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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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Man admits killing Kobe girl, his lawyer says

October 21, 2014 - 09:37
The man arrested on suspicion of killing a 6-year-old girl in Kobe has confessed to the crime, his lawyer said Tuesday. (Japan Times)
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Google Maps shows state of disaster recovery along Tohoku coastline

October 20, 2014 - 23:53
Google Inc. has started a service that allows users to get an offshore look at the latest recovery efforts in the Tohoku region devastated by the Great East Japan Earthquake and tsunami. (Asahi)
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Red Army member Shirosaki to be deported to Japan

October 20, 2014 - 23:27
Tsutomu Shirosaki, a member of the now-defunct Japanese Red Army, will be deported to Japan once he is released from a U.S. prison early next year, informed sources said Thursday. (The Japan News)
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Osaka cops bust dumpers of 200 kg of porn

October 20, 2014 - 09:14
Osaka Prefectural Police on Friday arrested two male suspects for allegedly dumping a large quantity of adult video (AV) material inside a park in Nishinari Ward, reports the Sankei Shimbun (Oct. 17). (Tokyo Reporter)
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Man gets 2 years for making guns with 3D printer

October 20, 2014 - 09:09
A Japanese court has sentenced a former college employee to 2 years in prison for using a 3D printer to make handguns. (NHK)
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Empress Michiko celebrates 80th birthday

October 20, 2014 - 08:57
Empress Michiko celebrated her 80th birthday on Monday. In a statement distributed to media by the Imperial Household Agency, the empress said she hoped the world could find peace ahead of the 70th anniversary of the end of World War II next year. (Japan Today)
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2 Japanese climbers among 39 dead on Nepal hiking route

October 19, 2014 - 21:57
The bodies of a Japanese man and woman have been found on a popular Nepal hiking route that was engulfed by a blizzard last Wednesday. The death toll is now 39. (Japan Today)
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One year on, Oshima prays for victims

October 16, 2014 - 22:10
A year has passed since a typhoon-triggered mudslide hit Tokyo's Izu Oshima island, killing at least 36 people, with three more yet to be found. (The Japan News)
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Passenger arrested in Hawaii-Japan flight assault

October 16, 2014 - 22:09
A Japan Airlines flight had to return to Honolulu after a male passenger sexually assaulted a female passenger in the airplane's bathroom, the FBI said. (
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