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Tokyo cops nab man over molestation of woman on Saikyo Line:

November 23rd, 2017

Tokyo Metropolitan Police have arrested a 39-year-old man for molesting a woman inside a carriage of the JR Saikyo Line last year, reports Nippon News Network. (tokyoreporter.com)


Sapporo prepares to make bid for 2026 Winter Olympics:

November 23rd, 2017

The Japanese Olympic Committee and city of Sapporo announced Wednesday they will enter a dialogue process over a potential bid to host the 2026 Winter Olympics. (Japan Today)


Yakuza among 8 suspects in Ueno gold heist:

November 22nd, 2017

Tokyo Metropolitan Police are searching have arrested eight persons, including an organized crime member, in the robbery of gold valued at nearly 100 million yen from a shop in Taito Ward earlier this year, reports NHK (tokyoreporter.com)


Japanese scientists find new drug combo that may be key to treating Alzheimer’s:

November 22nd, 2017

A team of Japanese researchers has found a new drug combination that reduces amyloid beta protein, believed to play a key role in causing Alzheimer’s disease, by using stem cells derived from patients, Kyoto University announced Tuesday. (Japan Times)


Aum founder's daughter voids parents' rights to inherit her property:

November 22nd, 2017

The Yokohama family court granted a request by a daughter of Aum Shinrikyo cult founder Shoko Asahara to nullify her parents' right to inherit her property in the event of her death. (Japan Times)


Audit finds no grounds for massive discount in Osaka land sale involving Abe-linked school operator:

November 22nd, 2017

The government sold land in Osaka to school operator Moritomo Gakuen for a highly discounted price based on faulty data estimating the cost of removing industrial waste left in the plot, a government watchdog on spending concluded in a much-awaited report released Wednesday. (Japan Times)


Wedding ceremony of Princess Mako to be held on Nov 4 next year:

November 22nd, 2017

The Imperial Household Agency said Wednesday the wedding ceremony of Princess Mako, the eldest granddaughter of Emperor Akihito, and her classmate from university days Kei Komuro will be held on Nov 4 next year. (Japan Today)


Subaru to introduce all-electric vehicles in Japan by 2021:

November 22nd, 2017

Subaru Corp. will introduce a series of all-electric cars in Japan as early as 2021, sources said, as competition intensifies between automakers looking to develop eco-friendly cars in response to stricter global emissions regulations. (Japan Times)


Japan plans bond issue to fund Y2 trillion additional budget for fiscal 2017:

November 22nd, 2017

The government will draw up a fiscal 2017 supplementary budget for additional spending of some ¥2 trillion, including for setting up nursery facilities to accept 320,000 children on waiting lists ahead of schedule as pledged by the ruling coalition in the Oct. 22 general election. (Japan Times)


Tokyo Disneyland performer wins compensation for pain from heavy costume:

November 22nd, 2017

A woman employed as a costumed performer at Tokyo Disneyland was awarded labor compensation after developing a disorder that caused acute pain in her arm, the park's operator said Wednesday. (Kyodo)


Tokyo Disneyland performer wins compensation for pain from heavy costume:

November 22nd, 2017

A woman employed as a costumed performer at Tokyo Disneyland was awarded labor compensation after developing a disorder that caused acute pain in her arm, the park's operator said Wednesday. (Kyodo)


Toshiba to remove Times Square advertising in cost-cutting move:

November 22nd, 2017

Toshiba Corp. will remove its corporate logo from its prominent position atop the One Times Square Building overlooking New York's iconic tourist hub as part of cost-cutting efforts, sources close to the matter said Wednesday. (Kyodo)


Eight rescued after U.S. Navy aircraft carrying 11 crashes into sea 150 km off Okinawa:

November 22nd, 2017

In the latest incident involving the American military in Okinawa, a U.S. Navy C-2 transport aircraft carrying 11 crew members and passengers crashed into the ocean 150 km northwest of Okinotorishima on Wednesday. (Japan Times)


Meeting set to discuss abdication date:

November 22nd, 2017

NHK has learned Japan is getting closer to finding out a date for the Emperor's abdication. (NHK)


'Rurouni Kenshin' cartoonist referred to prosecutors over possession of child porn:

November 22nd, 2017

The author of the smash hit comic series "Rurouni Kenshin" was referred to prosecutors Tuesday for alleged possession of pornographic images of underage girls, investigative sources said. (Japan Times)


Sumo champion Harumafuji to be referred to prosecutors for alleged assault in drunken brawl:

November 21st, 2017

Police are set to refer sumo grand champion Harumafuji to prosecutors by the end of the year on suspicion of assaulting lower-ranked wrestler Takanoiwa in a drunken brawl, investigative sources said Tuesday. (Japan Times)


Tokyo man used Twitter to organize hotel orgies:

November 21st, 2017

Tokyo Metropolitan Police have arrested a 31-year-old man for organizing an orgy event via the social-networking service Twitter, reports the Sankei Shimbun. (tokyoreporter.com)


Wild boar killed after it bites 11-year-old girl in Gunma:

November 21st, 2017

A wild boar was killed after it injured an 11-year-old girl during a rampage in the town of Oizumi on Monday, reports NHK. (tokyoreporter.com)


Osaka woman arrested after 4 corpses of newborns found encased in concrete:

November 21st, 2017

Osaka Prefectural Police have arrested a 53-year-old woman living in Neyagawa City the bodies of four newborn infants were found encased in concrete in a residence, reports TV Asahi (tokyoreporter.com)


Japan's 1st quantum computer to be shared for free:

November 20th, 2017

A group of Japanese researchers has developed the country's first quantum computer and is offering others free trials as a way to spur further innovation. (NHK)


Tokyo cops bust baccarat casinos operating illegally in Shibuya:

November 21st, 2017

As a part of a crackdown on illegal gambling, Tokyo Metropolitan Police have busted a pair of internet casinos operating in Shibuya Ward, reports TV Asahi (tokyoreporter.com)


Chiba cops question man after woman's corpse found in love hotel:

November 20th, 2017

Chiba Prefectural Police are questioning a man after a woman was found dead inside a love hotel in Funabashi City on Sunday, reports the Asahi Shimbun (tokyoreporter.com)


Only 36% of toilets in public high schools are Western-style: lawmaker survey:

November 20th, 2017

Japan may be known as the world leader when it comes to high-tech toilets, but only 35.8 percent of those in prefectural high schools are Western-style. (Japan Times)


Suspected serial killer served arrest warrant for murder:

November 20th, 2017

Police on Monday served a fresh arrest warrant on a 27-year-old man who has admitted to killing nine people before dismembering their bodies at his apartment near Tokyo. (Japan Today)


US military in Japan bans drinking:

November 20th, 2017

The US military in Japan has banned all its service members from drinking both on and off base following a fatal car accident in Okinawa Prefecture, southern Japan. (NHK)


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