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Japan seemingly obsessed with sex but few seem to indulge

January 25, 2016 - 14:26
Japan is well known for many things, and its obsession with sex is one of them. It has one of the most robust pornographic and adult-toy industries in the world and airs TV commercials for items as banal as candy that feature sexually suggestive themes. (
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2 Vietnamese suspected of sham refugee applications

January 23, 2016 - 07:51
The Metropolitan Police Department has arrested two Vietnamese people on suspicion of violating the Immigration Control and Refugee Recognition Law by fraudulently applying for refugee status and working illegally, it has been learned. (
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Tokyo cops arrest one-time refugee for molesting school girl in Shibuya

January 22, 2016 - 19:59
Tokyo Metropolitan Police have arrested a male Nepalese national reapplying for refugee status for allegedly molesting a school girl in Shibuya Ward, reports the Sankei Shimbun (Jan. 22). (Tokyo Reporter)
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Gangster suspected in murder of Japanese national in Manila arrested

January 22, 2016 - 10:01
A criminal investigation group has arrested the leader of a notorious gang suspected in the murder of a Japanese national last year, reports Nippon News Network (Jan. 22). (Tokyo Reporter)
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Agency issues warning about heat shock danger from hot baths

January 22, 2016 - 09:55
The Consumer Affairs Agency has issued a warning to elderly people to be careful when they soak in hot baths at home or at onsens, as well as spending too much time in saunas. (Japan Today)
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Tokyo police continue crackdown on full-sex scams in Kabukicho

January 21, 2016 - 20:19
As a part of an ongoing crackdown on bait-and-switch prostitution scams in the Kabukicho red-light district, Tokyo Metropolitan Police have busted a group for defrauding a customer, reports TBS News (Jan. 21). (Tokyo Reporter)
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Japan's train otaku ruin the sweet story of the lone schoolgirl and her train station

January 21, 2016 - 20:14
Japan's feel-good story of the year takes a depressing turn as the lone passenger who made headlines is harassed by camera-toting otaku. (
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Singapore man fined for spiking Japanese colleague's drink with 'love potion'

January 21, 2016 - 20:10
A Singaporean man has been fined 1,500 Singapore dollars ($1,042) for spiking his Japanese colleague's drinking water with a "love potion" that contained poisonous substances in an attempt to make her fall in love with him, according to local media reports and court documents. (Japan Times)
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Ski tour bus was in neutral gear

January 21, 2016 - 20:01
Police investigating a fatal ski tour bus accident in central Japan have discovered that the gear of the crashed vehicle was in neutral. (NHK)
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People in Tokushima save stranded whale

January 21, 2016 - 19:52
People in a western Japanese city have saved a whale stranded in shallow water. (NHK)
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Yasukuni blast suspect issued fresh arrest warrant

January 21, 2016 - 19:51
A South Korean man being held in connection with an explosion at Tokyo's Yasukuni Shrine was served a second arrest warrant on Thursday. (NHK )
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Naked male corpse found outside karaoke box in Fukuoka

January 21, 2016 - 04:50
Fukuoka Prefectural Police have launched an investigation following the discovery of a nude corpse in front of a karaoke box in Itoshima City, reports TV Asahi. (Tokyo Reporter)
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Man hit by train at Shimbashi Station in evading groping accusation

January 21, 2016 - 04:48
A man in his 30s attempting to evade a groping accusation suffered severe injuries after he leaped from a train platform and was hit by a train at JR Shimbashi Station, reports the Sankei Shimbun. (Tokyo Reporter)
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24 hurt in Tokyo tour bus crash; driver, 58, arrested, says he was 'absent-minded'

January 21, 2016 - 04:40
A tour bus with 30 people aboard crashed into a center divider and a traffic light pole on a street in central Tokyo on Wednesday, injuring 24 passengers, police said. (Japan Times)
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Video of ski tour bus before accident release

January 20, 2016 - 13:29
Japan's transport ministry has released images of a bus believed to have been taken just before the accident that killed 15 in central Japan on January 15th. (NHK)
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Minato Ward to protect few remaining views of Tokyo Tower

January 20, 2016 - 10:17
Tokyo's Minato Ward is taking steps to ensure that high-rises do not obliterate the few remaining views of the much-loved Tokyo Tower. (Japan Times)
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World's oldest man Yasutaro Koide of Japan dies at 112

January 19, 2016 - 07:26
Yasutaro Koide, a former tailor recognized by Guinness World Records as the oldest living man on earth, died at the age of 112 of chronic heart failure at a hospital in Nagoya, central Japan, in the early hours of Tuesday, his relatives said. (Kyodo)
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Japanese pop group SMAP pledge to continue as group

January 18, 2016 - 19:11
SMAP, one of the most popular and longest-lived Japanese pop groups, pledged to continue as a group Monday, days after media reports that they were on the verge of breaking up, as grieving of fans in Japan and other Asian countries apparently moved them. (Kyodo)
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'Jobs' Chef' awarded for promoting Japanese food overseas

January 18, 2016 - 07:56
Japan's Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries Ministry has awarded the manager and chef of a now-closed Japanese restaurant in Silicon Valley that had been frequented by the late Apple Inc. cofounder Steve Jobs, for promoting Japanese food culture abroad. (Jiji Press)
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Toward a brighter future

January 18, 2016 - 07:41
About 7,500 lit bamboo lanterns form the date "1.17" and the kanji characters for "mirai" (future) at the Higashi Yuenchi amusument park in Chuo Ward, Kobe, early Sunday morning, the 21st anniversary of the Great Hanshin Earthquake. (
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