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Tokyo woman previously accused of distributing 3D data of her genitals arrested again

December 3, 2014 - 08:22
Tokyo Metropolitan Police on Wednesday re-arrested an artist, previously charged earlier this year with the distribution of obscene material, for a public display of a recreation of her genitals, reports the Asahi Shimbun (Dec. 3). (Tokyo Reporter)
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Stranded train arrives at station

December 3, 2014 - 08:19
A train carrying about 300 passengers which had been stranded for nearly 8 hours in heavy snow made it to the closest station in northern Japan on Wednesday. (NHK)
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Relatives of victims mark 2nd anniversary of Sasago tunnel collapse

December 2, 2014 - 23:55
Relatives of nine victims who died in the collapse of the Sasago tunnel in Yamanashi Prefecture on Dec 2, 2012, gathered at the site on Tuesday to attend a memorial ceremony. (Japan Today)
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2,000 pigs perish in fire in Chiba

December 2, 2014 - 06:54
About 2,000 pigs were killed in a fire that destroyed four buildings on a farm in Asahi, Chiba Prefecture, on Monday night. (Japan Today)
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Kanagawa cops break up huge drug smuggling ring, arrest Sumiyoshi-kai yakuza

December 2, 2014 - 03:51
Kanagawa Prefectural Police on Monday arrested an organized crime member as a part of an ongoing investigation into a large quantity of stimulant drugs smuggled into Japan from the United States, reports the Kanagawa Shimbun (Dec. 2). (Tokyo Reporter)
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Another detainee dies at immigration facility

December 1, 2014 - 22:13
A Japanese aid group says a Sri Lankan man died at an immigration facility in Tokyo after receiving no medical treatment despite complaining of ill health. (NHK)
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Japanese actor Bunta Sugawara dies at 81

December 1, 2014 - 22:07
Famed Japanese actor Bunta Sugawara died Friday of liver failure at a Tokyo hospital. He was 81. (NHK)
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Nurse arrested on suspicion of unnecessary insulin doses

December 1, 2014 - 22:04
A 25-year-old nurse was arrested Monday on suspicion of assault after a female patient at Tamagawa Hospital in Setagaya Ward, Tokyo, suffered diminished consciousness after receiving a large amount of insulin in April this year. (The Japan News)
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News agency mistakes waxwork for Prince William

December 1, 2014 - 12:42
A major Japanese news agency has admitted that a photo it published of Prince William was actually of a waxwork statue. (BBC)
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Man arrested for torching 6 houses under construction

December 1, 2014 - 08:35
olice in Tokyo have arrested a 22-year-old unemployed man from Hino City on suspicion of setting fire to six houses that were being newly built in Tama in September. (Japan Today)
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Japan may keep Aum Shinrikyo-related cults under surveillance

December 1, 2014 - 08:34
Two groups deriving from the Aum Shinrikyo religious cult, which committed the massive sarin nerve gas attack on Tokyo's subway system in March 1995, should be kept under surveillance for three more years under the Japanese organization control law, the Public Security Intelligence Agency said Monday. (Jiji Press)
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Tokyo cops bust Kabukicho hostess club for overcharging

December 1, 2014 - 05:21
Tokyo Metropolitan Police announced on Monday the arrest of an employee of a hostess club for overcharging customers last month, reports TV Asahi (Dec. 1). (Tokyo Reporter)
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Man arrested at cash handover spot in Ezaki Glico extortion attempt reminiscent of '80s case

December 1, 2014 - 04:16
The Osaka Prefectural Police arrested a man Sunday in connection with a recent series of threats made to major confectionery maker Ezaki Glico in a case reminiscent of the unresolved threats against - and kidnapping of - the firm's then president, Katushisa Ezaki, in the 1980s. (Japan Times)
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Dangerous drug materials likely from China

December 1, 2014 - 04:07
Japanese authorities say a large amount of chemical materials used to make what are considered dangerous drugs is imported from China. (NHK)
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Prince Akishino turns 49

November 30, 2014 - 07:48
Japan's Prince Akishino, the second son of the Emperor, turned 49 on Sunday. (NHK)
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One dead, 2 in coma after car chased by police slams into taxi

November 30, 2014 - 07:46
A car being chased by a police patrol car crashed into a taxi, killing the passenger in Iwade, Wakayama Prefecture, on Sunday morning. (Japan Today)
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45-year-old woman arrested after parents found dead

November 29, 2014 - 22:28
Police in Iwasegun, Fukushima Prefecture, said Saturday they have arrested a 45-year-old woman over the death of her parents. (Japan Today)
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'Dangerous drugs' caused more than 100 deaths

November 29, 2014 - 22:09
Japan's National Police Agency says hallucinogenic herbs that contain chemicals similar to those found in illegal narcotics have caused more than 100 deaths this year. (NHK)
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After Japanese dad found with 15 babies, Thailand votes to ban commercial surrogacy

November 28, 2014 - 23:17
Thailand's parliament has voted to ban commercial surrogacy after outrage erupted over the unregulated industry following a series scandals including the case of an Australian couple accused of abandoning a baby with Down syndrome. (Japan Times)
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Former chess champion beats master shogi player

November 28, 2014 - 22:45
A master of shogi, or Japanese-style chess, has challenged a former world chess champion. (NHK)
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