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Visa overstayers launch campaign for 'legalization'

August 18, 2014 - 23:18
A group of visa overstayers launched a month-long campaign Monday in which they will ask 36 local assemblies in the Kanto region for special permission to remain in the country legally. (Japan Times)
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Sapporo assemblyman says indigenous Ainu 'no longer exist' as group

August 18, 2014 - 23:15
A Sapporo assemblyman has drawn fire for posting comments online stating the indigenous Ainu group "no longer exists," and suggesting those who identify as Ainu are motivated by government programs that benefit the ethnic minority. (Japan Times)
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Businessman at center of Thai surrogacy scandal hands over DNA samples

August 18, 2014 - 18:29
The lawyer of a Japanese man suspected of having fathered at least 12 babies using Thai surrogate mothers submitted DNA samples to Thai police on Monday in a bid to clear his name. (Japan Times)
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Lamborghini Murcielago was such a hot ride it burned to death on the Tokyo expressway

August 18, 2014 - 07:31
Things got a little too hot for the driver of a Lamborghini on Sunday, whose exotic Italian car went up in flames on the Tokyo expressway. (
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3 missing mountain climbers found in state of cardio-respiratory arrest

August 18, 2014 - 07:28
Three mountain climbers who went missing Sunday after being swept away by a torrent of water in the Northern Alps of Gifu Prefecture, were found Monday. (Japan Today)
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Tug-of-war over new Yamanote station's name

August 18, 2014 - 00:54
Controversy has begun to stir among local residents and entities near the planned site of a new station on the JR Yamanote Line in Tokyo, to be built between Shinagawa and Tamachi stations. (The Japan News)
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Evacuation advisory to be lifted in part of Fukushima Oct. 1

August 18, 2014 - 00:43
The Japanese government suggested plans on Sunday to lift its evacuation advisory on Oct. 1 for an eastern part of the Fukushima Prefecture village of Kawauchi, located within 20 kilometers of the Fukushima No. 1 nuclear plant. (Jiji Press)
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Japan rain kills two, prompts evacuation advisory for 80,000

August 18, 2014 - 00:34
Floods and landslides following torrential rain in western Japan have killed at least two people and prompted one city to advise more than 80,000 people to flee their homes, officials said on Sunday. (AFP)
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Huge bonfires light up Kyoto

August 17, 2014 - 02:28
Huge bonfires lit up the ancient Japanese capital of Kyoto as part of an annual Buddhist ceremony. The event went ahead despite heavy rainfall earlier in the day. (NHK)
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Woman, 3 minors arrested after girl's body found in apartment

August 16, 2014 - 09:40
Police in Iyo, Ehime Prefecture, have arrested a 36-year-old woman and three minors aged 16 to 18 over the death of a 17-year-old girl whose body was found in the woman's apartment. (Japan Today)
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Rola's dad released due to lack of evidence

August 16, 2014 - 09:35
Prosecutors say they have released the father of Japanese television personality Rola due to a lack of evidence backing his arrest on suspicion of fraud. (Japan Times)
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Yubari, Japan: a city learns how to die

August 16, 2014 - 01:36
Known in its heyday as the capital of coal, Yubari has lost 90% of its population in 50 years. With deer roaming freely, are there lessons for rustbelt cities around the world? (The Guardian)
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Japanese may also have fathered 2 surrogate babies in India

August 16, 2014 - 01:20
A 24-year-old Japanese man who is thought to have fathered at least 15 children in Thailand using surrogate mothers may also have two surrogate babies in India, it was learned by Friday. (Jiji Press)
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Japanese man reportedly planned to have as many as 1,000 surrogate children

August 15, 2014 - 09:23
The 24-year-old Japanese man suspected of fathering at least 15 children in Thailand using surrogate mothers reportedly said last year that he wanted 100 to 1,000 children. (Japan Times)
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Tokyo pair rob post office to start sex club

August 15, 2014 - 02:25
Tokyo Metropolitan Police on Thursday announced the arrest of two suspects for allegedly robbing a post office to open a business in the adult-entertainment industry, reports TBS News (Aug. 14). (Tokyo Reporter)
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Heatwave blamed for 500 fish found dead in park pond

August 14, 2014 - 23:40
About 500 fish found dead in a park pond in Futtsu, Chiba Prefecture, probably died because of the recent extreme heat, officials said Thursday. (Japan Today)
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Hokkaido hotel offers discounts for bald guests

August 14, 2014 - 23:31
The Sounkyo Mount View Hotel in Kamikawa, Hokkaido, has recently been offering a 500 yen (US$4.87) discount to customers who have either no hair at all or sport buzz cuts, the first discount of its kind by the Hotel Tetora Group, which owns 12 hotels across Japan. (
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40% of homeless in Tokyo experience harassment

August 14, 2014 - 15:14
A survey shows that about 40 percent of homeless people in Tokyo have been subjected to some form of violence. (NHK)
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Volcano in Kyushu still smoking; town remains on alert

August 14, 2014 - 00:55
YAKUSHIMA, Kagoshima Prefecture--Smoke continues to billow out of a large, deep crack created by the volcanic eruption of Mount Shindake on Kuchinoerabujima island earlier this month. (Asahi)
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Cop arrested for filming woman taking bath

August 14, 2014 - 00:36
A 46-year-old Kanagawa prefectural police officer has been arrested on suspicion of using his smartphone to film a woman taking a bath at home. (Japan Today)
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