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18-year-old admits to killing young teenager

March 2, 2015 - 07:06
Police say the leader of a group of youths has admitted to fatally stabbing a 13-year-old boy in an alleged gang killing in Kawasaki City, near Tokyo. (NHK)
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Teen suspect in Kawasaki slaying says leader threatened to kill him, too

March 1, 2015 - 22:25
One of three male teenagers arrested on suspicion of fatally stabbing a 13-year-old boy along the Tama River in Kawasaki has told police that the ringleader threatened him, too, with death, investigative sources said Sunday. (Japan Times)
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Actress Rei Dan appointed 'washoku' ambassador

March 1, 2015 - 22:22
Japanese actress Rei Dan has been appointed an international goodwill ambassador for Japanese cuisine ("washoku"). Her mission is to spread appreciation for the many charms of "washoku," the agriculture ministry said. (Japan Today)
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Drug suspect who escaped from police by stealing taxi turns himself in

March 1, 2015 - 22:02
A 57-year-old man being investigated on a charge of possession of illegal drugs, who escaped from police by stealing a taxi in Shimonoseki, Yamaguchi Prefecture, on Feb 6, has turned himself in a police station. (Japan Today)
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Last section of Joban Expwy opens to traffic

March 1, 2015 - 21:43
The last section of the Joban Expressway, designed to connect the Tokyo metropolitan area with the Tohoku northeastern region, opened to traffic on Sunday after delays caused by the nuclear crisis that began almost four years ago. (The Japan News)
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Prince William dons warrior garb on Japan visit

March 1, 2015 - 02:15
The Duke of Cambridge was transformed into a samurai warlord when he visited the set of a long-running Japanese drama. (
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Abe, Prince William visit Fukushima

February 28, 2015 - 23:23
Japan's Prime Minister Shinzo Abe joined Britain's Prince William on a visit to Fukushima Prefecture, northeastern Japan, on Saturday. (NHK)
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Son kills mother and bites own tongue after calling police

February 28, 2015 - 00:11
Police in Kitakyushu, Fukuoka Prefecture, say a man in his 20s killed his 58-year-old mother, called 110 to admit what he had done and then bit his tongue, seriously injuring himself. (Japan Today)
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Aya Ueto is TV commercial queen for 2014

February 28, 2015 - 00:04
Aya Ueto, 29, was Japan's TV commercial queen for 2014, according to Video Research Co. The actress had the most air time in the Kanto, Kansai and other areas. (Japan Today)
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Emperor, empress meet Prince William

February 27, 2015 - 12:11
Japan's Emperor Akihito and Empress Michiko have welcomed Britain's Prince William for lunch at the Imperial Palace. (NHK)
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Ticket vending machines go down at 434 stations

February 27, 2015 - 12:10
A Japanese railway company is trying to find out the cause of a glitch that affected ticket vending machines at more than 400 stations in and around Tokyo. (NHK)
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Vietnamese pair get suspended sentences for Gifu goat theft

February 27, 2015 - 09:26
A court here handed down suspended sentences on Feb. 27 to two Vietnamese who stole and ate goats that were kept in a park in Minokamo, Gifu Prefecture. (Asahi)
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Prince William lays flowers at Yokohama war cemetery

February 27, 2015 - 09:16
Prince William laid a floral tribute at the Commonwealth War Cemetery in Yokohama on Friday morning as he began a visit to Japan. (Japan Times)
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Crown prince takes surprise jaunt around Imperial Palace

February 26, 2015 - 23:11
Crown Prince Naruhito made an unexpected appearance outside the Imperial Palace on Feb. 25, surprising pedestrians as he jogged around the residence on a public running path. (Asahi)
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Top court OK's penalty for sexual harassers

February 26, 2015 - 22:49
The Supreme Court dismissed Thursday a lower court ruling that nullified suspensions and other disciplinary action against two male members of a company in Osaka due to sexual harassment in the workplace. (The Japan News)
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Friend got Line message from slain Kawasaki boy near time of death

February 26, 2015 - 22:43
The mobile phone records of a 13-year-old boy who was found fatally stabbed last week along the Tama River in Kawasaki show the Line messaging app was used to contact a former schoolmate just around the time he was killed, it was learned Thursday. (Japan Times)
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Tokyo cops bust 2 Kabukicho hostess clubs for overcharging

February 26, 2015 - 22:32
In a crackdown on overcharging of customers, Tokyo Metropolitan Police on Wednesday announced the bust of two hostess clubs in Shinjuku Ward, reports TV Asahi (Feb. 25). (Tokyo Reporter)
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Man arrested for kidnapping Kagawa school girl

February 26, 2015 - 07:40
Police in Osaka said Thursday they have arrested a 43-year-old man on suspicion of kidnapping a 13-year-old girl in Kagawa Prefecture. (Japan Today)
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Prince William starts first Japan visit--with green tea

February 26, 2015 - 04:37
Britain's Prince William is having afternoon tea on his first visit to Japan on Feb. 26, but it's green and served by a master in the Japanese ceremonial art in a traditional tea house. (Asahi)
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Natto mascot embraces weirdness to become unlikely star

February 25, 2015 - 23:47
Being the unofficial patron saint of "natto" has proven to be sticky for Nebaaru-kun. The private-sector mascot for Ibaraki Prefecture was largely unknown until its appearance on TV last year, generating a buzz on the Internet with its eerie movements and high-pitched voice. (Asahi)
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