Apr 16 Young salmon released into river in Fukushima
Fishermen in Fukushima Prefecture have released young salmon into a local river for the first time in 4 years. (NHK )
Apr 15 Hakamada makes first public appearance as reprieve pends
Apparently perplexed but thrilled to find himself in the spotlight, Iwao Hakamada, formerly the world's longest-serving death-row inmate, made his first public appearance Monday in Tokyo since being released from prison and hospitalized. (Japan Times )
Apr 15 Spring festival in Takayama starts
The Takayama Spring Festival in central Japan kicked off on Monday with its traditional float parade. (NHK )
Apr 15 3 family members, one relative found dead in Aichi
Aichi prefectural police are investigating a possible link between the discovery of the bodies of a husband and wife and their eldest son, and the body of a male relative of the deceased family who was found hanging by his neck in a hotel. (Japan Today )
Apr 14 Taiwanese tourists hurt in deer rampage at Nikko
Visitors to one of Japan's most celebrated spots are being warned to be on the lookout, after two Taiwanese tourists were injured in a rampage by a wild deer. (Japan Today )
Apr 14 Body of missing worker from Okinotori atoll accident found
The body of one of two missing workers who died on March 30 after a floating pier overturned while being unloaded from a barge during construction work on a remote rocky atoll, was found on Sunday, the coast guard said. (Japan Today )
Apr 14 Mother, son killed after their car hit by police car
A 34-year-old woman and her 5-year-old son were killed after their car was hit by a police patrol car at an intersection in Tamba, Hyogo Prefecture, on Sunday. (Japan Today )
Apr 13 Man killed in hit-and-run in Yokohama
A 35-year-old man died after being hit by a car that kept going in Yokohama on Sunday morning. (Japan Today )
Apr 13 600 million dreamers
Mickey Mouse and friends celebrate the 600 millionth visitor to Tokyo Disney Resort's two theme parks (The Japan News )
Apr 13 'Galaxy train' aims to boost Tohoku area
East Japan Railway Co. launched a special train service on the JR Kamaishi Line in Iwate Prefecture on Saturday, using a restored C58 steam locomotive in a bid to help revive the local economy hit hard by the 2011 Great East Japan Earthquake. (The Japan News )
Apr 11 3 teenagers suspected in $4 million phone fraud
Tokyo police say 3 high school students under arrest in a telephone fraud case may have withdrawn from ATMs nearly 4 million dollars sent by victims. (NHK )
Apr 11 Boy killed by car on way to school in central Japan
An elementary school boy in Numazu in the central Japan prefecture of Shizuoka was killed and another injured Thursday after being hit by a car while on their way to school. (Jiji Press )
Apr 10 Emperor, empress celebrate 55th wedding anniversary
Emperor Akihito and Empress Michiko celebrated their 55th wedding anniversary on Thursday. (Japan Today )
Apr 10 Hunt for dangerous bear in Hokkaido
Hunters on the northernmost main Japanese island of Hokkaido are searching for a dangerous brown bear that has repeatedly attacked humans. (NHK )
Apr 10 Kyoto Imperial Palace opened to public
The Kyoto Imperial Palace has been opened to the public for its annual spring showing. (NHK )
Apr 09 Skeletal remains of 22-year-old woman discovered in Niigata
Police in Shibata, Niigata prefecture, said Wednesday that skeletal remains discovered in a thicket on Monday have been identified as the remains of a 22-year-old woman who had been missing since last November. (Japan Today )
Apr 09 84 toilets in Tokyo park vandalized
Police in Tokyo's Nerima Ward said that 84 toilets in a public park in Hikarigaoka were vandalized in the week between March 24 and April 1. (Japan Today )
Apr 09 Japan sets new guidelines to urge early evacuation calls
The Japanese government drew up new guidelines Tuesday to urge municipalities to issue evacuation advisories early without fear evacuations may end up being meaningless. (Jiji Press )
Apr 08 Google institute unveils works by Osamu Tezuka
Internet search engine Google has unveiled a collection of works by legendary Japanese manga artist, Osamu Tezuka. (NHK )
Apr 07 400-year-old cherry tree in full bloom
A 400-year-old weeping cherry tree is in full bloom at a Buddhist temple in Yamanashi Prefecture, central Japan. (NHK )
Apr 07 Icebreaker Shirase returns to Tokyo
The Maritime Self-Defense Force icebreaker Shirase with Captain Koji Hidaka returned to Tokyo's Harumi pier on Monday after a mission to the Antarctica. (Jiji Press )
Apr 06 Vietnam Air denies smuggling case involvement
A spokesman for Vietnam Airlines has denied that the airline was institutionally involved in the alleged smuggling of goods stolen in Japan that led to the arrest of a female cabin attendant by Japanese police last week. (Jiji Press )
Apr 06 A century later, Empress Dowager Shoken remembered for charity
Thursday marks the 100th anniversary of the death of Empress Dowager Shoken on April 11, 1914. (The Japan News )
Apr 05 Man rearrested for damaging Anne Frank books
Tokyo police rearrested a 35-year-old man on Friday, on the fresh charges of vandalizing 20 books including Anne Frank's "Diary of a Young Girl" at a public library run by Tokyo's Suginami Ward. (Jiji Press )
Apr 05 Gas cylinder full of nails explodes in police dorm in Sapporo
A gas cylinder exploded at a police dorm in Sapporo on Thursday night but no one was injured. (Japan Today )
Apr 05 Woman arrested for dumping body of baby in toilet in Gunma
Police in Ota City, Gunma Prefecture, said Friday they have arrested a 28-year-old woman after it was discovered she had dumped the body of her newborn boy in the toilet of her home. (Japan Today )
Apr 04 K-Pop stars big in Japan bridge diplomatic divide
Thousands of K-Pop fans flocked to a major concert by top South Korean music stars in Japan this week, with organisers and fans alike calling it a "bridge" for two nations locked in a never-ending diplomatic squabble. (Bangkok Post )
Apr 04 Fukushima junior high students perform in London
A junior high school symphony orchestra from Japan's disaster-hit Fukushima Prefecture has performed in one of the most prestigious concert venues in London. (NHK )
Apr 03 Japanese mobsters launch their own website
Japan's biggest organised crime syndicate has launched its own website, complete with a corporate song and a strong anti-drugs message, as the yakuza looks to turn around its outdated image and falling membership. (The Guardian )
Apr 03 Parents, son die in Arizona crash
Three members of a Japanese family died as their car collided with an oncoming vehicle being chased by police on a highway near Grand Canyon National Park in Arizona on Friday, it was learned Tuesday. (The Japan News )
Apr 03 Man hit by train, flung into commuters on platform
A man was killed after being hit by a limited express train at a station on the JR Osaka Loop Line on Tuesday night. The impact of the train flung him back onto the platform, injuring three women commuters, police said. (Japan Today )
Apr 01 Two men die at Japan immigration center
Two detainees at an immigration center in Japan died over the weekend, an official said Monday, just months after the death of another man at the same facility. (naharnet.com )
Apr 01 Japan allows people to return to Fukushima disaster 'hot zone'
For the first time since Japan's Fukushima nuclear disaster more than three years ago, residents of a small district 20 km from the wrecked plant are about to be allowed to return home. (firstpost.com )
Apr 01 Couple stabbed while sitting in car in parking lot
Police in Itabashi Ward, Tokyo, said Monday that a couple sitting inside their car in the parking lot of an apartment complex was suddenly attacked by an unknown individual who stabbed them repeatedly before fleeing the scene. (Japan Today )
Apr 01 Pier overturned 'in matter of minutes'
"We are very sorry for causing such a terrible accident," Yasuo Matsunaga, director of the Port and Airport Department of the Kanto Regional Development Bureau, said at a press conference held in Yokohama on Sunday afternoon. (The Japan News )
Apr 01 Prosecutors appeal decision to reopen Hakamada murder case
Prosecutors appealed on Monday last week's decision by the Shizuoka District Court to reopen a 1966 murder case involving former professional boxer Iwao Hakamada on death row. (Kyodo )
Apr 01 Police: Dubious diplomat returned to Ghana
Tokyo police have told NHK that Ghana's ambassador to Japan has returned to his home country amid allegations of involvement in an illegal casino in the Japanese capital. (NHK )
Apr 01 Retrial denied for executed convinct
A court dismissed a petition Monday for a retrial of a man who was executed in 2008 for the murder of two 7-year-old girls in Fukuoka Prefecture more than 20 years ago. (The Japan News )
Mar 31 Five dead, two missing after Japan bridge collapses
Five construction workers are reported dead and two more people are missing after a bridge collapsed during work on a remote reef in Japan, according to the Japanese coastguard. (ibtimes.co.uk )
Mar 31 Tokyo cops crack down on teen prostitution in Akihabara before Olympics
Throughout Tokyo, reports Shukan Jitsuwa (Apr. 10), a purification drive of the city's red-light areas is expanding, with the latest blow arriving in Chiyoda Ward's Akihabara area, where law enforcement is attempting to thwart child prostitution. (Tokyo Reporter )
Mar 31 China bans video game over adverts featuring Japanese porn star
A video game that featured a famous Japanese porn star in its promotion has been banned by China's Ministry of Culture, which is now fining the developer for publicizing porn. (shanghaiist.com )
Mar 30 Tokyo looks for blossoms, manners
Saturday was the first weekend day since the start of the cherry blossom viewing season was declared in Tokyo, and unseasonably warm weather in the Kanto region brought large crowds to popular viewing spots. (The Japan News )
Mar 29 Worker dies at TEPCO N-plant during reinforcement work
A worker at the Fukushima No. 1 nuclear power plant died after he was trapped under concrete and soil during work to reinforce a waste storage facility Friday, operator Tokyo Electric Power Co. <9501> said. (Jiji Press )
Mar 29 Lost paintings of Horyuji digitally restored
A group of experts has recreated Japan's oldest Buddhist wall paintings with cutting-edge digital technology. The paintings were lost in a fire 65 years ago. (NHK )
Mar 28 Sister joyful as Hakamada clears 1st step toward retrial
Hideko Hakamada was all smiles Thursday after the Shizuoka District Court granted her younger brother Iwao a retrial in the so-called Hakamada case. (The Japan News )
Mar 28 Amnesty International slams Japan's 'secrecy' on death penalty
Human rights group Amnesty International criticized Japan on Thursday for its continued used of the death penalty and the "secrecy" surrounding the execution process. (Japan Times )
Mar 28 Man loses leg after being hit by train in Saga
A man had his left leg severed below the knee after he fell from the platform and was hit by a train at a station in Karatsu, Saga Prefecture, police said. (Japan Today )
Mar 27 Death row inmate released
A 78-year-old man on death row has been released from a detention center in Tokyo, after a district court granted his request for a retrial. He has spent 48 years in detention. (NHK )
Mar 27 Crimes by foreign visitors in Japan up for 1st time in 9 years
Crimes by foreign visitors in Japan increased for the first time in nine years in 2013, the National Police Agency said Thursday. (Jiji Press )
Mar 27 Vietnam stewardess arrested in Japan
Tokyo police said Wednesday they have arrested a 25-year-old female cabin attendant of Vietnam Airlines on suspicion of attempting to smuggle stolen goods into Vietnam and searched the carrier's Tokyo office. (Bangkok Post )
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