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Isis: Tokyo bookstore ad 'recruited would-be jihadi Japanese student'

October 6, 2014 - 22:20
Tokyo police have raided a bookstore they say was used to recruit would-be jihadists in Japan and questioned a university student who allegedly planned to travel to Syria and join the Islamic State group. (
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3 teens arrested over vending machine arson

October 6, 2014 - 22:07
Police in Tokyo's Katsushika Ward said Monday they have arrested three boys for torching and stealing money from a vending machine on Sept 18. (Japan Today)
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Funeral held for murdered 6-year-old Kobe girl

October 6, 2014 - 22:02
The funeral was held Monday for 6-year-old Mirei Ikuta, whose dismembered body was found Sept 23 in bags dumped in a wooded area in Nagata Ward, Kobe, 12 days after she disappeared. (Japan Today)
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Dad of alleged schoolgirl murderer dies in apparent suicide in Sasebo

October 5, 2014 - 21:58
The father of a 16-year-old girl who was arrested in July in Sasebo, Nagasaki Prefecture, on suspicion of killing and dismembering a female classmate, was found dead Sunday in an apparent suicide, police said. (Japan Times)
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Spooky vision for apartments in Shizuoka

October 5, 2014 - 09:35
HAMAMATSU, Shizuoka Prefecture--The roofs are warped, the pillars twisted, and ghoulish creatures appear here and there. A gnarled tree seems to be hugging one of the walls. (Asahi)
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Princess Noriko marries son of Izumo Taisha priest, relinquishes royal status

October 5, 2014 - 09:29
Princess Noriko on Sunday married the eldest son of the head priest of the Izumo Taisha grand shrine in Shimane Prefecture, thereby relinquishing her royal status. (Japan Times)
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Dead newborn left in Kumamoto 'baby hatch'; mom arrested

October 5, 2014 - 01:20
A 31-year-old woman was arrested Saturday on suspicion of leaving the dead body of her newborn son in a "baby hatch" at a hospital in the city of Kumamoto. (Japan Times)
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Princess Noriko conveys her gratitude to emperor, empress ahead of wedding

October 4, 2014 - 01:26
Members of the imperial family gathered for a special rite ahead of Princess Noriko's wedding this weekend to the son of a Shinto priest. (Asahi)
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Man arrested for cutting schoolgirl's skirt on train

October 4, 2014 - 01:22
Police have arrested a 50-year-old man on suspicion of cutting a schoolgirl's skirt on a train at JR Minami-Urawa Station in Saitama Prefecture. (Japan Today)
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Tokyo police boost crackdown on hallucinogens

October 4, 2014 - 01:09
Police in Tokyo are intensifying their crackdown on hallucinogenic herbs that contain chemicals similar to illegal narcotics. (NHK)
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Tokyo cops raid SM bar in Yotsuya, seize whips, gimp masks

October 3, 2014 - 07:20
Tokyo Metropolitan Police on Friday announced the bust of an SM club in Shinjuku Ward for allegedly offering illicit services while licensed as a restaurant, reports Nippon News Network (Oct. 3). (Tokyo Reporter)
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Court finalizes death sentence for man over 3 murders in Tokyo, Yamagata

October 2, 2014 - 23:01
The Tokyo High Court on Thursday turned down an appeal against a death sentence by a man convicted of three murders in Yamagata and Tokyo. (Japan Today)
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One Direction's Harry Styles imports Japanese to the United States

October 2, 2014 - 22:40
With their global popularity showing no sign of waning, One Direction have had a busy year, and are set for more of the same in 2015 after already announcing their On The Road Again Tour 2015. (
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Bad horse-racing bets ruled as tax deductible expenses in civil case

October 2, 2014 - 22:22
An Osaka court ruled Thursday in favor of a horse-racing punter seeking to wipe Y810 million from his tax bill in a civil case, finding that his losses from buying failed betting slips should count as deductable expenses. (Japan Times)
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Teenage air guitar champion shows off skills

October 2, 2014 - 01:33
A Japanese teenage girl has shown the world her wild guitar skills -- without using a guitar. She won the Air Guitar World Championships in August. (NHK)
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20-year-old man arrested for pouring urine on woman

October 2, 2014 - 00:17
Police in Tokyo have arrested a 20-year-old man on assault charges after he poured urine from a bottle on the leg of a woman in Adachi Ward in August. (Japan Today)
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Powerful typhoon leaves 7 dead, 5 missing, in deluge of record rainfall

October 2, 2014 - 00:03
The 18th typhoon of the season blew itself out after racing across the Japanese archipelago, claiming seven lives, injuring 49 others and leaving five missing. (Asahi)
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Teen admits killing mother, grandmother in response to 'harsh discipline': police

October 1, 2014 - 23:48
A Hokkaido teenager suspected of killing her mother and grandmother said she wanted to escape after they "harshly disciplined" her, police investigators said Thursday. (Japan Times)
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Fukuoka police arrest more members of notorious Kudo-kai crime syndicate

October 1, 2014 - 12:21
Fukuoka prefectural police continued cracking down on the Kudo-kai crime syndicate with the rearrests Oct. 1 of its two top leaders along with the arrests of seven other members in connection with the stabbing of a nurse. (Asahi)
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Man kicked to death in argument over ramen shop seat

September 30, 2014 - 23:21
A Japanese man who allegedly kicked a fellow diner to death in a fight over seats in a ramen eatery calmly returned to his food as the other man lay dying, media reported Tuesday. (Japan Today)
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