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Aya Ueto TV commercial queen for first six months of 2014

August 6, 2014 - 23:21
Actress Aya Ueto has been named the TV commercial queen for the first six months of 2014. (Japan Today)
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Mud slide-hit Chuo Line resumes full operations

August 6, 2014 - 23:18
The JR Chuo Line resumed full operations Wednesday morning about one month after a mud slide hit Nagiso in early July. (The Japan News)
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Japanese millionaire said to father nine infants

August 6, 2014 - 23:15
Nine babies aged from one month to six months have been found in a Bangkok condominium, fuelling further concern about Thailand's booming surrogacy industry. (Sydney Morning Herald)
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Japan teen murder accused 'kept cat's head in fridge'

August 6, 2014 - 03:29
A 16-year-old Japanese schoolgirl who allegedly confessed to decapitating a classmate kept a severed cat head in her refrigerator, a report said Tuesday. (The West)
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Hiroshima marks 69th anniversary of atomic bombing

August 5, 2014 - 22:48
Hiroshima is marking the 69th anniversary of the US atomic bombing of the city during World War Two. (NHK)
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Japan police panel calls for tougher penalties on stalking

August 5, 2014 - 12:09
An expert panel commissioned by Japan's National Police Agency called Tuesday for tougher punishment on stalking and a ban on stalking behavior that uses social networking sites and on hanging around victims under the antistalking law. (Jiji Press)
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Obokata supervisor, STAP study co-author Sasai dies after apparent suicide bid

August 5, 2014 - 03:22
Yoshiki Sasai, a deputy director of the Riken Center for Developmental Biology and one of the authors of a much-maligned paper asserting the existence of STAP cells, died Tuesday after an apparent suicide bid, police said. (Japan Times)
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Woman's corpse found in box on Tochigi slope

August 5, 2014 - 03:19
The body of a woman in her 20s or 30s was found in a corrugated carton placed on a slope in the city of Sano, Tochigi Prefecture, according to police. (Japan Times)
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Ex-Inagawa-kai members admit killing, cutting up fellow gangster 2 years ago

August 5, 2014 - 00:06
Two former organized crime members serving prison terms for a number of thefts admitted to Tokyo Metropolitan Police that they had killed a fellow gang member and buried his body, it was revealed on Sunday, reports the Yomiuri Shimbun (Aug. 4). (Tokyo Reporter)
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Japan festival renamed after fit-again maestro Ozawa

August 4, 2014 - 23:54
Acclaimed Japanese conductor Seiji Ozawa, who overcame a battle with cancer, brushed aside the idea of his death Monday as a premier classical music festival was renamed after him. (Japan Today)
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DNA at Niigata murder scene links suspect to 2 other homicides

August 4, 2014 - 23:30
Niigata prefectural police say that the suspect in the murder of a woman in Shibata, Niigata Prefecture, has been linked by DNA to two other murder cases. (Japan Today)
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Typhoon Nakri leaves one dead in Japan

August 4, 2014 - 23:18
Typhoon Nakri left a man dead in the western Japan region of Shikoku, where over 500,000 residents were told to evacuate due to heavy rain, local authorities said Monday. (Jiji Press)
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Father dies without reuniting with son abducted by N. Korea

August 4, 2014 - 23:15
The 99-year-old father of a Japanese man who was abducted by North Korea in 1978 died from a stroke at a care facility in Kanoya, Kagoshima Prefecture, on Monday, without being reunited with his son. (Jiji Press)
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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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