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24 August 2014
The death toll from the deadly landslides in the city of Hiroshima rose to 42 on Saturday, with 43 still missing, as rescuers continued to remove mud and pick through rubble in search of any survivors three days after torrential rain triggered the mountainside disaster. (BBC)
The number of people in Tokyo who were transported to hospital by ambulance in comas or other conditions after inhaling "dangerous drugs" came to 1,129 over the past 5½ years, including two fatalities, it was learned on Friday. (The Japan News)
The Russian government said Friday it has restricted the entry of specific Japanese citizens in retaliation for sanctions imposed by Japan over the Ukraine crisis. (Kyodo)
A member of an armed group in Syria says it has made little progress in an effort to free a Japanese man from Islamic extremists. (NHK)
The National Police Agency reported Thursday that police gave correctional guidance nationwide to a total of 220 minors younger than 18 who tried to provide sex for money or sell their used underwear online from January to June this year. (The Japan News)

Aug 23
Two workers were killed and one injured after they were hit by a large steel beam that fell on them at the construction site for an apartment complex in Tokyo's Edogawa Ward on Friday. (Japan Today)
Aug 23
A man suspected of groping a woman on the JR Yamanote line escaped by jumping onto the tracks at JR Ebisu station in Tokyo on Thursday night. His actions delayed trains along the Yamanote line for about 30 minutes, TBS reported Friday. (Japan Today)
Aug 23
The Imperial Household Agency has announced that Princess Noriko, 26, a daughter of Emperor Akihito's late cousin Prince Takamado, will marry Kunimaro Senge, 40, a son of the chief priest of the Izumo Taisha (Grand Shrine) in Shimane Prefecture, on Oct 5. (Japan Today)
Aug 23
Police in Fukuoka have arrested three people over the drowning death of a 72-year-old man on Aug 17. (Japan Today)
Aug 22
The Tokyo District Court on Thursday sentenced a man to 4 1/2 years in prison for sending threatening letters to convenience store chains and other establishments linked to Tadatoshi Fujimaki's "Kuroko's Basketball" manga series. (Japan Today)
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Aug 23
Indonesia has revoked a four-year ban on beef and cattle imports from Japan, in a move to reduce dependence on Australian shipments and diversify its supply sources, an official in the Southeast Asian nation's agriculture ministry said on Friday. (indiatimes.com)
Aug 23
More than 1,500 retired employees of Japan Broadcasting Corp. (NHK) have demanded the resignation of NHK President Katsuto Momii, saying he is not suitable for leading the public broadcaster. (Asahi)
Aug 22
The once-booming pachinko industry, grappling with a graying customer base and the threat of new competition from casinos, is adopting a softer touch and smoke-free zones to lure a new generation of players, particularly women. (Japan Times)
Aug 22
McDonald's Holdings Co (Japan) Ltd said it had not placed any orders to import chicken from Charoen Pokphand Foods (CPF) a few days after senior officials at Thailand's biggest meat and animal feed producer told Reuters they had received such orders. (Reuters)
Aug 22
A panel set up by the Internal Affairs and Communications Ministry has said in an interim report that the government should relax its regulations on NTT Docomo Inc., including a ban on exclusive partnership with businesses. (The Japan News)
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Aug 22
Japan stocks closed lower on Friday, breaking a nine-session string of gains. (baystreet.ca)
Aug 21
Tokyo stocks ended modestly higher on Thursday, with its benchmark Nikkei stock index rising for the ninth consecutive trading day bolstered by the U.S. dollar's rise to the upper 103 yen range. (china.org.cn)
Aug 21
Japan is considering setting aside 1 trillion yen for stimulus measures in fiscal 2015 to help stave off a blow from a consumption tax hike planned for October next year. (Nikkei)
Aug 20
The Nikkei, coming off seven straight days of gains, added 0.23 per cent at the start as the weaker yen boosted exporter shares, while US stocks rose on encouraging US economic data and a solid earnings report from Home Depot. (tradingroom.com.au)
Aug 19
Tokyo shares ended Tuesday higher with Nikkei extended its rising for the seventh day on a weaker yen and gains in the overnight U.S. market. (shanghaidaily.com)
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Aug 23
The Russian government said Friday it has restricted the entry of specific Japanese citizens in retaliation for sanctions imposed by Japan over the Ukraine crisis. (Kyodo)
Aug 23
Okinawa Prefecture marked the 70th anniversary on Friday of the tragedy of the Tsushima Maru evacuation ship, in which more than 1,400 people aboard, mainly school children, were killed in a U.S. torpedo attack during World War II. (Jiji Press)
Aug 21
The annals of Emperor Hirohito of Japan, posthumously called Emperor Showa, has been completed 24 years after the start of compilation work. (Jiji Press)
Aug 21
Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe has been criticized for playing golf after he received on Wednesday morning the first report of mudslides in the western city of Hiroshima, where the death toll later exceeded 30. (Jiji Press)
Aug 21
The Hiroshima city government's response to the deadly rain-triggered landslides that left scores dead or missing will likely be questioned because it issued evacuation notices to residents after the disaster had already occurred. (The Japan News)
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Aug 23
Yoyogi Seminar, one of the country's largest cram school operators, plans to close the majority of its schools for children preparing for university entrance examinations, possibly next spring, a school official said Saturday. (Kyodo)
Aug 22
The National Police Agency reported Thursday that police gave correctional guidance nationwide to a total of 220 minors younger than 18 who tried to provide sex for money or sell their used underwear online from January to June this year. (The Japan News)
Aug 22
Japanese retail giant Aeon plans to open day care facilities inside its nationwide network of shopping centers and general merchandise supermarkets for its employees and other parents. (Nikkei)
Aug 21
On 19 July the Noda City department of the Chiba Prefectural Police announced the arrest of 49-year-old elementary school teacher Masaki Yabusaki on charges of intimidation. (rocketnews24.com)
Aug 20
A survey shows high school students in Japan are less interested in nature and science than their counterparts in the United States, China and South Korea. (NHK)
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Aug 22
The wild monkey population is rapidly increasing in Odaka Ward of Minami-Soma, Fukushima Prefecture, which is under an evacuation advisory as a result of the crisis at the Fukushima No. 1 nuclear power plant. (The Japan News)
Aug 20
A council made up mainly of representatives of the government and telecom carriers on Tuesday released new guidelines that ease regulations on mobile phone use in hospitals and clinics. (Japan Times)
Aug 19
An erupting volcanic island that is expanding off Japan could trigger a tsunami if its freshly formed lava slopes collapse into the sea, scientists said on Tuesday. (straitstimes.com)
Aug 19
Triangulation points are likely to be no longer in use in Japan in 10 years as a result of accuracy enhancement in positioning systems, including the Global Positioning System, according to a Geospatial Information Authority of Japan panel. (Jiji Press)
Aug 19
The operator of the damaged Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power plant is planning to try another method to freeze radiation-contaminated water in underground tunnels. (NHK)
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Aug 21
A sexual harassment scandal was gripping Japan's skating world Wednesday after pictures emerged of a young heartthrob Olympian in the clutches of the 49-year-old boss of his sport. (asiaone.com)
Aug 20
The sports ministry has deemed a proposal to renovate the National Stadium for the 2020 Tokyo Olympics and Paralympics unrealistic, because of a number of drawbacks including insufficient earthquake resistance and building regulations that prohibit the blocking of sunlight from nearby structures. (The Japan News)
Aug 16
A ceremony to unveil a bronze statue of the late Japanese sumo legend Taiho was held Friday in his birthplace Poronaysk in Sakhalin, eastern Russia, a move achieved through joint efforts by the Russian city and Japanese people. (Japan Times)
Aug 05
The Wakasu Olympic Marina is one of the envisioned new facilities whose construction plans are under review ahead of the 2020 Tokyo Olympic and Paralympic Games, sources have revealed. (The Japan News)
Jul 31
Brazil and Barcelona striker Neymar says he is almost back to full fitness after the serious back injury he sustained at the World Cup. (foxnews.com)
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Aug 20
The estimated number of visitors to Japan in July rose 26.6 pct from a year earlier to 1,269,700, the highest figure ever for any month, the Japan National Tourism Organization said Wednesday. (Jiji Press)
Aug 20
Reflecting the ongoing economic recovery, the number of domestic travelers is expected to hit a record this summer, with many recently retired baby boomers hitting the road. (The Japan News)
Aug 20
East Japan Railway Co., or JR East, announced new plans on Tuesday for three train lines linking Tokyo International Airport at Haneda and key stations in the Japanese capital by building a new underground station and tunnel. (Jiji Press)
Aug 18
Trains were packed, flights full and highways congested on Sunday afternoon as the Obon holiday return rush peaked in Japan. (Japan Today)
Aug 17
The new Japanese unit of Malaysian low-cost carrier AirAsia plans to pick Central Japan International Airport (Centrair) in Aichi Prefecture as its main hub, AirAsia Japan President Yoshinori Odagiri said in a recent interview. (Japan Times)
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