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Man arrested over knife attack on elderly couple

December 26, 2014 - 22:19
A 26-year-old man was arrested Friday on suspicion of attempted murder over an attack earlier this month on an elderly couple at their home in Maebashi, police said on the day. (The Japan News)
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Man denies coercing 14-year-old stepson to commit suicide

December 26, 2014 - 00:07
A 41-year-old man, who was arrested in August for abusing his 14-year-old stepson, on Thursday denied coercing the boy to commit suicide. (Japan Today)
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Woman stabbed by husband's acquaintance at home in Osaka

December 26, 2014 - 00:05
A 45-year-old woman was stabbed by another woman at the entrance to her home in Minoo, Osaka Prefecture, on Thursday morning. (Japan Today)
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'Kawaii' gets a landmark

December 25, 2014 - 23:45
While Japanese cool hunters might lament the lack of pop cultural exports in recent years - all the more conspicuous when compared to K-Pop's successful forays westward - kawaii (cute) culture has quietly permeated into global consciousness with all the effortless grace of singer Kyary Pamyu Pamyu farting out a rainbow. (Japan Times)
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Age ain't nothing but a number! Japanese beauty pageant for women over 35 crowns newest winner

December 25, 2014 - 07:44
Since 2010, the Bimajo Contest beauty pageant has been challenging the idea that if you're old enough to have graduated from college you're just about too old to be considered beautiful. (
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Japanese man sentenced to death over drugs charge in China

December 25, 2014 - 07:29
A court in the Chinese province of Jiangsu has sentenced a 45-year-old Japanese man to death for transporting illegal drugs for sale, a source close to Japan-China relations said Thursday. (Japan Times)
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12-year-old girl in serious condition after hit-and-run

December 25, 2014 - 07:27
A 12-year-old junior high school girl remained in a serious condition in hospital on Thursday after she was hit by a car in Himeji, Hyogo Prefecture. (Japan Today)
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74-year-old man dies after falling from roof while clearing snow

December 25, 2014 - 07:26
A 74-year-old man was found dead on the ground outside a cabin beside his home in Yokote, Akita Prefecture, after he apparently fell from the roof while clearing snow. (Japan Today)
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Japanese fishing boat sinks off Shimane, 2 killed

December 25, 2014 - 07:24
A Japanese fishing ship sank in the Sea of Japan off the western part of the nation early Wednesday morning. Two crewmembers have died and 3 are missing. (NHK)
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Roppongi bar manager arrested for assault of customer will billiard cue

December 24, 2014 - 04:31
Tokyo Metropolitan Police on Tuesday arrested a member of the bosozoku motorcycle gang Dragon for assaulting a customer in a bar he managed earlier this year, reports the Sankei Shimbun (Dec. 23). (Tokyo Reporter)
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Rubbernecking gone too far? Net users react to crowds taking pics of train hit by suicide jumper

December 23, 2014 - 23:55
Picture the scene: You're out late one night, waiting to catch your train home. Finally it rolls up to the platform, its front window caved in, cracks spider-webbing through the glass. That's when you hear the announcement: due to a human-involved accident, operations have been suspended. (
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Youth arrested for stabbing three people in Hiroshima

December 23, 2014 - 23:39
An 18-year-old youth was arrested on Tuesday after he allegedly stabbed three people in an apartment in Hiroshima. (Japan Today)
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People celebrate Emperor Akihito's birthday

December 23, 2014 - 23:35
Tens of thousands of people visited the Imperial Palace in Tokyo on Tuesday to celebrate the 81st birthday of Emperor Akihito. (NHK)
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4 pedestrians bitten by 3 dogs in Fukuoka

December 23, 2014 - 23:34
Four men and women sustained minor injuries when they were bitten by three dogs on a roadside in Fukuoka City. (Japan Today)
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Man arrested for stealing woman's high heel shoes, smartphone

December 23, 2014 - 23:30
Police in Tokyo have arrested a 33-year-old unemployed man for slapping a 22-year-old woman and stealing her high heel shoes and smartphone. (Japan Today)
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4 things women are banned from doing in Japan

December 23, 2014 - 00:25
Women have been prohibited from doing certain things (entering places, using facilities, etc.) for as long as civilization has existed. Restrictions are still common, albeit usually in religious contexts only. While religions themselves evolve and change with the times and bans are lifted, it doesn't mean all of them get an update. (
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Man tries to kill himself in Gunma restaurant kitchen

December 23, 2014 - 00:18
A man tried to kill himself in the kitchen of a restaurant in the JR Takasaki Station building in Gunma Prefecture on Monday. (Japan Today)
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Record 49.8 billion yen stolen in special frauds in Japan

December 23, 2014 - 00:00
The amount of money stolen through special frauds, such as "It's me" scams, totaled 49,873 million yen during the 11 months through November, far over the full-year record of 48.9 billion yen logged last year, the Japanese police said Monday. (Jiji Press)
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Emperor Akihito calls for efforts for better Japan

December 22, 2014 - 23:43
Turning 81 on Tuesday, Japanese Emperor Akihito called for continued national efforts to make Japan a better country. (Jiji Press)
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Chaos at Tokyo Station forces JR East to print more centennial Suica cards

December 22, 2014 - 23:40
East Japan Railway Co. (JR East) announced Monday that the company will reprint Suica electronic cards commemorating Tokyo Station's 100th anniversary so that there will be enough cards for everyone who wants to buy them. (The Japan News)
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