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World's oldest person, 118-year-old Kane Tanaka, pulls out of torch relay citing Covid-19 fears

May 5, 2021 - 17:56
World's oldest person, 118-year-old Kane Tanaka, pulls out of torch relay citing Covid-19 fears (
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Tokyo police officer dead, another missing on east Japan mountain

May 5, 2021 - 02:25
A Tokyo police officer was found dead and his female colleague is missing on Mt. Tanigawa in eastern Japan, local police said Tuesday, two days after receiving a distress call. (Kyodo)
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Japanese Town Got Covid-19 Money So They Built A Giant Squid Statue

May 5, 2021 - 02:22
The town of Noto in Ishikawa received millions of yen due to the impact of covid-19. The money was part of a rural revitalization project to help the countryside in the wake of the virus. (
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Why Was This Japanese Village Abandoned?

May 3, 2021 - 19:34
It's rare to find an entire abandoned village in Japan. But what about 12 abandoned villages? Why were they abandoned? Where did everyone go? Why was so much left behind? (Tokyo Lens)
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Shizuoka residents clear debris after strong winds

May 2, 2021 - 13:16
Residents of Shizuoka Prefecture west of Tokyo are clearing up debris after their communities were hit by what appeared to be a tornado. (NHK)
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Japan’s Muslim community observes 2nd Ramadan since pandemic

May 1, 2021 - 03:43
As Japan’s government has in recent years been making preparations to cater to diverse visitors ahead of the Tokyo Olympics, Islam has been gradually demystified there. Here is how Muslims are observing Ramadan since the country’s infrastructures improved. (TRT World)
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Wakayama playboy planned to divorce wife before murder

May 1, 2021 - 03:35
A wealthy man in Tanabe City planned to divorce his 25-year-old wife prior to his murder three years ago, police have learned, reports NHK. (
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Woman arrested for attempted murder after throwing newborn son out the window

April 30, 2021 - 15:22
Police in Funabashi, Chiba Prefecture, have arrested a 22-year-old woman on suspicion of attempted murder after she threw her newborn son out a window. The infant's injuries are not life-threatening, police said. (Japan Today)
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University student killed in apartment; suspect dies in fire in apartment below

April 30, 2021 - 01:37
A man in his 40s is suspected of killing a 21-year-old university student in her apartment and then killing himself by setting fire to his own apartment one floor below in Daito, Osaka Prefecture, on Wednesday. (Japan Today)
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This Japanese Man Makes People Cry For A Living

April 30, 2021 - 01:25
Have you ever thought of crying as something positive? We met a Japanese man who started a course that makes people cry on purpose with the goal to relieve their stress. So far, he has made over 50,000 people cry through his seminars. (Asian Boss)
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Number of homeless people in Japan hits record low

April 29, 2021 - 06:44
The number of homeless people in Japan stood at 3,824 as of January, down 4.2% from a year before, the Ministry of Health, Labor and Welfare said Wednesday. (Japan Times)
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Man, 47, accused of using pepper spray to molest girl

April 29, 2021 - 06:43
CHIBA (TR) – Chiba Prefectural Police have arrested a 47-year-old who allegedly used pepper spray to molest a girl in Ichikawa City earlier this year, reports Chiba Television Broadcasting. (
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'Doraemon' music composer Kikuchi dies at 89

April 29, 2021 - 06:16
The Japanese composer of the theme song for the popular anime "Doraemon" has died. Kikuchi Shunsuke was 89. (NHK)
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Former wife of Japanese 'Don Juan' arrested

April 28, 2021 - 12:51
Police in Japan have arrested the 25-year-old former wife of an elderly wealthy man who died of acute stimulant intoxication three years ago. The man was a company president who likened himself to Don Juan. (NHK)
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Kyoto woman accused of stalking police officer who previously arrested her for stalking

April 28, 2021 - 06:16
NARA (TR) – Nara Prefectural Police have arrested a 37-year-old woman for allegedly stalking a police officer stationed at the Nara Police Station in Nara City. (
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Dutch man found innocent of smuggling stimulant drugs in appeal ruling

April 28, 2021 - 06:10
TOKYO (TR) – A court here has overturned a previous ruling and found a male Dutch national innocent of smuggling stimulant drugs, reports TBS News (
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Aichi man who stole and replaced women’s shoes goes free after victims decline to press charges

April 28, 2021 - 06:08
About two weeks ago, a man in Nagakuta City, Aichi Prefecture was arrested for stealing a pair of pumps that belonged to a music teacher. What made this theft even stranger was that when taking the shoes, he had replaced them with a nearly identical new pair. (Japan Today)
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Labyrinth of Cinema review – cult Japanese director’s epic blitz of pop-culture hyperactivity

April 27, 2021 - 06:44
Nobuhiko Ôbayashi is the Japanese film-maker who directed the cult 1977 horror Hausu, or House, and in his long and prolific career also specialised in TV ads starring American movie actors for the domestic market (satirised in Sofia Coppola’s Lost in Translation). (
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Shinto in Everyday Japanese Life

April 27, 2021 - 06:40
Shinto is the native religious tradition of Japan. I think it's easy to see visual signs of it throughout Japan, from the shrines (jinja) to the gates (torii). But what I was interested in finding out was what Shinto practices can be found in everyday Japanese life that aren't so visually obvious. (Life Where I'm From)
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Supreme Court backs hepatitis B relapse sufferers

April 27, 2021 - 02:53
Japan's Supreme Court overturned on Monday a high court ruling in 2019 that denied damages to hepatitis B patients with relapses citing the expiration of the 20-year eligibility period. (Jiji)
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