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Blue Impulse flies over Tokyo to thank medical staff in coronavirus battle

May 29, 2020 - 20:56
The Air Self-Defense Force’s Blue Impulse acrobatics team on Friday performed a flyover over central Tokyo in a show of respect to doctors and medical staff who have been at the forefront of the battle against the coronavirus pandemic. (Japan Times)
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Yakuza among 3 dead after shooting at residence

May 28, 2020 - 23:05
One of three persons who died in a shooting at a residence in the town of Sakaki on Tuesday was a member of a criminal syndicate, police have revealed, reports Fuji News Network (May 28). (tokyoreporter.com)
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Anime studio arsonist thought only a few had died

May 28, 2020 - 22:54
Police investigators say the arsonist of a Kyoto Animation studio last year has told them that he had thought his attack had left only a couple of people dead. (NHK)
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Former Emperor Akihito visits palace for first time since March

May 28, 2020 - 22:47
Emperor Emeritus Akihito visited a biology research institute inside the Imperial Palace on Thursday in his first return to the palace since moving to a temporary residence in Tokyo about two months ago, the Imperial Household Agency said. (Japan Times)
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Fuji TV to end reality show "Terrace House" after cast member death

May 27, 2020 - 20:53
Fuji Television will terminate the latest series in its popular reality show "Terrace House," the Japanese broadcaster said Wednesday, four days after one of its cast members was found dead in a suspected suicide believed to have links with cyber-bullying fueled by her behavior in an episode. (Kyodo)
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Kyoto Animation arson attack suspect arrested

May 27, 2020 - 20:47
Police in Kyoto, western Japan, have arrested a suspect in last year's deadly arson attack on Kyoto Animation's studio. They say the suspect has admitted that the allegations against him are true. (NHK)
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Murder suspected after 3 bodies found in central Japan home

May 27, 2020 - 20:37
Three bodies with head wounds were discovered at a residence in Nagano Prefecture, central Japan, on Tuesday night in what police suspect is a murder case involving handguns. (Kyodo)
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Osaka izakaya woos virus-wary drinkers with face shields

May 26, 2020 - 20:22
A Japanese-style izakaya pub in Osaka has started distributing free face shields for use by its customers, in the hope of regaining drinkers after the state of emergency, over the novel coronavirus, was lifted last week. (Japan Times)
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After Hana Kimura's death, Japan moves to unmask cyberbullies

May 26, 2020 - 20:15
Japan's ruling Liberal Democratic Party on Tuesday began discussions on new rules to stop online abuse after the death of Netflix star Hana Kimura, who had reportedly suffered from social media bullying. (Nikkei)
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Horse escapes from Tokyo racecourse site

May 25, 2020 - 21:13
A retired racehorse has escaped from a racetrack in Tokyo and was hit by a vehicle while running through a nearby intersection. (NHK)
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Working from home during pandemic: Man took voyeur footage of neighbor

May 25, 2020 - 20:51
Tokyo Metropolitan Police have arrested a 25-year-old male company employee for allegedly trespassing onto the premises of a female neighbor in Machida City, reports TV Asahi (May 25). (tokyoreporter.com)
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Suicide note written by pro wrestler and ‘Terrace House’ star Hana Kimura discovered

May 25, 2020 - 20:48
An apparent suicide note written by Hana Kimura, the 22-year-old professional wrestler and cast member of the internationally popular Netflix reality show “Terrace House,” was found at her Tokyo home in the wake of her death, investigative sources said Monday. (Japan Times)
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Man nabbed at Imperial Palace after scaling wall from moat

May 25, 2020 - 20:47
Tokyo Metropolitan Police arrested a man after allegedly trespassed onto the grounds of the Imperial Palace on Monday, reports Jiji Press (May 25). (tokyoreporter.com)
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3 youths arrested for throwing concrete blocks from bridge onto expressway

May 25, 2020 - 00:00
Police in Kumamoto City have arrested three youths — two aged 19 and one aged 18 — on suspicion of attempted murder after they threw concrete blocks from a bridge at trucks on an expressway below. (Japan Today)
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Japanese reality show 'Terrace House' cast member dies

May 23, 2020 - 22:51
Hana Kimura, a 22-year-old female professional wrestler who was among the cast of the most recent installment of the internationally popular Japanese reality show series "Terrace House," died Saturday after having been victimized by cyber-bullying, sources close to the matter said. (Japan Today)
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COVID-19 versus Japan's culture of collectivism

May 22, 2020 - 23:33
The Tokyo cherry blossoms bloomed in late March. The public couldn’t resist. Case numbers of COVID-19 surged, leading many Western pundits to predict that Tokyo would become the next New York. (Japan Times)
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Ibaraki fireman accused of possessing marijuana

May 22, 2020 - 23:03
Chiba Prefectural Police have arrested a fireman stationed in Ibaraki Prefecture over the alleged possession of marijuana, reports the Sankei Shimbun (May 20). (tokyoreporter.com)
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Gang of 4 youths accused of tying up, robbing woman in Ota

May 20, 2020 - 22:11
Tokyo Metropolitan Police on Wednesday announced the arrest of four male youths over the alleged robbery of a woman at her residence in Ota Ward earlier this year, reports the Yomiuri Shimbun (May 20). (tokyoreporter.com)
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Tokyo shrine offers virtual solace to worshippers unable to attend in person

May 20, 2020 - 21:59
Shinto shrines, where many in Japan pray for good health and safety, have largely shuttered during the coronavirus pandemic, but one Tokyo shrine has gone virtual for those seeking solace online. (Japan Times)
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5 dead, including 3 children, in house fire in Nara Pref

May 20, 2020 - 21:56
The five bodies have yet to be identified but police say the family occupying the house in Gojo is currently unaccounted for. Takayuki Teranishi, 32, an employee of a nearby welfare facility, his 33-year-old wife and their three sons, aged 2, 6 and 8, moved in last year. The bodies were discovered in the same room on the second floor after a neighbor reported smoke around 10:05 a.m. to the local fire department, officials at the department said. The incident comes as schools in many parts of Japan, including Nara, remain closed and some businesses implement telework in line with government efforts to curb the spread of the novel coronavirus pandemic in Japan. (Japan Today)
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