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Down and out in upscale Japan

October 27, 2014 - 01:04
Tokyo government claims its homeless population has hit a record low, but analysts - and the homeless - beg to differ. (
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Church blaze kills four in central Japan

October 27, 2014 - 00:55
Four members of one family, including two young children, have died in a fire that broke out at a church in the central Ishikawa prefecture of Japan. (
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Police seek public's help in 5-year-old case of murdered Shimane student

October 27, 2014 - 00:50
Police on Sunday appealed to the public for help in catching the killer of a 19-year-old student whose severed head was found five years ago in Shimane Prefecture. (Japan Today)
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Thai man confesses to killing a second Japanese

October 25, 2014 - 23:21
The Thai man who admitted to killing Yoshinori Shimato, a 79-year-old Japanese teacher who had been missing since late September, has confessed to killing another Japanese man, a Thai police official said Friday. (Japan Times)
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Man arrested for stabbing passerby in front of Ueno Station in Tokyo

October 25, 2014 - 08:53
Police on Friday night arrested a 38-year-old man who stabbed a passerby in front of Tokyo's Ueno Station. (Japan Today)
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Man arrested for pouring urine from PET bottle on girl

October 25, 2014 - 01:42
Police in Tokyo's Mizuhomachi area have arrested a 20-year-old man for pouring urine from a PET bottle on a 14-year-old girl earlier this month. (Japan Today)
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Cabinet OKs bill to allow all-night dance clubs, subject to lighting levels

October 24, 2014 - 07:51
The Cabinet approved a bill Friday to revise the adult entertainment business law to enable dance clubs to operate past midnight, provided they meet interior lighting regulations. (Japan Times)
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Man arrested over bomb threat to former Asahi reporter

October 24, 2014 - 07:49
Police have arrested a 64-year-old man from Tsubame, Niigata Prefecture, for threatening a former Asahi Shimbun reporter over stories he wrote about the comfort women issue. (Japan Today)
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2 Nobel physicists among year's 7 Order of Culture winners

October 24, 2014 - 04:30
The government said Friday it has chosen Nobel physics prize laureates Shuji Nakamura and Hiroshi Amano and five others as this year's winners of Japan's top cultural award, the Order of Culture. (Kyodo)
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Death toll from Ontake eruption rises to 57

October 23, 2014 - 23:02
Police have confirmed the 57th death in the eruption of Mount Ontake in central Japan. Another 6 people are still missing after Japan's worst volcanic disaster in decades. (NHK)
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Mother holding 1-year-old baby jumps in front of train in Tokyo

October 23, 2014 - 14:54
A 36-year-old woman holding her one-year-old son in her arms jumped off the platform in front of a train at Nezu Station on the Chiyoda subway line in Tokyo, police said. (Japan Today)
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Top court rejects hospital's demotion of pregnant worker

October 23, 2014 - 14:45
The Supreme Court on Thursday rejected a high court ruling that a western Japan hospital was within its rights to demote a physical therapist who sought a lighter workload due to pregnancy. (Kyodo)
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Man attacks student, steals her skirt in Ibaraki

October 23, 2014 - 07:36
A 15-year-old girl was assaulted by a man who stole her school uniform skirt in Tsukuba, Ibaraki Prefecture, police said Thursday. (Japan Today)
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Thai man admits murder of Japanese

October 22, 2014 - 23:20
A Thai man has admitted killing a 79-year-old Japanese man who has been missing in Thailand since late September, according to local police sources. (Jiji Press)
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Woman found stabbed to death; suspect jumps from building roof

October 22, 2014 - 07:23
Police in Hachioji, Tokyo, said Wednesday that a man suspected of fatally stabbing a 35-year-old woman at her home, apparently jumped to his death from the building roof. (Japan Today)
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Court orders Facebook to reveal revenge porn IP addresses

October 21, 2014 - 23:27
A Tokyo court has ordered Facebook to disclose the IP addresses used by fake accounts that were posting revenge porn, a lawyer said Tuesday, in the first such case in Japan. (Japan Today)
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Dangerous drugs killed 74 between Jan.-Sept.

October 21, 2014 - 23:19
A total of 74 people are believed to have died from January to September this year due to their use of so-called dangerous drugs, according to the National Police Agency. (The Japan News)
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Tokyo doctor, 75, and wife, 30, in shotgun murder-suicide

October 21, 2014 - 23:17
Denenchofu, a quaint residential area of Tokyo's Ota Ward, is home to some of the richest people in the metropolis. (Tokyo Reporter)
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Female civil servant sues over 'institutional sexism' in her ministry

October 21, 2014 - 23:09
In possibly a legal first, a female civil servant on Tuesday sued the government over what she calls institutional sexism at the ministry she works for, citing almost two decades of blocked promotions and pay raises. (Japan Times)
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Edogawa Rampo series set to return

October 21, 2014 - 22:38
The Shonen Tanteidan (Boy Detectives Club) series written by famed mystery novelist Edogawa Rampo (1894-1965) will be resurrected by current popular novelists. (The Japan News)
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