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Baseball: Carp sweep into Japan Series with 3rd straight win over Giants

Fri, 10/19/2018 - 21:58
The Hiroshima Carp clinched their second Japan Series berth in three years on Friday with a 5-1 victory over the Yomiuri Giants in Game 3 of the Central League Climax Series' final stage. (Kyodo)
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Europe and Japan prepare spacecraft for seven-year journey to Mercury

Fri, 10/19/2018 - 21:54
Final preparations were under way Friday for the launch of a joint mission by European and Japanese space agencies to send twin probes to Mercury, the closest planet to the sun. (Japan Times)
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15-year-old boy arrested for killing grandfather, wounding grandmother

Fri, 10/19/2018 - 21:47
Police said Friday they have arrested a 15-year-old boy in connection with the stabbing of his grandparents in the city of Wako in Saitama Prefecture. (Japan Today)
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KYB names 70 government and municipal office buildings that may be using substandard earthquake shock absorbers

Fri, 10/19/2018 - 21:41
Scandal-hit KYB Corp. on Friday disclosed the names of 70 government and municipal office buildings that used, or are suspected of having used, substandard earthquake shock absorbers in their construction. (Japan Times)
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Nestle Japan opens made-to-order KitKat store in Osaka

Thu, 10/18/2018 - 22:11
Japan is known for its ever-growing list of unique KitKat flavors, but now Nestle Japan Ltd. is taking its premium version of the chocolate bar to the next level -- a new specialty shop in downtown Osaka offering customers made-to-order creations that are chilled at the spot by liquid nitrogen. (Kyodo)
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Compensation could be sought on 100,000 trades after TSE glitch

Thu, 10/18/2018 - 22:09
Investors who collectively placed approximately 100,000 failed share trades may seek compensation after a systems glitch at the Tokyo Stock Exchange last week left some 40 brokerages temporarily unable to place orders, sources said Thursday. (Japan Times)
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Japan's only female minister, Satsuki Katayama, hit by allegation she was paid to influence tax agency

Thu, 10/18/2018 - 22:07
Just two weeks into her appointment, the only female minister in Prime Minister Shinzo Abe’s new Cabinet found herself in hot water Thursday after a weekly magazine alleged that she was paid to use her bureaucratic influence to get a tax break for a business owner in 2015. (Japan Times)
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Japanese judge becomes first to be reprimanded for a post made on social media following 'prejudicial' tweet

Thu, 10/18/2018 - 22:05
The Supreme Court said Wednesday it will reprimand a 52-year-old judge for his controversial social media post earlier this year, marking a first in Japan. (Japan Times)
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NASA-led team names Godzilla in the sky

Thu, 10/18/2018 - 21:52
An international team of researchers has given the name Godzilla to one of what it calls the modern constellations. The monster is among the most popular film characters created in Japan. (NHK)
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Ski resort in Kobe starts snowmaking

Thu, 10/18/2018 - 21:49
A ski resort at Mount Rokko in western Japan has begun work to make artificial snow for a ski slope, one month before its opening for the season. (NHK)
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Tokyo ward asks partygoers to behave at Halloween

Thu, 10/18/2018 - 21:47
Tokyo's Shibuya Ward is asking people not to disturb others when celebrating Halloween. (NHK)
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Around 70 Japanese lawmakers visit war-linked Yasukuni Shrine for autumn festival

Thu, 10/18/2018 - 21:40
Around 70 Japanese lawmakers from both ruling and opposition parties visited the war-linked Yasukuni Shrine in Tokyo during its annual autumn festival Thursday, a day after Prime Minister Shinzo Abe sent a ritual offering to the shrine. (Japan Times)
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One week since opening of Toyosu food market

Thu, 10/18/2018 - 21:35
Thursday marks a week since Tokyo's new wholesale food market opened at Toyosu. The new market was initially beset by traffic jams, but wholesalers and buyers are gradually learning how to get around. (NHK)
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Hakuho undergoes surgery on right knee

Thu, 10/18/2018 - 21:31
Yokozuna Hakuho underwent successful endoscopic surgery on his right knee at a hospital in Tokyo on Thursday, sources close to his Miyagino stable said. (Japan Times)
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Bulgarians may be responsible for graffiti

Thu, 10/18/2018 - 21:28
Japanese police are questioning staff from the Bulgarian national opera after being notified by the opera company that they are suspected of scrawling graffiti in the Hiroshima Peace Memorial Park. (NHK)
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Japanese AI venture develops autonomous tidying-up robot

Wed, 10/17/2018 - 22:12
Preferred Networks Inc., a Japanese venture specializing in artificial intelligence, unveiled on Tuesday a fully autonomous tidying-up robot for home use. (Kyodo)
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No. of rubella patients tops 1,100 in Japan, pregnant women warned

Wed, 10/17/2018 - 22:01
More than 1,100 rubella cases have been reported this year in Japan, raising concern about serious health impacts on unborn babies who could be infected with the disease by their mothers during pregnancy, a national institute said Tuesday. (Japan Today)
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Keio University student accused in alleged rape of drunk woman

Wed, 10/17/2018 - 21:58
Kanagawa Prefectural Police have arrested a popular male Keio University student over the alleged rape of an intoxicated woman in Yokohama last month, reports the Sankei Shimbun (tokyoreporter.com)
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Boy, 17, cracked skull of acquaintance with bat 'out of jealousy'

Wed, 10/17/2018 - 21:34
Tokyo Metropolitan Police have arrested a teenage boy who seriously injured a male acquaintance by striking him with a metal baseball bat in Kita Ward earlier this year, reports TV Asahi (tokyoreporter.com)
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Raccoon causes chaos in heart of Tokyo

Wed, 10/17/2018 - 21:23
A raccoon spotted in a busy entertainment district has drawn huge attention from passing pedestrians in central Tokyo. (NHK)
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