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Japan’s Shinto Festival Sees Men Bathing In Ice-Cold Water In Tokyo Shrine

January 17, 2023 - 04:42
The world is full of cultures and traditions that fascinate us. While some of them make sense to us, others don’t and as much as they seem bizarre, people following them continue to do so with complete faith. (
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Woman arrested for taking friend’s key, giving it to accomplice to rob apartment during dinner

January 17, 2023 - 00:09
Police in Tokyo have arrested a 31-year-old unemployed woman on suspicion of theft after she allegedly took a 34-year-old female acquaintance’s apartment key from her handbag during dinner and gave it to an accomplice to rob her apartment. (Japan Today)
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Japan's rise of net cafe refugees and youth poverty

January 16, 2023 - 05:15
Net cafe refugees (also known as 'cyber-homeless') are the people in Japan who don't own or rent residence and stay in internet cafes or manga cafes. (The Japan Reporter)
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Japanese female inmate awaiting execution dies after choking on food

January 16, 2023 - 05:01
A female inmate awaiting execution in Japan after being convicted of murdering two men in the western prefecture of Tottori in 2009 died Saturday of asphyxiation after choking on food, the Justice Ministry said Sunday. (Kyodo)
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Yukihiro Takahashi, drummer of legendary Japan band YMO, dies at 70

January 16, 2023 - 04:59
Yukihiro Takahashi, the drummer of legendary Japanese electronic music band Yellow Magic Orchestra, died Wednesday of aspiration pneumonia, his office said Sunday. He was 70. (Nikkei)
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Traditional Kyoto event features women archers

January 16, 2023 - 04:51
A traditional New Year's archery event in Kyoto drew women who turn 20 this year as performers. (NHK)
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Stray whale in Osaka Bay dies

January 13, 2023 - 19:46
Officials in western Japan's Osaka City say a whale that strayed into a bay there has died. (NHK)
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Gwen Stefani faces backlash for saying she's Japanese while defending 'Harajuku era'

January 13, 2023 - 04:24
Gwen Stefani is defending her Harajuku era and saying she's Japanese. Nearly 20 years ago, the "Hollaback Girl" singer was widely accused of appropriating Japan's Harajuku subculture in her 2004 debut studio album, "Love. Angel. Music. Baby" and "Harajuku Lovers," her 2008 fragrance. (Access Hollywood)
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15 people injured in 20-vehicle expressway pileup in western Japan

January 13, 2023 - 04:17
Around 15 people were taken to hospital following a major pileup on Thursday involving around 20 vehicles near an exit of an expressway in western Japan, local authorities said. (Japan Today)
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63-year-old woman, son arrested for secretly filming women at bathing facility in Nagoya

January 7, 2023 - 03:18
Aichi prefectural police have arrested a 63-year-old woman and her 37-year-old son on suspicion of violating the prefecture’s public nuisance ordinance by secretly filming women in a bathing facility’s dressing room and bath. (Japan Today)
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Suspect denies killing family of 3 in Saitama on Christmas Day

January 6, 2023 - 05:59
The suspect in the deaths of three family members last month at a residence in Hanno, Saitama Prefecture, has denied killing them, police said Wednesday. (Japan Today)
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New Year's card game held in Kyoto for the first time in three years

January 5, 2023 - 06:16
Players dressed in ancient costumes have played the traditional Japanese card game karuta at a shrine in Kyoto for the first time in three years. (NHK)
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Crowds throng Japanese shrines to pray for good fortune on first business day of 2023

January 5, 2023 - 05:59
Japanese employees returned to work on Wednesday (Jan 4) after celebrating the first three days of 2023 by travelling and having family gatherings, as eased restrictions allowed a gradual return to normalcy following two years of muted celebrations. (CNA)
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Emperor, family greet crowd at palace after COVID hiatus

January 2, 2023 - 12:39
Emperor Naruhito and his family waved to throngs of New Year’s well-wishers from the balcony at the Imperial Palace on Monday in the return of a celebration halted for the past two years by the pandemic. (Japan Today)
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Emperor wishes 2023 to be year of hope amid pandemic, war

January 2, 2023 - 00:57
Emperor Naruhito wished for a year where people will be able to lead their lives with hope after one marked by the novel coronavirus pandemic and the Russian war in Ukraine, in his New Year address released Sunday. (Japan Today)
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Beloved dog that inspired the iconic ‘doge’ meme is very sick with leukemia, owner says

December 30, 2022 - 04:10
The internet-famous dog whose quizzical expression inspired the ‘doge’ meme is very sick with leukemia and liver disease, the dog’s owner said. (
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Princess Kako stars in birthday portraits, embracing elevated role after sister's royal exit

December 30, 2022 - 04:01
Princess Kako had a busy year of engagements, taking over many of the duties of the former Princess Mako. (
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Man fakes attempted murder of himself after ‘feeling exhausted from work’

December 29, 2022 - 00:14
Police in Toyonaka, Osaka Prefecture, have arrested a 50-year-old man who claimed he was stabbed by a stranger on Dec 20, but who actually stabbed himself to make it look like someone tried to kill him. (Japan Today)
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46-year-old woman arrested for stabbing 13-year-old son to death

December 29, 2022 - 00:11
Police in Nasushiobara, Tochigi Prefecture, have arrested a 46-year-old woman on suspicion of killing her 13-year-old son. (Japan Today)
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3 family members found beaten to death at home in Saitama Prefecture

December 26, 2022 - 02:21
A couple in their 60s and their daughter were found dead at their home in Hanno, Saitama Prefecture, on Sunday morning. Part of the second floor of the house had also been destroyed by a fire. (Japan Today)
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