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Man linked to several deaths in extended family jailed for 17 years

March 18, 2015 - 23:41
The Kobe District Court on Wednesday sentenced a 28-year-old man to 17 years in prison for his part in the deaths of two members of an extended family in Amagasaki, Hyogo Prefecture, between 2005 and 2008. (Japan Today)
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3 men died, apparently from hydrogen sulfide poisoning, near Nyuto hot spring

March 18, 2015 - 23:19
Three men died, apparently from hydrogen sulfide poisoning, near the Nyuto hot spring resort in Senboku, Akita Prefecture, on Wednesday night, the Akita prefectural police said. (The Japan News)
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Museum attack in Tunisian capital kills 19; 5 Japanese said included

March 18, 2015 - 23:08
Foreign tourists scrambled in panic Wednesday after militants stormed a museum in Tunisia's capital and killed 19 people, "shooting at anything that moved," a witness said. (The Japan News)
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Gifu village offers jackpot in annual search for mythical reptilian creature

March 17, 2015 - 23:48
HIGASHI-SHIRAKAWA, Gifu Prefecture--In this village's version of the hunt for the Loch Ness monster and Sasquatch, an annual search will be held in May to capture a mythical snakelike, bottle-shaped creature known as "tsuchinoko." (Asahi)
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Boy held for trying to kill goat says he was inspired by IS video

March 17, 2015 - 23:42
Police have arrested a third-year junior high school boy for attempting to kill a goat. The boy told police he was inspired to kill someone after watching videos of Islamic State extremists beheading hostages and that he wanted to practice on the goat first. (Japan Today)
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Tokyo cops bust 'happening bar,' 10 arrested

March 17, 2015 - 23:40
Tokyo Metropolitan Police on Tuesday announced the bust of a specialty bar in Taito Ward that allows customers to engage in sex, reports Fuji News Network (March 17). (Tokyo Reporter)
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Police confiscate PC of associate professor charged with murdering graduate student

March 17, 2015 - 23:37
Police in Katsuyama, Fukui Prefecture, have confiscated the PC of an associate professor who was arrested on March 14 on suspicion of murdering a graduate student on March 12. (Japan Today)
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Undetonated one-ton U.S. bomb found near downtown Osaka

March 17, 2015 - 23:35
Workers at a the construction site for a new condo complex in Osaka were surprised when they hit something hard after excavating about two meters deep on Monday morning. They were even more surprised to find that what they found was an unexploded piece of ordnance left over from World War II. (Japan Today)
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Aum planned sarin attack on Osaki police station same day as subway massacre

March 17, 2015 - 23:33
Aum Shinrikyo planned to release sarin at a police station in Tokyo the same day it gassed the capital's subway system in 1995, Jiji Press has learned. (Japan Times)
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Man in Tokyo tests negative for Ebola

March 17, 2015 - 03:49
A foreign resident of Tokyo in his 40s who recently returned from Liberia has tested negative for the Ebola virus, the Health, Labor and Welfare Ministry said Monday. (The Japan News)
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Time stands still in Japan's village of scarecrows

March 17, 2015 - 03:42
Tsukimi Ayano made her first scarecrow 13 years ago to frighten off birds pecking at seeds in her garden. The life-sized straw doll resembled her father, so she made more. And then couldn't stop. (Reuters)
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Tokyo cops re-arrest Nigerian club manager in series of robberies of customers

March 16, 2015 - 22:47
Tokyo Metropolitan Police on Monday announced the re-arrest of a Nigerian manager of a hostess club in Shinjuku Ward allegedly involved in a series of incidents in which male customers have been drugged and robbed, reports TBS News. (Tokyo Reporter)
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SDF officer arrested for using stolen passport to swindle over Y300,000

March 16, 2015 - 22:21
A Self Defense Force (SDF) officer has been arrested for stealing a passport and using it to sell an expensive wrist watch and swindle large sums of money. (Japan Today)
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Woman arrested for stabbing 17-year-old son

March 16, 2015 - 22:19
Police in Tokyo's Katsushika Ward said Monday they have arrested a 41-year-old woman on suspicion of trying to kill her 17-year-old son by stabbing him with a fruit knife. (Japan Today)
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Ibaraki police officer arrested for stalking

March 16, 2015 - 01:44
A 58-year-old police officer in Mito, Ibaraki Prefecture, has been arrested for stalking a woman with whom he had been having a long-term relationship. (Japan Today)
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'Haafu' to represent Japan at Miss Universe 2015

March 16, 2015 - 01:41
For the second year in the row, the Japanese representative for the Miss Universe competition hails from Nagasaki, with last year's crown holder being Keiko Tsuji. (Japan Today)
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Body of missing 6-year-old Toyonaka boy found in pond

March 16, 2015 - 01:37
Police in Toyonaka, Osaka, said Sunday that the body of a six-year-old boy who has been missing since Feb 28 was found in a pond. (Japan Today)
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Man goes on trial for kicking customer to death in ramen shop

March 14, 2015 - 01:26
A 38-year-old man went on trial Friday, charged with kicking a fellow diner to death in a fight over seats at a ramen shop last year. (Japan Today)
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Japanese actor Ken Watanabe makes Broadway debut

March 13, 2015 - 12:04
Japanese actor Ken Watanabe made his Broadway debut on Thursday, appearing in a preview performance of "The King and I" at Lincoln Center for the Performing Arts in New York. (Jiji Press)
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31-year-old man arrested for hitting father with bat

March 13, 2015 - 00:19
Police in Mitaka, Tokyo, have arrested a 31-year-old man for attempted murder after he hit his father with a baseball bat. (Japan Today)
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