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Guam man found guilty on all counts for crash-stabbing rampage

August 4, 2014 - 05:30
The jury in the trial of a 22-year-old Guam man accused of killing three Japanese tourists in a crash and stabbing rampage in the U.S. island territory last year on Monday found him guilty on all counts. (Kyodo)
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2 characters stand out in Japan's 'yurukyara' local mascot fad

August 4, 2014 - 03:08
Kumamon and Funassyi stand out as well-known "yurukyara" local mascots in Japan where many municipalities have introduced such characters as part of efforts to revitalize local communities, a think tank has said. (Jiji Press)
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4 injured after gas canister explodes at festival in Tokyo

August 3, 2014 - 23:05
Police in Tokyo said Sunday that four people were injured after a gas canister at a food stall exploded at a festival in Koto Ward on Saturday night. (Japan Today)
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3-Month sentence for Japan-Hawaii flight assault

August 3, 2014 - 22:50
A Japanese man received a three-month sentence Tuesday for a drunken altercation with flight attendants during a trip to Hawaii for his honeymoon. (
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Massive typhoon No. 11 kills 3, injures 60; suspected tornado lashes Tochigi

August 3, 2014 - 22:34
Powerful typhoon No. 11 was downgraded into an extratropical depression on the morning of Aug. 11 after lashing Japan with heavy rain and wind, leaving three people dead, 60 injured and one missing. (Asahi)
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Man arrested after jumping from aircraft at Narita airport

August 3, 2014 - 07:21
A 33-year-old man was arrested after he opened the emergency door and jumped from a Philippine Airlines plane as it was approaching the terminal at Narita airport on Saturday. (Japan Today)
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9-year-old girl hit by actor Jun Kaname's car

August 3, 2014 - 01:47
A 9-year-old girl sustained minor injuries after actor Jun Kaname accidentally hit her while driving in his car in Tokyo's Setagaya Ward. (Japan Today)
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Three campers drown in Kanagawa after vehicle overturns in river

August 3, 2014 - 01:33
A vehicle carrying a family of four overturned Friday while attempting to ford a rain-swollen river at a mountainous camping site in the town of Yamakita, Kanagawa Prefecture, killing the mother and two children, local police said. (Japan Times)
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Graffiti mars historic Tokyo floodgate

August 3, 2014 - 01:14
Repeated defacing with graffiti of the disused Iwabuchi Floodgate in Kita Ward, Tokyo, a historic industrial symbol of Japan's modernization, has left management officials scratching their heads over how best to stop the vandalism. (The Japan News)
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Father of Sasebo girl held for murder calls act 'never forgiven'

August 3, 2014 - 00:53
The father of a 16-year-old girl arrested last month on suspicion of killing and dismembering a female classmate in Sasebo, Nagasaki Prefecture, said Saturday his daughter's act "can never be forgiven for any reason or cause" and deeply apologized to the victim's family. (Kyodo)
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Arrest warrant issued for friend of man who dies after falling out of car

August 2, 2014 - 00:05
Kumamoto prefectural police have issued an arrest warrant for a 41-year-old man who allegedly killed his friend by pushing him out of the car while driving on a highway. (Japan Today)
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Recaptured Niigata escapee suspected in multiple rapes, murders

August 1, 2014 - 23:52
A suspected serial rapist who made headlines after briefly escaping from the Niigata District Court in June is now suspected of involvement in three alleged murders in Niigata Prefecture. (Japan Times)
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Stalker in Mitaka murder case sentenced to 22 years

August 1, 2014 - 23:37
The Tokyo District Court on Friday sentenced a 22-year-old man to 22 years in prison for fatally stabbing his teenage ex-girlfriend last October in a high-profile stalking case that sparked allegations of incompetence in the Mitaka Police Department. (Japan Times)
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Kyoto entertainers make ritual visits

August 1, 2014 - 23:24
In Japan's old capital Kyoto, traditional female entertainers have made annual visits to express appreciation for those who've helped them in their careers. (NHK)
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Psychiatrist warned officials in June that Sasebo girl may commit murder

August 1, 2014 - 12:00
A psychiatrist who examined the 16-year-old girl suspected of killing and dismembering her classmate in Sasebo, Nagasaki Prefecture, called a child consultation center in the city in June to warn that she might commit murder, but prefectural officials failed to take any action, it was learned Thursday. (Japan Times)
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Father arrested after 14-year-old son commits suicide

August 1, 2014 - 07:42
Police in Tokyo have arrested a 41-year-old man on suspicion of physically abusing his 14-year-old son who committed suicide. (Japan Today)
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London's Sumo Run has Japanese confused, kind of offended

July 31, 2014 - 23:37
This week the annual charity event known as the Sumo Run took place in London's Battersea Park. To raise money for education in sub-Saharan Africa, participants don inflatable sumo suits and run the 5km course around the park, no doubt delighting passersby in the country that gave us Monty Python. (
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Mysterious fire materializes inside Saitama train station

July 31, 2014 - 13:15
On Tuesday evening, commuters at Urawa Station in Saitama Prefecture were in for a bit of a shock when an abandoned piece of corrugated cardboard suddenly burst into flames. (
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Japanese men's life expectancy tops 80 for 1st time

July 31, 2014 - 13:01
The average life expectancy of Japanese men topped 80 years in 2013 for the first time ever, the Ministry of Health, Labor and Welfare said Thursday. (Jiji Press)
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Ex-TEPCO execs merit indictment over nuclear crisis: prosecution panel

July 31, 2014 - 06:59
An independent judicial panel of citizens said Thursday it has decided that three former executives of Tokyo Electric Power Co. merit indictment over the 2011 nuclear disaster at the Fukushima Daiichi power plant. (Kyodo)
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