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4 die in small plane crash at airport in Osaka

March 26, 2016 - 23:34
A light aircraft crashed at a regional airport in Osaka Prefecture on Saturday, killing all four people aboard, local firefighters said. (Kyodo)
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Tokyo cops nab suspected serial molester in Edogawa

March 26, 2016 - 08:04
Tokyo Metropolitan Police on Thursday announced the re-arrest of a 27-year-old man believed to be behind the molestation of multiple women in Edogawa Ward, reports the Sankei Shimbun (Mar. 25). (Tokyo Reporter)
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Man gets 18 years in prison for killing ex-girlfriend

March 26, 2016 - 08:02
A 35-year-old man has been sentenced to 18 years in prison for killing his ex-girlfriend in 2014. (Japan Today)
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Aomori cops: Woman's body with stab wound found in apartment

March 25, 2016 - 06:26
Aomori Prefectural Police have launched a murder investigation following the discovery of a woman's body inside her apartment in Aomori City, reports the Sankei Shimbun (Mar. 25). (Tokyo Reporter)
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Japan executes two death row inmates

March 25, 2016 - 06:18
Japan on Friday executed two death row prisoners, local media reported, as the government-backed by public opinion-continued to ignore calls by international rights groups to end capital punishment. (Japan Today)
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Namie Amuro's 'Hero' selected as NHK's Rio Olympics theme song

March 25, 2016 - 06:14
Japan's national broadcaster NHK has announced that its official broadcast song for the 2016 Rio de Janeiro Olympics and Paralympic Games will be "Hero," performed by popular Okinawan singer Namie Amuro. (Japan Today)
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Woman gets 11 years for throwing 5-year-old son to his death from 13th-floor apartment

March 24, 2016 - 19:19
A 35-year-old woman on Wednesday was sentenced to 11 years in prison for killing her 5-year-old son by throwing him from a window in their 13th-floor apartment in Tokyo's Arakawa Ward in December 2014. (Japan Today)
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Car chased by police crashes into taxi, killing cabbie

March 24, 2016 - 19:17
A car being pursued by a police patrol car crashed into a taxi, killing its driver, and then hit other cars causing several injuries, in Tokyo, police said. (Japan Today)
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Tokyo cops: Hostess club in Akihabara overcharged customers

March 24, 2016 - 19:12
Tokyo Metropolitan Police have busted a hostess club in the Akihabara area that has been overcharging customers, reports TBS News (Mar. 24). (Tokyo Reporter)
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Child abuse reports hit record high in Japan

March 24, 2016 - 18:49
Child abuse reports in Japan have hit a record high. The National Police Agency says officers reported 37,020 children under 18 to child welfare centers last year on suspicion of being abused. (NHK)
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Court finds Miyagi City responsible for tsunami death of student

March 24, 2016 - 13:55
Sendai District Court ruled on Thursday that the city government of Higashimatsushima, Miyagi Prefecture, is responsible for the death of a student at a municipal elementary school in the March 2011 massive tsunami. (Jiji Press)
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Woman charged with cyanide murders in Japan likely to plead innocent

March 23, 2016 - 19:26
A woman dubbed the "black widow," who is accused of murdering her husband and other partners with cyanide, is expected to plead innocent to all of the charges in her upcoming trial, sources close to the matter said Wednesday. (Japan Times)
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Arrested U.S. sailor admits to Okinawa rape charge

March 23, 2016 - 09:03
A U.S. Navy sailor arrested on suspicion of raping a Japanese woman in Okinawa has admitted to the charge, having initially denied it, investigative sources said Wednesday. (Kyodo)
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Man slashes ex-wife's face in front of Saitama District Court

March 23, 2016 - 09:01
Police have arrested a 69-year-old man on charges of assaulting his former wife in front of the Saitama District Court building. (Japan Today)
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Runaway zebra caught in Gifu Prefecture

March 23, 2016 - 08:34
A zebra that escaped overnight from a horse-riding club in Aichi Prefecture, Central Japan, has died after being shot with a tranquilizer dart. (NHK)
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Two Japanese men injured in Brussels bombings named; one remains in coma

March 23, 2016 - 08:29
A government source has identified one of the two Japanese nationals injured in Tuesday's terror attacks in Brussels as Yu Takita, who was hospitalized with serious injuries sustained in the subway blast. (Japan Times)
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Actress Rie Miyazawa announces divorce

March 22, 2016 - 22:04
Japanese actress Rie Miyazawa, 42, has announced that her longtime anticipated divorce with her Hawaii-based husband of seven years has finally been finalized. (Japan Today)
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Man arrested after alleged abduction attempt on two children in Tokyo

March 22, 2016 - 11:58
Police in Tokyo's Koto Ward on Monday arrested a man suspicion of attempting to abduct two children, both under the age of 10, after he allegedly persuaded them to following him. (Japan Today)
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Tokyo cops nab 83-year-old female pickpocket in Ueno

March 22, 2016 - 11:53
Tokyo Metropolitan Police have arrested a elderly female pickpocket who routinely targets women out shopping, reports TV Asahi (Mar. 22). (Tokyo Reporter)
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Yakuza clashes continue in Kansai

March 22, 2016 - 01:49
Police suspect that two incidents resulting to damage to property over the weekend in the Kansai area are the result of a dispute between the Yamaguchi-gumi organized crime group and its newly formed rival, reports the Yomiuri Shimbun (Mar. 20). (Tokyo Reporter)
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