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Convicted man arrested after 4 days on run

Sun, 06/23/2019 - 23:30
A Japanese man convicted of assault and theft was arrested Sunday in Yokosuka, near Tokyo, four days after he escaped attempts to take him into custody. (Japan Today)
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Empress emerita Michiko has cataract surgery on both eyes

Sun, 06/23/2019 - 23:24
Former Empress Michiko has undergone cataract surgery on both of her eyes, the Imperial Household Agency said Sunday. (Japan Today)
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Memorial held for WWII Battle of Okinawa victims

Sun, 06/23/2019 - 23:16
Japan's southern prefecture of Okinawa has held a ceremony to commemorate the 74th anniversary of the end of a fierce ground battle during the final stages of World War Two. (NHK)
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School in Japan apologizes for making students report menstruation details

Sun, 06/23/2019 - 03:02
A coed public high school in western Japan's Shiga Prefecture admitted on Friday to having required female students to verbally report to teachers how many days they were into their menstruation when needing to skip swimming class. (Kyodo)
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Japan's rural economies cash in on foreign tourists

Sun, 06/23/2019 - 03:00
Foreign tourist spending in rural parts of Japan is surging faster than it is nationwide. (Nikkei)
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Japanese junior high school students slightly more open to marijuana use, survey suggests

Sun, 06/23/2019 - 02:59
Junior high school students have become slightly more open to the use of marijuana, in part due to the influence of the internet, an official survey suggests. (Japan Times)
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Princess Mako's marriage prospects unknown, Crown Prince Akishino says

Sun, 06/23/2019 - 02:53
Crown Prince Akishino said Friday he does not know whether the marriage between his daughter, Princess Mako, and her boyfriend, Kei Komuro, will take place, with the plan still pending following reports that Komuro’s family is involved in a financial dispute. (Japan Times)
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Tokyo: Man, 23, admits to flashing women '100 times'

Sun, 06/23/2019 - 02:51
A 23-year-old man accused of exposing himself to several high school girls in Kita Ward last month has admitted to committing the same crime dozens of times in the past, police revealed on Saturday, reports TV Asahi (June 22). (tokyoreporter.com)
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An Okinawa university ranks in global top-ten

Sat, 06/22/2019 - 00:00
The British science journal Nature has ranked a university in Japan's southern prefecture of Okinawa in the top ten of institutions with the highest output of top-quality research in the natural sciences. (NHK)
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New law states gov't responsible for teaching Japanese to foreigners

Fri, 06/21/2019 - 23:46
The Diet on Friday passed a bill stipulating for the first time the responsibility of the central and municipal governments for promoting Japanese-language education for foreign residents after Japan opened up to more overseas workers this April. (Japan Today)
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Suspected panty thief acquitted after accuser can’t prove stolen panties are hers

Fri, 06/21/2019 - 23:38
The Fukuoka District Court this week handed down its verdict in a suspected pantie theft trial. Back in July of 2016, a woman in Fukuoka City’s Hakata Ward says she hung a pair of panties to dry on her balcony, and they later went missing. (Japan Today)
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Russian bombers enter Japanese airspace

Thu, 06/20/2019 - 21:48
Japan's Defense Ministry says Russian military aircraft breached Japanese airspace over the Pacific Ocean twice on Thursday. (NHK)
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2020 ticket rules ban your content from social media

Thu, 06/20/2019 - 21:47
Attention: Spectators at the Tokyo Olympics and Paralympics next year will be allowed to post their photos on social media but not video and audio. (Japan Times)
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Tokyo: Doctor accused in fourth alleged rape case

Thu, 06/20/2019 - 21:45
A doctor and medical intern in custody for allegedly drugging and raping several women earlier this year have been accused in yet another case, police revealed on Thursday, reports the Sankei Shimbun (June 20). (tokyoreporter.com)
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BOJ's Kuroda says extra stimulus an option to boost inflation

Thu, 06/20/2019 - 21:44
Bank of Japan Governor Haruko Kuroda said extra stimulus would be an option if prices refuse to keep rising toward the central bank's 2% inflation target. (Nikkei)
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Train derails after ramming into car near Tokyo, 1 slightly injured

Wed, 06/19/2019 - 22:00
A train ran off the track near Tokyo on Wednesday after crashing into a car stuck at a level crossing, leaving one passenger on the train slightly injured, its operator said. (Kyodo)
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Convicted man armed with knife escapes custody, flees by car

Wed, 06/19/2019 - 21:55
A man convicted of assault and theft fled by car Wednesday in Aikawa, Kanagawa Prefecture, as prosecutors and police were trying to take him into custody, local officials said. (Japan Times)
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Yoko Ono's 'Refugee Boat' installation opens in NY

Wed, 06/19/2019 - 21:53
An interactive installation inspired by a refugee boat by artist Yoko Ono has gone on display in New York, at a time when the US government under President Donald Trump is promoting tough policies against immigrants. (NHK)
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New map symbol shows natural disaster monuments

Wed, 06/19/2019 - 21:51
The Geospatial Information Authority of Japan has created a new map symbol that indicates monuments put up in memory of Japan's past natural disasters. (NHK)
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OECD survey: Teachers in Japan world's busiest

Wed, 06/19/2019 - 21:44
An OECD survey shows that teachers in Japan are the busiest in the world, mainly due to time spent on extracurricular activities. (NHK)
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