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14-year-old boy missing since March 19 turns up unharmed

March 24, 2015 - 08:18
A 14-year-old boy who had been missing since March 19 in Koga, Ibaraki Prefecture, was found unharmed on Tuesday morning. (Japan Today)
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Wakayama City official arrested for taking fruit knife home from work

March 24, 2015 - 05:23
Wakayama City's Crisis Management Division had a bit of a crisis themselves recently as their director Takashi Yamada stepped down after being arrested for possession of a 9cm-long (3.5inch) knife which he had used to peel some fruit earlier in the day. (
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Chinese flag found at underwater wreckage of Japanese war ship

March 24, 2015 - 05:19
The depths of the ocean are very mysterious, what with all the weird fish and sea creatures, shipwrecks and maybe even sunken treasure down there. It's no wonder scuba diving is such a popular activity, since you never know just what you'll come across. (
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Kanagawa man in blouse, boots arrested for trespassing in women's toilet

March 24, 2015 - 05:17
Kanagawa Prefectural Police on Sunday arrested a male civic employee for entering a women's toilet at a shopping mall in Ebina City, reports the Sankei Shimbun (March 23). (Tokyo Reporter)
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Japanese victims in Tunisia attack to return home

March 23, 2015 - 22:46
Three Japanese victims of the terror attack in Tunisia last Wednesday are on the way home. (NHK)
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Chinese coral poacher gets suspended prison term

March 23, 2015 - 22:44
A Japanese court has handed down a suspended prison sentence for the captain of a Chinese fishing boat for illegally taking coral in Japanese territorial waters. (NHK)
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The changing face of ema votive tablets

March 23, 2015 - 22:21
KYOTO - "Find a good marriage partner for me," "Let me succeed in an entrance exam" and "I wish for the well-being of my family" are all wishes people write on ema, small wooden votive tablets. An array of ema bearing these, and many other, hopes are hung at temples and shrines around the nation. (The Japan News)
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Opening ceremony held for cherry blossom festival in Washington

March 22, 2015 - 22:13
The opening ceremony for this year's National Cherry Blossom Festival was held in Washington on Saturday, attracting some 2,000 people. (Jiji Press)
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Imperial couple meet survivors of 1944 battle

March 22, 2015 - 22:08
Emperor Akihito and Empress Michiko have met former Japanese soldiers who survived a fierce battle on the Pacific island of Peleliu during World War Two. (NHK)
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Buddhist monk arrested for filming up girl's skirt on escalator

March 22, 2015 - 07:53
Police have arrested a 41-year-old Buddhist monk for using his smartphone to film up the skirt of a 16-year-old girl as she was on an escalator at JR Odawara Station in Kanagawa Prefecture. (Japan Today)
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Kanagawa cops arrest Inagawa-kai member in shooting of rival yakuza boss

March 22, 2015 - 07:51
Kanagawa Prefectural Police on Sunday announced the arrest of an organized crime member in the shooting of a boss of a rival gang in Fujisawa City the day before, reports TBS News (Tokyo Reporter)
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Paul McCartney announces Budokan concert

March 21, 2015 - 23:18
Former Beatle Paul McCartney, 72, has announced on his official website that he will be returning to the Budokan for a special performance on April 28 as part of his "Out There Japan" tour. (Japan Today)
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Remarks by Aum cult founder in prison

March 21, 2015 - 23:11
NHK has learned that the founder of the Aum Shinrikyo cult had suggested in prison that he conspired with his followers to carry out the sarin gas attack in Tokyo 20 years ago. (NHK)
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Imperial couple meet medical award recipients

March 21, 2015 - 22:51
The Emperor and Empress have expressed congratulations to recipients of the 43rd Yomiuri Awards for Medical Dedication at the Imperial Palace. (The Japan News)
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Yamaguchi-gumi boss shot in Fujisawa

March 21, 2015 - 12:25
An unknown assailant shot an organized crime boss early Saturday morning in Fujisawa City, reports public broadcaster NHK (March 21). (Tokyo Reporter)
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Woman arrested for stabbing 15-month-old grandson to death

March 21, 2015 - 09:47
Police in Saitama said Saturday they have arrested a 65-year-old woman on suspicion of fatally stabbing her 15-month-old grandson. (Japan Today)
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Man arrested for fatally stabbing father in Hokkaido

March 20, 2015 - 22:21
Police in Shiraoi, Hokkaido, said Friday they have arrested an unemployed 36-year-old man on suspicion of fatally stabbing his 64-year-old father at their home. (Japan Today)
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Tokyo marks 20th anniversary of sarin attacks

March 19, 2015 - 22:50
A memorial service was held at a Tokyo subway station on Friday to mark the 20th anniversary of the sarin gas attacks by the Aum Shinrikyo cult. (NHK)
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Okinawa man arrested over threat to blast U.S. Embassy

March 19, 2015 - 21:54
The Metropolitan Police Department arrested a man in Okinawa Prefecture on Thursday for allegedly making anonymous phone calls to the U.S. embassy in Tokyo and threatening to blow up the embassy building. (Jiji Press)
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Rakugo storyteller Katsura Beicho dies at 89

March 19, 2015 - 21:52
Rakugo storyteller Katsura Beicho III died at the age of 89 on Thursday night. Beicho who represents the country's rakugo culture was designated a living national treasure in 1996. (The Japan News)
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