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Different-names ruling leaves door open to possibility of same-sex marriages

January 9, 2016 - 19:30
Last month the Supreme Court handed down its verdict on a lawsuit filed by people who objected to the Civil Code requirement that married couples be registered under one surname. (Japan Times)
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Chinese woman arrested for drowning 5-year-old son

January 8, 2016 - 09:24
Police in Chiba have arrested a 46-year-old Chinese woman on suspicion of murdering her 5-year-old son at their residence. (Japan Today)
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Becky in hot water over rumored affair

January 8, 2016 - 09:23
Popular "talent" Becky, 31, known for her squeaky-clean image, is in hot water after reports surfaced in Japanese tabloid media this week that she was having an affair with Enon Kawatani, 27, a vocalist of the popular band Gesu no Kiwami Otome. (Japan Today)
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No boys allowed: Japan's first female-only otaku cafe opens in Osaka

January 7, 2016 - 18:46
A new cafe catering to Japan's growing subculture of female otakus recently opened in Osaka's Nipponbashi shopping district. (
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Man overjoyed as woman who crashed into his car turns out to be AV star Maria Ozawa

January 7, 2016 - 18:32
Someone crashing into the side of your car is rarely a fun experience, but one man in the Philippines forgot all about his fender bender when he realised who was driving the other car… (
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Tokyo sushi chef attempted to kill ex-boss by torching building

January 7, 2016 - 10:00
Tokyo Metropolitan Police have arrested a sushi chef who has admitted to attempting to kill his former boss by burning down the building that houses his shop, reports TBS News (Jan. 7). (Tokyo Reporter)
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Tokyo police urge partyers not to sleep in traffic

January 7, 2016 - 09:59
Tokyo police, alarmed by a surge in traffic fatalities, are issuing a warning to the partying public: Don't pass out drunk on the streets. (Asahi)
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Serial underwear thief re-arrested for assaulting woman

January 7, 2016 - 04:12
A 25-year-old unemployed man charged with stealing women's underwear has been re-arrested on suspicion of assaulting a woman and snatching her underwear on a street in Nankoku city, Kochi Prefecture. (Japan Today)
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Kagawa cops: Man drove car with corpse in back seat

January 6, 2016 - 20:48
Kagawa Prefectural Police have arrested a 65-year-old man after a corpse believed to be that of his father was discovered inside his passenger vehicle, reports the Mainichi Shimbun (Jan. 6). (Tokyo Reporter)
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Police: Nagoya teen admits threatening to kill SEALDs member

January 6, 2016 - 20:41
A 19-year-old living in Nagoya was arrested Jan. 5 over death threats targeting a prominent student activist and his family, Kanagawa prefectural police said. (Asahi)
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Blog post sparks calls to save 'captive' Tokyo elephant

January 6, 2016 - 20:15
A blog post about the life of Hanako, a 69-year-old female elephant living without any companion in a concrete enclosure at a Tokyo zoo, has sparked calls on the Internet to free the "captive." (Jiji Press)
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Firefighters put on show in Tokyo

January 6, 2016 - 19:53
The Tokyo Fire Department held its New Year fire review at Tokyo Big Sight in Koto Ward on Wednesday, with about 2,800 people, mainly firefighters, taking part in the annual event. (
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Woman found dead at entrance to her residence in Shiga

January 5, 2016 - 03:01
A 55-year-old woman was found dead at the entrance to her residence in Konan, Shiga Prefecture, police said Monday. (Japan Today)
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Peruvian arrested after suspected murder-arson attack left 2 dead

January 5, 2016 - 03:01
Four days after the discovery of the bodies of two women inside a burned-out apartment in Handa City in what is being treated as a murder-arson case, Aichi Prefectural Police have arrested a boyfriend of one of the victims, reports the Yomiuri Shimbun (Jan. 3). (Tokyo Reporter)
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Osaka police confirm identity of victim in corpse-dismemberment case

January 5, 2016 - 02:59
As a part of investigation into a corpse-dismemberment case in which a 29-year-old woman has been arrested, Osaka Prefectural Police announced on Sunday that the results of a DNA analysis confirmed that human remains found at an apartment in Kadoma City are that of a missing woman, reports NHK. (Tokyo Reporter)
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Chiba cops: Group killed boy by dropping him from bridge

January 5, 2016 - 02:55
Chiba Prefectural Police have arrested the members of a four-person group that allegedly killed a 17-year-old boy by dropping him into a river in Kashiwa City, reports Nippon News Network (Jan. 5). (Tokyo Reporter)
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Man stabbed to death in Yokohama parking lot

January 4, 2016 - 11:16
Kanagawa Prefectural Police have arrested a 32-year-old male construction worker for the stabbing death of his ex-wife's boyfriend in Yokohama, reports Nippon News Network (Jan. 3). (Tokyo Reporter)
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Namahage in second bid for UNESCO list

January 4, 2016 - 02:05
Another effort is underway to pad UNESCO's Intangible Cultural Heritage list with a tradition in which people dressed as god-like demons visit homes near the end of the year to bring good fortune. (Japan Times)
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Gifu man's missing ostrich found dead in nearby woods

January 4, 2016 - 01:55
An ostrich that had escaped from its owner in Gifu Prefecture at the end of last year was found dead Sunday with the branch of a tree protruding from in its neck, the Asahi Shimbun reported Monday. (Japan Times)
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New Year event held in Kamakura temple

January 3, 2016 - 10:14
People have gathered at a temple in Kamakura, near Tokyo, to pray for the health and prosperity of their families. (NHK)
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