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July, 28, 2016

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Japanese protesters on Sunday demonstrated against the heavy U.S. military presence on the island of Okinawa, as tensions run high after a base employee was arrested following the rape and murder of a local woman.
 
Japan's first "naked restaurant" opens in Tokyo next month with draconian rules of entry -- podgy prospective diners will be weighed and ejected if found to be too fat.
 
US military lifts some restrictions on sailors in Japan
The U.S. Navy lifted some restrictions on off-base activity in Japan on Friday but maintained a prohibition on alcohol consumption as the military tries to repair aggravated relations with a Japanese public outraged by recent alleged crimes.
 
Video hints Japan aiding illegal ivory trade
Conservation activists on Thursday showed undercover video they say suggests that a "huge loophole" in Japanese law enforcement is hindering efforts to rein in illegal ivory trading.
 
With great 'aplumb'
Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe, center, eats an "umeboshi," or pickled plum, among Miss Plum queens of Kishu Plum Organization at his official residence in Tokyo on Monday, June 6.
 
Japanese banks that lost some 1.8 billion yen (US$16.5 million) when fake overseas cards were used at convenience store ATMs are scrambling to combat such fraud.
 
Abandoned Japanese boy released from hospital
TOKYO -- A Japanese boy who was found nearly a week after he was abandoned in a forest by his parents as punishment waved to onlookers as he released from a hospital Tuesday.
 
US navy in Japan under alcohol ban after DUI case
The U.S. navy said Monday it imposed an alcohol ban on its personnel in Japan as the Tokyo government condemned a military drink-driving case which fueled growing opposition to U.S. bases on Okinawa.
 
The father of a 7-year-old Japanese boy found alive nearly a week after his parents left him in a dense forest as punishment said his son has forgiven him, as details emerged of the boy's ordeal.
 
An American sailor was arrested Sunday on suspicion of drunken driving causing an accident on Japan's southern island of Okinawa, where public anger has run high over crimes by U.S. military personnel.
 
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