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Tokyo cops arrest ex-yakuza boss in assault, blackmail of underling who fled

March 11, 2015 - 06:05
For one now defunct organized crime group in Tokyo, breaking up was very hard to do - and it ended in multiple arrests. (Tokyo Reporter)
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Toyama man awarded $160,000 after being imprisoned for three years on false rape charges

March 10, 2015 - 23:47
Imagine you're relaxing at home one day when there's a sudden knock at the door. Before you know it you're sitting in a police interrogation room with people trying to get a confession out of you for a crime you know nothing about. (
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Public housing for Fukushima facing delays

March 10, 2015 - 23:30
Construction of public housing in Fukushima Prefecture is facing significant delays. The housing is meant for those forced to leave their homes after the 2011 earthquake and tsunami, and the ensuing nuclear accident. (NHK)
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Police say number of reported stalking cases in Tokyo highest ever in 2014

March 10, 2015 - 23:29
The number of reported stalking cases in Tokyo in 2014 was 2,204, the highest ever, according to the Tokyo Metropolitan Police Department. (Japan Today)
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Trial begins for youth accused of murdering Mie schoolgirl

March 10, 2015 - 23:27
A 19-year-old youth went on trial Tuesday for the murder of a 15-year-old schoolgirl in Asahi, Mie Prefecture, in August 2013. (Japan Today)
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Supreme Court confirms lost bets on horse racing should be considered expenses

March 10, 2015 - 23:20
The Supreme Court confirmed Tuesday that money lost betting on horses can for tax purposes be considered expenses deductible from winnings. (Japan Times)
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Oregon woman released in Japan after being jailed for prescribed Adderall

March 10, 2015 - 23:07
A prosecutor has freed an Oregon woman jailed in Japan on suspicion of smuggling Adderall into the country, U.S. Sen. Ron Wyden, D-Ore., said late Monday. (
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Japan marks 4th anniversary of 3/11 disaster

March 10, 2015 - 22:55
People in Japan are observing the 4th anniversary of the earthquake and tsunami that devastated the country's northeast on March 11th, 2011. (NHK)
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Tokyo cops bust 2-chome gay bar for licensing violations

March 10, 2015 - 12:10
Tokyo Metropolitan Police on Monday announced the bust of a bar in the 2-chome gay quarter of Shinjuku Ward for licensing violations, reports TBS News (Tokyo Reporter)
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Memorial ceremony marks 70th anniversary of Tokyo air raid

March 10, 2015 - 11:55
A memorial service was held in Tokyo on Tuesday to mark the 70th anniversary of the 1945 Tokyo air raid during World War II, which is believed to have killed some 100,000 people in one night. (Jiji Press)
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4 Syrian men to file suit seeking refugee status in Japan

March 9, 2015 - 23:57
Four Syrian nationals who came to Japan after joining a prodemocracy movement in Syria plan to seek refugee status in a lawsuit to be filed soon with the Tokyo District Court, their lawyers said Monday. (Kyodo)
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Ambassador Kennedy enjoys plum-blossom viewing

March 9, 2015 - 23:54
US Ambassador to Japan Caroline Kennedy has enjoyed plum blossoms at the famed Kairakuen garden, north of Tokyo. (NHK)
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Parents arrested for forcing children to shoplift

March 9, 2015 - 23:44
A 36-year-old man and his 33-year-old wife have been arrested for forcing their three young elementary school children to shoplift at a fishing goods store in Suita City, Osaka Prefecture. (Japan Today)
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Swan shot by arrow dies in Saitama

March 9, 2015 - 08:40
A white swan which was found with an arrow in its left side on a Saitama riverbank has died of its wounds. (Japan Today)
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5 killed in stabbing rampage on Hyogo island; neighbor arrested

March 9, 2015 - 08:36
A 40-year-old shut-in was arrested after five people were killed at their homes in a morning stabbing spree on March 9 in this city on Awajishima island, police said. (Asahi)
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Ceremony held to mark 15th anniversary of Hibiya line subway crash

March 8, 2015 - 13:47
The accident occurred when the rear car of a train coming out of a tunnel derailed and hit an oncoming train on a parallel track near Naka-Meguro Station. An inspection revealed later there was a weight imbalance in the train wheels on both sides of the train that derailed. (Japan Today)
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14-year-old Ibaraki prostitute pimped to 500 customers, 2 arrested

March 8, 2015 - 00:48
Ibaraki Prefectural Police on Friday announced the bust of a sex service in Tsuchiura City that employed a 14-year-old girl on charges of prostitution, reports the Yomiuri Shimbun (March 7). (Tokyo Reporter)
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4,800 chickens perish in fire

March 8, 2015 - 00:44
About 4,800 chickens perished in a fire that destroyed a compound at a chicken ranch in Taku, Shiga Prefecture, early Saturday morning. (Japan Today)
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Princess Kako visits Ise Shrine

March 6, 2015 - 23:36
Princess Kako of Japan, a granddaughter of Emperor Akihito, has made a pilgrimage to Ise Shrine in the central part of the country. She reported to the deities that she has come of age. (NHK)
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2 killed after helicopter crashes in Mie

March 6, 2015 - 07:21
Two men were killed after the helicopter they were riding in crashed in a mountain forest in Kihoku, Mie Prefecture, on Friday morning. (Japan Today)
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