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Eye Reflection in Selfie Was All Her Stalker Needed

Hibiki Sato charged with attacking Japanese pop star: cops

(Newser) - Celebrities, and anyone else hoping not to be found by creeps on the internet, can learn from an alarming stalking case out of Japan. According to media reports, a member of the J-pop group Tenshitsukinukeniyomi was sexually assaulted at her Tokyo apartment building last month after a fan figured out... More »

Tennis Phenom's Big Move: Give Up US Citizenship

Naomi Osaka had to make a decision by age 22, per Japan's rules

(Newser) - Naomi Osaka, born in Japan to a Japanese mom and Haitian-American dad , currently holds both US and Japanese citizenship. But once she turns 22 next week, Japan's nationality laws dictate she'll have to choose between the two—and the tennis star says she's going with the latter,... More »

Coming Typhoon Like One That Ravaged Japan in 1958

Hagibis could bring 2 feet of rain to Tokyo area

(Newser) - With a powerful typhoon expected to bring 2 feet of rain and damaging winds to the Tokyo area this weekend, Japan's government warned people Friday to stockpile supplies and evacuate before it's too dangerous. The Rugby World Cup and other events were canceled for Saturday, and flights and... More »

Automaker 'Corruption' Saga Has a New Twist

Greg Kelly is given his walking papers

(Newser) - Nissan Motor Co. executive Greg Kelly was released from detention in Japan on Tuesday after being granted bail over the alleged underreporting of his boss Carlos Ghosn's pay, the AP reports. The late-night release of Kelly, who is American, followed the Tokyo District Court's approval earlier in the... More »

World's Most Famous Fish Market Closes This Week

Workers aren't happy about closure of Tokyo's Tsukiji market

(Newser) - After years of delays, Tokyo's 80-year-old Tsukiji fish market is closing on Saturday to move to a more modern facility on reclaimed industrial land in Tokyo Bay. The new $5 billion facility at Toyosu will open on Oct. 11, over the objections of many working in Tsukiji who contend... More »

NYC No Longer Has the Most Super-Rich People

That honor transfers to Hong Kong

(Newser) - Looking to hobnob with the rich but not necessarily famous? Although New York City used to be where you'd be find the largest population of super-rich people in the world, Hong Kong has taken over the top spot this year, CNNMoney notes. That's per a new report from... More »

Man Turns Up Alive 11 Months After Wife Identifies Corpse

Police in Japan gave family wrong body

(Newser) - One body apparently looks much like another after a few days in Tokyo's Edo River. In June 2017, a Japanese woman who reported her husband missing identified a body found in the river as her loved one. She had the body cremated—and was shocked 11 months later when... More »

High Priestess of Tokyo Shrine Killed With Samurai Sword

Police say her brother also killed accomplice before taking own life

(Newser) - The former high priest of a famous Tokyo shrine killed his older sister, an accomplice, and finally himself with a samurai sword Thursday in what police believe was a feud over succession. Police say 58-year-old Nagako Tomioka, the high priestess of the Tomioka Hachimangu shrine, was killed by her brother,... More »

Tokyo Cops Make Horrific Find in Man's Apartment

9 dismembered bodies were in coolers

(Newser) - Tokyo police say they have arrested a man after finding "multiple" dismembered bodies in coolers in his apartment in a city southwest of the capital. A police spokesman said Tuesday the 27-year-old suspect confessed to cutting up the bodies and hiding them in cold-storage cases, covered with cat litter.... More »

These Are the Safest Big Cities in the World

Tokyo is No. 1, but none from US in top 10

(Newser) - The Economist is out with a new ranking of the world's safest cities, and it finds that none from the US crack the top 10. The closest is San Francisco at No. 15. Japan, on the other hand, has two of the top three. The Safe Cities Index ranked... More »

Tokyo's Hottest DJ Is an 82-Year-Old Woman

DJ Sumirock spent a year training to be a DJ at a local music school

(Newser) - Age may be nothing but a number, but one octogenarian in Tokyo is still defying the odds with her energy. Sumiko Iwamuro has spent six decades making dumplings in the restaurant she and her brother inherited from their family, but when her husband died in her 70s she decided to... More »

10 Best Cities for Students

After 5 years on top, Paris is dethroned

(Newser) - A French city has been replaced by a French Canadian one at the top of the QS Best Student Cities Ranking , a list of the best cities in the world for international students, based on university rankings, employment, affordability, and—for the first time this year—student opinions. To be... More »

This May Be the Weirdest Double Ever Hit in Baseball

Shohei Otani sends ball through roof of Tokyo Dome

(Newser) - For several minutes after Shohei Otani's at bat on Sunday , everyone at the Tokyo Dome—players and umpires included—looked confused. Rightly so seeing as Otani's ball seemingly disappeared while arching through the air during what looked like a sure home run in an exhibition game between Japan... More »

World's 10 Most Livable Cities

Tough break, America

(Newser) - Maybe Donald Trump is … right? Monocle just released its annual list of the 25 most livable cities in the world, and the first American city (Honolulu) doesn't even show up until number 23. Skift reports the rankings are based on things like architecture, safety, and public transportation. American... More »

Man Jailed for Severing Wife's Lover's Penis

Victim continues to 'suffer in agony' after horrific act with garden shears

(Newser) - Almost a year after his penis was severed with garden shears, a Japanese lawyer continues to "suffer in agony"—but this should ease his pain a little. Defendant Ikki Kotsugai, 25—who strolled into a Tokyo law office, beat his wife's lover until he was nearly unconscious,... More »

Japan's New Nude Restaurant Will Weigh You Before Letting You In

Also: no tattoos, touching, or old people

(Newser) - For a naked restaurant, Tokyo's The Amrita is surprisingly uptight. Unlike a new clothing-free restaurant in London , diners at The Amrita will be weighed and measured before being admitted, Mashable reports. If customers are 30 or so pounds heavier than the average weight for their height, they'll be... More »

'I Lost My Temper': Suspect in Stabbing of Japan Pop Star

Mayu Tomita was reportedly stalked on social media by man who says she spurned gift

(Newser) - A young Japanese pop star remains in critical condition after a man attacked her with a knife on Saturday at a Tokyo event, reportedly because she may have spurned a gift from him, per the Japan Times . Mayu Tomita, 20, was said by Tokyo Metropolitan Police to have been stabbed... More »

New Year's Tuna Sells for $118K

80-year-old Tokyo tradition is about to change

(Newser) - It's among the biggest of Japan's many New Year holiday rituals: Early on Tuesday, a huge, glistening tuna was auctioned for 14 million yen, around $118,000, at Tokyo's 80-year-old Tsukiji market. Sushi restaurateur Kiyoshi Kimura has prevailed in most of the recent new year auctions, and... More »

Unloved Single Men Take to Streets to Protest Christmas

'Losers With Women' call the holiday a 'capitalist ploy'

(Newser) - About 20 men took to the streets of Tokyo on Saturday to protest Christmas for discriminating against single men, AFP reports. "Unpopular men, who don't have a girlfriend or are not married, are overly discriminated," says the group's leader, going by the fake name Mark Waters.... More »

Head of Collapsed Mt. Gox Arrested in Tokyo

Mark Karpeles is suspected of inflating his own cash account

(Newser) - The head of the failed Japan-based bitcoin exchange Mt. Gox was arrested in Tokyo today on suspicion of inflating his cash account by $1 million. Mark Karpeles, 30, is suspected of accessing the exchange's computer system in February 2013 and swelling his account, Japanese police said. Mt. Gox went... More »

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