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Hayao Miyazaki-inspired kagura performed at historic Kyoto shrine

November 9, 2014 - 22:17
A modern incarnation of a kagura folk dance themed on depression, which is a brainchild of famed Studio Ghibli co-founder Hayao Miyazaki, was performed at historic Iwashimizu Hachimangu shrine here on Nov. 8. (Asahi)
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Trial of last Aum fugitive Katsuya Takahashi to begin Jan 16

November 9, 2014 - 22:14
The trial of the final fugitive from the Aum Shinrikyo religious cult that launched deadly nerve gas attacks on Tokyo's subway in 1995 will begin on Jan 16. (Japan Today)
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Anime director Miyazaki receives Honorary Academy Award

November 9, 2014 - 22:00
Renowned Japanese animated film director Hayao Miyazaki received an Honorary Award from the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences at a Hollywood ceremony on Saturday for years of contributions to the motion picture industry. (Jiji Press)
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Police launch 'chikan eradication' campaign at Ikebukuro Station

November 8, 2014 - 23:00
The Tokyo Metropolitan Police Department and several railway companies have kicked off a "chikan" (train groper) eradication campaign. (Japan Today)
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Detention period for Sasebo girl extended for more psychiatric tests

November 8, 2014 - 22:45
Prosecutors in Sasebo, Nagasaki Prefecture, have extended the detention period for a 16-year-old girl accused of murdering and dismembering a classmate, until Dec 24 so she can undergo further psychiatric tests. (Japan Today)
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Close Sisters Bras: The Frozen-inspired lingerie that changes color when you're near a friend

November 8, 2014 - 04:21
Once a year, lingerie manufacturer Triumph designs a special bra that highlights social trends in Japan. The company shows off each year's version at a press event, which always has two models, despite the fact that the bras they're wearing have always been identical. (
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3 workers injured at Fukushima nuclear plant

November 8, 2014 - 04:18
Three workers were injured Friday, one seriously, when a steel railing fell from the top of a tank being constructed to store contaminated water at the stricken Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power plant, the plant's operator, Tokyo Electric Power Co, said. (Japan Today)
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Kanagawa police: Woman stalked before body found in river

November 7, 2014 - 09:02
Ayana Yoshida, a 26-year-old woman from Atsugi City, disappeared on October 27. On Thursday, Kanagawa Prefectural Police announced that her body had been retrieved from the Sagami River in Hiratsuka City the day before. (Tokyo Reporter)
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Tokyo cops bust Kabukicho gambling parlor with robot dealer

November 7, 2014 - 09:00
Tokyo Metropolitan Police on Friday announced the raid of a baccarat parlor featuring a robot dealer in Shinjuku Ward for illegal gambling, reports the Sankei Shimbun (Nov. 7). (Tokyo Reporter)
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3 men arrested for stealing fire hose nozzles

November 7, 2014 - 08:50
Three men have been arrested in Ikeda, Gifu Prefecture, for stealing fire hose nozzles. (Japan Today)
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Tokyo cops bust AKB48 composer for stimulant drug use

November 7, 2014 - 03:12
Tokyo Metropolitan Police on Thursday announced the arrest of a popular composer of music for idol groups AKB48 and Arashi on drug charges, reports the Sankei Shimbun. (Tokyo Reporter)
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Body found in Kanagawa river identified as missing 26-year-old woman

November 6, 2014 - 23:12
Kanagawa prefectural police said Thursday that a body found in the Sagami River in Hiratsuka is that of a missing 26-year-old woman. (Japan Today)
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Video of pick-up artist grabbing Japanese women on street triggers online protests

November 6, 2014 - 22:45
In the past few days, professional pick-up artist Julien Blanc became the source of tremendous ire after footage was shared online of a man identified by Internet users as him grabbing women on the streets of Tokyo, manhandling a convenience store clerk, and pushing girls' heads down into his crotch while posing for the camera. (Japan Today)
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74-year-old apple grower killed by bear

November 6, 2014 - 08:55
A 74-year-old man was found dead Thursday morning at his apple orchard in Takayama, Gifu Prefecture, after having apparently been attacked by a bear. (Japan Today)
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Snow crab fishing season begins in Sea of Japan

November 6, 2014 - 08:51
Fishing season for snow crabs, a winter delicacy, began off the Sea of Japan coast on Thursday. (NHK)
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27 more dogs found dead in Tochigi

November 6, 2014 - 08:46
Twenty-seven dogs have been found dead down an embankment near a forest path in Nakagawa, Tochigi Prefecture. The discovery comes after the carcasses of 40 small dogs were found 20 kilometers away in a river in Sakura City, Tochigi, last Friday. (Japan Today)
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Osaka man ]\arrested for stabbing woman

November 6, 2014 - 02:41
Osaka Prefectural Police on Wednesday arrested a 66-year-old man from Nishinari Ward who was acquitted of killing a high-school girl six years ago on charges of attempted murder, reports Sports Hochi (Nov. 6). (Tokyo Reporter)
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Chiba police arrest cop on charges of theft

November 5, 2014 - 12:51
A police officer has been arrested after breaking into an apartment in Matsudo, Chiba Prefecture, and stealing a video camera, cash and other items worth 130,000 yen. (Japan Today)
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Canada ends search for missing Japanese woman, seen dead

November 5, 2014 - 12:39
Canadian police said Tuesday that they have ended their search for a Japanese woman who went missing in Yellowknife late last month, believing she has been dead for some reasons. (Jiji Press)
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Popular characters honored

November 4, 2014 - 22:44
Gunma-chan, the mascot of Gunma Prefecture, has won this year's "yurukyara" grand prix. (The Japan News)
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