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Shrinking Kochi village explores direct democracy

Facing a shortage of new assembly members, a mountain village in Kochi Prefecture is exploring direct democracy and possibly offering a glimpse into the future ...
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Stroller-makers Combi and Aprica raided for alleged antitrust violation
Wed, 18 Apr 2018 08:56:49 +0200
The Fair Trade Commission on Wednesday searched the headquarters of major stroller and baby product-makers Aprica Children’s Products G.K. and Combi Corp. for allegedly violating ...
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Couple arrested at Tokyo’s Haneda airport for attempting to smuggle meth worth ¥1.8 billion
Mon, 23 Apr 2018 15:17:32 +0200
A 43-year-old man and his 34-year-old wife have been arrested at Tokyo’s Haneda airport on suspicion of smuggling methamphetamine with an approximate street value of ...
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Seven-Eleven store chain forced owner to stay open during Fukui blizzard, union says
Wed, 18 Apr 2018 09:23:31 +0200
The owner of a Seven-Eleven convenience store in Fukui Prefecture was allegedly forced to work for about 50 hours without sleep in February after the ...
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Pompeo nomination narrowly avoids rare panel rebuke, heads to full Senate
Tue, 24 Apr 2018 08:58:10 +0200
Mike Pompeo, President Donald Trump’s choice for secretary of state, avoided a rare rebuke Monday as the Senate Foreign Relations Committee narrowly recommended him, but ...
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Power-sucking bitcoin ‘mines’ spark backlash
Tue, 24 Apr 2018 08:56:58 +0200
Bitcoin “miners” who use rows of computers whirring at the same time to produce virtual currencies began taking root along New York’s northern border a ...
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Prosecutors question key ex-Finance Ministry bureaucrat Nobuhisa Sagawa over document tampering
Tue, 24 Apr 2018 08:35:24 +0200
Public prosecutors have questioned former Finance Ministry bureaucrat Nobuhisa Sagawa on a voluntary basis over the ministry’s falsification of documents related to the controversial discount ...
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Mystery grows over pro-Saudi tabloid on sale in United States: Embassy got sneak peek
Tue, 24 Apr 2018 08:32:04 +0200
It landed with a thud on newsstands at Walmart and rural supermarkets last month: Ninety-seven fawning pages saluting Saudi Arabia, whose ambitious crown prince was ...
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Taiwanese consider China invasion unlikely, but see gaps in defenses: survey
Tue, 24 Apr 2018 08:22:19 +0200
Most Taiwanese believe China is unlikely to invade Taiwan, but lack confidence in the military’s ability to defend the island should such an invasion occur, ...
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Motive elusive after van driver kills 10 on Toronto sidewalk
Tue, 24 Apr 2018 08:20:43 +0200
Police in Canada’s biggest city are piecing together witness accounts and surveillance video trying to determine why a driver plowed a rented van along a ...
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Armenia celebrates after Serzh Sargsyan quits as prime minister following protests
Tue, 24 Apr 2018 08:03:25 +0200
Armenia’s veteran leader Serzh Sargsyan resigned on Monday after mass protests against his election as prime minister, a role that has sweeping powers, sparking celebrations ...
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World’s first penis and scrotum transplant done in U.S.
Tue, 24 Apr 2018 07:56:08 +0200
Doctors at Johns Hopkins University said Monday they have performed the world’s first total penis and scrotum transplant on a U.S. military serviceman who was ...
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FOCUS: G-7 backs Japan on abductees and security ahead of U.S.-N. Korea summit
Tue, 24 Apr 2018 07:49:03 +0200
In the run-up to a planned historic summit between the U.S. and North Korean leaders, Japan has won broader international backing for its efforts to ...
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Toronto police officer praised for refusing to shoot suspect in van attack
Tue, 24 Apr 2018 07:44:15 +0200
A Toronto police officer who refused to shoot the man suspected of plowing a van into crowds of pedestrians on Monday, killing 10 people, was ...
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18 dead in China karaoke lounge fire, arson suspected
Tue, 24 Apr 2018 07:40:21 +0200
Police in a southern Chinese city have caught a man suspected of setting a fire at a three-story building Tuesday that killed 18 people and ...
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Ex-U.S. President George H.W. Bush hospitalized with blood infection
Tue, 24 Apr 2018 07:27:57 +0200
Former President George H.W. Bush has been hospitalized in Houston with an infection, just after attending the funeral of his wife, Barbara, a spokesman said ...
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