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Police indict cyanide murder suspect

February 18, 2015 - 08:11
Prosecutors in Osaka indicted a 68-year-old Kyoto woman charged with the murder of a close friend on Wednesday. They say Chisako Kakehi has admitted to giving him cyanide capsules. (NHK)
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Coast Guard searching Hawaiian waters for Japanese student

February 18, 2015 - 08:07
The U.S. Coast Guard is searching for a Japanese student reported overboard from a fishing vessel off Hawaii. (Japan Today)
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Akihabara maid cafe accused of employing teen girls for 'love slaps'

February 18, 2015 - 04:09
Tokyo Metropolitan Police on Tuesday announced the bust of a maid cafe in the Akihabara area of Chiyoda Ward for employing teenage girls to provide services classified as adult entertainment, reports TBS News (Feb. 17). (Tokyo Reporter)
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Details emerge about Chiba man in drugging, raping of 100 women

February 18, 2015 - 04:06
A woman clad in a yukata robe is fast asleep inside a room at rustic onsen hot springs resort. At her side is a male companion who unfastens the garment's obi sash and begins to slowly remove her underwear. He then proceeds to sexually violate her. (Tokyo Reporter)
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Man found beaten to death in Osaka apartment

February 18, 2015 - 04:03
Police in Osaka are investigating the death of a 71-year-old man whose body was found in his apartment in Nishinari Ward on Sunday morning. (Japan Today)
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Private detective arrested over murder of his girlfriend

February 16, 2015 - 23:10
Police in Setagaya Ward, Tokyo, said Monday they have arrested a 25-year-old private detective on suspicion of killing his 24-year-old girlfriend. (Japan Today)
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Second Tokyo ward speaks of action on same-sex unions

February 16, 2015 - 23:03
Tokyo's Setagaya Ward has said it may follow Shibuya's lead in recognizing long-term same-sex couples, days after the neighboring district announced a vote on the matter. (Japan Times)
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Nagano town claims snowman-building world record

February 16, 2015 - 22:34
A town in Nagano Prefecture has claimed a new snowman-building world record, an official said Monday, after a winter storm dumped tonnes of the white stuff. (Japan Today)
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Japanese slow-motion film wins Berlin Festival prize

February 16, 2015 - 22:22
Japanese movie director Momoko Seto, a resident of France, has won the Audi Short Film Award for her film titled "Planet Sigma" at the 65th Berlin International Film Festival. (The Japan News)
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Gang leaders arrested for attempted murder

February 16, 2015 - 08:45
Police have arrested 3 senior members of a yakuza crime syndicate based in the western Japanese city of Kitakyushu, for alleged involvement in an attempted murder. (NHK)
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Beware of increasingly sexless Japan

February 16, 2015 - 08:42
Last month, the Japan Family Planning Association released the results of a survey about sexual activity conducted among 3,000 married participants. (Tokyo Reporter)
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21 year-old woman in coma after building sign falls on her

February 16, 2015 - 08:37
A 21-year-old woman remained in a coma Monday after she was hit by a piece of a sign that fell from a building above and came crashing down upon her in Sapporo on Sunday. (Japan Today)
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Tokyo police accuse Setagaya man of strangling girlfriend

February 15, 2015 - 10:01
Tokyo Metropolitan Police on Saturday evening arrested Yudai Hikichi, 25, for allegedly strangling his girlfriend to death inside the apartment they shared in Setagaya Ward, reports Nippon News Network (Feb. 15). (Tokyo Reporter)
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Shiga police arrest daughter of woman found dead in suitcase in Lake Biwa

February 14, 2015 - 14:08
Shiga Prefectural Police on Saturday announced the arrest of the daughter of a woman whose corpse was found over a week ago floating in Lake Biwa in Otsu City, reports the Asahi Shimbun (Feb. 14). (Tokyo Reporter)
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Osaka policeman confesses to killing mistress

February 13, 2015 - 23:49
An Osaka police officer arrested in January on suspicion of murdering his mistress has told investigators he impulsively choked her after she found out he was married, investigative sources said Friday. (Japan Times)
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72-year-old woman found stabbed to death in Okinawa

February 13, 2015 - 23:44
Police in Motomachi, Okinawa, said Friday they are investigating the murder of a 72-year-old woman whose body was found with numerous stab wounds. (Japan Today)
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Indian guide accused of raping Japanese tourist surrenders

February 13, 2015 - 23:43
An Indian tour guide accused of drugging and raping a Japanese woman this week in the northern city of Jaipur turned himself in to police on Friday, an officer said. (Japan Today)
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Heart-shaped madness as women splurge for Valentine's Day

February 13, 2015 - 23:36
Women jostled feverishly Friday in stores to buy Valentine's Day chocolates for the men in their lives - guys who do sweet nothing in return. (Japan Times)
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Wreck of MSDF copter found; 3 crew confirmed dead

February 13, 2015 - 04:28
Japan Self-Defense Force personnel and police on Friday morning found the wreck of a Maritime Self-Defense Force (MSDF) helicopter that crashed on a mountain in Ebino, Miyazaki Prefecture, on Thursday. (Japan Today)
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Keanu Reeves tries to be a tourist in Akihabara, gets mobbed by fans instead

February 12, 2015 - 23:55
On February 11, Keanu Reeves was spotted just walking down the street in Akihabara like any other tourist, and he was instantly mobbed by fangirls and fanboys alike, each one clamoring for the best "Keanu selfies" that they could get. (
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