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Miyagi cops search for woman after 2 corpses found at home

October 23, 2015 - 05:56
Miyagi Prefectural Police are in search of the whereabouts of a woman who resides at a residence where two corpses, believed to be that of her mother and brother, have been discovered, reports public broadcaster NHK (Oct. 23). (Tokyo Reporter)
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Man sentenced to 19 years for abandoning 5-year-old son who died of starvation

October 22, 2015 - 22:00
The Yokohama District Court on Thursday sentenced a 37-year-old man to 19 years in prison for abandoning a 5-year-old son who died of starvation while he continued to receive child allowance payments for years afterward. (Japan Times)
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Tokyo International Film Festival opens

October 22, 2015 - 21:56
The annual Tokyo International Film Festival has begun with a star-studded opening. The festival is one of Asia's biggest film events. (NHK)
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2 men arrested for stealing tires from submerged cars in flood-hit Joso

October 22, 2015 - 11:30
Police in Joso, Ibaraki Prefecture, have arrested two men on suspicion of stealing tires from cars submerged by flood waters last month. (Japan Today)
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Tokyo cops rap weekly magazines over publication of 'obscene' erotic prints

October 22, 2015 - 11:27
Tokyo Metropolitan Police have warned the editorial departments of four weekly magazines over the publication of erotic images dating back centuries, it was learned on Monday, reports public broadcaster NHK (Tokyo Reporter)
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Festival / Huge floats masterpieces of major Kyushu festival

October 21, 2015 - 21:14
This is an autumn festival held at the Karatsu Jinja shrine, which has a history of about 400 years. The Karatsu Kunchi is one of the major festivals of the Kyushu region. (The Japan News)
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Drone found on tracks of shinkansen line

October 21, 2015 - 09:24
A drone was found on the train tracks of the JR Sanyo Shinkansen in Onomichi, Hiroshima Prefecture on Tuesday. A man who lives nearby came forward later and said that the drone was his. (Japan Today)
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Japanese rock star Yoshiki performs while debuting edgy kimono collection at Tokyo Fashion Week

October 21, 2015 - 09:18
One of the most talked about collections at Tokyo Fashion Week was the YOSHIKIMONO First Collection, a range of rock star kimonos created by a Japanese rock star so famous he goes merely by his first name, Yoshiki. (
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Yamaguchi-gumi split, toughened laws will weaken gangs: experts

October 20, 2015 - 22:23
The recent fracturing of the Yamaguchi-gumi, the country's largest and most powerful crime syndicate, will considerably weaken the gang organization and all yakuza groups in general, two noted experts told a news conference Tuesday in Tokyo. (Japan Times)
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Tokyo ring prostituted teen hooker to 60 customers

October 20, 2015 - 22:21
Tokyo Metropolitan Police on Tuesday announced the bust of a ring that forced a teenage girl to serve as a prostitute for dozens of men, reports Nippon News Network (Oct. 20). (Tokyo Reporter)
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Fans celebrate handsome gorilla's birthday

October 20, 2015 - 21:57
Hundreds of visitors have celebrated the 19th birthday of a male gorilla popular for his good looks at a zoo in Nagoya City, central Japan. (NHK)
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Empress turns 81

October 20, 2015 - 00:01
The Empress turns 81 on Tuesday. In a statement, she looked back on her visit with the Emperor to the Pacific island nation of Palau and said, "In the past year, I have again thought deeply about people who have passed away and that they live long in our minds." (The Japan News)
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Woman, 93, found fatally stabbed in her Hokkaido home

October 19, 2015 - 05:57
An elderly woman was found fatally stabbed Sunday in Monbetsu, eastern Hokkaido, prompting police to launch a murder investigation. (Japan Times)
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29-yr-old man held for kicking restaurant customer to death

October 18, 2015 - 20:32
Police in Tokyo's Taito Ward said Sunday they have arrested a 29-year-old man on suspicion of murder after he kicked a 63-year-old man repeatedly after they both left a "gyudon" (beef bowl) restaurant on Saturday. (Japan Today)
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Murder case launched after corpse found in Amagasaki apartment

October 16, 2015 - 08:12
Hyogo Prefectural Police have launched a murder investigation after the discovery of a male corpse inside his apartment in Amagasaki City, reports the Sankei Shimbun. (Tokyo Reporter)
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Thai police arrest wife in murder of 84-year-old Japanese man

October 16, 2015 - 08:09
The de facto 48-year-old Thai wife of an 84-year-old Japanese man who was murdered at his home in Thailand's central province of Ang Thong earlier this week has been arrested on suspicion of involvement in the crime, local police said Friday. (Japan Times)
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Malaysia's highest court backs death for Japanese nurse over drug smuggling

October 16, 2015 - 05:49
A 41-year-old Japanese woman has lost her last chance to escape the gallows with Malaysia's highest court affirming the death sentence meted out by a lower court for trafficking drugs into the Southeast Asian country, her lawyer said Friday. (Japan Today)
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Emperor, Empress receive Papua New Guinea PM

October 15, 2015 - 01:04
Emperor Akihito and Empress Michiko have welcomed visiting Papua New Guinean Prime Minister Peter O'Neill and his wife at the Imperial Palace in Tokyo. (NHK)
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Hyogo cops raid Yamaguchi-gumi HQ over fraud

October 14, 2015 - 01:06
Hyogo Prefectural Police raided the headquarters of the Yamaguchi-gumi on suspicion of fraud perpetrated by a former member, reports the Sankei Shimbun (Oct. 13). (Tokyo Reporter)
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Suspect arrested over man's death in Odawara

October 13, 2015 - 11:45
Police in Odawara, Kanagawa Prefecture, said Tuesday they have arrested a 23-year-old man over the death of a 57-year-old man who was found bleeding from a head injury on a street early Sunday morning. (Japan Today)
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