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Nara to nix royalties for use of Sento-kun mascot

Jun 14, 2018

Nara to nix royalties for use of Sento-kun mascot

The Nara Prefectural Government said Wednesday that it will make the use of its official mascot free of charge from August. The local government, which currently collects a fee of 3 percent of expected sales for the use of Sento-kun, hopes that the new measure ...

Nara deer found with makeshift dart lodged in neck

Jun 13, 2018

Nara deer found with makeshift dart lodged in neck

One of the many deer in the city of Nara has been found with a makeshift dart lodged in its neck, local authorities said Wednesday, prompting police to launch an investigation. The roughly 4-year-old, 36-kilogram doe appears to have suffered only a minor injury and ...

U.S. man indicted for killing woman in Osaka

/ May 2, 2018

U.S. man indicted for killing woman in Osaka

Prosecutors indicted an American man Wednesday for killing a woman in Osaka in February. According to the indictment, Yevgeniy Vasilievich Bayraktar, strangled 27-year-old Saki Kondo at a condominium rented out to tourists on Feb. 16. The prosecutors charged him with injury resulting in death, not murder, ...