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Man arrested for pepper spraying customers at supermarket in Gifu

18 hours 28 min ago
Police in Kitagata, Gifu Prefecture, have arrested a 25-year-old unemployed man on suspicion of forcible obstruction of business after he pepper sprayed employees and customers at a supermarket in August. (Japan Today)
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Actress Sawajiri indicted on drug possession charges

18 hours 46 min ago
Prosecutors indicted on Friday actress Erika Sawajiri on charges of possessing the illegal drugs MDMA and LSD following her arrest last month. (Japan Today)
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Gang leader arrested over August shooting in Kobe

December 6, 2019 - 00:26
A senior member of a splinter group from Japan's largest crime syndicate has been arrested for allegedly shooting a member of the parent group in Kobe in August amid a gang feud, police said. (Japan Today)
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Niigata man gets life for driving car into girl, 7, then molesting and strangling her

December 6, 2019 - 00:20
The Niigata District Court on Wednesday sentenced a 25-year-old man to life in prison for the sexual assault and murder of a 7-year-old schoolgirl last year. (Japan Times)
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Iranian man arrested over ex-wife’s murder in Saitama park

December 6, 2019 - 00:18
Police in Saitama City have arrested a 51-year-old Iranian man on suspicion of killing his 50-year-old Iranian ex-wife in a park. (Japan Today)
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Japanese man, 71, arrested for 'making 24,000 complaint calls'

December 4, 2019 - 00:11
A Japanese retiree has been arrested after ringing a phone company 24,000 times to complain they had violated his contract, police and local media reported. (Japan Times)
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Transgender woman in Japan sues over right to change listed sex in family registry

December 4, 2019 - 00:03
A 52-year-old in Hyogo Prefecture filed a claim on Tuesday over the constitutionality of a law that blocks those with children who are minors from changing their sex in the official family registry. (Japan Times)
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Anti-high heels campaigner steps up to fight 'glasses ban'

December 3, 2019 - 23:48
A Japanese woman whose campaign against mandatory high heels in the workplace won broad public support has stepped up her fight against strict corporate dress codes -- including a de-facto ban on women wearing glasses. (Japan Today)
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Actor Hirofumi Arai sentenced to 5 years in jail for sexual assault

December 2, 2019 - 22:00
Actor Hirofumi Arai was sentenced to five years in prison on Monday after being convicted of sexual assault by the Tokyo District Court. (Japan Today)
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80-year-old man, driving wrong way on expressway, killed in head-on collision

December 2, 2019 - 21:55
An 80-year-old man was killed Sunday when the light car he was driving the wrong way along the Kanetsu Expressway in Gunma Prefecture collided with an oncoming car. (Japan Today)
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Crown Prince Akishino urges daughter to update Japanese public on marriage amid lingering questions over postponement

November 30, 2019 - 22:59
Crown Prince Akishino, the younger brother of Emperor Naruhito, has urged his daughter Princess Mako to update the public on her planned marriage to boyfriend Kei Komuro by February. (Japan Times)
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Taxi driver argues with man, runs him over then drives into wall

November 30, 2019 - 22:45
In a country where they say the customer is God, Japanese customer service is second to none across all types of sectors, from the biggest corporations to the smallest of small businesses. (
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Japanese store reviews 'menstruation badges' for staff after outcry

November 29, 2019 - 21:17
A Japanese department store is reconsidering a plan for employees to have the choice to wear badges when they're menstruating. (SBS)
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Japan's crime rate hits postwar low

November 29, 2019 - 21:05
The transition from Heisei to Reiwa came at a relatively peaceful time, with the nation’s crime rate falling to a postwar low in 2018, an annual white paper released Friday by the Justice Ministry has shown. (Japan Times)
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Doraemon clock debuts in Odaiba to mark manga's 50th anniverary

November 29, 2019 - 20:45
A marionette clock based on Doraemon, the robotic cat from one of Japan’s most popular manga, was unveiled Friday in Tokyo’s Odaiba waterfront district to celebrate the 50th anniversary of the character, which has since been turned into anime, movies and video games. (Japan Times)
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Japanese man pleads guilty to deadly knife rampage on shinkansen

November 28, 2019 - 23:00
A man pleaded guilty Thursday to murdering a passenger and trying to kill two others in a random knife attack on a shinkansen last year. (Japan Times)
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Tokyo: 11 nabbed for abducting, robbing man

November 28, 2019 - 22:36
Tokyo Metropolitan Police have arrested 11 persons over the alleged abduction and robbery of a man in Ota Ward earlier this year, reports TBS News (Nov. 19). (
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Man arrested for writing graffiti on centuries-old Kyoto temple did so for extremely weird reason

November 27, 2019 - 23:22
yoto has long been considered the cultural heart of Japan, and with good reason. For centuries, the city’s temples, gardens, and other scenic sights have been prompting poets and painters to move brush and pen with their serene beauty. (Japan Today)
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Man shot dead in western Japan in possible gang feud

November 27, 2019 - 23:12
A senior member of Japan's largest organized crime syndicate was shot dead Wednesday in Amagasaki, Hyogo Prefecture by a man armed with a submachine gun and a handgun amid a possible gang feud, police said. (Japan Today)
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Emperor, Empress visit mausoleums of past emperors

November 27, 2019 - 23:03
Emperor Naruhito and Empress Masako have visited ancestral mausoleums to report the completion of rites signifying the Emperor's enthronement. (NHK)
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