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Details emerge about body of Saitama girl dumped in Tochigi

September 4, 2014 - 01:56
On August 4, a laborer discovered a body wrapped in a blanket inside a cardboard box along Route 202 in Sano City, Tochigi Prefecture. (Tokyo Reporter)
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No. of Zushi beachgoers drops 50% from 2013 due to ban on loud music, alcohol

September 3, 2014 - 23:45
The number of beachgoers at Zushi in Kanagawa Prefecture this summer fell by more than 50% compared to 2013 as a result of a new resolution that bans playing loud music and drinking alcohol at the beach. (Japan Today)
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66-year-old man arrested over death of 92-year-old mother

September 3, 2014 - 23:38
Police in Maebashi, Gunma Prefecture, said Wednesday they have arrested a 66-year-old man over the death of his 92-year-old mother at their home. (Japan Today)
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Tokyo police arrest 'voice actress Aiko' for 3rd time for robbery

September 3, 2014 - 10:39
Tokyo Metropolitan Police on Wednesday re-arrested a woman believed to be responsible for the drugging and robbing of multiple men in the metropolitan area over the past two years, reports the Asahi Shimbun (Sept. 3). (Tokyo Reporter)
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Over a dozen workers injured in blast at Nippon Steel plant

September 3, 2014 - 08:00
More than a dozen workers sustained injuries following a blast at a Nippon Steel & Sumitomo Metal Corp. steel factory in central Japan, police said Wednesday, adding that three have been seriously wounded. (Nikkei)
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Story of Mitsuoki Shigeta's first Thai surrogate offers clues into mystery of 16 babies

September 2, 2014 - 23:36
When the young Thai woman saw an online ad seeking surrogate mothers, it seemed like a life-altering deal: $10,000 to help a foreign couple that wanted a child but could not conceive. (Japan Times)
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Dengue fever strikes 2 models in Yoyogi Park

September 2, 2014 - 23:26
A worsening outbreak of dengue fever in Japan has claimed its first celebrities-two young models sent on assignment to the Tokyo park believed to be its source. (Japan Today)
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First roundabouts cause some confusion

September 2, 2014 - 23:13
Roundabouts were introduced at 15 locations around Japan for the first time this week, but many motorists were confused. (Japan Today)
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AKB48's adult member 'graduates' after 4 months

September 2, 2014 - 23:04
Mariko Tsukamoto, a 38-year-old mother of two, who joined idol group AKB48 as an adult member in April, has "graduated" and says she is happy to go back to being a mother. (Japan Today)
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More than $250,000 raised for ALS in Japan

September 2, 2014 - 09:40
The Japan ALS Association says the fundraising activity known as the Ice Bucket Challenge has resulted in over 250,000 dollars' worth of donations in Japan. (NHK)
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Japanese girl wins Air Guitar World Championship

September 2, 2014 - 04:54
The best thing about the World Air Guitar Championship - now in it's 19th year - is that it seems to thoroughly appreciate its own absurdity. (
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Japan's annual dolphin slaughter begins at Taiji cove

September 2, 2014 - 04:45
The controversial six-month dolphin hunting season began on Monday in the infamous town of Taiji, but bad weather would delay any killing, a local official told AFP. (The Guardian)
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Sapporo cops bust 'girl's' restaurant for bikini uniforms

September 2, 2014 - 02:54
Hokkaido Prefectural Police on Monday accused a restaurant in Chuo Ward of violating labor laws by attiring waitresses under the age of 18 in bikinis, reports the Hokkaido Shimbun (Sept. 2). (Tokyo Reporter)
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3-year-old boy dies after being thrown against wall by mother

September 1, 2014 - 23:51
Police in Tamamura, Gunma Prefecture, said Monday they have arrested a 32-year-old woman over the death of her 3-year-old son. (Japan Today)
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Man who dismembered mother goes on trial

September 1, 2014 - 23:49
A 20-year-old man went on trial Monday for killing his mother and chopping her body into pieces. (Japan Today)
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Anti-disaster sirens left unused in Hiroshima

September 1, 2014 - 23:40
NHK has learned that sirens set up to alert residents against possible disasters were not used in key areas when massive rain hit Hiroshima City last month and triggered deadly mudslides. (NHK)
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Prosecutors decide not to indict ex-Tokushukai head

September 1, 2014 - 22:39
The Tokyo District Public Prosecutors Office on Monday decided not to indict Torao Tokuda, former head of hospital group Tokushukai, over a high-profile election fraud case, because he is seriously ill. (The Japan News)
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Man killed in Osaka residence; nextdoor neighbor arrested

September 1, 2014 - 06:19
Police in Osaka said Monday they have arrested a 53-year-old man on suspicion of killing his neighbor in an apartment building in Higashinari Ward. (Japan Today)
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Japan porn queens raise thousands of dollars for Aids prevention at 'Boob Aid' charity event

August 31, 2014 - 12:35
A group of Japanese porn actresses raised tens of thousands of dollars at the weekend by having their breasts squeezed by fans at a "Boob Aid" charity event for Aids prevention. (
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Hiroshima city partially lifts evacuation advisories, orders

August 31, 2014 - 05:27
The Hiroshima city government on Sunday lifted evacuation advisories and orders issued for about 106,000 people in the mudslide-hit city. (Kyodo)
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