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Will removing porn from convenience stores in Japan hurt ailing tabloids?

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

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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Tokyo: Woman posed nude as '100-year-old' on video site

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). (
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Tokyo: Knife-wielding man wounds pair at Korakuen Station

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). (
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Tokyo: Man arrested over fatal beating of Thai sex worker

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 (
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Tokyo: Pair steal woman’s purse, use money to cover taxi fare

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). (
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Japanese ex-policeman gets 22 years for fatally shooting boss in Shiga

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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16-year-old girl arrested for extortion in sugar daddy case

February 7, 2019 - 22:51
A 16-year-old female high student has been arrested for extorting a man she met while engaging in papakatsu — the practice of a sugar daddy paying young girls in exchange for having dinner and dates. (Japan Today)
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Sushi chain worker uploads video of fish taken from trash can

February 6, 2019 - 19:11
The operator of one of Japan's largest sushi restaurant chains said Wednesday that video footage recently uploaded to the internet showed one of its part-time kitchen workers throwing sliced fish into a trash can and returning it to a cutting board at an outlet in Osaka Prefecture. (Kyodo)
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Tokyo: Ward staffer accused in alleged rape of 13-year-old girl

February 5, 2019 - 20:03
Tokyo Metropolitan Police have arrested a 56-year-old male employee of the Toshima Ward office over the alleged rape of a middle school girl last year, reports Jiji Press (
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Mother held over death of 10-year-old girl in Chiba admits depriving her of food at father's request

February 5, 2019 - 19:50
The mother of a 10-year-old girl who died last month at their home in Chiba Prefecture has told police that she sometimes gave the girl no food, at her husband’s insistence, in the days before her daughter’s death, investigative sources said Tuesday. (Japan Times)
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Hosoda's anime film "Mirai" wins Annie Award

February 3, 2019 - 17:48
Japanese director Mamoru Hosoda's film, "Mirai," won the Annie Award for Best Animated Independent Feature in Los Angeles on Saturday. (NHK)
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U.S. Navy man arrested after breaking into apartment, taking shower

February 2, 2019 - 22:25
A 27-year-old member of the U.S. Navy stationed at the Atsugi base in Kanagawa Prefecture, has been arrested for breaking and entering after he was caught taking a shower in an apartment in Ebina City on Saturday morning. (Japan Today)
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Fire prevention ritual held in northern Japan

February 2, 2019 - 22:15
Men wearing outlandish straw costumes marched through a small community in northern Japan on Saturday. They were taking part in a centuries-old ritual. (NHK)
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Police seek arrest warrant for actor Hirofumi Arai on suspicion of rape

February 1, 2019 - 23:03
Tokyo Metropolitan Police are seeking a warrant for the arrest of Hirofumi Arai over the alleged rape of a masseuse at his residence last year, reports TBS News (
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Stalker of ex-AKB48 member handed suspended prison term

January 31, 2019 - 23:02
The Tokyo District Court on Thursday handed a 42-year-old man a suspended prison term for stalking of a former member of all-girl idol group AKB48, reports Jiji Press (
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Man arrested after leading police to corpse of missing 19-year-old Tokyo student

January 31, 2019 - 22:57
A 35-year-old man was arrested Thursday after the exhumation of a body, confirmed later to be that of a missing 19-year-old female university student, east of Tokyo. (Japan Times)
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Ariana Grande's kanji tattoo fail: new ink reads 'Japanese BBQ grill' instead of '7 Rings'

January 30, 2019 - 18:45
Earlier this month, Ariana Grande’s love of tattoos made news when it was revealed she’d gotten Pokemon’s Eevee inked onto her bicep. Today, fans around the world are talking about the relationship between Grande’s tattoos and Asian characters again, but this time it’s in a whole different context. (
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Chiba: Man, 41, suspected of regular abuse of daughter before her death

January 28, 2019 - 21:38
Chiba Prefectural Police have arrested a 41-year-old man who is suspected of regularly abusing his 10-year-old daughter prior to her death at their residence in Noda City last week, reports Jiji Press (
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Tottori: Man, 34, arrested over ’11 killing of ex-girlfriend

January 28, 2019 - 21:31
Tottori Prefectural Police have arrested a 34-year-old man in the murder in 2011 of his then girlfriend in Sakaiminato City, reports the Yomiuri Shimbun (
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