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New Yamanote Line train pulled from service after multiple malfunction warnings go off

East Japan Railway Co. suspended operation of its new train on the Yamanote Line in Tokyo only a day after its debut Monday after multiple malfunction warnings were displayed on the driver's cab monit...

Tochigi cops arrest housewife for poisoning husband's shochu

Tochigi Prefectural Police on Monday arrested a 33-year-old housewife in Utsunomiya City for attempting to kill her estranged husband by poisoning his alcohol, reports Nippon News Network (Nov. 30). (...

Kyoto cops bust Japan's top dating site for prostitution

Kyoto Prefectural Police on Monday busted a company that operates the top dating site in Japan for fostering prostitution, reports NHK (Nov. 30). (Tokyo Reporter)

Japan to extend emergency import curb system for beef, pork

The Abe administration and ruling camp plan to extend the safeguard import restriction system for beef and pork by one year until the end of March 2017. (Japan Times)

16-day-old girl dies after being put in trash can by parents

Police in Yonezawa, Yamagata Prefecture, have arrested a 23-year-old man and his 17-year-old wife over the fatal abuse of their 16-day-old daughter. The infant died after she was placed in a trash can...

Osaka court finds mother not guilty in death of myopathic daughter

The Osaka District Court on Monday found a 20-year-old mother not guilty of causing the death last year of her 3-year-old daughter, who had an intractable disease, by not feeding her sufficiently. (Ja...

ATMs in Japan will be easier for foreigners to use

Japanese banks are trying to improve services to accommodate a growing number of foreign visitors, after many have pointed out inconveniences. (NHK)

City assembly member in hot water over discriminatory tweets about same-sex marriage

Municipal assembly leaders in Ebina, Kanagawa Prefecture, issued a warning Monday to Masumi Tsurusashi, a 71-year-old assemblyman, over discriminatory remarks he made on his Twitter account about gay ...

Firms in Japan to launch workers' stress checks

Japanese companies will check their employees' stress levels, starting on Tuesday, as part of efforts to prevent work-related mental disorders. (NHK)

Nebuta float debuts at Hollywood parade

A giant float from one of Japan's largest summer festivals has made its debut at the 84th annual Hollywood Christmas Parade. (NHK)

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