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Plane stupid? Japan's air force's scooter gimmick to toast birthday

September 24, 2014 - 23:30
Japan has produced a novel twist on the traditional flypast - a 'squadron' of plane-shaped scooters whizzing around in formation. (euronews.com)
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Ex-yakuza arrested in January stabbing in Kameido

September 24, 2014 - 02:06
Tokyo Metropolitan Police on arrested a former organized crime member on charges of attempted murder in a stabbing incident that took place in Kameido, Koto Ward earlier this year, reports TBS News (Sept. 22). (Tokyo Reporter)
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Popularity of adult erotic museums bottoming out

September 24, 2014 - 01:43
Adult erotic museums featuring life-sized dolls have lost their mojo, with only two remaining of some 20 that were once a titillating attraction at many "onsen" hot spring resorts. (Asahi)
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Monthly 'Propaganda' event in Tokyo is a paradise for the trans and crossdressing communities

September 24, 2014 - 01:39
As another one of those tricky wasei-eigo words, "new half" refers to transsexual individuals and those people who identify more with the opposite gender. (rocketnews24.com)
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Grilled saury event held at Tokyo Tower

September 23, 2014 - 23:15
A special grilled sanma (saury) event was held at Tokyo Tower on Tuesday to mark the autumnal equinox national holiday. (Japan Today)
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Mother, boyfriend arrested for abusing her two young children

September 23, 2014 - 22:57
Police in Omitama City, Ibaraki Prefecture, said Tuesday they have arrested a 26-year-old woman and her 25-year-old boyfriend for abusing her two children, aged 2 and 3. (Japan Today)
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Man arrested over abandoning girl's body

September 23, 2014 - 22:36
Police in Kobe City, western Japan, arrested a man on Wednesday in connection with the death of 6-year-old Mirei Ikuta. The girl had been missing since September 11th. (NHK)
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32-year-old woman arrested for strangling her mother in Tochigi

September 23, 2014 - 00:29
Police in Utsunomiya City, Tochigi Prefecture, said Monday they have arrested a 32-year-old woman on suspicion of strangling her 61-year-old mother at their home. (Japan Today)
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71-year-old man dies after being beaten at entrance to home

September 22, 2014 - 08:03
Police in Tokyo are investigating the death of a 71-year-old man whose body was found at the entrance to his home on Friday. (Japan Today)
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Poisonous mushrooms mistakenly sold at Shiga rest stop sicken two

September 22, 2014 - 08:01
Poisonous mushrooms mistakenly sold at a highway rest area in Takashima, Shiga Prefecture, have caused food poisoning to at least two people, the Shiga Prefectural Government said Sunday. (Japan Times)
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Tokyo cops bust ex-yakuza for posession, sale of drugs

September 22, 2014 - 07:59
Tokyo Metrpolitan Police on Monday arrested two suspects, including a former organized crime member, on drug charges inside an apartment in Shinjuku Ward, reports Nippon News Network (Sept. 22). (Tokyo Reporter)
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Having a bawl: Sumo wrestlers grapple with cry-babies

September 21, 2014 - 22:39
Japanese parents watched with glee on Sunday as sumo wrestlers tried to reduce their babies to tears, in a centuries-old ritual believed to bring good health to bawling infants. (Japan Today)
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Japan's controversial Miike to get Rome film award

September 21, 2014 - 04:08
Japanese director Takashi Miike, whose violent and often controversial films boast a huge cult following, will be awarded the 2014 Maverick Director Award at the Rome film festival, organisers said Saturday. (AFP)
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35 dementia sufferers unidentified, survey finds

September 21, 2014 - 01:23
The identities of 35 dementia sufferers were unknown in 26 municipalities across the nation at the end of May, according to the government's first nationwide survey of such persons. (The Japan News)
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19 vending machines torched, robbed in Tokyo's Katsushika ward since Sept 15

September 21, 2014 - 01:02
Two vending machines were torched and the money taken from them in Tokyo's Katsushika Ward on Saturday morning, bringing to 19 the number of vending machines which have been destroyed by fire in the area since Sept 15. (Japan Today)
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17-year-old girl sprayed with paint thinner while walking home

September 20, 2014 - 00:25
Police in Tokyo said Friday they are looking for a man who sprayed a 17-year-old girl with a liquid resembling paint thinner as she walked home on Wednesday night-the third such incident to occur in the area since last month. (Japan Today)
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Police: Man admits to being serial cat killer in Tokyo

September 19, 2014 - 07:48
A computer programmer has admitted to killing dozens of cats in Tokyo's Ota Ward, saying he had become enraged by all the strays that had gathered in the neighborhood, police said Sept. 18. (Asahi)
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Tokyo man accused of cycling high on 'dappo' drugs

September 19, 2014 - 07:45
A Tokyo man who was so stoned that he fell off his bike became the first bicyclist in Japan arrested on suspicion of driving under the influence of "dappo" (law-evading) drugs, police said. (Asahi)
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41-year-old Saitama man arrested for fatally stabbing wife

September 18, 2014 - 23:15
Police in Saitama said Thursday they have arrested a 41-year-old man for fatally stabbing his 39-year-old wife. (Japan Today)
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Truck driver arrested after hitting group of school children, killing 9-year-old girl

September 18, 2014 - 06:07
A 61-year-old truck driver has been arrested after he hit a group of elementary school children in Setagaya Ward, Tokyo, killing one 9-year-old girl and injuring two other children, aged 8 and 9. (Japan Today)
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