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Woman drowns in canal as record rainfall hits southwest Japan

July 4, 2014 - 04:06
A 60-year-old woman drowned in a canal in Kitakyushu on Thursday as record heavy rainfall hit southwest Japan. (Japan Today)
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2 Japanese tourists reported missing in Saipan

July 4, 2014 - 01:28
Authorities in Saipan are investigating the disappearance of two Japanese tourists who were reported missing Tuesday morning. (
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Japan Expo kicks off to crowds in Paris

July 4, 2014 - 00:20
The Japan Expo, one of the world's biggest festivals showcasing Japanese culture, opened Wednesday on the outskirts of Paris. (The Japan News)
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Japan cracks down on cute mascots

July 3, 2014 - 23:52
Hundreds of cuddly mascots are facing the chop after Japan's finance ministry ordered local authorities nationwide to cut back in their use, saying many of them are a waste of public money. (Sydney Morning Herald)
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Man arrested over murder of restaurant manager in Aomori

July 3, 2014 - 23:44
Police in Aomori said Thursday they have arrested an unemployed 37-year-old man over the murder of a woman who managed a restaurant in Aomori City. (Japan Today)
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Pop star ASKA released on bail

July 3, 2014 - 12:48
Japanese pop star ASKA has been released on bail following his indictment for using stimulant drugs. (NHK)
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AKB48 resumes handshake events with new security measures

July 3, 2014 - 03:10
Idol group AKB48 will resume hosting handshake events starting on July 5 with a large handshake event at the Tokyo Big Sight exhibition center. (
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Ken Watanabe to make Broadway debut in 'The King and I'

July 2, 2014 - 23:57
Actor Ken Watanabe says he is ready for the challenge of a lifetime as he prepares for his first Broadway performance in "The King and I." (Japan Today)
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Maestro Ozawa graces stage overseas for 1st time in 3 years

July 2, 2014 - 06:53
After three years away from the stage overseas due to poor health, internationally renowned conductor Seiji Ozawa took the stage to lead a string orchestra in Geneva on June 28 at his academy for young musicians. (Asahi)
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Kyoto cops crack down on sale of shoe camera used for perverted pics

July 2, 2014 - 05:29
Kyoto Prefectural Police on Tuesday arrested two employees of an Internet mail order company for the alleged sale of a shoe containing a miniature camera used to take illicit photographs, reports the Kyoto Shimbun (July 1). (Tokyo Reporter)
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Aska arrest to rattle Pasona as shareholders meeting looms

July 2, 2014 - 05:26
Since the middle of May, Tokyo Metropolitan Police have arrested popular singer-songwriter Aska three times on drug-related charges. (Tokyo Reporter)
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Mother of Guam rampage suspect describes depression

July 1, 2014 - 22:32
The mother of a man accused of killing three people in a busy tourist area of Guam said Monday her son descended into depression after his grandfather died and his girlfriend moved off the island. (Japan Today)
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Man arrested over fatal hit-and-run in Chiba

July 1, 2014 - 05:56
Police in Chiba city said Tuesday they have arrested a 61-year-old man over the hit-and-run death of a 68-year-old man. (Japan Today)
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Beating a Guinness World Record

June 30, 2014 - 22:56
A reported 3,437 people perform wadaiko, or traditional Japanese drums, at an Iwate prefectural park in Morioka on Sunday. (The Japan News)
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2 men found dead in rented car in Kanagawa

June 30, 2014 - 22:47
Two men were found dead from gunshot wounds in a rented car in Matsuda, Kanagawa Prefecture, on Monday morning. (Japan Today)
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Convenience store robbed twice in 4 days by same man

June 30, 2014 - 07:52
A man who robbed a convenience store in Sapporo early Sunday is believed to be the same man who robbed the store on June 25, police said. (Japan Today)
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Suspect in murder of woman at Yokosuka hotel refuses to talk to police

June 30, 2014 - 07:07
Police in Yokosuka, Kanagawa Prefecture, said Monday that the suspect in the murder of a 22-year-old woman at a hotel is refusing to talk. (Japan Today)
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Okinawa school remembers US fighter crash victims

June 30, 2014 - 07:04
A memorial ceremony was held in Japan's southern prefecture of Okinawa on Monday to mark the 55th anniversary of a US fighter jet crash at an elementary school. (NHK)
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Aum fugitive Kikuchi gets 5 year sentence

June 30, 2014 - 07:00
A Tokyo court has sentenced former Aum Shinrikyo cult fugitive Naoko Kikuchi to five years in prison for her role in a parcel bomb attack in 1995. (NHK)
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Man sets himself on fire in Tokyo in protest against Abe

June 29, 2014 - 10:52
A Japanese man set himself on fire in Tokyo on Sunday after giving a speech opposing Prime Minister Shinzo Abe's plan to reform the country's pacifist constitution, police and reports said. (Japan Today)
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