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No.2 gang boss surrenders over 1998 murder

September 14, 2014 - 00:38
Japanese police have arrested a deputy leader of a major "yakuza" criminal syndicate for his alleged involvement in a murder 16 years ago. (NHK)
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Police questioning man over kicking of visually-impaired girl

September 13, 2014 - 07:32
Police in Saitama Prefecture said Saturday they are questioning a 44-year-old man over an incident on Sept 8 in which a visually-impaired high school girl was kicked in the leg from behind near JR Kawagoe Station. (Japan Today)
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6-year-old girl missing in Kobe

September 13, 2014 - 07:30
Hyogo prefectural police on Saturday mobilized 120 officers to search for a 6-year-old girl who has been missing for two days in Kobe. (Japan Today)
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Ex Aum member plans to plea not guilty

September 13, 2014 - 06:03
A former member of the Aum Shinrikyo cult, Katsuya Takahashi, plans to plead not guilty to charges related to the deadly 1995 sarin gas attack on the Tokyo subway. (NHK)
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Man injures woman with scissors in failed robbery attempt

September 13, 2014 - 01:36
Police in Saitama said Friday they have charged a 67-year-old man with assault after he cut a 41-year-old woman with a pair of scissors during a failed robbery attempt in a building parking lot. (Japan Today)
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Makiko Esumi's ex-manager says he acted on his own when spray painting actor's home

September 13, 2014 - 01:34
Police say the former manager of actress Makiko Esumi, 47, claims he was not acting on her orders when he spray painted graffiti on the home of former baseball star and actor Kazushige Nagashima, 48. (Japan Today)
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Tokyo dengue outbreak prompts blood donation advisory; 113 infected

September 13, 2014 - 01:01
In a move that could exacerbate the already shrinking pool of blood donors, the Japanese Red Cross Society (JRC) is asking people who recently visited Yoyogi Park and other Tokyo parks where mosquitoes are spreading dengue fever to refrain from donating, an official said Friday. (Japan Times)
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Centenarians in Japan hit record high for 44th straight year

September 13, 2014 - 00:57
Japan's population of centenarians increased by 4,423 from last year to 58,820, hitting a new record for the 44th consecutive year, the Ministry of Health, Labor and Welfare said Friday. (Jiji Press)
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Tokyo woman accused in 'voice actress Aiko' case is pregnant

September 12, 2014 - 06:14
One of the more bizarre stories of 2014 in Japan has taken yet another turn. (Tokyo Reporter)
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Tokyo court gives Aska suspended prison term

September 12, 2014 - 06:05
The Tokyo District Court on Friday handed singer Aska a suspended three-year prison sentence on charges of possession and use of stimulant drugs, reports the Nikkei Shimbun (Sept. 12). (Tokyo Reporter)
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Canceled Tottori mascot makes controversial comeback in manga

September 11, 2014 - 23:12
A Tottori mascot that was ditched by the city three days after its July debut due to its depressing appearance has made a surprising - if somewhat controversial - comeback. (Japan Times)
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Man dies after jumping from moving train

September 11, 2014 - 22:58
A man died after he jumped from a moving train onto the tracks in Yokohama, police said Thursday. (Japan Today)
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42 months on, over 240,000 still living as evacuees

September 11, 2014 - 22:53
Some 246,000 people are still living as evacuees three and a half years after eastern Japan was hit by a 9.0-magnitude earthquake and huge tsunami on March 11, 2011. (Jiji Press)
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Heavy rain hits Hokkaido

September 11, 2014 - 22:28
A low-pressure system off the west of Hokkaido brought unusually heavy rain to northern and northeastern Japan on Thursday, leading the Japan Meteorological Agency to issue a special warning in the prefecture. (The Japan News)
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Asahi head apologizes, removes editor

September 11, 2014 - 22:22
The Asahi Shimbun admitted that its May article on the so-called Yoshida file concerning the crisis at the Fukushima No. 1 nuclear power plant was incorrect and removed Nobuyuki Sugiura from the post of executive editor to take responsibility, the newspaper's President Tadakazu Kimura announced Thursday. (The Japan News)
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Upskirt photo scheme exposed, couple accused of blackmail

September 11, 2014 - 10:25
A married couple have been arrested on suspicion of blackmailing a man who was baited into taking an upskirt photograph of the provocatively posed wife. (Asahi)
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Chibatman called in by police; receives their official approval

September 11, 2014 - 10:21
A few weeks ago, a handful of motorists in Chiba Prefecture witnessed a sight few of us will ever be fortunate enough to see: a man dressed as Batman riding a customized trike, speeding down the expressway. (Japan Today)
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Gang boss arrested over 1998 murder

September 11, 2014 - 06:04
Japanese police on Thursday arrested the leader of an influential "yakuza" crime syndicate for involvement in the murder of a former fisheries cooperative chief 16 years ago. (NHK)
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Visually impaired school girl kicked from behind in Saitama

September 11, 2014 - 00:17
Police said Wednesday that a visually impaired high school girl suffered injuries on Monday after she was kicked from behind while walking along yellow Braille blocks near JR Kawagoe Station in Saitama Prefecture. (Japan Today)
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Tokyo cops raid Kabukicho yakuza office over alleged drug sales to Aska

September 10, 2014 - 06:26
Tokyo Metropolitan Police on Wednesday searched an office of an affiliate gang of the Sumiyoshi-kai in Shinjuku Ward over the alleged sale of drugs to singer Aska, reports Nippon News Network (Sept. 10). (Tokyo Reporter)
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