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All the latest news on Japan

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    Police in Osaka Prefecture, western Japan, are deploying 3,000 officers to find a suspect who has been on the run for a week. (NHK)

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    Japan's education ministry is planning to place English-speaking artificial intelligence robots in schools to help children improve their English oral communication skills. (NHK)

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    A 14-year-old boy was arrested Sunday for allegedly stabbing a newspaper delivery woman in Osaka Prefecture in July, in what he claimed to be a random attack, police said. (Japan Today)

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    A team of Kyoto University said Monday it has applied for approval by the health ministry of a plan to infuse platelets made from induced pluripotent stem cells into a sufferer of a serious blood disease. (Jiji)

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    The Japanese Olympic Committee said Monday that it has disqualified four basketball players from the ongoing 18th Asian Games in Jakarta and Palembang, for allegedly violating the code of behavior at international multisport event. (Jiji)

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    20 million foreigners have visited Japan so far this year. It's the earliest in any year this milestone has been reached. (NHK)

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    Japanese police arrested a 19-year-old university freshman on Monday for allegedly making and possessing triacetate triperoxide, a lethal explosive known as TATP. (Jiji)

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    2 tropical storms are bearing down on Japan. Weather officials are calling on people to keep up on developments as they approach. (NHK)

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    The northward migration of fugu, or blowfish, as well as new types created through mixed breeding, are causing confusion in Tokyo's Tsukiji food market. (NHK)

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    Camping is regaining popularity in Japan after a mid-1990s boom led by the country's "dankai" first baby boomers born in the late 1940s, with various new camping options available. (Jiji)

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    Every midsummer, much of Japan is treated to the sights and piercing sounds of cicadas. (soranews24.com)

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    Japanese sporting goods maker ASICS Corporation and telecom giant NTT have unveiled a prototype of a new shirt with a sensor to help wearers avoid heatstroke. (NHK)

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    Japan's space agency has picked 3 locations on the Ryugu asteroid for its Hayabusa-2 probe to make its first landing. It sees the asteroid's equator as the most likely point. (NHK)

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    Misa Matsushima is set to become the first female fighter pilot in Japan on Friday, when she is assigned to an Air Self-Defense Force base in southwestern Japan. (Jiji)

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    Japanese popular television series superhero "Kamen Rider" topped a list of heroes people admired in their childhoods, with "Sailor Moon," a heroine in anime series of the 1990s, coming first among women, according to a survey by Mitsubishi Electric Engineering Co. (Jiji)

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    Police in Osaka have arrested a 25-year-old woman on suspicion of abandoning the bodies of three infants in an apartment where she used to live in Sendai, Miyagi Prefecture. (Jiji)

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    Air guitar enthusiasts gathered in the Finnish city of Oulu on Friday to shred and strum their imaginary instruments in pursuit of the world championship of the bizarre dance form (Japan Times)

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    Japanese Emperor Akihito and Empress Michiko on Saturday visited a tennis court in the central Japan resort town of Karuizawa, where they first met 61 years ago. (Jiji)

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    It's getting ever more crowded in the ancient capital of Nara as record numbers of two-legged visitors encounter record numbers of four-legged residents, creating concerns about the health and safety of both groups. (Japan Times)

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    Prime Minister Shinzo Abe has officially announced he will run in the Liberal Democratic Party's leadership election in September. (NHK)

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