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Prosecutors will not indict ex-Toyota exec Hamp over painkillers

July 7, 2015 - 10:21
Former Toyota Motor Corp. executive Julie Hamp will not be charged with illegally importing a controlled painkiller, investigative sources said Tuesday. (Japan Times)
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Quake hampers brief return to Kuchinoerabu

July 7, 2015 - 06:16
Evacuees from a southwestern Japanese island hit by a volcanic eruption made a brief return to their homes on Tuesday ahead of an approaching typhoon. But their trip was cut short due to volcanic quakes. (NHK)
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The world's oldest man dies in Japan, aged 112

July 7, 2015 - 06:06
Sakari Momoi, who was recognized as the world's oldest man and credited healthy eating and getting plenty of sleep for his longevity, has died at the age of 112, Japanese media said on July 7. (Asahi)
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Japan's hairiest metal entertainer invites you to 'enjoy and taste many Japanese products'

July 6, 2015 - 23:55
Meet Ladybaby, the Japanese musical group that will make you look twice. Featuring Ladybeard, the east's most hirsute crossdressing entertainer, this band's debut song blends infectious Japanese pop with bizarre, energetic heavy metal vocals. (
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Tokyo cops raid Ikebukuro Net casino

July 6, 2015 - 23:26
Tokyo Metropolitan Police on Monday announced the bust of a casino in Toshima Ward for permitting illegal gambling, reports TBS News (July 6). (Tokyo Reporter)
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Tokyo cops arrest yakuza boss over confinement of construction worker

July 6, 2015 - 23:22
Tokyo Metropolitan Police on Monday announced the arrest of the boss of an organized crime group for the alleged confinement and assault of a construction worker, reports the Sankei Shimbun (July 6). (Tokyo Reporter)
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Man held for burning his house in fire that killed four

July 6, 2015 - 11:03
Police arrested a 40-year-old man Monday for allegedly setting fire to his own home in Kitsuki, Oita Prefecture, where four bodies, believed to be his children, were found amid the burned wreckage. (Japan Times)
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Crown Princess Masako unexpectedly joins meeting with Japanese in Tonga

July 6, 2015 - 11:02
Despite health concerns, Crown Princess Masako unexpectedly joined Crown Prince Naruhito for a hastily arranged meeting with Japanese residents of Tonga on Sunday. (Japan Times)
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Man arrested for confining 11-year-old girl overnight in Nara

July 5, 2015 - 23:35
A 26-year-old man was arrested Sunday for allegedly confining in his car an 11-year-old schoolgirl who went missing the day before in Nara Prefecture while shopping with her family, police said. (Kyodo)
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Rola rules Japan fashion scene

July 5, 2015 - 00:19
She is a Hafu. Hafu is a term used in Japanese language to refer to somebody who is biracial. Despite being a Hafu, model Rola has become the top fashion icon in Japan. (
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Japan's troubling lack of romance

July 5, 2015 - 00:17
Nearly 40 percent of single people in their 20s and 30s do not want a romantic partner, according to a survey by the Cabinet Office released in June. The survey was included in a government white paper on Japan's notoriously low birthrate that also found 46.2 percent of singles claiming that relationships were "bothersome." (Japan Times)
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Ex-Aum cult member Kikuchi appeals 5-year jail sentence

July 4, 2015 - 23:53
Former Aum Shinrikyo cult member Naoko Kikuchi, 43, has filed an appeal against a five-year prison term handed down to her by the Tokyo District Court on June 29. (Japan Today)
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Ex-NHK exec arrested for import of drugs

July 4, 2015 - 23:51
A drug control division of the health ministry on Saturday announced the arrest of a former executive of public broadcaster NHK for the importation of so-called "dangerous drugs," reports the Sankei Shimbun (July 4). (Tokyo Reporter)
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Body of decapitated cat found in Tokyo's Itabashi Ward

July 3, 2015 - 23:48
The body of a decapitated cat was found in the bicycle parking lot of an apartment building in Tokyo's Itabashi Ward on Thursday, police said. (Japan Today)
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Tokyo cops bust Yushima pachinko parlor

July 3, 2015 - 23:45
Tokyo Metropolitan Police on Friday announced the raid of a pachinko parlor operating illegally in Bunkyo Ward, reports Nippon News Network (July 3) . (Tokyo Reporter)
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J-pop star Utada gives birth to baby boy, hints at return to music

July 3, 2015 - 23:42
Pop star Hikaru Utada said on her official website Friday that she just gave birth to a baby boy. (Japan Times)
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Man held for abandoning body of woman he met on suicide site

July 3, 2015 - 23:35
Police in Yamanashi Prefecture said Friday that a 41-year-old man arrested on a charge of abandoning the body of a woman in her 20s in a forest, met the woman through a suicide website. (Japan Today)
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Man who set himself on fire on Shinkansen spoke of suicide, says sister

July 3, 2015 - 23:28
The 71-year-old man who set himself on fire on a Tokaido Shinkansen train on Tuesday told his sister he might kill himself during a phone conversation about 10 days before the incident, The Yomiuri Shimbun was told by the sister. (The Japan News)
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Ibaraki cops make Y10 million pot bust

July 3, 2015 - 06:30
Ibaraki Prefectural Police on Thursday announced the bust of a marijuana cultivation operation in Tsukubamirai City, reports the Ibaraki Shimbun (July 3). (Tokyo Reporter)
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Man arrested over theft of transport official's bag on train

July 3, 2015 - 01:35
Police in Kanagawa Prefecture have arrested a 23-year-old man on suspicion of stealing a bag belonging to the director-general of the Civil Aviation Bureau, while he was on a train last month. The bag contained a tablet computer which contained confidential information as well as a contact list for emergencies. (Japan Today)
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