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Father held over fatal abuse of daughter rearrested for earlier assault

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A man held on suspicion of assaulting his 10-year-old daughter just before she died late January, was served a fresh arrest warrant Thursday for allegedly slamming her against the floor about a month earlier, police said. Yuichiro Kurihara, 41, was initially arrested on Jan 25, the day after his daughter… Read

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Itochu worker detained in China for 1 year over espionage

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Chinese authorities have detained a male employee of major Japanese trading house Itochu Corp for about a year in connection with alleged espionage, sources familiar with the case said Thursday. The employee, who is in his 40s, was detained by state security authorities during a visit to Guangzhou, a port… Read

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24-year-old mother arrested over death of 2-month-old daughter

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Police in Yamaguchi City said Thursday they have arrested a 24-year-old old woman on suspicion of killing her two-month-old baby daughter at the social welfare facility where they were living. According to police, Reika Abe killed her daughter Ryuna by beating her about the head several times. Ryuna’s body was found… Read

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Japan to make unauthorized downloads of all copyrighted work illegal

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Japan will make it illegal to download without permission of copyright holders all works including manga, computer games and literary writings, after a government panel adopted the policy on Wednesday. In a report to the Cultural Affairs Agency, the panel called for broadening the scope of illegal downloads, currently restricted… Read

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Police investigate multiple incidents of lasers being focused on U.S. military aircraft near Yokota base

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Police in Tokyo are investigating multiple reports of lasers being aimed the cockpits of aircraft as they approach the U.S. military’s air base at Yokota. In the latest incident, on Feb 11, the pilots of two C-130 military transport aircraft reported seeing laser beams on the cockpit window as they… Read

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Ghosn hires new defense team in change of strategy

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Carlos Ghosn's chief defense attorney Motonari Otsuru resigned and was replaced by a team that includes hotshot lawyer Junichiro Hironaka, in a change of strategy from the ousted Nissan Motor chairman three months after his arrest. Ghosn, Nissan's one-time savior, has been held in detention since his Nov 19 arrest… Read

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Special branch: Poignant plea after bonsai burglary

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A Japanese cultivator of bonsai trees has appealed to the thieves who made off with his expensive potted plants to take good care of them. Seiji Iimura, a fifth-generation bonsai cultivator who runs a garden in Kawaguchi, Saitama Prefecture, told AFP the seven tiny trees stolen from his garden were… Read

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Prosecutors drop case against SDF officer arrested for allegedly sexually molesting woman on train

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Prosecutors in Tokyo have decided not to prosecute a 35-year-old Self-Defense Force officer who was arrested in March last year on suspicion of sexually molesting a 20-year-old woman on a train after he allegedly put his hand inside the woman's underwear. Ryoma Uemura, who is a lieutenant in the Ground… Read

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Man arrested for attempting to kill 15-year-old girl at her request

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Police in Atsugi, Kanagawa Prefecture, have arrested a 43-year-old man on suspicion of attempted murder after he allegedly tried to kill a 15-year-old girl who posted a message on social media that asked for someone to kill her. According to police, Yoshiteru Ashida, 43, who is a temp worker, saw… Read

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Man arrested for beating girl after she helps woman who vomited on bus

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Police have arrested a 24-year-old man on suspicion of assault after he beat a 15-year-old girl with an extendable baton in front of JR Utsunomiya Station in Utsunomiya, Tochigi Prefecture. The girl had been assisting a woman who became sick and vomited while aboard a bus. According to police, the… Read

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