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Man injures woman with scissors in failed robbery attempt

September 13, 2014 - 01:36
Police in Saitama said Friday they have charged a 67-year-old man with assault after he cut a 41-year-old woman with a pair of scissors during a failed robbery attempt in a building parking lot. (Japan Today)
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Makiko Esumi's ex-manager says he acted on his own when spray painting actor's home

September 13, 2014 - 01:34
Police say the former manager of actress Makiko Esumi, 47, claims he was not acting on her orders when he spray painted graffiti on the home of former baseball star and actor Kazushige Nagashima, 48. (Japan Today)
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Tokyo dengue outbreak prompts blood donation advisory; 113 infected

September 13, 2014 - 01:01
In a move that could exacerbate the already shrinking pool of blood donors, the Japanese Red Cross Society (JRC) is asking people who recently visited Yoyogi Park and other Tokyo parks where mosquitoes are spreading dengue fever to refrain from donating, an official said Friday. (Japan Times)
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Centenarians in Japan hit record high for 44th straight year

September 13, 2014 - 00:57
Japan's population of centenarians increased by 4,423 from last year to 58,820, hitting a new record for the 44th consecutive year, the Ministry of Health, Labor and Welfare said Friday. (Jiji Press)
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Tokyo woman accused in 'voice actress Aiko' case is pregnant

September 12, 2014 - 06:14
One of the more bizarre stories of 2014 in Japan has taken yet another turn. (Tokyo Reporter)
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Tokyo court gives Aska suspended prison term

September 12, 2014 - 06:05
The Tokyo District Court on Friday handed singer Aska a suspended three-year prison sentence on charges of possession and use of stimulant drugs, reports the Nikkei Shimbun (Sept. 12). (Tokyo Reporter)
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Canceled Tottori mascot makes controversial comeback in manga

September 11, 2014 - 23:12
A Tottori mascot that was ditched by the city three days after its July debut due to its depressing appearance has made a surprising - if somewhat controversial - comeback. (Japan Times)
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Man dies after jumping from moving train

September 11, 2014 - 22:58
A man died after he jumped from a moving train onto the tracks in Yokohama, police said Thursday. (Japan Today)
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42 months on, over 240,000 still living as evacuees

September 11, 2014 - 22:53
Some 246,000 people are still living as evacuees three and a half years after eastern Japan was hit by a 9.0-magnitude earthquake and huge tsunami on March 11, 2011. (Jiji Press)
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Heavy rain hits Hokkaido

September 11, 2014 - 22:28
A low-pressure system off the west of Hokkaido brought unusually heavy rain to northern and northeastern Japan on Thursday, leading the Japan Meteorological Agency to issue a special warning in the prefecture. (The Japan News)
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Asahi head apologizes, removes editor

September 11, 2014 - 22:22
The Asahi Shimbun admitted that its May article on the so-called Yoshida file concerning the crisis at the Fukushima No. 1 nuclear power plant was incorrect and removed Nobuyuki Sugiura from the post of executive editor to take responsibility, the newspaper's President Tadakazu Kimura announced Thursday. (The Japan News)
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Upskirt photo scheme exposed, couple accused of blackmail

September 11, 2014 - 10:25
A married couple have been arrested on suspicion of blackmailing a man who was baited into taking an upskirt photograph of the provocatively posed wife. (Asahi)
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Chibatman called in by police; receives their official approval

September 11, 2014 - 10:21
A few weeks ago, a handful of motorists in Chiba Prefecture witnessed a sight few of us will ever be fortunate enough to see: a man dressed as Batman riding a customized trike, speeding down the expressway. (Japan Today)
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Gang boss arrested over 1998 murder

September 11, 2014 - 06:04
Japanese police on Thursday arrested the leader of an influential "yakuza" crime syndicate for involvement in the murder of a former fisheries cooperative chief 16 years ago. (NHK)
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Visually impaired school girl kicked from behind in Saitama

September 11, 2014 - 00:17
Police said Wednesday that a visually impaired high school girl suffered injuries on Monday after she was kicked from behind while walking along yellow Braille blocks near JR Kawagoe Station in Saitama Prefecture. (Japan Today)
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Tokyo cops raid Kabukicho yakuza office over alleged drug sales to Aska

September 10, 2014 - 06:26
Tokyo Metropolitan Police on Wednesday searched an office of an affiliate gang of the Sumiyoshi-kai in Shinjuku Ward over the alleged sale of drugs to singer Aska, reports Nippon News Network (Sept. 10). (Tokyo Reporter)
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1964 Tokyo Olympics torchbearer dies

September 10, 2014 - 06:18
Former runner Yoshinori Sakai, who was the final torchbearer at the 1964 Summer Olympic Games in Tokyo, has died. He was 69 years old. (NHK)
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Demographic crisis empties rural Japan

September 9, 2014 - 23:28
The tiny Japanese community of Mishima was desperate to reverse its shrinking population so officials came up with what they hoped would be a game-changing plan: free cows. (
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1st dengue case outside Tokyo reported

September 9, 2014 - 11:16
A man in his 60s is believed to have been infected with dengue fever in Chiba, east of Tokyo, the first infection outside the capital since the first domestic case in nearly 70 years was reported last month, the health ministry said Tuesday. (Jiji Press)
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Police looking for man who gave 9-year-old girl tainted candy in park

September 9, 2014 - 03:46
Police are searching for a man who gave a 9-year-old girl candy that was laced with a powerful sleeping drug, in a Tokyo suburban park on July 29. (Japan Today)
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