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Jul 7, 2014

Man guns down wife in Tokyo cafe

A man fatally shot his wife Sunday night in a cafe in the Ikebukuro district of Tokyo, apparently in a fit of anger during a quarrel. The suspect, whom police believe is a 54-year-old Chinese resident of Itabashi Ward, was collared on the street ...

Jul 7, 2014

Dinosaur tooth fragments 81 million years old found in Nagasaki

Three fossilized dinosaur tooth fragments have been discovered in a layer of earth 81 million years old in Nagasaki Prefecture, researchers said Monday. One of the three is from an ankylosaur, a bony-plated herbivore from the Upper Cretaceous period, estimated to be 5 to ...

Abe, New Zealand's Key unite on TPP, defense ties

Jul 7, 2014

Abe, New Zealand's Key unite on TPP, defense ties

Prime Minister Shinzo Abe and New Zealand counterpart John Key agreed Monday to work on concluding the Trans-Pacific free trade talks as soon as possible and to improve defense cooperation as Japan sheds its pacifist stance and seeks a more active security role. During ...

Jul 7, 2014

Torrential downpours hit Kyushu; flood warning issued

Northern Kyushu was lashed with heavy downpours Monday morning, triggering a high flood risk in rivers in an around Kumamoto Prefecture, NHK television reported. The Meteorological Agency has warned of potential landslides and river floods, adding floods may go above floor levels in low-lying ...

Jul 6, 2014

'Dappo' drug car crash injures three in Tokyo

A car driven by a motorist allegedly under the influence of quasi-legal “dappo” drugs crashed into other vehicles in Tokyo’s Kita Ward on Sunday, injuring three people. According to Metropolitan Police Department officials at Akabane Station, the car, which had stopped at a red ...

Top-notch Japanese grapes fetch a record $5,400: reports

Jul 6, 2014

Top-notch Japanese grapes fetch a record $5,400: reports

A bridal couple at a wedding venue in Ishikawa Prefecture will have a special treat at their banquet: a bunch of fresh, juicy grapes that cost a record $5,400. A wedding hall operator bought the Ruby Roman grapes at auction for a whopping ¥550,000 ...