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2,800 people get first ride on new Hokuriku shinkansen line

February 8, 2015 - 22:46
Some 2,800 people got their first ride on the new Hokuriku shinkansen line on Saturday and Sunday. They were chosen by lottery from more than 216,000 applicants for pre-opening test rides in both directions, JR officials said. (Japan Today)
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Man arrested after 8-hour siege in Tokyo condo

February 8, 2015 - 22:40
Police on Saturday night arrested a 47-year-old man after he holed up in a 14th-floor apartment in Tokyo's Shibuya district for eight hours, throwing objects from the balcony and pointing what appeared to be a gun. (Japan Today)
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Bloodstains found at suspect's home linked to murder victim

February 8, 2015 - 22:27
Bloodstains have been found near a shoe rack in the home of a man suspected of fatally stabbing an 11-year-old boy in Wakayama Prefecture last week, and a DNA test linked them to the victim, investigative sources said Sunday. (Japan Times)
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Amazingly youthful meteorologist-turned-model heating up Japan with her swimwear debut at age 43

February 7, 2015 - 03:04
In Japan, where youth has long been considered a vital component of traditional feminine beauty, it's not at all unusual for models to make their professional debuts while still in their teens. (
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Drug suspect escapes from police by stealing taxi

February 6, 2015 - 23:02
A 56-year-old unemployed man being investigated on a charge of possession of illegal drugs escaped from police by stealing a taxi in Shimonoseki, Yamaguchi Prefecture, on Friday. (Japan Today)
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Police arrest neighbor on suspicion of stabbing Wakayama fifth-grader

February 6, 2015 - 22:58
Wakayama police arrested a 22-year-old man early Saturday on suspicion of fatally stabbing an 11-year-old boy in Kinokawa that spurred a manhunt in Wakayama Prefecture. (Japan Times)
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Elderly abuse topped 15,700 cases in Japan

February 6, 2015 - 22:44
Japan's health and welfare ministry says abuse of elderly people is rising throughout the country. (NHK)
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BABYMETAL Rocks the World

February 6, 2015 - 09:24
A teenage group from Japan is bending heavy metal into a completely new shape. Babymetal is a trio of girls aged between 15 and 17. They're not typical head bangers, but they're already performing alongside the very best. (NHK)
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AV actress Minako Komukai arrested again for drugs

February 6, 2015 - 09:22
Health and welfare officials on Friday morning arrested Adult video (AV) actress and stripper Minako Komukai for possession of stimulant drugs, reports Sports Nippon (Feb. 6). (Tokyo Reporter)
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Net population inflow to Tokyo region expands for 3rd year

February 5, 2015 - 23:25
The net population inflow to the Tokyo metropolitan region in 2014 increased for the third straight year, accelerating population concentration in the region, the government said Thursday. (Kyodo)
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Idol group member, 12, still unconscious after inhaling helium for TV show

February 5, 2015 - 03:20
A 12-year-old member of an idol group fell unconscious on Jan. 28 after inhaling helium gas in a TV program and has not recovered, broadcaster TV Asahi said Wednesday. (Japan Times)
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Body of woman found in suitcase near Lake Biwa

February 4, 2015 - 23:50
The body of a woman was found in a large suitcase at the mouth of a river in Otsu City, Shiga Prefecture, police said Wednesday. (Japan Today)
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Hacker who framed computer users with cyberthreats jailed for 8 years

February 4, 2015 - 11:54
The Tokyo District Court on Wednesday handed down an eight-year prison term to a hacker who hijacked computers and used them to send malicious threats, leading to the erroneous arrest of the devices' unsuspecting owners. (Japan Times)
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Report: 40% of random killers attempted suicide before committing crimes

February 4, 2015 - 00:02
The typical indiscriminate killer is a man in his 30s or younger who is a loner, feels animosity toward others and whose pent-up frustrations lead him to lose control, with nearly half having attempted suicide, according to a Justice Ministry report. (Asahi)
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Man arrested for drugging, raping over 100 women in fake clinical study

February 3, 2015 - 23:53
Japanese police have arrested a man for allegedly drugging and sexually assaulting more than 100 women who believed they were taking part in a medical study, detectives and local media said Tuesday. (Japan Today)
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Hokkaido town buried under nearly 2 meters of snow

February 3, 2015 - 23:51
Parts of northern Japan were digging out Tuesday from nearly two meters of snow after a massive winter storm dumped record amounts. (Japan Today)
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Traditional bean-throwing at Shinshoji Temple

February 3, 2015 - 23:46
A sumo grand champion and a popular actress have scattered beans at a Buddhist temple near Tokyo in a traditional ceremony to invite good luck. (NHK)
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Kabuki performed in Tokyo's Roppongi district

February 3, 2015 - 23:27
Kabuki has been performed for the first time in the Roppongi district of downtown Tokyo. (NHK)
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Japanese netizens proud to see Tokyo named safest city in the world, Osaka number three

February 3, 2015 - 05:02
Japan had plenty to boast last week when Tokyo was named as the safest city in the world by The Economist, with Osaka coming in a respectable third. (
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Tokyo cops arrest Nigerian club manager in Kabukicho for drugging, robbing customers

February 3, 2015 - 04:57
Tokyo Metropolitan Police on Monday arrested the Nigerian manager of a hostess club in Shinjuku Ward allegedly involved in a series of incidents in which male customers have been drugged and robbed, reports public broadcaster NHK (Feb. 2). (Tokyo Reporter)
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