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Bawdy bathers lead to closure of mixed onsen in Tochigi

June 2, 2015 - 10:18
Offensive acts by bathers, many of them filmed, have led to the indefinite closure of a mixed-gender hot spring bath at the popular Shiobara onsen resort here. (Asahi)
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Woman stabs mother after being told to 'get a real job'

June 1, 2015 - 23:43
A 28-year-old unemployed woman has been arrested on suspicion of attempted murder after she stabbed her mother at their apartment in Tokyo's Arakawa Ward on Sunday. (Japan Today)
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10 injured in 8-vehicle pile-up on Yokohama Bay Bridge

June 1, 2015 - 23:36
Ten people were injured in an 8-vehicle pile-up on the Yokohama Bay Bridge on Monday morning. The accident occurred at around 6:30 a.m. when a truck rear-ended a car on the bridge, Sankei reported. (Japan Today)
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Island evacuees temporarily visit home

June 1, 2015 - 23:28
Twenty-nine people temporarily visited Kuchinoerabujima island Monday morning, four days after local residents were evacuated when Mt. Shindake erupted. (The Japan News)
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Police to arrest New York man over vandalism at Japan shrines

June 1, 2015 - 10:51
Police are set to arrest a Japanese man living in New York on suspicion of vandalizing a Chiba shrine with an oily liquid, police sources said Monday. (Japan Times)
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Yakuza boss arrested for assault in Kabukicho

June 1, 2015 - 07:31
Tokyo Metropolitan Police on Monday announced the arrest of a top-level organized crime member for assaulting customers in a club in Shinjuku Ward in November of last year, reports TV Asahi (June 1). (Tokyo Reporter)
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Reckless bicyclists to face safety lessons in Japan

June 1, 2015 - 07:24
The revised road traffic law came into force in Japan Monday to oblige bicycle riders who commit traffic violations repeatedly to take safety lessons. (Jiji Press)
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700-kg kite in Shiga slams into crowd, injuring four

May 31, 2015 - 22:56
A massive 700-kg kite at a festival in Higashiomi, Shiga Prefecture, injured four people Sunday by crashing into a crowd of spectators, the local fire department said. (Japan Times)
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Ceremony marks 50th year after Niigata Minamata disease recognition

May 31, 2015 - 22:49
People gathered at a ceremony Sunday to mark the 50th year since neurological disorder caused by mercury poisoning in the central Japan prefecture of Niigata was officially recognized. (Jiji Press)
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Woman's body found in locker at Tokyo Station

May 31, 2015 - 12:54
Personnel at JR Tokyo Station discovered a woman's corpse on Sunday after opening a suitcase discarded in a locker last month and placed in storage, reports the Asahi Shimbun (May 31). (Tokyo Reporter)
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12 hurt in Japan quake as life returns to normal

May 31, 2015 - 08:57
Twelve people suffered minor injuries and businesses returned to normal Sunday after a powerful earthquake near remote Japanese islands shook most of the country the previous night, but it was well beneath the earth's surface and did not trigger a tsunami. (
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1-year-old boy falls to death from hotel window

May 31, 2015 - 08:56
A one-year-old boy fell to his death from a hotel room in Matsuyama, Ehime Prefecture, on Sunday morning. (Japan Today)
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Quake stops lifts in Tokyo skyscraper for 2 hours

May 30, 2015 - 23:41
Elevators in a Tokyo skyscraper stopped for about 2 hours on Saturday after a strong earthquake shook the Japanese capital and other parts of the country. (NHK)
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Surprised Kuchinoerabu evacuees wonder how long eruptions will last

May 30, 2015 - 12:37
A day after the eruption of Mount Shindake caused the evacuation of a small island off Kyushu, evacuees on Saturday began bracing for a long stay away from home as the Meteorological Agency warned of more eruptions to come. (Japan Times)
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60-year-old man, 7-year-old girl drown in pond

May 30, 2015 - 12:34
A 60-year-old man and a seven-year-old girl drowned in a pond in Usuki, Oita Prefecture, on Friday. (Japan Today)
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Magnitude 8.5 quake strikes off eastern Japan, no tsunami danger or immediate damage

May 30, 2015 - 12:27
A magnitude 8.5 earthquake struck off the east coast of Japan on Saturday, shaking buildings in Tokyo, but there was no danger of a tsunami and no immediate reports of damage since the quake was extremely deep. (Reuters)
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Patient arrested for attacking woman with knife at clinic

May 29, 2015 - 08:13
A 45-year-old male patient at a clinic in Kadoma, Osaka, has been arrested on suspicion of attacking a woman working at the reception desk with a knife. (Japan Today)
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Woman arrested over death of 42-year-old disabled daughter

May 29, 2015 - 03:24
Police in Sapporo said Thursday they have arrested a 64-year-old woman over the death of her 42-year-old mentally disabled daughter whose body was found at their apartment in Nishi Ward. (Japan Today)
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Japan aquariums group says its website was hacked by Anonymous

May 27, 2015 - 23:51
The Japan Association of Zoos and Aquariums says hackers stole phone numbers and email addresses of thousands of zoo and aquarium workers nationwide in an incident earlier this year. (Japan Times)
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Trial begins for Kashiwa stabbing rampage defendant

May 27, 2015 - 23:42
A 25-year-old man on Wednesday went on trial for fatally stabbing one man and wounding three others during a 10-minute rampage in Kashiwa, Chiba Prefecture, in March 2014. (Japan Today)
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