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Missing Okayama girl found unharmed; 49-year-old man arrested

July 20, 2014 - 00:45
Police in Kurashiki, Okayama Prefecture, said Saturday night that an 11-year-old girl who disappeared while walking on her way home from school last Monday afternoon, has been found unharmed after being confined in a man's home. (Japan Today)
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Tokyo vagina artist released by police

July 19, 2014 - 00:46
A Tokyo artist known for her genital-inspired works has been released from police custody following her arrest on obscenity charges, her lawyer said Friday, in a case that sparked accusations of a clampdown on freedom of expression. (Japan Today)
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Politician proposes giving newlyweds pierced condoms

July 19, 2014 - 00:43
A Japanese politician in Aichi Prefecture has landed himself in hot water after suggesting that deliberately punctured condoms be distributed to married couples to counter the country's dwindling birth rate, local media reported on Friday. (Japan Today)
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Japan to tighten controls on quasi-legal drug retailers

July 19, 2014 - 00:27
Japan will tighten controls on retailers of quasi-legal drugs after a series of accidents, including fatalities, involving users of the drugs, the Ministry of Health, Labor and Welfare said Friday. (Jiji Press)
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Top court rules resident foreigners ineligible for welfare benefits

July 19, 2014 - 00:07
The Supreme Court ruled Friday that foreigners with permanent residency status are ineligible for welfare benefits, overturning a decision by the Fukuoka High Court that had acknowledged their eligibility under the public assistance law. (Kyodo)
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Hidebound rules hindering Japan's amusement industry

July 18, 2014 - 06:34
Almost every day at 7:30 p.m., men and women in their 30s to 50s gather in a restaurant in Tokyo's Roppongi entertainment district for lessons to hone their salsa dance moves. (Nikkei)
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Hello Kitty designer defends cute character as cat turns 40

July 17, 2014 - 23:53
The flamboyant designer of Japanese cartoon and global mega-brand Hello Kitty defended the cute cat against new rivals Thursday as the character prepares to celebrate her 40th birthday. (Japan Today)
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Top court upholds paternity even if blood ties disproved by DNA test

July 17, 2014 - 23:00
The Supreme Court ruled Thursday that the results of DNA tests are not enough to revoke the paternity of a child even if they disprove any biological relation to its assumed father. (Kyodo)
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71-year-old sets record with 1,673 ascents of Mount Fuji

July 17, 2014 - 11:01
Yoshinobu Jitsukawa climbed into the record books with his 1,673rd successful ascent of 3,776-meter-high Mount Fuji. (Asahi)
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Missing girl's mother consulted police about same suspicious car in May

July 17, 2014 - 06:41
Police in Kurashiki, Okayama Prefecture, said Thursday that the mother of an 11-year-old girl who disappeared while walking on her way home from school on Monday afternoon, consulted them in May about a suspicious silver car that was seen in the area where the girl was last seen. (Japan Today)
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Systems engineer arrested in massive data leak in Japan

July 17, 2014 - 06:39
Tokyo police on Thursday arrested a systems engineer accused of stealing millions of customer names from the computer database of a large education firm to sell them for profit. (PCWorld)
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Sex, drugs and Aska

July 17, 2014 - 02:37
After actress Noriko Sakai was released from custody on drug charges in 2009, she made an appearance in front of the Tokyo Wangan Police Station. Attired in a dark suit and wearing make-up, Sakai offered an apology before the assembled media - a perfect anti-drug message. (Tokyo Reporter)
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Paddy art draws visitors in northern Japan

July 16, 2014 - 08:59
A village in Aomori Prefecture, northeastern Japan, has depicted Mount Fuji in a paddy using rice plants. (NHK)
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Arrest of Tokyo vagina artist sparks free-speech protest

July 16, 2014 - 06:14
The arrest of a Tokyo artist on obscenity charges for distributing data that allowed recipients to make 3-D prints of her vagina has sparked protests over what supporters say is an attack on free expression. (Japan Times)
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11-year-old girl missing in Okayama

July 16, 2014 - 06:06
Police in Kurashiki, Okayama Prefecture, are searching for a 11-year-old girl who disappeared while walking on her way home from school on Monday afternoon. (Japan Today)
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Health ministry says whereabouts of 378 children in Tokyo unknown

July 15, 2014 - 23:19
The Ministry of Health, Labor and Welfare says there are 378 children under the age of 18 whose whereabouts are unknown within the Tokyo metropolitan area. (Japan Today)
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Hallucinogenic herb ingredients put under control

July 15, 2014 - 10:17
Japan's health ministry has quickly put 2 substances that cause marijuana-like euphoric effects under regulation. (NHK)
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Woman robbed of underwear while walking home

July 15, 2014 - 07:22
A 28-year-old woman walking home in Tokyo's Meguro Ward on Monday night was knocked down by an unknown man who forcibly removed her underwear and fled with it. (Japan Today)
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Japan's trade in 'dappo' dope not likely to slow

July 15, 2014 - 07:07
On June 24, Keiji Nagura, a 37-year-old restaurant manager from Saitama Prefecture, lost control of his car and plowed it into a group of pedestrians near the west exit of JR Ikebukuro Station, leaving a woman in her 20s dead and seven others injured. (Tokyo Reporter)
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From Yokosuka rape to U.S. court victory, 'Jane' commits her 12-year ordeal to print

July 14, 2014 - 23:40
Catherine Fisher was once just another foreign resident of Tokyo, living out her life in a middle-class neighborhood with her children. But in April 2002, the Australian native made the fateful decision to arrange a meeting with her boyfriend, Jerry, near the U.S. military base in Yokosuka, Kanagawa Prefecture. (Japan Times)
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