With legal team shake-up, Ghosn seeks punchier defense

Japan Business News - February 17, 2019 - 23:25
By changing his lead attorney from a former prosecutor known as "the breaker" to a hotshot trial lawyer nicknamed "the acquitter", Carlos Ghosn plans a defense in his own image -- combative and media-savvy, experts say. (Japan Today)
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Japan's public broadcaster leaving threatening notes on people's doorsteps

Japan Society News - February 17, 2019 - 22:59
NHK is a great source of shogi, kabuki, and intimidation. (soranews24.com)
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Transport ministry employee arrested for filming up girl's skirt on train

Japan Society News - February 17, 2019 - 22:58
A 43-year-old employee of the Ministry of Land, Infrastructure, Transport and Tourism has been arrested for allegedly using his smartphone to film up the skirt of a high school girl on a train. (Japan Today)
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Okinawan fisherman reel in two live oarfish, eat portion of one

Japan Sci-Tech News - February 17, 2019 - 22:54
Two rare deep-sea oarfish caught in fixed nets off Toya port on the southwest side of Okinawa stunned the local fishing community last month for simply being alive. (Japan Times)
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Ichiro back in Mariners camp at 45

Japan Sports News - February 17, 2019 - 22:52
Ichiro Suzuki fluidly went through a variety of stretches on the floor in the Seattle Mariners clubhouse even before going onto the field. Once outside, he smoothly went through fielding, hitting and baserunning drills. (Japan Times)
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Hikari's '37 Seconds' wins 2 Berlin film awards

Japan Society News - February 17, 2019 - 22:50
A movie by the Japanese director Hikari picked up two awards at the Berlin International Film Festival on Saturday. "37 Seconds" won the Panorama Audience Award and the CICAE Art Cinema Award. (NHK)
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How to easily hire staff in Japan with a PEO Organization

Japan Business News - February 17, 2019 - 02:29
With 125 million citizens and the world's third largest GDP, Japan is an important market force. (newsonjapan.com)
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Will removing porn from convenience stores in Japan hurt ailing tabloids?

Japan Society News - February 17, 2019 - 01:58
Don't go looking for titillation at your local convenience store. As reported last month, Japan's three largest convenience chain operators - 7-Eleven, Family Mart and Lawson - are planning to halt sales of pornographic magazines nationwide by the end of August. (Japan Times)
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Embracing a buraku heritage: Examining changing attitudes toward a social minority

Japan Society News - February 17, 2019 - 01:57
When Chie Takaiwa struck up the courage to reveal a family secret to her colleague some years ago, she was met by an unexpected response.

(Japan Times)

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Mother arrested for hitting 6-year-old daughter with futon beater

Japan Education News - February 17, 2019 - 01:51
Police in Koga, Ibaraki Prefecture, said Saturday they have arrested a 35-year-old woman on suspicion of abusing her six-year-old daughter by hitting her with a futon beater. (Japan Today)
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Coke raises prices in Japan, swallowing higher costs no more

Japan Business News - February 16, 2019 - 00:11
Soft drink companies in Japan have put aside their long-held fear of losing market shares, moving to raise prices amid soaring expenses for labor and materials. (Nikkei)
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Tokyo: Woman posed nude as '100-year-old' on video site

Japan Society News - February 15, 2019 - 08:44
Tokyo Metropolitan Police have arrested a 58-year-old woman who while nude portrayed an elderly woman on a pay-to-view site, reports TV Asahi (Feb. 14). (tokyoreporter.com)
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Govt. OKs bill to recognize Ainu as indigenous

Japan Politics News - February 15, 2019 - 08:38
The Japanese government has mapped out a bill to officially recognize the Ainu ethnic minority as an indigenous people of Japan. (NHK)
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Tokyo: Knife-wielding man wounds pair at Korakuen Station

Japan Society News - February 14, 2019 - 23:14
Tokyo Metropolitan Police have apprehended a man who is suspected of slashing another man and a woman at a railway station in Bunkyo ward on Thursday, reports NHK (Feb. 14). (tokyoreporter.com)
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Third outbreak of swine fever confirmed in Aichi

Japan Sci-Tech News - February 13, 2019 - 08:05
A new outbreak of swine fever has been confirmed on a pig farm in Aichi Prefecture, central Japan. It is the third farm in the prefecture to be hit by the highly contagious disease. (NHK)
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Family Mart employee fired after video shows him licking items

Japan Business News - February 12, 2019 - 12:25
Convenience store operator Family Mart Co. on Monday announced the dismissal of a male employee after the emergence of a video showing him licking items, the latest of several similar incidents involving a food-related company in the last week, reports TV Asahi (Feb. 12). (tokyoreporter.com)
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Japan's national debt sets record

Japan Economy News - February 9, 2019 - 21:21
Japan's national debt has reached a new high, despite government efforts to restore fiscal health. (NHK)
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Tokyo: Man arrested over fatal beating of Thai sex worker

Japan Society News - February 9, 2019 - 21:15
Tokyo Metropolitan Police have arrested a 20-year-old man over the fatal assault of a Thai woman inside a love hotel room in the Uguisudani area of Taito Ward last year, reports Kyodo News (tokyoreporter.com)
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Tokyo: Pair steal woman’s purse, use money to cover taxi fare

Japan Society News - February 8, 2019 - 18:21
Tokyo Metropolitan Police have arrested two men who are accused of snatching a woman’s purse last year. They later used cash found inside to cover a taxi fare, reports TV Asahi (Feb. 8). (tokyoreporter.com)
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Japanese ex-policeman gets 22 years for fatally shooting boss in Shiga

Japan Society News - February 8, 2019 - 18:18
A 20-year-old former policeman was sentenced Friday to 22 years in prison for shooting his boss to death at a police box in Hikone, Shiga Prefecture, last April. (Japan Times)
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