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12-year-old boy jumps to death in Nagoya subway; leaves suicide note

November 3, 2015 - 08:00
The Nagoya Board of Education on Monday began an investigation into the death of a 12-year-old boy who jumped to his death in front of a train at a Nagoya subway station on Sunday. (Japan Today)
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Stunning Saitama rice field art snags Guinness record

November 2, 2015 - 21:46
You may have already heard about rice field art: Those complex works that use dyed or naturally colored rice grains to create gorgeous patterns, or that turn the whole rice field into a canvas for a massive "painting" that can only be fully appreciated from the skies. (
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Award-winning novelist Ryuzo Saki dies at 78

November 1, 2015 - 22:36
Award-winning novelist Ryuzo Saki died of throat cancer Saturday at a hospital in Kitakyushu, southwestern Japan, his family said Sunday. He was 78. (Japan Today)
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Mom, three elementary school students die in Miyazaki Prefecture blaze

November 1, 2015 - 22:34
Three elementary school boys and the mother of one of them died Sunday in a fire that broke out in a three-story building in Miyakonojo, Miyazaki Prefecture, police said. (Japan Times)
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Volunteers clean up after Halloween party

November 1, 2015 - 22:30
Volunteers have combed the streets of the Shibuya district in Tokyo to collect garbage left by crowds of Halloween party-goers. (NHK)
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Halloween snowballs into popular phenomenon in Japan

October 31, 2015 - 23:40
The days of simply slipping on a pair of fake cat ears or devil horns for Halloween are over. Japan has upped the ante in recent years, becoming the worldwide champion of Halloween - at least in terms of costumes, costumes and more costumes. (
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Driver arrested after van crashes into sweets shop in Aichi, injuring 12 people

October 31, 2015 - 23:25
A van crashed into a sweets shop in Aichi Prefecture on Saturday, injuring 12 people, including customers and sales clerks, local police said. None of the injuries are life-threatening. (Japan Today)
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Princess Masako displays signs of recovery, engages in more activities

October 31, 2015 - 23:24
Crown Princess Masako showed clear signs of recovery on recent visits to Kagoshima and Fukushima prefectures, but an Imperial Household Agency official indicated it is still too early to say her health is completely restored. (Asahi)
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Brazilian film wins Tokyo festival grand prix

October 31, 2015 - 23:18
The Brazilian film "Nise" has been awarded the Grand Prix on the final day of the Tokyo International Film Festival. (NHK)
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Tabloid dissects Halloween's 'unnatural popularity'

October 30, 2015 - 23:22
In anticipation for Halloween night in Shibuya, the Tokyo Metropolitan police will be out in force. The 800 officers dispatched to the area are a 4-fold increase over last year. During which, notes Nikkan Gendai (Oct 28), only two people were arrested. (Japan Today)
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Man shoved off train platform in Machida

October 30, 2015 - 23:19
Police are looking for a man who shoved another man off the platform onto the tracks at JR Machida Station in Tokyo on Friday. (Japan Today)
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Hot air balloon competition begins in Saga

October 30, 2015 - 23:07
One of Asia's largest hot air balloon contests has opened in Saga Prefecture, southwestern Japan. (NHK)
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Man cut hole in apartment floor to rape female neighbor

October 29, 2015 - 23:03
Ibaraki Prefectural Police have arrested a 51-year-old man who allegedly dug a hole in the floor of his apartment in Tskuba City in order sexually assault his female neighbor living in the unit below, reports Nippon News Network (Tokyo Reporter)
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Man nabbed for stealing girls' gym clothes and swimsuits

October 29, 2015 - 22:51
Police in Ashikaga, Tochigi Prefecture, have arrested a 24-year-old office worker on suspicion of stealing items of female junior high school students, including gym clothes and swimsuits. (Japan Today)
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Man on bike spits coffee-like substance at woman

October 28, 2015 - 22:34
Police in Higashi-Osaka are looking for a man who rode a bike up behind a woman walking home and then spat a coffee-like substance on the back of her head. (Japan Today)
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Two dead, five injured as car hits pedestrians in Miyazaki

October 28, 2015 - 22:24
A car ran into pedestrians in downtown Miyazaki on Wednesday afternoon, killing two women and injuring five other people, including the driver, police said. (Japan Times)
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Tokyo's Shibuya Ward accepts paperwork for same-sex marriage certificates

October 28, 2015 - 09:20
Shibuya Ward in the nation's capital became the first local government in Japan to accept applications for certificates recognizing same-sex partnerships. (Asahi)
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No. of police in Shibuya for Halloween doubles

October 28, 2015 - 00:01
The Metropolitan Police Department has decided to double the number of police officers patrolling during Halloween events on Saturday from that of last year around JR Shibuya Station in Tokyo. (The Japan News)
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Yakuza arrested after woman's body found in hotel

October 27, 2015 - 08:34
Saitama Prefectural Police on Monday arrested an organized crime member after the discovery of the body of a 39-year-old woman inside a love hotel in Saitama City, reports TBS News (Oct. 26). (Tokyo Reporter)
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Tokyo cops bust actress Ai Takabe for cocaine

October 27, 2015 - 08:33
Tokyo Metropolitan Police on Tuesday announced the arrest of popular actress Ai Takabe for the possession of cocaine, reports the Sankei Shimbun (Oct. 27). (Tokyo Reporter)
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