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1 October 2014
Seven more bodies have been found by rescuers combing the peak of a volcano that erupted at the weekend, officials said Wednesday, taking the death toll to at least 43. (Japan Today)
A Japanese man who allegedly kicked a fellow diner to death in a fight over seats in a ramen eatery calmly returned to his food as the other man lay dying, media reported Tuesday. (Japan Today)
Of a total of 110 active volcanoes in the nation, the Japan Meteorological Agency's Coordinating Committee for Predictions of Volcanic Eruption identified 47 volcanoes in June 2009 that have the possibility of eruption within about a century and therefore need stronger surveillance and supervision. (The Japan News)
Japanese swimmer Naoya Tomita was given the green light Tuesday to leave South Korea after paying a one million won ($950) fine for stealing a journalist's camera during the Asian Games. (Japan Today)
Police in Ichihara, Chiba Prefecture, said Tuesday they have arrested a 37-year-old man for kidnapping and assaulting a 12-year-old boy. (Japan Today)

Oct 01
Tokai Mayor Osamu Yamada joined others in prayer Tuesday for the victims of a criticality accident at a nuclear fuel processing facility in Tokai village 15 years ago. (The Japan News)
Sep 30
Lava bombs that rained down in the immediate aftermath of the eruption on Mount Ontakesan likely killed many of the climbers who were trapped in the disaster, according to experts. (Asahi)
Sep 30
Tokyo Metropolitan Police last week raided a cabaret in the Roppongi entertainment district for licensing violations, reports TV Asahi (Tokyo Reporter)
Sep 30
Saitama prefectural police said Monday that a 54-year-old police officer has been arrested after he assaulted two train station attendants. (Japan Today)
Sep 29
Japan's entertainment industry has become so filled with idol groups that some call this the age of the "idol war." (Japan Times)
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Oct 01
US trade regulators have rejected Japanese undergarment maker Wacoal's assertion that its apparel can help women lose weight just by being worn. (NHK)
Oct 01
The Sukiya restaurant chain, which is affiliated with Zensho Holdings Co., said Tuesday it would temporarily suspend late-night operations at 1,167 outlets. (The Japan News)
Oct 01
NTT Docomo Inc. said Tuesday that it will launch a workout data management service in December that is compatible with smartphones and smart sportswear. (Jiji Press)
Oct 01
NTT DOCOMO, INC., a personalized mobile solutions provider for smarter living, today unveiled its 2014 winter/2015 spring lineup of mobile devices - seven smartphones, two tablets, two feature phones, one Raku-Raku ("easy-easy") phone, two mobile Wi-Fi routers, and one each feature phone and wristwatch-type wearable device for kids and juniors - which will launch in Japan on or after October 4. (jcnnewswire)
Oct 01
Toyota is recalling nearly 800,000 pickup trucks sold mainly in North America due to a defect that could damage their fuel tanks and cause fires. (NHK)
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Oct 01
A Japanese labor ministry panel Tuesday proposed that businesses will be required to draw up and disclose action plans aimed at increasing the employment of women. (Jiji Press)
Oct 01
The Japanese currency's exceptionally fast slide, slipping some 7 yen against the dollar since late August, is now worrying industry leaders who had previously welcomed its depreciation. (Nikkei)
Sep 30
Tokyo stocks fell 0.84 percent Tuesday following a surprisingly weak batch of economic data and a sell-off on Wall Street while investors were keeping an eye on political unrest in Hong Kong. (brecorder.com)
Sep 30
Japan's seasonally adjusted jobless rate stood at 3.5 pct in August, down from 3.8 pct in the previous month, the Ministry of Internal Affairs and Communications said Tuesday. (Jiji Press)
Sep 29
Japan's Nikkei share average rose on Monday with the weak yen supporting sentiment, while risk taking was buoyed after the U.S. economy grew at its fastest pace in 2-1/2 years in the second quarter. ()
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Oct 01
Japan is planning to send government officials to North Korea to learn about details of its investigations into the fates of Japanese nationals abducted by Pyongyang, government sources said Tuesday. (Kyodo)
Sep 30
Former Prime Minister Junichiro Koizumi used the deadly Sept. 27 eruption of Mount Ontakesan in central Japan to renew his call to move the nation away from its dependence on nuclear energy. (Asahi)
Sep 30
Japan was unable to find out Monday when North Korea will report its initial findings of a special investigation committee into the fates of at least 12 Japanese nationals abducted in the 1970s and 1980s. (Kyodo)
Sep 30
The Japanese newspaper Asahi Shimbun has issued a correction for a recent feature that retracted past articles on the issue of so-called comfort women. (NHK)
Sep 29
Japanese lawmakers convened for a new session of the Diet on Monday. (NHK)
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Sep 27
Students had more than 6,500 accidents while doing "human pyramid" gymnastic formations at primary schools in fiscal 2012, a public organization promoting sports found recently. (The Japan News)
Sep 25
With his penchant for mooning and blurting out risqué spoonerisms, Crayon Shin-chan has delighted Japanese children, and infuriated their parents, for more than two decades. (The Guardian)
Sep 25
Among world institutions influential on research into induced pluripotent stem (iPS) cells, Kyoto University has been ranked second - behind only Harvard University - in a field that is rapidly capturing global attention. (The Japan News)
Sep 24
The University of Tsukuba has been rated the 13th best new university worldwide, in a ranking that compares the merits of such institutions set up within the past 50 years. (Japan Times)
Sep 24
A college here promised to never again feed students a deep-sea fish that can trigger uncontrollable bowel movements and has been banned from markets since causing a food-poisoning outbreak in 1970. (Asahi)
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Sep 30
Japan's second generation asteroid probe Hayabusa2 is set for launch on November 30th. (NHK)
Sep 30
The eruption of Mount Ontake in central Japan has revealed serious holes in efforts to ensure the safety of tourists and local residents near volcanoes, gaps that can be remedied only through more communication between local governments and the country's climate agency. (Nikkei)
Sep 30
The sudden eruption of Mount Ontake over the weekend, which is believed to have killed dozens of people, was a reminder of Japan's vulnerability to its many active volcanoes. (Japan Times)
Sep 29
Japanese experts on volcanic activities said Sunday that the ongoing eruptions of Mount Ontake are as powerful as the central Japan volcano's blasts in 1979. (Jiji Press)
Sep 29
Fujifilm Corp. said its influenza medicine Avigan is being given to an Ebola patient at a French hospital along with another experimental drug, the latest treatments to be deployed in the global push to curtail the deadly virus. (Japan Times)
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Oct 01
Japanese swimmer Naoya Tomita was given the green light Tuesday to leave South Korea after paying a one million won ($950) fine for stealing a journalist's camera during the Asian Games. (Japan Today)
Sep 28
Yokozuna Hakuho of Mongolia won the Autumn Grand Sumo Tournament on Sept. 28 to capture his 31st Emperor's Cup while furthering his status as one of the greatest wrestlers in the history of the sport. (Asahi)
Sep 27
Japan expelled top swimmer Naoya Tomita from the Asian Games after he admitted stealing a journalist's camera at the Incheon pool, his team said Saturday. (Japan Today)
Sep 27
The Yomiuri Giants celebrated their third consecutive Central League title and 36th overall on Friday night, as their 6-3 win over the Yokohama DeNA BayStars at Yokohama Stadium combined with a loss by the second-place Hiroshima Carp ended the pennant race. (The Japan News)
Sep 27
Mongolian rank-and-filer Ichinojo capitalized on a slip-up by Hakuho to grab a share of the lead at the Autumn Grand Sumo Tournament on Friday with a stunning victory over yokozuna Kakuryu. (Japan Times)
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Oct 01
Supposedly 2014 was the "Year of Universal Studios Japan," as the park introduced radical changes and saw a substantial spike in attendance. This must have made Mickey Mouse and Co. a little nervous, as Tokyo Disney Resorts is introducing an almost comical number of new events and attractions for 2015 in what could be a scramble to maintain their long reign as king, or perhaps magical princess, of the theme parks. (rocketnews24.com)
Sep 30
People in Paris will have a chance to see the work of Japanese artist Katsushika Hokusai from Wednesday. (NHK)
Sep 27
Passengers changing flights at Tokyo's Haneda airport will get a new option for layovers when their body clock demands nothing but a place to crash. (Japan Times)
Sep 27
Shikoku, the smallest of Japan's four main islands, is perhaps most famous for its 88 temples associated with the priest Kūkai, a key figure in Japanese Buddhism. A 1,200-kilometer pilgrimage route known as the henro taking in all of the temples is popular with both devotees and dedicated tourists. (nippon.com)
Sep 25
In recent years, Japan seems to have been catching on to the whole Halloween thing in a big way. Halloween celebrations and festivals grow and grow year after year and they're starting earlier in the year than ever before. (rocketnews24.com)
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