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16-year-old boy dies after inhaling lighter gas

November 8, 2015 - 21:56
A 16-year-old boy died after inhaling butane gas used in a lighter while in a park with friends in Ashikaga, Tochigi Prefecture, police said Sunday. (Japan Today)
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Prince and Princess Akishino in Rio de Janeiro

November 8, 2015 - 21:31
Brazilians of Japanese descent and Japanese citizens who work in Brazil have welcomed Prince and Princess Akishino in the country's second largest city, Rio de Janeiro. (NHK)
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Cranes appear near residential area of Hokkaido

November 8, 2015 - 21:30
A flock of cranes appeared near a residential area of eastern Hokkaido on Sunday. (NHK)
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Tokyo cops bust foreign hooker service in Akihabara

November 7, 2015 - 22:26
Tokyo Metropolitan Police on Thursday announced the bust of an out-call prostitution service featuring foreign women in Chiyoda Ward, reports TBS News. (Tokyo Reporter)
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YouTubers in Japan with 100,000 fans and counting

November 7, 2015 - 22:23
As more and more people turn off the TV in favor of the Internet, YouTube Japan is recognizing some of its top celebrities who are drawing in millions of people to their videos. (Japan Times)
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Gangsters consider allegiances after Yamaguchi-gumi split

November 7, 2015 - 22:21
On September 29, tension filled the air in Tokyo's Roppongi entertainment district as Teruaki Takeuchi, a possible successor to the top boss of the Yamaguchi-gumi, emerged from a heavily guarded vehicle and entered the headquarters of the Inagawa-kai. (Tokyo Reporter)
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Peruvian man suspected of string of killings a lone wolf

November 7, 2015 - 22:19
In the early afternoon of Sept 13, a 70-year-old resident of Kumagaya in Saitama Prefecture returned to his home to find a young foreign man standing in front of the entranceway. He seemed agitated and spoke in broken Japanese. (Japan Today)
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Headless pigeon, duck found in Tochigi

November 7, 2015 - 00:02
The headless bodies of a pigeon and duck were found in the city of Otawara, Tochigi Prefecture, this week, police said Friday. (Japan Today)
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Actress Tomoko Tabata reportedly attempts suicide

November 6, 2015 - 23:57
Actress Tomoko Tabata, 34, was in a stable condition in hospital on Friday after she reportedly attempted to commit suicide. (Japan Today)
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Crown Princess Masako may attend garden party for 1st time in 12 years

November 6, 2015 - 23:52
Preparation is under way for Crown Princess Masako to attend an imperial garden party next week for the first time in 12 years, the Imperial Household Agency said Friday. (Japan Today)
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Shima casts off shapely teenage diver mascot after claims of sexism

November 6, 2015 - 23:44
Curvy teenage mascot Megu Aoshima has been given the deep six by city authorities here because she exudes too much sexuality. (Asahi)
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Gangsters suspected of insurance fraud

November 6, 2015 - 23:30
Tokyo police say members of a crime syndicate have colluded with a medical office to defraud the insurance system. (NHK)
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14-year-old boy arrested for trying to poison mother with bleach in coffee

November 6, 2015 - 23:27
Police in Tokyo's Itabashi Ward said Friday they have arrested a 14-year-old boy on suspicion of attempted murder after he tried to poison his mother by adding bleach to her iced coffee. (Japan Today)
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Prince and Princess Akishino visit Brazil

November 6, 2015 - 23:25
Japan's Prince and Princess Akishino have attended a luncheon commemorating the 120th anniversary of diplomatic ties between Japan and Brazil. (NHK)
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Two Tokyo wards issue Japan's first ever same-sex partnership certificates

November 5, 2015 - 23:00
Tokyo's Shibuya Ward has been creating headlines around the world since the district first announced that it would begin issuing Japan's first same-sex partnership certificates in the fall. Fast forward to this month, and both Shibuya and neighboring Setagaya Ward have issued their very first certificates! (
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Parents arrested for assaulting, confining 16-year-old daughter

November 5, 2015 - 22:47
Police in Osaka have arrested a man and his wife for assaulting and confining their 16-year-old daughter. (Japan Today)
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Tourist buses cause traffic jams, raise accident risk

November 5, 2015 - 22:40
The sharp increase in tourists from China and other countries (see below) has brought fleets of large buses to Ginza, Akihabara and other popular shopping areas in Tokyo, causing traffic jams and testing the abilities of the Metropolitan Police Department and area authorities. (The Japan News)
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Tokyo cops re-arrest actress Ai Takabe for cocaine use

November 4, 2015 - 22:13
Tokyo Metropolitan Police on Wednesday re-arrested popular actress Ai Takabe for using cocaine, reports the Sankei Shimbun (Nov. 4). (Tokyo Reporter)
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Tokyo train hits bicycle believed to have been thrown on tracks intentionally

November 4, 2015 - 22:01
A train hit a bicycle that had been placed on the tracks late Tuesday night in central Tokyo, police said Wednesday. (Japan Today)
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Top court hears arguments on surname, remarriage

November 4, 2015 - 21:47
Japan's Supreme Court has begun hearing 2 marriage-related cases. The justices are to rule on the constitutionality of relevant articles of the Civil Code that were laid down more than a century ago. (NHK)
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