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Hyogo cops nab woman in Y11 billion pyramid scheme

September 10, 2015 - 23:36
Hyogo Prefectural Police on Wednesday arrested a woman for orchestrating an large investment fraud in which the damage exceeded 10 billion yen and extended across multiple prefectures, reports the Mainichi Shimbun (Sep. 9). (Tokyo Reporter)
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3-year-old boy found dead in apartment in Ibaraki; mother arrested

September 10, 2015 - 23:16
Police in Mito, Ibaraki Prefecture, said Thursday they are investigating the death of a 3-year-old boy whose body was found in his family's apartment. (Japan Today)
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Many child porn victims release self nude images

September 10, 2015 - 23:13
A record number of children under 18 who fell victim to child pornography in Japan in January-June took and released nude images of themselves, National Police Agency data showed Thursday. (Jiji Press)
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Kyoto 'black widow' arrested again for murder

September 10, 2015 - 08:36
Law enforcement officials in the Kansai area on Wednesday applied fresh charges to a Kyoto woman already in custody for the deaths of multiple men with whom she had a relationship, reports the Yomiuri Shimbun (Sep. 9). (Tokyo Reporter)
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Man arrested for killing 16-year-old girl in Yokohama guesthouse

September 10, 2015 - 08:27
Police in Yokohama have arrested a 36-year-old unemployed man on suspicion of killing a 16-year-old girl in a room at a guesthouse on Wednesday. (Japan Today)
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Dramatic scenes unfold amid massive rain, heavy flooding in Tochigi, Ibaraki prefectures

September 10, 2015 - 08:16
Record-setting downpours in Tochigi and Ibaraki prefectures led to heavy flooding with dramatic rescue scenes played out on TV of helicopters airlifting people to safety as waves of swirling floodwater crashed against homes. (Asahi)
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Saitama rice paddy art world's largest

September 9, 2015 - 22:56
A large artwork on a rice paddy using seven kinds of rice plants of varying colors, including green and black, in Gyoda, Saitama Prefecture, has been recognized by Guinness World Records as the world's largest rice field mosaic. (The Japan News)
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Osaka cops raid Yamaken-gumi HQ on fraud suspicions

September 9, 2015 - 07:35
Osaka Prefectural Police on Wednesday searched the offices of a gang that recently split from the Yamaguchi-gumi on suspicion of fraud, reports TV Asahi (Sep. 9). (Tokyo Reporter)
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Osaka woman accused in arson fire that killed partner

September 9, 2015 - 05:36
Osaka Prefectural Police on Tuesday arrested a 58-year-old woman in the murder of her common-law husband who died in a fire last year, reports the Sankei Shimbun (Sep. 9). (Tokyo Reporter)
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2 corpses found in Kyoto home, 1 in suitcase

September 9, 2015 - 05:35
Kyoto Prefectural Police have launched an investigation following the discovery on Tuesday of two corpses inside a residence in Sakyo Ward, reports the Sankei Shimbun (Sep. 9). (Tokyo Reporter)
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Man bludgeoned to death in Hiroshima

September 8, 2015 - 23:42
Hiroshima Prefectural Police have launched a murder investigation following the discovery of the body of a 66-year-old man inside his residence in Hiroshima City's Nishi Ward, reports Fuji News Network. (Tokyo Reporter)
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Osaka cop, ex-cop arrested over gang rape

September 8, 2015 - 23:36
A current and a former officer of the Osaka prefectural police have been arrested on suspicion of gang-raping and confining a woman in her 20s, the police said Monday. (Japan Today)
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Yamaguchi-gumi splinter syndicate declares its launch

September 8, 2015 - 23:26
The Kobe Yamaguchi-gumi, a new group that split from Japan's largest crime syndicate, the Yamaguchi-gumi, has issued a document declaring its launch, investigative sources said. (Japan Times)
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Japan in urgent search for missing after deadly floods

September 8, 2015 - 06:41
Japanese authorities were on Friday grappling with the aftermath of massive flooding that killed at least three people, as thousands of rescuers frantically searched a shattered community for almost two dozen still missing. (businesstimes)
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Rowing champion arrested in sexual assault of woman

September 8, 2015 - 06:38
Tokyo Metropolitan Police have arrested a former national rowing champion for sexually assaulting a woman in her apartment in Kita Ward, reports Sports Hochi (Sep. 7). (Tokyo Reporter)
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Drunken Kanagawa man arrested after kicking SoftBank robot

September 7, 2015 - 22:23
A drunken 60-year-old man was arrested for allegedly kicking a Pepper robot in a fit of rage at a SoftBank Corp. store, police said. (Japan Times)
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3 injured, 69 homes damaged as severe winds hit Chiba

September 7, 2015 - 07:52
Three women were slightly injured and 69 homes damaged as severe winds hit the city of Chiba, Chiba Prefecture, just east of Tokyo, on Sunday, according to the prefectural government. (Japan Today)
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Police arrest Akita man over murder of local taxi driver

September 7, 2015 - 06:40
A 55-year-old man was arrested Sunday on suspicion of stabbing a taxi driver to death in Akita Prefecture, police said. (Japan Times)
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Ben Kuroki, sole Japanese American to fly over Japan in WWII, dies at 98

September 6, 2015 - 23:28
Ben Kuroki, who overcame the American military's discriminatory policies to become the only Japanese American to fly over Japan during the second world war, has died. He was 98. (
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JR East suffers another suspicious fire in Tokyo

September 6, 2015 - 22:39
East Japan Railway Co., or JR East, has suffered another suspicious fire in Tokyo following a string of similar fires at or near the firm's railway lines in the capital, it was learned Saturday. (The Japan News)
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