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Taylor Swift touches down in Japan

November 4, 2014 - 22:34
She's controversially removed her entire back catalogue of music from free streaming service Spotify, claiming that recording artists shouldn't 'undervalue their art'. But Taylor Swift appeared unfazed by the backlash from fans as she touched down at Narita International Airport in Japan on Tuesday morning. (
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Missing tourist, Atsumi Yoshikubo, could lessen visits from Japan

November 3, 2014 - 23:01
Staff at the Northern Frontier Visitors Centre expect the news of a missing Japanese tourist will have an impact on future tourism from Japan. (
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Man stabbed on Saitama street; suspect turns himself in at koban

November 3, 2014 - 22:55
A 37-year-old man was stabbed in the back by a man who then turned himself in at a koban (police box) near JR Omiya Station in Saitama, police said Monday. (Japan Today)
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49 manhole covers blown into the air in Tokyo's Shinagawa

November 3, 2014 - 22:46
Residents and passersby in Tokyo's Shinagawa Ward got a fright Sunday afternoon after 49 manhole covers were blown up into the air by what police believe was a gasoline explosion. (Japan Today)
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Emperor bestows Order of Culture awards

November 3, 2014 - 22:43
Japan's Emperor Akihito has awarded this year's Order of Culture, the nation's highest honor, to outstanding citizens. (NHK)
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92-year-old man arrested for attempting to kill 83-year-old wife

November 3, 2014 - 22:41
Police in Mobara, Chiba Prefecture, said Monday they have arrested a 92-year-old man on a charge of attempted murder after he strangled his 83-year-old wife with a necktie. (Japan Today)
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Japanese court music at Kasuga Shrine

November 3, 2014 - 22:16
People in the ancient capital of Nara have been marking Culture Day by watching one of Japan's oldest performance arts. (NHK)
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Japan hit by record shortage of prison doctors

November 2, 2014 - 22:37
NHK has found that Japanese prisons have a record vacancy rate of about 25 percent for full-time positions for doctors. (NHK)
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Tokyo Olympic stadium: Sports cathedral or white elephant?

November 2, 2014 - 22:30
In Athens, many of the 2004 stadia now stand abandoned and overgrown. Beijing's hugely expensive 2008 "Bird's Nest" may have become a tourist attraction, but has been rarely used for anything else. (BBC)
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Hideaki Anno: Japan’s new anime king

November 2, 2014 - 22:21
Once regarded as a geek-only niche market, Japanese animation movies have shot to worldwide success thanks in large part to Oscar winner Hayao Miyazaki's whimsical tales of fantasy. (
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40 dog carcasses found in Tochigi river

November 2, 2014 - 00:38
The carcasses of 40 dogs have been found in a river in Sakura, Tochigi Prefecture, police said Saturday. (Japan Today)
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Thousands of Halloween revelers descend on Shibuya

October 31, 2014 - 22:43
Tokyo's Shibuya scramble crossing was the scene of a massive gathering of Halloween revelers on Friday night. Police had their hands full trying to control the crowds. (Japan Today)
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Man gets 7 years in prison for kidnapping, confining 9-year-old girl

October 31, 2014 - 22:41
A court in Sapporo on Friday sentenced a 27-year-old man to seven years in prison for kidnapping a 9-year-old girl and confining her at his apartment. (Japan Today)
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6 people bitten by wild boar in Tokyo

October 31, 2014 - 22:34
Six men and women were bitten by a wild boar in Akiruno and Fussa cities in Tokyo on Friday morning. (Japan Today)
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Pale Moon wins 2 awards at Tokyo film fest

October 31, 2014 - 22:16
The Japanese film Pale Moon directed by Daihachi Yoshida grabbed two awards at the 27th Tokyo International Film Festival. (NHK)
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Ex-Nagasaki Mayor Motoshima dies, after surviving gunshot in 1990

October 31, 2014 - 22:12
Former Nagasaki Mayor Hitoshi Motoshima, who survived being shot by a right-wing extremist in 1990, died of pneumonia on Friday. He was 92. (Jiji Press)
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How Japan fell in love with Halloween for adults

October 31, 2014 - 10:39
Until only recently, Japan never celebrated Halloween. And why would it? The nation honors the spirits of its ancestors in August, during the ancient Buddhist festival of O-bon, when ancestral spirits are said to revisit the family altars -and when reported encounters with ghosts and spirits reach a fevered peak. (
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ASDF member arrested for pushing man onto train tracks

October 31, 2014 - 07:01
Police in Tokyo have arrested a 39-year-old member of the Air Self-Defense Force on a charge of attempted murder after he pushed a man onto the train tracks at JR Okubo Station in Shinjuku Ward. (Japan Today)
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Man charged with coercing 14-year-old stepson to commit suicide

October 30, 2014 - 22:39
A 41-year-old man, who was arrested in August for abusing his 14-year-old stepson, has also been charged with coercing the boy to commit suicide. (Japan Today)
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Man who died in Waikiki identified as Japanese deputy mayor

October 30, 2014 - 21:59
A 63-year-old man who died in Waikiki Saturday has been identified as a deputy mayor from Japan. (
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