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Buddhist temple officiates gay weddings as Japan continues to struggle with LGBT rights

December 7, 2014 - 22:29
The Shunkoin Temple in Kyoto, Japan has become the first zen Buddhist temple offering to officiate symbolic same sex weddings within the country. (
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7 die, troops called in as heavy snow hits Japan

December 7, 2014 - 21:52
Heavy snowfall over the weekend left at least seven people dead and hundreds cut off, local authorities said.

More than a meter of snow fell in some parts of the country from Friday, toppling trees and blocking roads. (Japan Times)

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Russian breaks koban glass, hoping to be sent home

December 7, 2014 - 00:35
Police have arrested a Russian man who smashed the glass on a koban (police box) in Tokyo's Shinagawa Ward. (Japan Today)
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2 die in snow-hit Tokushima

December 7, 2014 - 00:19
Heavy snow is falling in wide areas of Japan, mostly along the Sea of Japan coast. (NHK)
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Wood paddles highlight Japanese, others who made a smash hit in 2014

December 6, 2014 - 04:44
Tennis star Kei Nishikori just missed out on his first major title in 2014, but he earned another honor, along with three Japanese Nobel laureates, sumo standout Ichinojo from Mongolia, U.S. Ambassador to Japan Caroline Kennedy and Microsoft founder Bill Gates. (Asahi)
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NTV's Asami Miura ranked most popular female announcer

December 6, 2014 - 04:22
NTV announcer Asami Miura, 27, has been ranked the most popular female announcer in Japan for the second year in a row according to Oricon Style. (Japan Today)
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'Black widow' potted plants show traces of cyanide

December 6, 2014 - 04:19
Japanese police investigating a so-called "Black Widow" who could be behind the deaths of six partners have found traces of cyanide in soil from her potted plants, reports said Friday. (Japan Today)
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Osaka yakuza used Google Street View to plan string of thefts

December 6, 2014 - 04:06
Police from five administrative districts, including Osaka, on Thursday announced the arrest of an organized crime member who utilized a computer mapping application to assist in nearly 200 thefts of brand items, reports the Asahi Shimbun (Dec. 5). (Tokyo Reporter)
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Taxi passenger flees after cutting driver with knife

December 5, 2014 - 06:44
Police in Hino, Tokyo, are looking for a man who slashed a taxi driver and then fled on Thursday night. (Japan Today)
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Emperor, Empress mourn A-bomb victims in Hiroshima

December 4, 2014 - 10:00
Emperor Akihito and Empress Michiko visited Hiroshima's Peace Memorial Park on Thursday to mourn victims of the 1945 US atomic bombing. (NHK)
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Tokyo police ramp up patrols in Kabukicho, Shibuya as party season approaches

December 4, 2014 - 04:04
With criminal activity on the rise, Tokyo Metropolitan Police this week initiated special patrols in entertainment districts prior to the start of end-of-year parties, reports TBS News (Dec. 4). (Tokyo Reporter)
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Man arrested for burying bodies of his mother and sister

December 3, 2014 - 22:50
Police in Tsuruga, Fukui Prefecture, on Wednesday arrested a 53-year-old man on suspicion of burying the dead bodies of his mother and sister at his home. (Japan Today)
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Man under influence of herb stabs woman in nextdoor apartment

December 3, 2014 - 22:41
Police in Tokyo's Setagaya Ward arrested a 31-year-old man on Wednesday after he broke into the apartment of his nextdoor neighbor and slashed her with a knife. (Japan Today)
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Emperor, Empress visit Hiroshima landslide site

December 3, 2014 - 13:52
Emperor Akihito and Empress Michiko on Wednesday visited the Yagi district of Hiroshima, where 74 people were killed by rain-triggered landslides in August. (NHK)
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In Hokkaido there’s weed, weed everywhere, but not a drop to smoke

December 3, 2014 - 13:30
Japan tends to be a very drug-shy country. Most people you talk to will say that they’ve never gone anywhere near substances like marijuana, and according to a Public Library of Science survey, 98 times out of 100 they’re telling you the truth. (
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Woman's body found in home; husband commits suicide

December 3, 2014 - 08:23
A 62-year-old woman was found dead in her house in Tokyo's Setagaya Ward on Tuesday afternoon, police said, adding that her 66-year-old husband apparently killed himself earlier in the day in Osaka. (Japan Today)
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Tokyo woman previously accused of distributing 3D data of her genitals arrested again

December 3, 2014 - 08:22
Tokyo Metropolitan Police on Wednesday re-arrested an artist, previously charged earlier this year with the distribution of obscene material, for a public display of a recreation of her genitals, reports the Asahi Shimbun (Dec. 3). (Tokyo Reporter)
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Stranded train arrives at station

December 3, 2014 - 08:19
A train carrying about 300 passengers which had been stranded for nearly 8 hours in heavy snow made it to the closest station in northern Japan on Wednesday. (NHK)
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Relatives of victims mark 2nd anniversary of Sasago tunnel collapse

December 2, 2014 - 23:55
Relatives of nine victims who died in the collapse of the Sasago tunnel in Yamanashi Prefecture on Dec 2, 2012, gathered at the site on Tuesday to attend a memorial ceremony. (Japan Today)
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2,000 pigs perish in fire in Chiba

December 2, 2014 - 06:54
About 2,000 pigs were killed in a fire that destroyed four buildings on a farm in Asahi, Chiba Prefecture, on Monday night. (Japan Today)
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