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Magazine runs 18-year-old suspect's name, photo

March 5, 2015 - 22:37
A Japanese weekly magazine has released the name and a photo of a teenage murder suspect, in violation of Japan's Juvenile Law. (NHK)
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Japanese tourist gets lost in Windsor Castle, wanders into Queen's private rooms

March 5, 2015 - 22:26
A Japanese tourist has inadvertently wandered into some off-limits areas during a visit to Windsor Castle - namely, the Queen's own private rooms. (
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Younger teen says he attacked Kawasaki boy under older teen's orders

March 5, 2015 - 22:24
One of the two 17-year-olds arrested over the killing of a 13-year-old boy last month along the Tama River in Kawasaki has admitted to harming the victim but said he was only following the orders of an older teenager also in custody, investigative sources said Thursday. (Japan Times)
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Persevering pear mascot 'Funassyi' hopes to be positive symbol of Japan

March 5, 2015 - 22:22
The popular "pear fairy" cartoon mascot Funassyi held its first press conference with the foreign media in Tokyo on Thursday, saying its unlikely path to success is a symbol of the country's admiration of perseverance in the face of adversity. (Japan Times)
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Father of TV personality Rola convicted of health insurance fraud

March 5, 2015 - 22:18
The Tokyo District Court on Thursday convicted the father of TV "talent" and model Rola for defrauding Japan's national health insurance system. (Japan Today)
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Tokyo police hold sarin attack drill

March 5, 2015 - 21:59
Tokyo police have conducted an anti-terrorism drill, simulating the1995 sarin nerve gas attack on the subway system that killed 13 people and sickened about 6,300 others. (NHK)
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Incidents linked to 'dangerous' drugs up 5.6-fold in Japan in 2014

March 5, 2015 - 07:49
A total of 706 incidents linked to "dangerous," or quasi-legal, drugs were detected by police in Japan in 2014, up 5.6-fold from the preceding year, the National Police Agency said Thursday. (Jiji Press)
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2 pedestrians killed after minivan hits car; driver arrested

March 5, 2015 - 06:59
Two pedestrians were killed Thursday morning after a minivan crashed into a car at an intersection in Higashi-Osaka. (Japan Today)
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Mexican drug cartels reach Japan; meth seizures double

March 4, 2015 - 22:37
A report released Wednesday by the International Narcotics Control Board revealed that Mexican drug cartels have extended their reach to Japan, where methamphetamine seizures have doubled compared to the previous year. (UPI)
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Hit board game lets players compete in designing aesthetic rock gardens

March 4, 2015 - 22:23
While online smartphone games are all the rage, a new board game in designing a traditional Japanese-style rock garden is showing there is still a market for old-fashioned fun. (Asahi)
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Japan's newest idol group, KBG84, hails from Okinawa, has an average age of 84

March 4, 2015 - 21:47
Japan's idol world is quite…expansive, for lack of a better word. Even with the wide variety of groups running around, it can be hard to really tell them apart-though we have to say there was no mistaking Osaka's Obachaaan for any other group. (
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World's oldest person, Misao Okawa, turns 117 in Japan

March 4, 2015 - 09:22
The world's oldest person says 117 years doesn't seem like such a long time. Misao Okawa, the daughter of a kimono maker, made the comment Wednesday, at a celebration a day before her 117th birthday. Appropriately, she was wearing a pink kimono decorated with cherry blossom prints. (
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Man questioned over torching 24 vending machines

March 4, 2015 - 05:24
Police in Inagi, Tokyo, are questioning an unemployed 26-year-old man on suspicion of setting fire to at least 24 vending machines in the area this year. (Japan Today)
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Court rejects ex-AUM member Hirata's appeal against 9-yr prison term

March 4, 2015 - 05:06
The Tokyo High Court rejected Wednesday an appeal filed by a former senior member of the AUM Shinrikyo cult against a nine-year prison term handed down by a lower court for his involvement in three crimes. (Kyodo)
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Microsoft cofounder says WWII Battleship Musashi found

March 3, 2015 - 20:13
Microsoft Corp. cofounder Paul Allen said on Twitter Tuesday the Imperial Japanese Navy's World War II battleship Musashi has been found at the bottom of the Sibuyan Sea off the central Philippines. (Jiji Press)
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JAL operates all-women flight for Girls' Day

March 3, 2015 - 09:25
Japan Airlines flew a plane serviced entirely by women to mark the country's girls' day festival on Tuesday. (NHK)
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Osaka police yet to crack down on 'JK' businesses in Nipponbashi

March 3, 2015 - 09:17
While police in Tokyo continue cracking down on illicit businesses employing underage school girls, a different situation is unfolding in Osaka. (Tokyo Reporter)
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Kiss ukiyo-e prints go on sale to rock art industry

March 3, 2015 - 09:10
Kiss, the veteran U.S. rock band famed for its makeup, elaborate costumes and wild stage performances, has adopted a new look to help revitalize a traditional Japanese art industry. (Asahi)
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Osaka taxi driver arrested in rape of drunken female passengers

March 3, 2015 - 06:31
Osaka Prefectural Police on Friday announced the arrest of a late-shift taxi driver from Joto Ward for allegedly raping a number of intoxicated female passengers, reports the Asahi Shimbun. (Tokyo Reporter)
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Resident in high-rise condo admits starting fire

March 3, 2015 - 06:30
A resident in the high-rise Tokyo condo where a fire broke out on Monday has admitted starting the fire, police said Tuesday. (Japan Today)
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