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Justin Timberlake's 'ninja' slur controversy baffles Japan

August 21, 2014 - 23:48
Justin Timberlake recently called Madonna a "mother chucking ninja". Some people in the US were upset, saying the word had racist connotations. In Japan, some folks were baffled by this controversy. (Kotaku)
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Man arrested for attempted murder after stabbing woman at love hotel

August 21, 2014 - 23:21
Police in Kawagoe, Saitama Prefecture, said Thursday they have arrested an unemployed 28-year-old man on a charge of attempted murder after he stabbed his 23-year-old female friend in the back with a large kitchen knife. (Japan Today)
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Death toll rises to 70 in Hiroshima landslides

August 21, 2014 - 22:56
The death toll from landslides in Hiroshima increased to 70 on Wednesday, while 18 people remained missing after the first of the rain-induced landslides hit the northern part of the western Japan city on Aug. 20. (Jiji Press)
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Body of missing 7-year-old boy found on train tracks in Nagano

August 21, 2014 - 05:52
The body of a 7-year-old boy who went missing on Monday was found Wednesday on train tracks in Matsumoto, Nagano Prefecture. Police said the boy appeared to have been run over by a train. (Japan Today)
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Rescuers comb through devastation of Japan landslide

August 21, 2014 - 05:47
Thousands of rescuers combed through the wreckage of homes engulfed by landslides in western Japan on Thursday in the slim hope of finding survivors, a day after a wall of mud claimed at least 39 lives. (AFP)
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Tokyo cops arrest Sumiyoshi-kai gangster for supplying Ecstasy to Aska

August 21, 2014 - 04:44
Tokyo Metropolitan Police on Thursday announced the arrest two suspects, including one organized crime member, for the alleged sale of drugs to troubled singer Aska, reports public broadcaster NHK (Aug. 21). (Tokyo Reporter)
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17-year-old girl arrested over death of newborn infant

August 20, 2014 - 23:17
Police in Niigata said Wednesday they have arrested a 17-year-old girl over the death of her newborn baby daughter in July. (Japan Today)
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DNA shows Japanese man fathered 15 surrogate babies: Thai police

August 20, 2014 - 23:15
A DNA test of a Japanese man embroiled in a surrogacy scandal in Thailand shows that he is the biological father of at least 15 babies, police said Wednesday. (Japan Today)
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U.S. ice bucket challenge picked up by Japan's movers and shakers

August 20, 2014 - 22:55
A U.S.-based social media challenge daring people to douse themselves with buckets of ice water has spread to Japan, with celebrities from billionaire Masayoshi Son to singer Ayumi Hamasaki taking up the gauntlet to boost awareness of what is known as Lou Gehrig's disease. (Japan Times)
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Rescue worker dies trying to save infant

August 20, 2014 - 22:51
A Japanese rescue worker in torrential rain-hit Hiroshima died while trying to save an infant. (NHK)
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111-year-old Japanese recognized as world's oldest man

August 20, 2014 - 05:30
A 111-year-old Japanese man, Sakari Momoi, was recognized as the world's oldest man on Wednesday. (Jiji Press)
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Suspect pleads not guilty to killing Swiss-based Japanese asset manager, wife

August 19, 2014 - 23:25
The chief suspect in the murder of a wealthy Swiss-based Japanese asset manager and his wife whose bodies were found buried in a vacant lot in Kuki, Saitama Prefecture, in February 2013, pleaded not guilty as his trial opened in Tokyo on Tuesday. (Japan Today)
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29 cats found dead in Tokyo's Ota Ward since April

August 19, 2014 - 13:02
Tokyo police are investigating the suspicious deaths of dozens of cats. (NHK)
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Ordinance freezes out gangs from summer festivals

August 19, 2014 - 12:57
Local summer festivals in Tokyo were once lined with many street stalls run by organizations with links to organized crime. But festivals have undergone a makeover after a metropolitan government ordinance enacted in October 2011 banned event organizers from allowing gangs from becoming involved. (The Japan News)
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Fishing boat fire leaves 2 missing off northeastern Japan

August 19, 2014 - 07:54
A fire happened on a saury fishing boat outside the bay of Otsuchi in northeastern Japan Monday night, leaving two men missing as of Tuesday morning, Japan Coast Guard officials said. (Jiji Press)
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Mandarake shoplifter finally turns himself in

August 19, 2014 - 03:49
The Mandarake shoplifting saga that has kept Japanese netizens on the hook since August 4 has finally drawn to a close. (
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Visa overstayers launch campaign for 'legalization'

August 18, 2014 - 23:18
A group of visa overstayers launched a month-long campaign Monday in which they will ask 36 local assemblies in the Kanto region for special permission to remain in the country legally. (Japan Times)
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Sapporo assemblyman says indigenous Ainu 'no longer exist' as group

August 18, 2014 - 23:15
A Sapporo assemblyman has drawn fire for posting comments online stating the indigenous Ainu group "no longer exists," and suggesting those who identify as Ainu are motivated by government programs that benefit the ethnic minority. (Japan Times)
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Businessman at center of Thai surrogacy scandal hands over DNA samples

August 18, 2014 - 18:29
The lawyer of a Japanese man suspected of having fathered at least 12 babies using Thai surrogate mothers submitted DNA samples to Thai police on Monday in a bid to clear his name. (Japan Times)
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Lamborghini Murcielago was such a hot ride it burned to death on the Tokyo expressway

August 18, 2014 - 07:31
Things got a little too hot for the driver of a Lamborghini on Sunday, whose exotic Italian car went up in flames on the Tokyo expressway. (
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