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Policeman caught speeding at 145 kph 'in a rush to the dentist'

Wed, 02/20/2019 - 00:22
A policeman was referred to prosecutors last week for allegedly driving at 145 kilometers per hour (approx. 90 miles per hour) near Tokyo in January while off duty in a rush to get to the dentist, police said Tuesday. (Kyodo)
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Tokyo property prices near bubble-era levels

Wed, 02/20/2019 - 00:18
Rising resource costs, a worsening labor shortage and a flood of easy money are pushing property prices in Tokyo to near-historic levels. (Nikkei)
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Osaka: Ex-pro boxer accused in fatal assault of 'snack' patron with remote control

Wed, 02/20/2019 - 00:16
Osaka Prefectural Police have arrested former professional boxer Tomoaki Hashizume over the alleged fatal assault of a male bar patron in Matsubara City over the weekend, reports the Sankei Shimbun (tokyoreporter.com)
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Japan to revise child custody rules to enforce handovers

Wed, 02/20/2019 - 00:10
The cabinet of Prime Minister Shinzo Abe on Tuesday approved a bill to revise the enforcement of the civil law to enable the handover of a child to a parent who is awarded custody even if the other parent refuses to abide by a court order to transfer guardianship. (Japan Today)
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Court orders ex-classmates to pay Y38.5 mil for bullying-induced suicide in Shiga

Wed, 02/20/2019 - 00:07
A Japanese court on Tuesday ordered two former classmates of a junior high school student -- who killed himself in 2011 -- to pay damages totaling about 37.5 million yen, acknowledging that their bullying led to his death. (Japan Today)
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78-year-old driver arrested for driving off with man clinging to hood

Wed, 02/20/2019 - 00:06
Aichi prefectural police said Tuesday they have arrested a 78-year-old man on suspicion of attempted murder after he drove his car with a man clinging to the hood of his car in Nagoya. (Japan Today)
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Tech crackdown on illegal lodgings

Tue, 02/19/2019 - 23:57
Japan's government says it's building a computer database of registered private lodgings. It aims to stop people renting out properties illegally in the rush to cash in on the growing number of tourists visiting Japan. (NHK)
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Leopalace finds defects in over 11,000 buildings

Tue, 02/19/2019 - 23:55
A Japanese real estate leasing company says it has found defects in more than 11,000 buildings nationwide. (NHK)
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Kono: Japan supports Venezuela opposition leader

Tue, 02/19/2019 - 23:49
Japan's Foreign Minister Taro Kono says the country clearly supports Venezuela's opposition leader Juan Guaido, who declared himself interim president. (NHK)
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Honda announces UK closure plan

Tue, 02/19/2019 - 23:47
Honda Motor says it plans to shut down its manufacturing plant in Swindon, southwest England, in 2021. (NHK)
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Ibaraki: 2 Kubota employees seriously injured after stabbing at research center

Tue, 02/19/2019 - 00:26
Ibaraki Prefectural Police believe a male temporary employee at a research center for industrial machinery manufacturer Kubota Corp. stabbed another employee before slashing himself on Sunday, reports TV Asahi (tokyoreporter.com)
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Driver arrested after man fell from truck, having clung on for 6 km, in Miyagi road rage incident

Tue, 02/19/2019 - 00:18
Police on Monday arrested a truck driver for allegedly driving off with a man clinging to the side of his vehicle following a road rage incident in Miyagi Prefecture last June. (Japan Times)
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Tokyo: Man, 41, suspected of scratching 18 luxury vehicles with coin while drunk

Tue, 02/19/2019 - 00:17
Tokyo Metropolitan Police have arrested a 41-year-old man who while drunk is suspected of gashing more than one dozen luxury automobiles in Ota Ward last month, reports Nippon News Network (tokyoreporter.com)
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Japan approves world-first trial using iPS cells to treat spinal cord injuries

Tue, 02/19/2019 - 00:11
The health ministry on Monday approved the world's first clinical test in which artificially derived stem cells will be used to treat patients with spinal cord injuries. (Japan Times)
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Over 100 foreigners disappeared in Japan last year after arriving on cruise ships

Tue, 02/19/2019 - 00:07
Immigration Bureau's relaxed visa policy has boosted tourism from southeast Asia, but it seems to have come with an unwanted side-effect. (soranews24.com)
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No need for Abe: Trump already nominated for Nobel Peace Prize

Tue, 02/19/2019 - 00:04
Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe is not saying whether or not he nominated Donald Trump for this year's Nobel Peace Prize, but the question may be moot: the U.S. president has been put forward by others for the prestigious award. (Japan Today)
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Visitors enjoy 'Diamond Fuji' spectacle

Tue, 02/19/2019 - 00:00
Visitors to a village near Mount Fuji and its residents were rewarded with a dazzling spectacle on Monday. (NHK)
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With legal team shake-up, Ghosn seeks punchier defense

Mon, 02/18/2019 - 00:25
By changing his lead attorney from a former prosecutor known as "the breaker" to a hotshot trial lawyer nicknamed "the acquitter", Carlos Ghosn plans a defense in his own image -- combative and media-savvy, experts say. (Japan Today)
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Japan's public broadcaster leaving threatening notes on people's doorsteps

Sun, 02/17/2019 - 23:59
NHK is a great source of shogi, kabuki, and intimidation. (soranews24.com)
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Transport ministry employee arrested for filming up girl's skirt on train

Sun, 02/17/2019 - 23:58
A 43-year-old employee of the Ministry of Land, Infrastructure, Transport and Tourism has been arrested for allegedly using his smartphone to film up the skirt of a high school girl on a train. (Japan Today)
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