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Osaka police looking for woman who jumped in front of train, lived, and ran away

November 18, 2014 - 04:00
Weirdness broke out on the afternoon of 16 November in Osaka. Several witness claimed to have seen a woman jump onto the tracks of Izumiotsu Station just as a train was approaching. However, after the train arrived there was no sign of injury and the woman was last seen running away on the platform. (
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Sumiyoshi-kai yakuza among 15 arrested in 'special fraud' investment scam

November 18, 2014 - 03:59
Tokyo Metropolitan Police on Monday announced the arrest of a gang member and 14 others for participation in a 1.5-billion-yen scam that involved selling bonds of non-existent companies, reports Yomiuri Shimbun (Nov. 17). (Tokyo Reporter)
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Mountain monks meditate in ice-cold waterfalls, are completely badass

November 18, 2014 - 03:56
In the mountains of Nikko, just a short train trip from the modern, glittering megacity of Tokyo, a handful of monks still practice a millennia-old tradition known as shugendo, a form of meditation via endurance-testing communion with nature. (
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Reckless driver runs into teenage girl; drug use suspected

November 17, 2014 - 09:50
Police in Sapporo said Monday they have arrested a 26-year-old man after the car he was driving veered off the road onto a sidewalk, hitting a 15-year-old girl, and then causing major damage to a building. (Japan Today)
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4-year-old girl survives fall from 9th floor in Oita

November 17, 2014 - 09:49
A 4-year-old girl sustained only minor injuries after she fell from the balcony of her 9th floor apartment in Usa, Oita Prefecture. (Japan Today)
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Imperial Household Agency employee arrested in 'happening bar' bust

November 17, 2014 - 03:29
During a raid earlier this month of a bar that allows customers to engage in sex, a male employee of Japan's Imperial Household Agency was arrested on charges of public obscenity, police revealed on Sunday, reports the Sankei Shimbun (Nov. 17). (Tokyo Reporter)
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'Dangerous drug' trade goes underground, online

November 16, 2014 - 22:42
Sales of "dangerous drugs" - synthetic drugs with narcotic-like effects that are not banned outright under current laws - are going underground or moving online despite police efforts to crack down on the substances. (
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New entry in 'Doraemon' robotic cat comic series to be released next month

November 16, 2014 - 22:25
A new book of the internationally popular "Doraemon" manga series, which compiles works that are not included in the original 45-volume manga series, will be published next month for the first time in eight years. (Asahi)
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Oh, Ginza Christmas Tree!

November 16, 2014 - 22:22
A lighting ceremony is held Saturday for the popular Christmas tree in front of the Mikimoto jewelry store in Tokyo's Ginza district. (The Japan News)
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Creative crooks stay one step ahead

November 16, 2014 - 22:16
The "Ore, ore" ("It's me") fraudsters and their ilk, who telephone elderly people and pretend to be a relative in need of money to help them out of a jam, keep coming up with new scams. (Japan Times)
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Employee hit by roller coaster at Kagawa theme park

November 15, 2014 - 21:44
A 71-year-old employee at a theme park is in a serious condition after he was hit by a roller coaster on Friday. (Japan Today)
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Man arrested for breaking into woman's hotel room, spanking her with shoehorn

November 14, 2014 - 22:43
Here's one you don't hear every day - a man was arrested in Daisen City, Akita Prefecture last weekend on charges of entering the hotel room of a female acquaintance through the window before proceeding to strike her about the buttocks with a shoehorn that he found in the room. (Japan Today)
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Central, local governments to remove abandoned cars in times of disaster

November 14, 2014 - 22:40
The Diet enacted a revised disaster countermeasure law on Friday to enable the central and local governments to remove abandoned vehicles blocking highways when major disasters strike, to aid rescue and firefighting operations. (Japan Times)
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Hampered by legal revisions, struggling breeders may have dumped dogs

November 14, 2014 - 22:23
Financially troubled breeders are suspected of abandoning a large number of dead and sick dogs recently in various locations around the country. (The Japan News)
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Sapporo's snowy surprise

November 14, 2014 - 22:21
Pedestrians walk in the street in front of the Hokkaido prefectural government building as heavy snow falls in Chuo Ward, Sapporo, on Friday morning. (The Japan News)
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Spooky 'radiation fog' turns Saitama cityscape into Silent Hill overnight

November 14, 2014 - 08:41
Halloween may be over for this year, but the weather gods in Saitama clearly hadn't got the message on Wednesday morning this week, as the city was shrouded in a mysterious thick fog - with an even more mysterious name! (
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TV Network cancels announcer job offer to woman over night club stint

November 14, 2014 - 08:32
A 22-year-old college student sued Nippon Television Network Corp. after the major TV network terminated its offer to her of an announcer's job on the grounds that she had worked part-time at a night club in Tokyo's Ginza district. (Kyodo)
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9 injured in bus-truck collision in Kawasaki

November 14, 2014 - 08:30
Nine people were injured after a bus and small truck collided at an intersection in Kawasaki, Kanagawa Prefecture, on Friday morning. (Japan Today)
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Fukushima police officer found dead in apparent suicide

November 13, 2014 - 22:25
A Fukushima police officer was found dead in a mountain forest in Minami-soma on Wednesday afternoon after having apparently hanged himself from a tree. (Japan Today)
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Saitama man arrested over Ebola claim

November 13, 2014 - 21:47
Police in Saitama Prefecture arrested a man on Thursday for allegedly obstructing the work of a health care center after he claimed he was sick and may have recently visited Liberia, the center of an Ebola epidemic in West Africa. (The Japan News)
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