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February, 24, 2017

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Charlotte's excellent adventure
This handout picture shows a pony that ran away from a pet shop in downtown Tokyo. The pony, a male miniature named Charlotte, enjoyed a brief taste of freedom -- and some grass -- before being gently coaxed back.
 
Japan passed a long-awaited bill to legalize casinos Thursday, Jiji Press reported, opening up a market seen as a potential global gaming powerhouse rivaling Asian titan Macau.
 
US military grounds Osprey planes after crash
The U.S. Marines suspended flights of their Osprey aircraft in Japan on Wednesday as anger mounts over an accident that saw one of the hybrid planes crash off the southern island of Okinawa.
 
Japan's opposition launched a last-ditch bid Wednesday to stall passage of a controversial bill to legalize casinos.
 
US military Osprey crash-lands off Okinawa, no fatalities
U.S. military Osprey aircraft has crash-landed off Japan's southern island of Okinawa, but its five crewmembers were safely rescued.
 
Japan denies dangerous fighter jet conduct
Japan protested to China on Monday about what it says are groundless accusations that Japanese fighter jets had fired "jamming shells" as six Chinese military planes flew over waters between Japan's southern Okinawa and Miyako islands.
 
The National Police Agency intends to conduct research on 10,000 households with mainly junior and senior high school students as the selfies of people in this age group are being used as online child pornography in a rapidly increasing number of cases, sources said.
 
Japan tags the fingers and toes of dementia sufferers with barcodes
A Japanese city has introduced a novel way to keep track of senior citizens with dementia who are prone to getting lost -- tagging their fingers and toes with scanable barcodes.
 
Japan's defense chief Tomomi Inada said Wednesday she believes her country's alliance with the United States will endure in the Trump administration because it benefits both countries.
 
Japan's defense chief says alliance with US will endure
Japan's defense chief said Wednesday she believes her country's alliance with the United States will endure in the Trump administration because it benefits both countries.
 
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