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71-year-old tobacco shop owner slashed in robbery attempt

July 22, 2015 - 23:08
Police in Izumisano, Osaka, said Wednesday they are looking for a man who slashed a 71-year-old woman in a tobacco shop. (Japan Today)
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Tsunami-carried shrine gate to return to Japan

July 22, 2015 - 23:05
Parts of Shinto shrine gates that washed ashore in the US state of Oregon after the 2011 tsunami in Japan are being shown to the public ahead of its return to the country. (NHK)
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Man sets himself on fire after emailing his estranged wife

July 21, 2015 - 23:23
A 36-year-old man set himself on fire in his apartment in Tokyo's Sumida Ward after emailing his estranged wife to say he was going to kill himself, police said Tuesday. (Japan Today)
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Woman arrested after kicking karaoke parlor employee in dispute over bill

July 21, 2015 - 23:12
Police in Tokyo on Tuesday arrested a 26-year-old woman who works at a nail salon after she left a karaoke parlor without paying the bill and then kicked a 19-year-old employee who chased after her. (Japan Today)
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Bunraku master, National Treasure Takemoto Gendayu dies at 83

July 21, 2015 - 23:10
Renowned traditional "joruri bunraku" puppet theater master Takemoto Gendayu, a human national treasure in Japan, died of heart failure at an Osaka hospital Monday. He was 83. (Jiji Press)
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Woman arrested after remains of 5 infants discovered at home

July 21, 2015 - 06:48
Police have arrested a 34-year-old unemployed woman on charges of abandoning the bodies of five babies after their remains were found in her home in Yawatahama, Ehime Prefecture. (Japan Today)
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13-year-old girl from Fukushima Pref missing since June 24 turns up at police station

July 21, 2015 - 06:46
Police on Monday said that a 13-year-old girl who went missing after leaving her home in Koriyama, Fukushima Prefecture, on June 24, has turned up at a police station in Koriyama. (Japan Today)
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Woman found stabbed in chest in Yokohama apartment

July 21, 2015 - 06:41
The body of a 41-year-old woman who had been stabbed was discovered inside her residence in Yokohama on Monday evening, reports the Sankei Shimbun (July 21). (
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Former AKB48 singer Atsuko Maeda involved in traffic accident

July 20, 2015 - 22:56
Former AKB48 singer Atsuko Maeda, 24, was involved in a traffic accident Sunday after the car she was driving hit a taxi in Tokyo. (Japan Today)
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13-year-old girl from Fukushima Pref missing since June 24

July 20, 2015 - 22:55
Police on Monday said there has been no trace of a 13-year-old girl who went missing after leaving her home in Koriyama, Fukushima Prefecture, on June 24. (Japan Today)
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Tokyo man arrested for posting obscene images of sex workers on Net

July 20, 2015 - 09:23
Tokyo Metropolitan Police on Monday announced the arrest of a 43-year-old company employee for uploading obscene videos of sex workers to the Internet, reports TBS News (July 20). (Tokyo Reporter)
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Japan's nationalistic music scene: Pop goes the Rising Sun

July 20, 2015 - 05:38
When Japanese pop-music starlet Kyary Pamyu Pamyu tweeted a New Year's greeting on December 31, 2012, showing her in a cutesy pose with the Rising Sun flag used by the Imperial Japanese Army in World War II, Korean netizens pounced. The J-Pop princess and fashion icon soon removed the controversial tweet. (
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2 men electrocuted by animal-repelling fence

July 19, 2015 - 23:15
Two men have been electrocuted by an animal-repelling fence in Shizuoka Prefecture, central Japan. (NHK)
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Aichi teen admits deadly stabbing of man

July 19, 2015 - 14:02
Police on Sunday arrested a 17-year-old high school boy in Aichi Prefecture for killing and then robbing a man last week. The victim was found lying in the street with more than 10 stab wounds. (Japan Times)
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Half of body found at Kobe onsen

July 19, 2015 - 00:14
Hyogo Prefectural Police on Saturday announced the discovery of the lower half of an adult body at the Arima hot springs area, reports the Sankei Shimbun (July 18). (Tokyo Reporter)
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Civilian home struck by bullet fired at nearby Japan Self-Defense Forces training ground

July 18, 2015 - 01:54
No matter what your job is, it's important to be skilled with the tools of your particular trade. That's especially true if those tools happen to be firearms, which is why being part of Japan's police or Self-Defense Forces means you're in for a lot of time on the firing range. (
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Kennedy Center to honor Seiji Ozawa

July 16, 2015 - 23:25
Conductor Seiji Ozawa is among six artists selected for this year's Kennedy Center Honors, the U.S. center said Wednesday. (The Japan News)
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One dead, one injured after 3 firefighters jump off bridge while drunk

July 16, 2015 - 07:42
Three members of the Tokyo Metropolitan Fire Department jumped off a bridge into the sea at Kasai Seaside Park after they got drunk at a barbecue on Wednesday afternoon. (Japan Today)
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Mirei Kiritani Stars in Netflix Japan & Fuji TV's 'Underwear'

July 15, 2015 - 22:50
In the spirit of creating more original programming, Netflix Japan and Fuji TV are combining forces to produce Underwear, a new 13 episode TV drama starring Mirei Kiritani. (
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3 men attacked by wild boar in Saga Prefecture

July 15, 2015 - 06:39
Three men were attacked by a wild boar while they were walking in a public park in Arita, Saga Prefecture, on Tuesday. (Japan Today)
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