to backpedal on its announcement Wednesday that it will name a baby Japanese monkey "Charlotte" in honor of the newborn British princess after protests that the move is disrespectful to the royal family. (Kyodo)
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Sumo wrestlers hold babies in the air and attempt to make them cry

May 6, 2015 - 00:08
For most parents the harrowing sound of a baby crying is one they could probably do without. But for competitors at the 400-year-old Naki Zumo festival in Japan, the more sobs your little one can muster, the better. (
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Taylor Swift 1989 tour reaches Japan: 'Shake It Off' singer performs at Tokyo Dome

May 6, 2015 - 00:05
Taylor Swift kicked off the Japan portion of her "1989" world tour Tuesday after she touched down in Tokyo at Narita Airport and incited a fan frenzy Sunday. (
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