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July, 29, 2016

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A Japanese politician who became an internet sensation for crying like a baby when he was accused of misusing public funds was handed a suspended sentence on Wednesday for corruption.
 
A U.S. military contractor charged with raping and killing a 20-year-old woman in Japan has asked that his trial be moved outside Okinawa, saying he may not receive a fair trial on the southern island where the case has received massive media coverage and opposition to U.S. bases is high, his lawyer said Wednesday.
 
Japanese victims of Dhaka siege arrive home
The bodies of seven Japanese nationals killed in a bloody restaurant attack in Dhaka were returned home early Tuesday on a government plane.
 
Some U.S. civilians working on military bases in Japan are likely to lose their protected legal status under planned changes announced Tuesday, as anger rages over the rape and murder of a local woman.
 
A former boxer who chopped off the penis of his wife's lover with a pair of garden shears before flushing it down the toilet was jailed in Japan Tuesday.
 
Japan's mammoth public pension fund has suffered its biggest annual loss since the global financial crisis, an official said Friday, risking criticism of its move to a stocks-focused strategy.
 
Japanese salarymen are struggling to get by on the monthly allowance they receive from their wives, which has fallen to its lowest level in decades, a survey showed.
 
Japanese prosecutors charged a U.S. military contractor Thursday with the murder and rape of a 20-year-old woman on Okinawa, a high-profile case that has renewed anti-American base sentiment on the southern Japanese island.
 
A Japanese judge who posted photos of himself half-naked and bound with ropes on Twitter has apologized for being "inappropriate".
 
An American base employee on Japan's Okinawa was arrested for suspected drunk driving Sunday, a week after tens of thousands of angry residents rallied in protest at crimes linked to the heavy U.S. military presence.
 
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