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Under 20 pct of nonregular male workers in 20s have girlfriends

March 6, 2014 - 22:20
The proportion of single nonregular Japanese male workers in their 20s who have girlfriends stood at 18.7 pct in 2012, against 30.7 pct for regular employees, a government survey revealed Thursday. (Jiji Press)
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Kabuki actors in charity autograph session

March 6, 2014 - 22:14
Kabuki actors have signed autographs for charity to help rebuild Japan's northeast, which was ravaged by the March 2011 earthquake and tsunami. (NHK)
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24-year-old man arrested over knife attacks in Kashiwa

March 5, 2014 - 23:26
Police in Kashiwa, Chiba Prefecture, on Wednesday night arrested a 24-year-old unemployed man over four knife attacks within 10 minutes that left one man dead and three others injured on a street. (Japan Today)
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Japan teen girl group AKB48 invites mature applicants

March 5, 2014 - 23:03
Japanese commercial music juggernaut AKB48 is looking to build on its wildly successful all-girl group by adding a more mature member to its teen-dominated line-up, an advert released Wednesday said. (
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World's oldest woman turns 116 in Japan

March 5, 2014 - 22:58
The world's oldest woman was celebrating her 116th birthday on Wednesday in a Japanese nursing home with a cake and candles. (
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5 men arrested for involvement in forced prostitution case

March 5, 2014 - 22:55
Saitama prefectural police have arrested five men for their involvement in a case in which an 18-year-old girl was held captive and then forced into prostitution. (Japan Today)
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Police questioning local man over Chiba serial attacks

March 5, 2014 - 10:37
The Chiba prefectural police department has started questioning a man over serial attacks, including a fatal stabbing, that took place in a residential area of Kashiwa late on Monday, it was learned on Wednesday. (Jiji Press)
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Crown prince has A-type virus

March 4, 2014 - 22:42
Crown Prince Naruhito has the flu, the Imperial Household Agency said Tuesday. (Japan Today)
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Man shot by police on New Year's Eve arrested for killing mother

March 4, 2014 - 22:28
A 27-year-old man wanted in connection with the murder of his mother in Saitama Prefecture, and who was shot by police while trying to escape in a stolen taxi on New Year's Eve, was arrested on Tuesday. (Japan Today)
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Japanese girl, 7, severely mauled by dogs in N.Z.

March 4, 2014 - 22:00
A 7-year-old Japanese girl was critically injured in New Zealand when four large dogs mauled her in a "horrific" attack on a rural property, officials said Tuesday. (Japan Times)
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American actress first non-Japanese tapped for NHK series lead

March 4, 2014 - 21:59
American actress Charlotte Kate Fox was tapped Tuesday to play a lead role in NHK's upcoming morning drama series "Massan," based on the true story of Masataka Taketsuru, the founder of Japan's whiskey industry. (Japan Times)
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How Iranians came to deal drugs in Japan

March 3, 2014 - 22:30
In Japan's underworld of organised crime, there is of course the infamous Yakuza, but there are also foreign nationals, including Iranians. For more than two decades now, they have been dealing drugs on behalf of the lower rungs of Japanese criminals. An Iranian with insider knowledge of these activities explains how this came about. (
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'Yoko Ono residence' a Philippine landmark

March 3, 2014 - 21:43
The Philippine ambassador's official residence in Chiyoda Ward, Tokyo, where musician and artist Yoko Ono enjoyed cherry blossom viewing in her childhood, was unveiled as a Philippine national historical landmark Monday at a ceremony with diplomats and representatives from Japan and the Philippines. (The Japan News)
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Eric Clapton bids farewell to Japan

March 3, 2014 - 10:19
British guitar legend Eric Clapton just may be serious about the whole retirement thing. (AAP)
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Bus crash kills 2 in Central Japan

March 3, 2014 - 09:59
An overnight express bus hit two large trucks parked in a service area on the Hokuriku Expressway in Oyabe, Toyama Prefecture, central Japan, early Monday morning, leaving two people dead. (Jiji Press)
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Cult of Lolita fashion thrives overseas

March 2, 2014 - 22:03
I've traveled to such countries as France, Italy, South Korea, Spain, Russia and Brazil as the producer of the "Kawaii Ambassadors" (Cute ambassadors) program under the auspices of the Foreign Ministry with model Misako Aoki, who was clad in Lolita fashions. Lolita fashions served as one of the program's major highlights. (The Japan News)
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7 missing as Japan tuna fishing boat catches fire off Kochi

March 2, 2014 - 21:53
A tuna fishing boat caught fire on Sunday in the Pacific Ocean off Kochi Prefecture, western Japan. (NHK)
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'Lost' Utamaro painting rediscovered

March 2, 2014 - 21:50
A masterpiece by the Japanese ukiyoe artist Kitagawa Utamaro has resurfaced after more than 60 years. (NHK)
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18-year-old boy arrested for schoolgirl murder in Japan

March 2, 2014 - 21:46
An 18-year-old boy was arrested Sunday for allegedly murdering a schoolgirl in Mie Prefecture, central Japan, six months ago. (Jiji Press)
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Nuclear-wary Japan marks Bikini test anniversary

March 1, 2014 - 22:55
Nearly 2,000 people marched in a Japanese city Saturday to mark the 60th anniversary of a US hydrogen bomb test at Bikini Atoll, amid heightened anti-nuclear sentiment in the country after the Fukushima crisis. (Global Post)
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