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Goldfish scooping contest held in Nara

August 18, 2019 - 22:49
More than 2,000 people tested their skills at scooping up goldfish at an annual event in Nara Prefecture, western Japan, on Sunday. (NHK)
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Man arrested for road-rage assault

August 18, 2019 - 22:40
Police in Japan have arrested a man on a national wanted list who is suspected of forcibly stopping a car and beating the driver on a highway. (NHK)
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Mourners continue to visit arson site

August 18, 2019 - 22:37
Anime fans from around the world continue to visit Kyoto to mourn the victims of the arson attack on a famous animation studio one month ago. (NHK)
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23 dead, 13,000 people hospitalized in week in Japan due to heat

August 15, 2019 - 22:26
An estimated 12,751 people were rushed to hospitals due to heat-related conditions across Japan over the week from Aug 5, of whom 23 died, the Fire and Disaster Management Agency said Wednesday. (Japan Today)
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4 injured as man with knife escapes from hospital in western Japan

August 9, 2019 - 23:35
A male patient attacked nurses with a knife at a hospital in Ehime Prefecture, western Japan, on Friday, police said. (Kyodo)
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Empress Emerita to undergo cancer surgery

August 9, 2019 - 23:32
Japan's Imperial Household Agency says Empress Emerita Michiko has been diagnosed with a relatively early stage of breast cancer. Agency officials say that it's unlikely that the cancer has spread to other organs. (NHK)
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Mystery deaths on Japan's 'Cat Island'

August 7, 2019 - 22:26
Cats on Japan's famed "Cat Island" are deliberately being poisoned, it is feared. (
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Japan hangs 2 death-row inmates; 1st executions this year

August 3, 2019 - 23:31
Japan hanged two death-row inmates Friday morning, the Justice Ministry said, in the country's first executions this year. (Japan Today)
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X Japan front man Yoshiki donates Y10 million to Kyoto Animation arson recovery fund

August 3, 2019 - 23:28
Introducing Yoshiki is no quick and simple process. Yes, his biggest claim to fame is as front man for legendary rock band X Japan, but he’s also got a successful solo music career, and also an occasional fashion model, kimono designer, weather announcer, and royal elbow-rubbing, scarf-slapping polo fan. (Japan Today)
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Man stabs woman in Daiso store; says he just 'wanted to kill someone'

August 1, 2019 - 23:13
Police have arrested a 30-year-old unemployed man on suspicion of attempted murder after he stabbed a woman in the neck at a Daiso 100-yen store in Tokyo’s Hachioji district on Wednesday night. (Japan Today)
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Woman arrested for attempted murder after driving off with husband clinging to car hood

July 31, 2019 - 22:21
Police in Yokohama have arrested a 37-year-old woman on suspicion of attempted murder after she drove a car with her 38-year-old husband clinging to the hood. The man eventually fell off and suffered serious injuries, including a fractured skull. (Japan Today)
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Arson suspect may believe his novel was stolen

July 30, 2019 - 21:41
Police are to look into a novel written by a person with the same name as the suspect in the deadly arson attack on a Kyoto Animation studio. (NHK)
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Stalker mixed urine into face lotion of object of his affection

July 29, 2019 - 22:37
While Japan has a reputation for being one of the safer countries in which to live, there are certain worrying trends when it comes to stalking. Regardless of gender, there are some people who take their fascination with an idol or celebrity too far and ultimately end up violating their privacy. (Japan Today)
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Tokyo: Man, 31, suspected in 40 bag-snatching incidents

July 29, 2019 - 22:34
Tokyo Metropolitan Police have arrested a 31-year-old man who is suspected in at least 40 bag-snatching incidents, reports NHK (July 29). (
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Traditional open-air kabuki festival starts

July 27, 2019 - 00:21
A centuries-old outdoor kabuki festival performed by local residents on a movable stage has opened in the city of Nasukarasuyama, north of Tokyo. (NHK)
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Ritual held to build shrines for emperor's succession ceremonies

July 26, 2019 - 23:38
Japan held a groundbreaking ceremony Friday at the imperial palace, where Shinto priests prayed for safe and successful construction of a pair of shrines for Emperor Naruhito's key succession rituals later this year. (Japan Today)
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Fuji Rock to live stream festival acts

July 25, 2019 - 23:00
Fuji Rock will live stream a selection of the bands and singers performing at this year’s festival, event organizers have announced. (Japan Times)
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Survivor of deadly arson attack escaped by jumping out of building

July 24, 2019 - 23:08
A survivor has recounted his experience of jumping out of a Kyoto Animation Co studio after a man set fire to the building last week, leaving 34 people dead. (Japan Today)
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Kyoto arson suspect likely spent hours scouting anime studio, brought gasoline day before

July 23, 2019 - 21:35
The suspect in last week’s deadly arson attack on a Kyoto Animation Co. studio may have walked for hours scouting the company headquarters and the nearby area the day before the fire, even bringing gas containers to the site, investigative sources said Tuesday. (Japan Times)
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Oita: Suspected women’s underwear thief found with 1,100 pairs

July 23, 2019 - 21:33
Oita Prefectual Police have arrested a suspected thief of women’s underwear who was found in be in possession of 1,100 pairs in Bungo-ono City, reports Nippon News Network (July 23). (
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