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Glitch leaves 119 emergency number down for 2nd time in two months in Tokyo

April 15, 2015 - 23:00
The Tokyo Metropolitan Fire Department said Wednesday that its emergency 119 line was down for about four hours from 5 p.m. to 9 p.m. on Tuesday. It was the second time in two months that the 119 had been inaccessible. (Japan Today)
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Man questioned over crossbow attack on cyclist in Ibaraki

April 15, 2015 - 22:58
Police in Toride, Ibaraki Prefecture, said Thursday they are questioning a 36-year-old man over an incident on Wednesday morning in which a 47-year-old man was shot in the calf by an arrow from a crossbow as he was riding his bike home. (Japan Today)
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Kagawa cops arrest male nurse for upload of foreign child porn

April 15, 2015 - 06:45
Kagawa Prefectural Police on Tuesday arrested a 38-year-old male practical nurse for the distribution child pornography of foreign children on the Internet, reports the Sankei Shimbun. (Tokyo Reporter)
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Tokyo vagina artist claims works not 'obscene' in court

April 15, 2015 - 06:31
An artist accused of "obscenity" for art works that recreate her vagina said on Wednesday at the Tokyo District Court that she is innocent, reports TBS News. (Tokyo Reporter)
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Japanese man on trial for drugs in Indonesia to donate organs if sentenced to death

April 14, 2015 - 23:49
A Japanese man who is on trial in Indonesia for drug trafficking and faces the death penalty if convicted said Tuesday he will donate all his organs to needy Indonesians as his earlier plan to donate them to a Japanese university may no longer materialize. (Japan Times)
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89-yr-old woman fatally stabbed in Osaka home; suspect tries to kill himself

April 14, 2015 - 13:07
Police in Sakai, Osaka, said Tuesday that an 86-year-old man who set fire to himself and jumped in a pond is being questioned about the murder of an 89-year-old woman who lived nextdoor to him. (Japan Today)
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Japanese woman slashes husband's face over toilet stink

April 14, 2015 - 05:33
A Japanese woman allegedly attacked her husband with a kitchen knife because of the terrible smell he had left in the toilet, police and reports said Monday. (
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Man accidentally drives car into convenience store

April 13, 2015 - 23:24
A 50-year-old man drove his car through the glass entrance of a FamilyMart convenience store in Konosu, Saitama Prefecture, on Monday morning. (Japan Today)
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Police question 18-year-old youth over murder of NPO head in Okinawa

April 13, 2015 - 23:03
Police in Okinawa City said Monday they are questioning an 18-year-old youth over the murder of the director of a non-profit organization. (Japan Today)
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Woman slashes husband for not washing his hands after using toilet

April 13, 2015 - 08:41
olice in Tokyo's Ota Ward said Monday they have arrested a 29-year-old woman on suspicion of attempted murder after she slashed her husband because he didn't wash his hands after using the toilet. (Japan Today)
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Man driving stolen minivan killed in crash following pursuit by police

April 13, 2015 - 03:36
A 30-year-old man driving a stolen minivan was killed after he crashed into another passenger vehicle while being pursued by a police patrol car in Tsukuba, Ibaraki Prefecture, on Sunday. (Japan Today)
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6 passengers injured after man sprays gas in Osaka subway

April 12, 2015 - 10:33
Six passengers suffered injuries after a man sprayed a substance resembling tear gas on them in a subway car in Osaka on Saturday night. (Japan Today)
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Yamanote, Keihin-Tohoku line services resume after pole collapse halts busy section of rail

April 12, 2015 - 10:26
East Japan Railway Co. suspended part of train services on the Yamanote and Keihin-Tohoku Lines on Sunday as unused cable poles collapsed between Kanda Station and Akihabara Station. (Japan Times)
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Convenience store employee in coma after trying to stop shoplifter from escaping

April 11, 2015 - 23:46
A 61-year-old woman who works part-time at a convenience store was in a coma Saturday after being injured while trying to stop a shoplifter driving away in Kashiwa, Chiba Prefecture. (Japan Today)
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Tokyo cops: JR employee in sex-for-contracts probe

April 11, 2015 - 03:59
Tokyo Metropolitan Police on Friday arrested an employee of Japan Railways Group and a manager of an electronics firm in a bribery probe, reports TV Asahi (April 11). (Tokyo Reporter)
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Man drives into 2 kids, father; then gets out and punches father

April 10, 2015 - 23:33
Police in Hakodate, Hokkaido, arrested a 43-year-old man who drove his car into two children and an adult walking on a sidewalk in front of a daycare center on Friday morning. (Japan Today)
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Todaiji Temple vandalized with oil-like liquid spray

April 10, 2015 - 23:22
Japan's Nara prefectural police department said Friday it has newly found oil-like liquid sprayed at three temples including Todaiji Temple, a UNESCO World Heritage site and major tourist attraction. (Jiji Press)
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Water leak leads Tokyo cops to marijuana grow house

April 10, 2015 - 11:35
A water leak lead Tokyo Metropolitan Police to an apartment in Nerima Ward that was being used to grow marijuana plants, reports Nippon News Network (April 10). (Tokyo Reporter)
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Imperial couple return to Japan after pilgrimage to remember war dead

April 10, 2015 - 11:34
A visibly contented Emperor Akihito and Empress Michiko concluded a two-day trip on April 9 to remember and pray for the war dead on the distant Pacific island nation of Palau. (Asahi)
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Tokyo cops arrest foreigners, yakuza in 12-man brawl

April 10, 2015 - 05:10
Tokyo Metropolitan Police on Thursday announced the arrest of Bangladeshi nationals and an organized crime member for participation in a brawl in Sumida Ward last year, reports Nippon News Network (April 10). (Tokyo Reporter)
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