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Woman arrested for leaving baby after giving birth in convenience store bathroom

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A woman was arrested Monday for attempted murder over the abandonment of a newborn baby in a toilet bowl, after giving birth in a convenience store bathroom in Saitama Prefecture, police said. Yuria Moriizumi, 24, gave birth to the baby girl in the bathroom of the 7-Eleven store in Niiza… Read

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U.S. Marines commander asks for quiet mourning on Okinawa

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A U.S. Marines commander in Japan has asked service people in the southwestern region of Okinawa to keep a low profile to show respect after a sailor allegedly stabbed a Japanese woman and then killed himself, the latest in a series of crimes that have outraged residents. "As a sign… Read

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24-year-old man arrested for stabbing father to death

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Police in Ikoma, Nara Prefecture, said Monday they have arrested a 24-year-old man on suspicion of stabbing his 53-year-old father to death at their home. According to police, Mitsuyoshi Shiozaki, a company employee, stabbed his father Kodai several times in the back with a survival knife with a 20-cm-long blade,… Read

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Police knew woman had problems with U.S. serviceman before their deaths

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The U.S. military informed local police in Okinawa in January that a U.S. serviceman had problems with a Japanese woman and the police were trying to assure her safety before both of them were found dead at the weekend. The U.S. Marine Corps on Monday revealed the dead U.S. serviceman… Read

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Man turns himself in after killing woman at his residence

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Police in Sakai, Osaka Prefecture, have arrested a 57-year-old man on suspicion of killing a woman in her 50s, with whom he lived, after he turned himself in at a police station on Sunday. According to police, the man, who is a company employee, went to a police station at… Read

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31-year-old man arrested for abusing 9-year-old son

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Police in Sanda, Hyogo Prefecture, said Monday they have arrested a 31-year-old man on suspicion of abusing his 9-year-old son. Yusuke Tsuruoka, a company employee, has admitted to the charge, police said. He was quoted as saying he lost his temper because he didn't like his son's "attitude toward life,"… Read

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Ex-Japanese envoy to Iran faces complaint over sexual offense

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Former Japanese ambassador to Iran Kinichi Komano is facing a criminal complaint over sexual offense allegations by a female staffer at the ambassador's residence in Tehran in 2012, the woman's lawyer says. Komano, 72, is alleged to have hugged the woman and kissed her cheek after dining with her and… Read

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Digital dilemma: Japan flirts with overly aggressive online copyright law

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Imagine this. While listening to your favorite song, you search the web for the lyrics, copy a few lines, and post them to your social media accounts. You love the song so much, you want to share it with others. It’s harmless fun, right? But would doing so make you… Read

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U.S. military serviceman, girlfriend found dead in apparent murder suicide

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A U.S. military serviceman killed his Japanese girlfriend and then himself at an apartment in Chatan, Okinawa, on Saturday morning, police said. According to police, the 31-year-old serviceman, who is believed to be a member of the U.S. Marine Corps' 3rd Marine Division, and the woman, 44, were found lying… Read

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Man arrested after sawing off bars at congested rail crossing

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Police have arrested a man who sawed off two bars at a railway crossing on Saturday, after he became angry at traffic congestion at the crossing. Katsunori Nakano, 53, told the police that he was in a hurry to go to his work. The bars had remained lowered after an… Read

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