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Skeletal remains of 22-year-old woman discovered in Niigata

April 9, 2014 - 08:21
Police in Shibata, Niigata prefecture, said Wednesday that skeletal remains discovered in a thicket on Monday have been identified as the remains of a 22-year-old woman who had been missing since last November. (Japan Today)
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84 toilets in Tokyo park vandalized

April 9, 2014 - 07:58
Police in Tokyo's Nerima Ward said that 84 toilets in a public park in Hikarigaoka were vandalized in the week between March 24 and April 1. (Japan Today)
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Japan sets new guidelines to urge early evacuation calls

April 8, 2014 - 22:55
The Japanese government drew up new guidelines Tuesday to urge municipalities to issue evacuation advisories early without fear evacuations may end up being meaningless. (Jiji Press)
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Google institute unveils works by Osamu Tezuka

April 7, 2014 - 23:20
Internet search engine Google has unveiled a collection of works by legendary Japanese manga artist, Osamu Tezuka. (NHK)
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400-year-old cherry tree in full bloom

April 7, 2014 - 06:39
A 400-year-old weeping cherry tree is in full bloom at a Buddhist temple in Yamanashi Prefecture, central Japan. (NHK)
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Icebreaker Shirase returns to Tokyo

April 7, 2014 - 06:33
The Maritime Self-Defense Force icebreaker Shirase with Captain Koji Hidaka returned to Tokyo's Harumi pier on Monday after a mission to the Antarctica. (Jiji Press)
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Vietnam Air denies smuggling case involvement

April 5, 2014 - 23:50
A spokesman for Vietnam Airlines has denied that the airline was institutionally involved in the alleged smuggling of goods stolen in Japan that led to the arrest of a female cabin attendant by Japanese police last week. (Jiji Press)
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A century later, Empress Dowager Shoken remembered for charity

April 5, 2014 - 23:29
Thursday marks the 100th anniversary of the death of Empress Dowager Shoken on April 11, 1914. (The Japan News)
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Woman arrested for dumping body of baby in toilet in Gunma

April 4, 2014 - 23:31
Police in Ota City, Gunma Prefecture, said Friday they have arrested a 28-year-old woman after it was discovered she had dumped the body of her newborn boy in the toilet of her home. (Japan Today)
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Gas cylinder full of nails explodes in police dorm in Sapporo

April 4, 2014 - 23:28
A gas cylinder exploded at a police dorm in Sapporo on Thursday night but no one was injured. (Japan Today)
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Man rearrested for damaging Anne Frank books

April 4, 2014 - 23:18
Tokyo police rearrested a 35-year-old man on Friday, on the fresh charges of vandalizing 20 books including Anne Frank's "Diary of a Young Girl" at a public library run by Tokyo's Suginami Ward. (Jiji Press)
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K-Pop stars big in Japan bridge diplomatic divide

April 4, 2014 - 07:10
Thousands of K-Pop fans flocked to a major concert by top South Korean music stars in Japan this week, with organisers and fans alike calling it a "bridge" for two nations locked in a never-ending diplomatic squabble. (Bangkok Post)
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Fukushima junior high students perform in London

April 3, 2014 - 20:52
A junior high school symphony orchestra from Japan's disaster-hit Fukushima Prefecture has performed in one of the most prestigious concert venues in London. (NHK)
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Man hit by train, flung into commuters on platform

April 2, 2014 - 22:48
A man was killed after being hit by a limited express train at a station on the JR Osaka Loop Line on Tuesday night. The impact of the train flung him back onto the platform, injuring three women commuters, police said. (Japan Today)
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Japanese mobsters launch their own website

April 2, 2014 - 22:39
Japan's biggest organised crime syndicate has launched its own website, complete with a corporate song and a strong anti-drugs message, as the yakuza looks to turn around its outdated image and falling membership. (The Guardian)
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Parents, son die in Arizona crash

April 2, 2014 - 21:30
Three members of a Japanese family died as their car collided with an oncoming vehicle being chased by police on a highway near Grand Canyon National Park in Arizona on Friday, it was learned Tuesday. (The Japan News)
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Couple stabbed while sitting in car in parking lot

April 1, 2014 - 00:32
Police in Itabashi Ward, Tokyo, said Monday that a couple sitting inside their car in the parking lot of an apartment complex was suddenly attacked by an unknown individual who stabbed them repeatedly before fleeing the scene. (Japan Today)
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Police: Dubious diplomat returned to Ghana

March 31, 2014 - 22:12
Tokyo police have told NHK that Ghana's ambassador to Japan has returned to his home country amid allegations of involvement in an illegal casino in the Japanese capital. (NHK)
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Retrial denied for executed convinct

March 31, 2014 - 22:06
A court dismissed a petition Monday for a retrial of a man who was executed in 2008 for the murder of two 7-year-old girls in Fukuoka Prefecture more than 20 years ago. (The Japan News)
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Pier overturned 'in matter of minutes'

March 31, 2014 - 22:04
"We are very sorry for causing such a terrible accident," Yasuo Matsunaga, director of the Port and Airport Department of the Kanto Regional Development Bureau, said at a press conference held in Yokohama on Sunday afternoon. (The Japan News)
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