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Ex-actress Takagi denies marijuana possession at trial

Jan 23, 2017

Ex-actress Takagi denies marijuana possession at trial

Former actress Saya Takagi denied marijuana possession Monday at the first hearing of her trial at the Naha District Court in Okinawa Prefecture. Takagi, 53, had advocated for the legalization of medical marijuana in her failed campaign for an Upper House seat in last ...

Evacuation order lifted as Wakayama refinery fire abates

Jan 23, 2017

Evacuation order lifted as Wakayama refinery fire abates

A fire at an oil refinery that forced nearby residents to evacuate Sunday in Wakayama Prefecture subsided early Monday, allowing local authorities to lift an evacuation order for some 3,000 residents shortly after 4 a.m. According to local police and fire departments, no injuries ...

Itoigawa holds annual monkfish festival one month after blaze

Jan 23, 2017

Itoigawa holds annual monkfish festival one month after blaze

Some 5,500 people joined an annual monkfish festival in Itoigawa, Niigata Prefecture, on Sunday after a massive fire roared through city one month ago. The festival’s organizer once considered canceling the event, but decided to hold it to cheer up residents, an official of ...