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Japan police bust live streaming site FC2 on obscenity charges

April 23, 2015 - 06:54
On Thursday, police from five prefectures, including Kyoto, arrested two executives of a company operating live streaming site FC2 Live in Osaka on charges of distribution of obscene material, reports the Sankei Shimbun. (Tokyo Reporter)
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Officials close Tokyo pet shop for poor practices in 1st such case

April 22, 2015 - 23:16
A pet shop in Tokyo has been ordered to close for not maintaining a clean and safe environment for animals. It is the first time for such an order to be issued by the Tokyo metropolitan government. (Japan Today)
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Wild Ones' Kase found dead at home

April 22, 2015 - 22:26
Kunihiko Kase, frontman of the music band "Wild Ones," was found dead at his home in Minato Ward, Tokyo, early on Tuesday. The Metropolitan Police Department is examining the cause of death, with the view the musician may have killed himself. He was 74. (The Japan News)
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Paul McCartney starts Japan tour after cancellation last May

April 22, 2015 - 02:57
Former Beatle Paul McCartney kicked off a five-date concert tour of Japan on Tuesday in Osaka after canceling his original tour in the country last May due to ill health. (Japan Times)
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Body of murdered woman found in ruins of house after fire

April 21, 2015 - 23:17
The body of a 66-year-old woman with a knife stuck in her forehead was found amid the ruins of her house destroyed by fire in Yugawara, Kanagawa prefecture, on Tuesday morning. (Japan Today)
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U.S. Treasury freezes assets of Kodo-kai yakuza group

April 21, 2015 - 23:14
The U.S. Treasury on Tuesday slapped sanctions on the Kodo-kai, calling it the most violent arm of Japan's powerful Yamaguchi-gumi yakuza crime syndicate. (Japan Today)
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Emperor hosts spring garden party

April 21, 2015 - 23:03
Japan's Emperor Akihito and Empress Michiko hosted the annual spring garden party at the Akasaka Palace imperial garden in Tokyo on Tuesday. About 1,800 guests attended the event. (NHK)
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Man arrested for strangling girlfriend

April 20, 2015 - 22:34
Police in Kawasaki, Kanagawa Prefecture, have arrested a 32-year-old man on suspicion of strangling to death his 32-year-old girlfriend. (Japan Today)
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Teacher who buried kittens alive charged with violating animal cruelty law

April 20, 2015 - 22:31
A teacher who buried five newborn kittens, four of which were still alive, on school grounds in Funabashi, Chiba Prefecture, has been charged with violating the law on welfare and management of animals. (Japan Today)
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Dengue fever check

April 20, 2015 - 22:18
Tokyo metropolitan government officials use nets to catch mosquitoes Monday at Yoyogi Park in Shibuya Ward, Tokyo, to check whether they have dengue fever virus. (The Japan News)
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Man smashes windows at Odawara 'koban'

April 20, 2015 - 11:30
A man broke into an unattended "koban" (police box) at JR Odawara Station in Kanagawa Prefecture on Sunday night and smashed windows before mutilating both his cheeks with a knife, police said Monday. (Japan Today)
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Healthy McCartney back in Japan for 5th solo tour with dates in Osaka, Tokyo

April 20, 2015 - 11:19
Looking chipper, Paul McCartney arrived at Kansai International Airport here in a chartered plane on the morning of April 20 for the first time since the ex-Beatle canceled his entire Japan tour in May 2014 because of illness. (Asahi)
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Tokyo cops arrest yakuza for threatening to kill IT exec

April 19, 2015 - 21:37
Tokyo Metropolitan Police arrested a boss of the Yamaguchi-gumi organized crime group for the repeated extortion of a 49-year-old IT executive, reports the Sankei Shimbun. (Tokyo Reporter)
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Lesbian couple 'wed' amid calls to legalize same-sex marriage

April 19, 2015 - 21:34
A lesbian couple held a symbolic wedding ceremony Sunday as calls grow to legalize same-sex marriage. (Japan Times)
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University student arrested for molesting 9-year-old girl

April 18, 2015 - 23:42
Police in Tokyo's Shinjuku Ward said Saturday they have arrested a 21-year-old university student on suspicion of molesting a 9-year-old girl. (Japan Today)
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Body of elderly woman with bag over her head found in Gunma river

April 17, 2015 - 23:36
Police in Tatebayashi, Gunma Prefecture, are investigating the murder of an 84-year-old woman whose body was found in the Tatara River on April 15. She had a plastic bag over her head and a scarf pulled tightly around her neck when she was found. (Japan Today)
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Millions of stolen IDs, credit card details found on seized web servers in Tokyo

April 17, 2015 - 12:54
Investigators have found 7.85 million passwords, credit card numbers and other pieces of stolen personal information on an Internet server seized last year from a Tokyo-based firm that provided proxy servers for Chinese users, Tokyo police said Friday. (Japan Times)
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Worker falls into giant tank at sewage plant

April 17, 2015 - 08:12
A 58-year-old man working at a sewage plant in Tokyo fell into a giant 17-meter deep tank on Friday morning. (Japan Today)
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Haruki Murakami and Marie Kondo in 'TIME 100'

April 17, 2015 - 04:13
Time magazine has named two Japanese among its list of the world's 100 most influential people of 2015: novelist Haruki Murakami and Marie Kondo, an organizing consultant whose book introducing her art of tidying up became a best-seller. (NHK)
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2 dead cats found in Tokyo neighborhood within a week

April 16, 2015 - 23:08
A dead cat was found on a street in Tokyo's Nerima Ward on Wednesday. It follows the discovery of another dead cat in the grounds of a nearby school on April 9, police said Thursday. (Japan Today)
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