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Traditional rocket festival held in Chichibu

October 12, 2014 - 22:29
Residents of Chichibu City, north of Tokyo, launched handmade rockets into the sky on Sunday to give thanks for the autumn harvest. (NHK)
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World's heaviest firework shot up

October 12, 2014 - 08:40
Firework technicians in Japan have set up a new record. They launched the heaviest firework in the world over a city northwest of Tokyo. (NHK)
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Making noise about keeping the decibels down

October 12, 2014 - 00:26
Yoshimichi Nakajima was waiting for the train one day at his local station in Tokyo when he politely asked the station attendant to lower the volume on his microphone. He was told that would be "difficult," so Nakajima lent a hand by grabbing the mic and throwing it onto the track. (Japan Times)
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In-debt idols send wrong message to girls

October 12, 2014 - 00:07
Two weeks ago a female pop group called The Margarines debuted via a Tokyo news conference. Since Japanese show business has no shortage of young women who want to sing and dance in order to "fulfill their dreams," the new ensemble needed a gimmick. (Japan Times)
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City at base of Mt. Fuji taking no chances against surprise eruption

October 11, 2014 - 23:57
Sitting at the foot of volcanic Mount Fuji, the city of Fujiyoshida will set up a task force in November to formulate measures to deal with a sudden eruption. (Asahi)
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Japan's emperor, empress meet hibakusha in Nagasaki

October 11, 2014 - 23:47
Japanese Emperor Akihito and Empress Michiko visited the atom-bombed southwestern city of Nagasaki on Saturday and met with hibakusha, or survivors of the U.S. atomic bombing in 1945. (Jiji Press)
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Saitama policeman fired, charged for riding motorbike after drinking alcohol

October 11, 2014 - 08:38
A 29-year-old Saitama prefectural policeman from the Tokorozawa police station has been charged with riding his motorcycle while under the influence of alcohol. (Japan Today)
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Tokyo cops bust Kabukicho hostess club for attempted overcharging

October 11, 2014 - 08:35
Tokyo Metropolitan Police announced on Friday the arrest of employees of a hostess club for attempting to overcharge a customer, reports TV Asahi (Oct. 10). (Tokyo Reporter)
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Crying infant found in bag outside home in Aomori Pref

October 10, 2014 - 23:46
A newborn baby girl was found inside a bag on the grounds of a private residence in Hirosaki City, Aomori Prefecture, police said Friday. (Japan Today)
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Olympic cauldron to lift Ishinomaki spirits

October 10, 2014 - 23:39
With Friday marking the 50th anniversary of the opening of the 1964 Tokyo Games, the Olympic cauldron, which served as a symbol of Japan's postwar reconstruction, was removed from the National Stadium in Tokyo in the morning in preparation for the 2020 festivities. (The Japan News)
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Tokyo court orders Google to remove search results on man

October 10, 2014 - 08:15
The Tokyo District Court on Thursday issued an injunction ordering Google Inc. to remove some Internet search results revealing the name of a man who claims his privacy rights have been infringed upon due to articles hinting he may have been involved in a crime in the past, according to a document obtained by Kyodo News. (Japan Times)
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Professor 'notified' militants of student's trip

October 9, 2014 - 22:28
A university professor of Islamic law has reportedly said he notified the Islamic State militant group that a Japanese student planned to travel to Syria. (NHK)
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Car being chased by police crashes, killing driver

October 9, 2014 - 22:26
A car being chased by a police patrol car in Sakai, Osaka, early Thursday morning, crashed, killing the driver. (Japan Today)
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Tokyo stays fourth in global city ranking

October 9, 2014 - 21:56
Tokyo remained fourth out of 40 major cities in an annual global city ranking released Thursday, trailing London, New York and Paris. (Japan Times)
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Top court finds Japan govt liable for asbestos exposure for 1st time

October 9, 2014 - 21:47
In a landmark ruling, Japan's Supreme Court said Thursday that the government is liable for failing to prevent former workers at factories using asbestos in Osaka Prefecture, western Japan, from developing lung cancer and other health issues. (Jiji Press)
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Parents arrested for chaining 8-year-old son inside house

October 9, 2014 - 08:37
Police in Nagahama, Shiga Prefecture, said Thursday they have arrested a couple for chaining their 8-year-old son to a column in their livingroom. (Japan Today)
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'Beautiful foreigner walking a polar bear' spotted at Shibuya's famous crossing

October 9, 2014 - 03:43
Twitter was set ablaze last night after dozens of people shared photos of "a beautiful foreigner walking a polar bear" between throngs of pedestrians at the world-famous Shibuya Scramble crossing in Tokyo. (
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Japan continues futile crackdown on sex videos streamed online

October 8, 2014 - 22:54
On September 30, a total of 60 investigators from five administrative districts across Japan, including Tokyo and Kyoto, raided the offices of Homepage System in Osaka on suspicion that its operations assisted in the distribution of obscene material on the Internet. (Tokyo Reporter)
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Storm heads off northeast coast; 2 dead, 1 missing, 96 injured

October 8, 2014 - 11:53
A large storm was heading off Japan's northeast coast early Tuesday, leaving two people dead, one missing and 96 injured even in 23 prefectures, public broadcaster NHK said. (Japan Today)
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Police standoff with man threatening to commit suicide ends after 16 hours

October 8, 2014 - 06:52
An armed man who held police at bay in Iwata, Shizuoka Prefecture, for 16 hours while he threatened to commit suicide, surrendered on Wednesday morning. (Japan Today)
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