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Blood found in car of man arrested over Osaka girl's murder

August 24, 2015 - 22:16
A small amount of blood was found in a car owned by Koji Yamada, who was arrested Friday on suspicion of abandoning the body of a 13-year-old girl from Osaka Prefecture, investigative sources said Monday. (Japan Times)
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Huge fire breaks out at steel plant near Haneda airport

August 24, 2015 - 05:24
A huge fire broke out Monday at a steel pipe plant near Tokyo's Haneda airport, a fire department official said, as television images showed plumes of thick black smoke and flames shooting up into the air. (Japan Today)
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Police link adhesive tape found on bodies of slain Osaka boy, girl

August 23, 2015 - 22:58
Adhesive tape wrapped around parts of the bodies of two Osaka youths who were murdered earlier this month and found at different locations likely came from the same roll, investigators said Sunday. (Japan Times)
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Japan's last 'blue train' wraps up final run after nearly 60 years of service

August 23, 2015 - 22:55
An era came to an end Sunday when the nation's last "blue train" long-distance sleeper service completed its final run nearly 60 years after debuting in 1958. (Japan Times)
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More than 100 vases stolen from Tochigi cemetery

August 23, 2015 - 00:48
More than 100 brass vases have been stolen from a cemetery in Tochigi City, police say. (Japan Today)
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After tailing suspect to 2nd body, Osaka police moved in for arrest

August 23, 2015 - 00:32
The hunt for suspect Koji Yamada began when Osaka prefectural police started looking for a gray minivan seen in footage from security cameras. (The Japan News)
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Guinness recognizes 112-year-old Japanese as oldest man

August 22, 2015 - 01:13
The secret to a long, happy life? Yasutaro Koide, a 112-year-old living in the central Japanese city of Nagoya who was officially recognized by Guinness World Records on Friday as the world's oldest man, says to "not overdo." (Japan Today)
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Smuggling bid ends with Fukuoka hospital removing 400 cannabis balloons from man's stomach

August 21, 2015 - 06:40
Fukuoka Prefectural Police and customs officials on Thursday announced the arrest of two males in the smuggling of more than 400 balloons containing cannabis resin from Nepal, reports Sports Hochi (Aug. 21). (Tokyo Reporter)
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Senior Fukuoka police officer arrested for alleged rape

August 20, 2015 - 23:41
A 27-year-old Fukuoka prefectural police officer has been arrested on suspicion of sexually assaulting a woman, resulting in bodily injury. (Japan Today)
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Suspect says another man in his van killed 13-year-old girl

August 20, 2015 - 23:36
An unemployed 45-year-old man who has been charged with abandoning the body of a 13-year-old girl in the parking lot of a distribution center in Takatsuki, Osaka Prefecture, on the night of Aug 13, has told police that a male passenger in his minivan killed the girl, but he has refused to name the man. (Japan Today)
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Sushi chefs show off skills in Tokyo competition

August 20, 2015 - 23:14
Sushi chefs from Japan and overseas are testing their skills using Japanese ingredients in a Tokyo competition. (NHK)
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AKB48 event postponed due to Bangkok bombing

August 20, 2015 - 23:10
An event scheduled to take place in Thailand to introduce Japanese pop culture has been postponed because of Monday's deadly bombing in Bangkok. (NHK)
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Minivan crashes into cycling group, leaving 9 injured

August 20, 2015 - 06:20
A minivan crashed into a group of cyclists, injuring nine of them, in Kyowa, Hokkaido, on Wednesday. (Japan Today)
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Hiroshima marks 1st anniversary of deadly mudslides

August 20, 2015 - 06:12
The Hiroshima municipal and prefectural governments held a memorial service Thursday afternoon to mark the first anniversary of landslides that killed a total of 75 people in the western Japan city. (Kyodo)
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Tokyo man snatched purses for drugs

August 20, 2015 - 06:09
Tokyo Metropolitan Police on Wednesday announced the arrest of a 45-year-old male believed to be behind numerous purse-snatching incidents in the metropolis this year. The suspect has told police that he needed money for drugs, reports the Sankei Shimbun (Aug. 19). (Tokyo Reporter)
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University student arrested for forcibly stealing woman's underwear in karaoke parlor

August 19, 2015 - 23:17
A 23-year-old Tuskuba University student has been arrested on sexual assault charges after he forcibly removed an 18-year-old woman's underwear at a karaoke establishment. (Japan Today)
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Osaka girl found slain, missing boy had sought in vain to stay the night at friend's house

August 19, 2015 - 06:22
A 13-year-old girl whose body was found in a parking lot in Osaka Prefecture last week had asked a friend to put her up on the night before she was believed slain, but her request was turned down, investigative sources said Wednesday. (Japan Times)
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Five Tokyo train lines back up, running after evening power cable fire

August 19, 2015 - 06:20
Five train lines in western Tokyo that had suspended operations Tuesday night after a severed railway cable caused a fire in the city of Tachikawa resumed services Wednesday morning. (Japan Times)
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Company president arrested for fatal abuse of employee

August 18, 2015 - 23:23
Police in Agui, Aichi Prefecture, have arrested the president of a wholesale seafood company for violently assaulting an employee who later died from his injuries. (Japan Today)
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Hakodate man arrested in death of girlfriend

August 18, 2015 - 10:32
Hokkaido Prefectural Police have arrested a 39-year-old male in the abandoning of his girlfriend's body inside the apartment they share in Hakodate City, reports the Sankei Shimbun (Aug. 17). (Tokyo Reporter)
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