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Osaka murder suspect has history of similar crimes

Aug 31, 2015

Osaka murder suspect has history of similar crimes

With the investigation into the murder of two teenagers from Neyagawa, Osaka Prefecture, apparently making little headway, police are looking into links with that case and similar crimes the suspect was convicted of more than a decade ago. Koji Yamada, 45, was arrested Aug. ...

Okinawa launches coral survey at Futenma replacement site

Aug 31, 2015

Okinawa launches coral survey at Futenma replacement site

The Okinawa Prefectural Government began an underwater survey Monday to check the condition of coral reefs off the planned replacement site for the U.S. Futenma military base, which could result in revoking permission for drilling work if damage is confirmed. The prefectural government had ...

Aug 31, 2015

Muslim man on hunger strike after immigration gives him pork

The immigration control office in Yokohama erroneously provided a Muslim man in detention with pork, contrary to the dietary doctrine of his religion, prompting him to launch a hunger strike, officials said. The man, who was being detained for deportation procedures, found bacon in ...

Thousands protest Abe, security bills at Diet rally

Aug 30, 2015

Thousands protest Abe, security bills at Diet rally

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In one of the strongest signs of public frustration over controversial security bills likely to be passed by lawmakers next month, thousands of people surrounded the Diet building Sunday afternoon to protest their enactment and call for the resignation of Prime Minister Shinzo Abe. ...