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Main landfill work begins at disputed U.S. base relocation site on Okinawa

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Japan's central government started main reclamation work Friday at a disputed U.S. military base relocation site on the southern island of Okinawa despite fierce local opposition. Construction workers dumped a truckload of sediment and bulldozed it into the sea at Henoko on Okinawa's east coast to build a runway for… Read

Crime

Man gets 18 years in prison for fatal highway road rage incident in 2017

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A Japanese court on Friday sentenced a 26-year-old man to 18 years in prison in a high-profile road rage case in which he was accused of causing an accident resulting in the death of a couple and the injury of their two teenage daughters. Kazuho Ishibashi was convicted of dangerous… Read

Crime

Officer on duty was watching porn on smartphone when prisoner escaped from police station

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A police officer who was on duty the night a prisoner escaped from a police station in Tondabayashi, Osaka, was watching porn on his smartphone at the time. According to investigative officials, Junya Hida —who has been charged with arson, rape and theft —managed to escape from the police interview… Read

National

4 people unaccounted for after house fire in Toyama Pref

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Four people are unaccounted for following a fire early Friday that burnt down a house in Tonami, Toyama Prefecture, local police and firefighters said. The fire broke out about 3:20 a.m. at the two-story wooden house of Hiroshi Miyazaki, 86, in the city of Tonami. Of the five occupants, a 24-year-old… Read

World

Trump's son-in-law Kushner possible next chief of staff: U.S. media

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Donald Trump's son-in-law and senior adviser Jared Kushner is on the short-list of potential candidates for the president's next chief of staff, U.S. media said Thursday. Kushner, an influential White House adviser and husband of Trump's daughter Ivanka, met with the Republican leader to discuss the job, according to the… Read

Sports

Koreas to meet IOC in February on joint Olympic bid

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The two Koreas on Friday agreed to hold talks with the International Olympic Committee on their joint bid for the 2032 Summer Games in February, Seoul said, as a rapid diplomatic thaw takes hold on the peninsula. North and South Korean officials will meet with the IOC in Lausanne, Switzerland… Read

Entertainment

Nancy Wilson, Grammy winning jazz singer, dies at 81

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Nancy Wilson, the Grammy-winning "song stylist" and torch singer whose polished pop-jazz vocals made her a platinum artist and top concert performer, has died. Wilson, who retired from touring in 2011, died after a long illness at her after a long illness at her home in Pioneertown, a California desert… Read

World

Police confirm more than 40 victims of U.S. serial killer -- so far

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U.S. investigators have so far confirmed that a 78-year-old drifter -- who could potentially be the most prolific serial killer in American history -- is responsible for more than 40 murders, authorities said Thursday. Samuel Little has confessed to 90 murders committed between 1970 and 2005, targeting mainly drug addicts… Read

Business

France plans Renault CEO search as board members disagree over Ghosn

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The French government is seeking candidates to replace Renault's embattled boss Carlos Ghosn, sources told Reuters, as board members began to voice doubts about keeping him in office following his indictment in Japan for suspected misconduct. At a meeting on Thursday, Renault directors were briefed on an investigation by alliance… Read

National

Gov't aims to have new foreign workers focus on regional areas

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The Japanese government plans to take measures to make regional labor markets accessible to foreign blue-collar workers to avoid them concentrating in large cities such as Tokyo when the country starts accepting them under the new visa system next year, the government's top spokesman said Thursday. With the recent enactment… Read

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