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Man arrested after traveling 1,600 kms on stolen bikes

March 12, 2014 - 22:46
Sometimes when life gets you down, you just want to get away. Run, bike, drive; whatever it takes to get out of the current situation and into a happier state. That's exactly how one middle-aged man from Chiba Prefecture was feeling when he decided to leave his failing business and begin a nomadic life traveling across Japan. (Japan Today)
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Death upheld in Saitama murder case

March 12, 2014 - 21:55
The Tokyo High Court on Wednesday upheld the death sentence for Kanae Kijima, 39, over the high-profile "black widow" murders of three men she met through online matchmaking services. (The Japan News)
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Population decline continues in disaster-hit areas

March 11, 2014 - 22:27
The populations of the 3 Japanese prefectures hardest hit by the 2011 disaster continued to decline. (NHK)
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Man stabbed in possible dispute over son's girlfriend

March 11, 2014 - 22:20
Kochi prefectural police are investigating an incident involving a man who sustained severe injuries after being stabbed several times in the abdomen. Police said they believe the attack is linked to a dispute the victim was having with another man over their children dating. (Japan Today)
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TV Tokyo airs Alien: Resurrection instead of tsunami anniversary commemorations

March 11, 2014 - 21:43
At 2:46pm every Japanese television channel paused to remember the dead, cancelling their regularly scheduled programming to show the prayers of Japanese people around the country. That is, every channel except one. One decided to air Alien: Resurrection instead. (
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Japan observes 3rd anniversary of March 2011 quake

March 11, 2014 - 03:44
Memorials were held across Japan on Tuesday to observe the 3rd anniversary of the earthquake and tsunami disasters of March 11th, 2011. (NHK)
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Three years after Fukushima, Japan still struggles to cope

March 11, 2014 - 03:35
About 38 miles inland from the plant lies the commercial city of Koriyama, where some of the smallest children barely know what it is like to play outside - fear of radiation has kept them indoors for much of their short lives. (
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3 cats found mutilated to death in Ehime park

March 10, 2014 - 22:11
Police in Niihama, Ehime Prefecture, are investigating the mutilation deaths of three cats whose bodies were left in a park. Two were found dead in February, and the third was found on Saturday. (Japan Today)
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Tokyo marks 69th anniversary of US air raid

March 10, 2014 - 06:34
People in Tokyo are observing the 69th anniversary of the devastating US air raid on the Japanese capital during World War Two. (NHK)
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Japan Airlines 787 makes emergency landing in Honolulu

March 9, 2014 - 21:10
A Japan Airlines- operated Boeing 787 made an emergency landing at Honolulu Airport after oil pressure in its right engine dropped, the Japanese carrier said. (
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Thousands protest in Japan ahead of Fukushima anniversary

March 9, 2014 - 11:37
Banging on drums and waving "Sayonara nukes" signs, thousands of people rallied in a Tokyo park and marched to Parliament on Sunday to demand an end to nuclear power ahead of the third anniversary of the Fukushima disaster. (
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Japanese girl bitten 100 times in New Zealand dog attack

March 7, 2014 - 23:30
New Zealand doctors said Friday that a 7-year-old Japanese girl was bitten about 100 times during a dog mauling that has horrified many in the South Pacific nation. (USA Today)
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Japanese men do near the least housework

March 7, 2014 - 23:06
An international survey shows Japanese men fell into a group doing the least housework. (NHK)
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Fewer than 40 pct of Tokyo residents, commuters prepared for quake

March 7, 2014 - 22:58
Fewer than 40 pct of residents and commuters in Tokyo take specific measures to prepare for a possible huge earthquake beneath the Japanese capital, despite high awareness on disaster prevention, a Metropolitan Police Department survey showed Friday. (Jiji Press)
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Blizzard pummels northern Japan

March 7, 2014 - 22:49
A blizzard struck northern Japan on Friday with authorities warning of avalanches, high waves, strong winds and traffic disruption. (
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Japan's Beethoven apologizes before cameras

March 7, 2014 - 03:15
The man lauded as "Japan's Beethoven," who has admitted he never wrote his compositions, appeared before cameras for the first time since the scandal surfaced - clean-shaven and minus his trademark sunglasses. (
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Serial underwear thief operated in three prefectures

March 7, 2014 - 03:09
Police in Sano, Tochigi Prefecture, have indicted a man for stealing more than 200 items of women's underwear in three prefectures. (Japan Today)
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Kashiwa murder suspect says he wanted to fly hijacked plane into Skytree

March 6, 2014 - 22:46
The man under arrest for fatally stabbing one man and wounding three others during a 10-minute rampage in Kashiwa, Chiba Prefecture, on Monday night, told police on Thursday that he wanted to hijack a plane at Haneda airport and fly it into Tokyo Skytree to take revenge on society. (Japan Today)
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Kashiwa stabbing suspect's identity: 'celeb NEET'

March 6, 2014 - 22:30
The 24-year-old suspect in the murder of a man on a street in Kashiwa, Chiba Prefecture, on Monday is believed to have posted a profile online in which he identified himself as a "celeb NEET," meaning a celebrity without a job, according to local online news site J-Cast News. (Japan Times)
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Under 20 pct of nonregular male workers in 20s have girlfriends

March 6, 2014 - 22:20
The proportion of single nonregular Japanese male workers in their 20s who have girlfriends stood at 18.7 pct in 2012, against 30.7 pct for regular employees, a government survey revealed Thursday. (Jiji Press)
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