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Japanese building owner sued over Manhattan gas blast

March 19, 2014 - 07:03
The Japanese owner of one of the two apartment buildings destroyed in what is believed to be a gas blast in New York's Manhattan on Wednesday has been sued by a neighbor who was injured in the accident, which left eight people dead. (Jiji Press)
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State faces damages over Ghanaian man's death during deportation

March 19, 2014 - 06:55
The Tokyo District Court on Wednesday ordered the state to pay about 5 million yen in damages over the death of a 45-year-old Ghanaian man in 2010 while he was being deported from Narita airport near Tokyo. (Kyodo)
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Poll: Over half of people in Japan oppose same-sex marriage

March 18, 2014 - 22:07
Despite three-quarters of Japanese adults thinking society is unkind to LGBT people, just over half still oppose same-sex marriage. (
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Spring finally blows into Kanto

March 18, 2014 - 22:02
The Japan Meteorological Agency announced on Tuesday morning that the first strong south winds of the year called "Haru Ichiban" (First of spring) were blowing through the Kanto region. (The Japan News)
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Princess Aiko finishes primary school

March 18, 2014 - 21:48
The Princess arrived with her parents, the Crown Prince and Princess, for the graduation ceremony at Gakushuin Primary School in Tokyo on Tuesday morning. (NHK)
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One dead, 8 missing in freighter collision off Tokyo Bay

March 18, 2014 - 02:59
A cargo ship sank after colliding with another in areas just outside Tokyo Bay early Tuesday, leaving a crew member on the ill-fated ship dead and eight others missing. (Jiji Press)
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Police arrest man listed on baby sitter website over child's death

March 17, 2014 - 22:11
Police arrested a baby sitter on Tuesday on suspicion of abandoning a body, following the discovery of a dead 2-year-old boy in an apartment unit near Tokyo. (Kyodo)
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2 women injured after poplar tree falls on them

March 17, 2014 - 08:01
Two women were injured after they were hit by a falling poplar tree outside the Mihara Performing Arts Center in Mihara, Hiroshima Prefecture, on Sunday. (Japan Today)
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11-year-old boy knocked off bike by man

March 17, 2014 - 08:00
Police said Monday they are looking for a man who knocked an 11-year-old boy off his bicycle in Tokyo's Koto Ward. (Japan Today)
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Final missing 'Japan diver' body found in Indonesia

March 16, 2014 - 21:52
A body believed to be that of a Japanese diver who went missing with six others off Bali a month ago has been found far from where she disappeared, Indonesian police said Monday. (AFP)
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NY explosion's last victim identified as Japanese

March 16, 2014 - 21:46
The last body found at the site of the massive explosion in New York City has been identified as that of a Japanese woman. (NHK)
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Japanese parents of North Korea abductee meet granddaughter

March 16, 2014 - 21:40
The parents of a Japanese girl who was abducted by North Korea more than three decades ago met their child's daughter for the first time last week, Japan's Foreign Ministry said on Sunday. (Reuters)
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Murder-suicide suspected after 3 bodies found in burned-down house

March 15, 2014 - 23:24
Police said three bodies were found in the ruins of a house that was destroyed by fire in Yokohama's Konan Ward on Friday night. One of the bodies was a man who apparently hanged himself just outside the house the after began, police said. (Japan Today)
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'Kuroko's Basketball' threat suspect admits to charges in court

March 15, 2014 - 23:19
Hirofumi Watanabe, the suspect in the "Kuroko's Basketball" threat letter case, has admitted to all the charges in his first day in court this week. He added that he will accept the court's judgment and any punishment without appeal. (Japan Today)
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Japanese actor Ken Utsui dies at 82

March 14, 2014 - 23:23
Japanese actor Ken Utsui, known for playing as ideal fathers in television dramas, died of chronic respiratory failure at a hospital in Nagoya, Aichi Prefecture, central Japan, on Friday afternoon. He was 82. (Jiji Press)
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Public toilet In Japan accidentally exposes your most private moments

March 13, 2014 - 21:55
A "transparency toilet" was recently rolled out in the Japanese city of Oita. When in use, the transparent window goes opaque. However, according to reports, the toilet can inadvertently expose those inside for all to see. (Kotaku)
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Teenage girl dies of unknown causes; police search for boyfriend

March 13, 2014 - 10:23
A girl in her late teens was discovered unconscious inside an apartment in Yokohama on Wednesday night, and was later confirmed dead at a hospital, police said Thursday. (Japan Today)
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Record number of counterfeit items seized in 2013

March 13, 2014 - 10:13
Japanese customs officials seized a record number of counterfeit brand-name products last year. (NHK)
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New York buildings with Japanese residents collapse, killing at least 3

March 13, 2014 - 10:02
An explosion apparently caused by a gas leak forced two five-story buildings in New York to collapse almost entirely on Wednesday, killing at least three people, injuring more than 60 and leaving nine missing, according to New York City officials and local media reports. (Jiji Press)
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Police arrest man for vandalizing books

March 13, 2014 - 05:31
Police in Tokyo on Friday arrested a man for the suspected vandalism of books on Anne Frank and the Holocaust, following charges of unlawful entry into a bookshop. (NHK)
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