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Tokyo cops arrest yakuza for extortion of soapland

July 13, 2015 - 23:07
Tokyo Metropolitan Police on Monday arrested an organized crime member for extorting a soapland bathhouse in Taito Ward, reports TBS News (July 13). (Tokyo Reporter)
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Case dropped against Thai ex-police chief over gun possession

July 13, 2015 - 23:04
Japanese prosecutors have decided not to press charges against a former Bangkok police chief over a loaded gun found in his checked luggage. (Japan Today)
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After cleanup, Tokyo to temporarily lift head-dunking ban at beach

July 13, 2015 - 12:56
Long considered cesspools with enough water pollution to cause serious health problems, beaches in central Tokyo are being restored partly through the cleanup efforts of nonprofit organizations. (Asahi)
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Man fatally stabbed on street in Aichi

July 13, 2015 - 12:54
A 65-year-old man was found collapsed and bleeding on a roadside in Nisshin City, Aichi Prefecture, on Sunday night. (Japan Today)
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Girl sent to medical reformatory over murder of classmate in Sasebo

July 13, 2015 - 12:46
The Nagasaki Family Court decided Monday to send a 16-year-old girl who killed a female classmate in Sasebo, Nagasaki Prefecture last year, to a juvenile medical reformatory, judging that criminally punishing her would make things worse. (Kyodo)
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Osaka cops: Woman stabbed to death by boyfriend

July 13, 2015 - 05:51
Osaka Prefectural Police on Sunday arrested the 24-year-old boyfriend of a woman found stabbed to death in Chuo Ward, reports the Sankei Shimbun (July 12). (Tokyo Reporter)
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Kamakura summer spectacular

July 12, 2015 - 22:22
People in the seaside city of Kamakura, south of Tokyo, have enjoyed a unique nighttime parade of portable shrines covered in traditional paper lanterns. (NHK)
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Japan panel calls for tougher penalties for sex crimes

July 11, 2015 - 00:10
A Japanese Justice Ministry panel has drafted a report calling for toughening penalties for sex crimes and allowing prosecutions for them with or without petitions from victims, it was learned on Friday. (Jiji Press)
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Yomiuri employee drops pants in hostess club

July 10, 2015 - 13:21
Fukuoka Prefectural Police on Friday arrested an employee of the Yomiuri Shimbun newspaper for exposing himself inside a "snack" hostess club in Onojo City, reports the Asahi Shimbun (July 10). (Tokyo Reporter)
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Man gets 22 years for hit-and-run deaths of 3 women in Otaru

July 10, 2015 - 00:01
The Sapporo District Court on Thursday sentenced a 32-year-old man to 22 years in prison for the hit-and-run deaths of three women in Otaru, Hokkaido, last summer. (Japan Today)
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73-year-old man drives car on train tracks for 1.3 kms

July 9, 2015 - 08:19
A 73-year-old man drove his car for 1.3 kilometers along train tracks in Osaka on Wednesday night. (Japan Today)
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14-year-old girl loses fingertip in elevator accident

July 9, 2015 - 01:09
A 14-year-old girl lost a fingertip hand after an elevator accident at her school in Shiraoka, Saitama Prefecture. (Japan Today)
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Boston museum cancels 'Kimono Wednesdays' after racism protests

July 9, 2015 - 01:05
The Museum of Fine Arts Boston is cancelling "Kimono Wednesdays" after protesters decried the event as racist. (Japan Today)
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Man arrested for spitting on woman's clothes inside train car

July 9, 2015 - 01:04
Police in Tokyo have arrested a 52-year-old man for spitting on a woman's clothing while riding on the JR Tokaido line. (Japan Today)
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LGBT People Ask for Lawyers' Support for Same-Sex Marriage in Japan

July 7, 2015 - 23:32
A total of 455 lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender people petitioned the Japan Federation of Bar Associations on Tuesday to urge the government and lawmakers to legalize same-sex marriage. (Jiji Press)
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Prosecutors will not indict ex-Toyota exec Hamp over painkillers

July 7, 2015 - 10:21
Former Toyota Motor Corp. executive Julie Hamp will not be charged with illegally importing a controlled painkiller, investigative sources said Tuesday. (Japan Times)
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Quake hampers brief return to Kuchinoerabu

July 7, 2015 - 06:16
Evacuees from a southwestern Japanese island hit by a volcanic eruption made a brief return to their homes on Tuesday ahead of an approaching typhoon. But their trip was cut short due to volcanic quakes. (NHK)
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The world's oldest man dies in Japan, aged 112

July 7, 2015 - 06:06
Sakari Momoi, who was recognized as the world's oldest man and credited healthy eating and getting plenty of sleep for his longevity, has died at the age of 112, Japanese media said on July 7. (Asahi)
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Japan's hairiest metal entertainer invites you to 'enjoy and taste many Japanese products'

July 6, 2015 - 23:55
Meet Ladybaby, the Japanese musical group that will make you look twice. Featuring Ladybeard, the east's most hirsute crossdressing entertainer, this band's debut song blends infectious Japanese pop with bizarre, energetic heavy metal vocals. (
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Tokyo cops raid Ikebukuro Net casino

July 6, 2015 - 23:26
Tokyo Metropolitan Police on Monday announced the bust of a casino in Toshima Ward for permitting illegal gambling, reports TBS News (July 6). (Tokyo Reporter)
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