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Imperial family a driving force in making blood donations popular

July 11, 2014 - 03:07
Many ordinary Japanese may have royal blood running in their veins. For nearly half a century, imperial family members have donated blood in nationwide drives and are credited with helping the endeavor enjoy the success it does today. (Asahi)
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Hollywood 'Godzilla' finally stomps home to Japan

July 11, 2014 - 00:05
Tokyo is rolling out the red carpet for Hollywood's "Godzilla" remake although the nation that gave birth to the fire-breathing monster is seeing the latest movie after it opened everywhere else. (
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Investigative reform package moves forward

July 10, 2014 - 23:46
A special committee of the Legislative Council has adopted a draft report that requires police and prosecutors to implement video recording of the entire interrogation process for cases handled by lay judges, as well as independent investigations by prosecutors' offices. (The Japan News)
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Tottori City's starving mascot makes waves and suddenly disappears

July 10, 2014 - 23:27
From December of last year until this February, Tottori City held an open call for mascot ideas for a character to represent the Tottori Castle ruins. The ruins were named one of Japan's 100 notable castles and have enjoyed an influx of tourists. (
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Quasi-legal drug sellers in Tokyo raided

July 10, 2014 - 23:01
Tokyo's metropolitan government and police together with the health ministry carried out on-site inspections of shops suspected of selling quasi-legal narcotics in the Japanese capital Thursday. (Jiji Press)
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Tokyo police set up task force on quasi-legal drugs

July 10, 2014 - 13:35
Tokyo police set up a task force on Thursday to strengthen controls on quasi-legal drugs, following a spate of crashes involving cars driven by users of those drugs. (Jiji Press)
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Composer Sakamoto has cancer, cancels engagements

July 10, 2014 - 07:33
Globally acclaimed composer and musician Ryuichi Sakamoto said Thursday he is suffering from cancer and is canceling all professional commitments to focus on treatment. (Japan Times)
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Ex-gangster locks himself in hospital room and commits suicide

July 10, 2014 - 05:08
A former gangster locked himself in a room in a hospital in Mimasaka, Okayama Prefecture, and held police at bay for four hours before killing himself. (Japan Today)
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Weddings with hometown charm

July 9, 2014 - 21:04
A trend is growing among young couples to choose buildings and historically significant spots in their hometowns as wedding ceremony sites in a phenomena known as "gotochi-kon." (The Japan News)
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Boy killed in mudslide in central Japan

July 9, 2014 - 20:56
A boy was killed in a mudslide caused by torrential rain in Nagiso, Nagano Prefecture, on Wednesday, local police and firefighters said. (Jiji Press)
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Indonesian jailed for Japanese deaths

July 8, 2014 - 22:51
An Indonesian court Tuesday sentenced a boat skipper to three years' imprisonment over an ill-fated diving trip which killed two of the seven Japanese women taking part. (Bangkok Post)
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Miyagi police officer commits suicide; note blames power harassment

July 8, 2014 - 22:48
Miyagi prefectural police said Tuesday that a police officer committed suicide in Tome on Monday, and left a note saying he had suffered power harassment from a superior. (Japan Today)
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A-bomb survivor population drops below 200,000

July 8, 2014 - 22:39
Due to the passing of time, the number of survivors of the 1945 atomic bombings in Hiroshima and Nagasaki has dropped to its lowest level, at about 192,000. (NHK)
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28-yr-old man, 16-yr-old girl commit suicide by inhaling helium

July 7, 2014 - 23:57
Police said Monday that a 28-year-old man and a 16-year-old girl were found dead in the man's apartment in Tokyo's Itabashi Ward. (Japan Today)
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Man arrested for pouring ink, ketchup into mailboxes

July 7, 2014 - 23:55
Police in Fussa, Tokyo, said Monday they have arrested a 39-year-old man for destruction of property after he confessed to pouring ink, ketchup and sauces into Japan Post mailboxes. (Japan Today)
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Man posts live video of him drowning cat in Nagano river

July 7, 2014 - 23:52
Nagano prefectural police on Monday arrested a 29-year-old man on charges of violating animal cruelty laws after it was discovered that he had posted an online video in which he drowned a cat in a river. (Japan Today)
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Internet declares Yoko Ono's Glastonbury festival set 'the worst live performance ever'

July 7, 2014 - 23:35
It's been a week since Yoko Ono made her festival debut at Glastonbury. A week, however, is a long time on the internet. While music critics have been fairly kind - if not particularly enthusiastic - about the 81-year-old's performance, netizens have let rip on the singer-songwriter's erratic wailing, with one criticising Ono's voice as sounding "like a goat with a sore throat". (
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Tokyo cops arrest woman accused of drugging, robbing men

July 7, 2014 - 15:28
Tokyo Metropolitan Police on Monday arrested a woman sought since December for the alleged drugging and robbing of multiple men, reports TBS News (July 7). (Tokyo Reporter)
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Another accident blamed on driver who inhaled loophole drug

July 7, 2014 - 07:37
Police on Monday arrested a 38-year-old man for reckless driving resulting in injury after he caused an accident while driving under the influence of an hallucinogenic herb. (Japan Today)
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Pregnant woman killed by train in Shiga

July 7, 2014 - 05:40
A pregnant woman was killed after she was hit by a train at JR Minami-Kusatsu Station in Shiga Prefecture, police said Monday. (Japan Today)
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