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Man loses leg after being hit by train in Saga

March 27, 2014 - 21:30
A man had his left leg severed below the knee after he fell from the platform and was hit by a train at a station in Karatsu, Saga Prefecture, police said. (Japan Today)
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Amnesty International slams Japan's 'secrecy' on death penalty

March 27, 2014 - 21:28
Human rights group Amnesty International criticized Japan on Thursday for its continued used of the death penalty and the "secrecy" surrounding the execution process. (Japan Times)
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Crimes by foreign visitors in Japan up for 1st time in 9 years

March 27, 2014 - 12:04
Crimes by foreign visitors in Japan increased for the first time in nine years in 2013, the National Police Agency said Thursday. (Jiji Press)
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Death row inmate released

March 27, 2014 - 03:17
A 78-year-old man on death row has been released from a detention center in Tokyo, after a district court granted his request for a retrial. He has spent 48 years in detention. (NHK)
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Two 'Brazilian' family members found dead after fire in Shiga, western Japan

March 26, 2014 - 22:45
A woman and a child were found dead on Wednesday morning following a fire in the western Japanese prefecture of Shiga, local press reported. (Global Post)
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Vietnam stewardess arrested in Japan

March 26, 2014 - 22:14
Tokyo police said Wednesday they have arrested a 25-year-old female cabin attendant of Vietnam Airlines on suspicion of attempting to smuggle stolen goods into Vietnam and searched the carrier's Tokyo office. (Bangkok Post)
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Man arrested over hit-and-run death of woman he met through online dating site

March 25, 2014 - 22:52
Police in Iizuka, Fukuoka Prefecture, said Tuesday they have arrested a 24-year-old man over the hit-and-run death of a 19-year-old woman whom he met on an online dating site. (Japan Today)
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Japan to allow long stay in Fukushima village

March 25, 2014 - 22:15
The Japanese government said Tuesday it plans to allow nuclear disaster evacuees from the Fukushima Prefecture village of Kawauchi to stay in their homes for up to three months starting April 26. (Jiji Press)
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Driver gets 9 and a half years for fatal bus crash in Japan

March 25, 2014 - 22:13
A 45-year-old bus driver was sentenced to nine and a half years in prison Tuesday over a fatal crash in eastern Japan in 2012 that killed seven passengers. (Jiji Press)
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Spring arrives in Japan with first cherry blossoms

March 25, 2014 - 21:59
Spring officially arrived in Tokyo on Tuesday when Japan's weather agency announced the start of the cherry blossom season. (Global Post)
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Imperial sword, jewel taken to Ise Shrines

March 25, 2014 - 21:51
The Emperor and Empress arrived at the Ise Grand Shrines in Ise, Mie Prefecture, on Tuesday afternoon with the sacred sword and jewel of the Imperial family. (The Japan News)
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Ban wins Pritzker Prize

March 25, 2014 - 21:48
The Japanese architect Shigeru Ban, who has com-bined a talent for innovative design and experimental use of everyday materials with extensive humanitarian efforts around the globe, has won the 2014 Pritzker Architecture Prize. (The Japan News)
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Aussie fans in frenzy over Japan's Lady Gaga

March 24, 2014 - 22:38
Dubbed Japan's Lady Gaga and the Harajuku pop princess, J-pop singer Kyary Pamyu Pamyu is visiting Sydney on her first Australian tour, much to the delight of her fans down under. (SBS)
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Man arrested after barricading himself in house, threatening to kill wife

March 24, 2014 - 09:05
Police in Takasaki, Gunma Prefecture, arrested a 56-year-old man early Monday morning after a siege that began Sunday night. (Japan Today)
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Cherry blossom festival kicks off in Washington

March 23, 2014 - 22:07
The annual Cherry Blossom Festival has begun in Washington to celebrate the arrival of spring and friendship between Japan and the United States. (NHK)
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Fukushima villagers allowed to stay home overnight

March 22, 2014 - 23:10
Japanese government officials say they will allow evacuees from the area around the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power plant to stay at their homes overnight for 3 months starting in April. (NHK)
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Speed eating of 'natto' fermented soy beans

March 22, 2014 - 23:07
A city in Ibaraki Prefecture has held an event to promote a local specialty made from soy beans that is popular among the Japanese people. (NHK)
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Northern Japan hit by unseasonal weather

March 22, 2014 - 00:12
A powerful low-pressure system has brought wintry weather to wide areas of northern Japan. (NHK)
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Record 3,260 seek refugee status in Japan in 2013

March 20, 2014 - 23:17
The number of people who applied for refugee status in Japan in 2013 totaled 3,260, the highest figure since the refugee recognition system began in 1982, the Ministry of Justice said Thursday. (Jiji Press)
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Death sentence upheld for woman over murder of 2 men

March 20, 2014 - 23:12
A high court branch upheld the death sentence on Thursday for a former female bar employee for the murder and robbery of two men in Tottori Prefecture, western Japan, in 2009. (Jiji Press)
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