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Yakuza clashes continue in Kansai

March 22, 2016 - 01:49
Police suspect that two incidents resulting to damage to property over the weekend in the Kansai area are the result of a dispute between the Yamaguchi-gumi organized crime group and its newly formed rival, reports the Yomiuri Shimbun (Mar. 20). (Tokyo Reporter)
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Mishaps prompt halt, safety inspections at Nagoya amusement park

March 22, 2016 - 01:23
Safety concerns emerged Monday at an amusement park in Nagoya, with one of its rides becoming involved in a minor crash while a ferris wheel operated without a door firmly closed. (Japan Times)
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Tokyo cops: 3 hurt in 20-man yakuza street brawl

March 20, 2016 - 22:14
Tokyo Metropolitan Police have made one arrest following a fist fight involving two feuding organized crime groups in Adachi Ward, reports Nippon News Network (Mar. 20). (Tokyo Reporter)
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Tochigi cops: Bus driver filmed female passengers with spy camera

March 20, 2016 - 22:12
Tochigi Prefectural Police have arrested a bus driver who allegedly used a small camera to take illicit images of female passengers, reports the Sankei Shimbun (Mar. 20). (Tokyo Reporter)
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21 years after sarin attacks in Tokyo

March 20, 2016 - 10:40
A memorial service was held at a Tokyo subway station on Sunday, 21 years after the sarin gas attacks by the Aum Shinrikyo cult. (NHK)
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Long-suffering schoolgirl leads project to stop gropers on trains

March 18, 2016 - 21:20
A senior high school student, tired of feeling devalued, helpless and humiliated, delivered a stern message to the perverts who had groped her on a near-daily basis. (Asahi)
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No. of suicides in Japan falls for 6th straight year

March 18, 2016 - 21:15
The number of suicides in Japan decreased for the sixth straight year in 2015, falling 5.5% from the year before to 24,025, the National Police Agency said Friday. (Japan Today)
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Japanese businessman murdered in Tanzania

March 18, 2016 - 21:02
Japan's police have started investigating the apparent murder of a Japanese businessman in the East African nation of Tanzania. (NHK)
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Yamaguchi-gumi boss visits cemetery as gang feud continues

March 17, 2016 - 20:40
Following yet another car-ramming incident at an office of the Yamaguchi-gumi, the boss of the gang on Thursday morning decided to send a message of encouragement to his troops, reports Fuji News Network (Mar. 17). (Tokyo Reporter)
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Yamaguchigumi gang feud blamed for 9 incidents

March 17, 2016 - 20:36
Japan's police say they will crack down harder on the country's largest yakuza syndicate, the Yamaguchi-gumi, and a rival splinter group, amid continuing incidents involving the 2 across the country. (NHK)
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Stalking reports top 20,000 for 3rd year in row

March 17, 2016 - 20:35
Japanese police received over 20,000 reports of stalking in 2015. It's the 3rd straight year the reports topped this figure. (NHK)
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Two die in Chiba glider crash

March 17, 2016 - 20:29
A glider crashed into a house in Sakae, Chiba Prefecture, on Thursday, killing the two men aboard. (Japan Times)
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Ex-baseball player Kiyohara released on bail

March 17, 2016 - 20:20
Former professional baseball slugger Kazuhiro Kiyohara, who has recently been indicted for suspected stimulant use, was released on bail Thursday. (Jiji Press)
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Revenge porn consultations in Japan total 1,143 in 2015

March 17, 2016 - 06:50
The number of consultations Japanese police received over "revenge porn" came to 1,143 in 2015, National Police Agency data showed Thursday. (Jiji Press)
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Video of Japanese journalist missing in Syria posted on Facebook

March 17, 2016 - 06:47
A video surfaced Wednesday on Facebook indicating Japanese freelance journalist Jumpei Yasuda, who went missing in Syria last June, could be a hostage of militants in the country. (Kyodo)
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Two dead, about 70 injured in Hiroshima highway tunnel pileup

March 17, 2016 - 06:45
A truck slammed into a vehicle triggering a pileup inside a highway tunnel in Hiroshima on Thursday, leaving at least two people dead and nearly 70 injured, police said. (Japan Times)
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'Peeping Tom' police officer questioned after sneaking into house, secretly watching woman bathe

March 16, 2016 - 20:43
A police sergeant in Musashino, Tokyo, is being questioned over allegations that he sneaked into a woman's home and secretly watched her bathe. (Japan Today)
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Prize for photo of man standing on beached whale revoked following backlash

March 16, 2016 - 20:31
A photo of a man posing atop a beached and seemingly dead whale won a photography award before triggering a backlash that ended with the prize being revoked, the contest's organizer said Wednesday. (Japan Times)
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Shibuya uses hawk to chase away crows

March 16, 2016 - 20:23
Tokyo's Shibuya ward has turned to a hawk in its effort to drive away troublesome crows from downtown areas. (NHK)
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Imperial couple arrive in Tohoku

March 16, 2016 - 20:08
The Emperor and Empress are sent off by villagers from Katsurao, Fukushima Prefecture, in Miharu in the prefecture, where residents live as evacuees due to the nuclear crisis at Tokyo Electric Power Co.'s Fukushima No. 1 nuclear power plant, on Wednesday. (
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