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Alarming tweet about hidden camera coat hooks in Japanese restrooms sparks anger online

Pay close attention to hooks in public restrooms—they may not be what they seem.

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Tokyo government orders cat cafe to shut down for violating animal welfare regulations

Forced temporary closure thought to be the first-ever in Japan.

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Korean chicken restaurant sued by Louis Vuitton for copyright infringement

A South Korean chicken restaurant owner got a rude awakening when he was slapped with a $12,800 fine for ripping off the famous French designer label’s name and monogram design.

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45-year-old man promptly arrested after asking police if it’s okay to date a 15-year-old

Police couldn’t help but think something might be afoot upon hearing the man ask, “Is it a crime to date a 15-year-old?”

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Japanese publisher groups protest “agreement” to cover up adult magazines in convenience stores

Organizations don’t want bare-all periodicals to have to hide under obscuring plastic covers.

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YouTuber conducts social experiment to test Japanese people’s legendary honesty 【Video】

How many Japanese passerby return the lost wallet to its owner?

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Kidnapped girl escapes from abductor after two years in confinement

A girl who was apparently held captive in Tokyo for two years has escaped and been reunited with her family.

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Anime voice actress arrested for cocaine possession in Tokyo won’t be prosecuted

Public Prosecutors Office opts for leniency following incidents in October and November.

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Tragic toy car accident in China leaves nation divided【Video】

Video footage showing the aftermath of a collision between an infant’s electric ride-on toy car and an upper-middle-aged woman has split public opinion between both sides.

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Masturbating man dressed as ninja has Seattle police stumped

We’ve heard of “different strokes for different folks,” but this is ridiculous.

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“Gentlemen” thieves punch man in face, run away with $27 after refusing his female friend’s money

It just goes to show that even lowlife muggers want to look cool when there’s a pretty girl nearby…

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Company president beats and kills employee, gets five years’ probation

Miyuki Muto, the president of a fish wholesaler, received a five-year suspended sentence for killing an employee after physically assaulting him.

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Illegal mosaic-free porn business busted after earning over US$1M in revenues

Osaka police recently uncovered a booming mail-order business servicing the entire nation with pornographic DVDs which lacked the legally required pixellation over actors’ genitalia.

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Restaurant manager arrested for armed robbery…of his own restaurant

“Aren’t you our manager?” asked a shocked member of staff when a man wearing a mask and sunglasses and brandishing a kitchen knife entered the restaurant and demanded money.

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J-pop idol fans run amok, drop their pants at Tokyo concert

Many Japanese venues allow concertgoers to wave glow sticks, but waving your junk? That’s a no-no.

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Work, welfare or prison? Man orders curry, refuses to pay, then calls the police to take him away

After a man turned himself into police for refusing to pay for his meal, some wondered if he might be mentally ill. On the other hand, some suspect he might be saner than many in Japan.

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Crying assemblyman Ryutaro Nonomura returns—shaven-headed and with a bizarre new move

Following his tear-drenched press conference and constant ear cupping, disgraced assemblyman Ryutaro Nonomura finally gets his day in court—and shocks the public yet again with a new trademark move.

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Old man chases dentist with metal rod, threatens to make him “taste the same pain”

Like something in a badly written comedy sketch, the elderly man allegedly began chasing his dentist around the room, shouting: “I’ll make you taste the same pain!”

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Thieving made easy! Japanese smartphone service lets you order duplicate keys by taking a photo

Breaking into people’s houses is a snap with this new app!

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Necklace thief in India swallows stolen goods, police feed him 40 bananas to make him poop it out

Talk about dirty money.

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