Academic tests canceled in Kumamoto

Japan Education News - April 19, 2016 - 21:27
The education ministry conducted academic achievement tests at primary and middle schools across the country on Tuesday, except for Kumamoto Prefecture and some other earthquake-affected areas in the Kyushu region. (
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American not prosecuted for murder in death of Tokyo woman

Japan Society News - April 19, 2016 - 07:22
An American male on trial at the Yokohama District Court in the death of a woman in Miura City last July will not be prosecuted on charges of murder, reports Nippon News Network (April 19). (Tokyo Reporter)
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Gang boss convicted in Gunma slaying confesses to murder in Kanagawa

Japan Society News - April 19, 2016 - 07:18
Following a confession by gang boss previously convicted in an infamous slaying in Gunma Prefecture more than a decade ago, Tokyo Metropolitan Police on Tuesday began searching a mountainous area of Isehara City for the body of a man believed to have been murdered by the mobster in a separate case, reports TBS News (April 19). (Tokyo Reporter)
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Balloon used to improve mobile phone disorder

Japan Sci-Tech News - April 18, 2016 - 22:31
A major telecom company has used a balloon to improve its mobile phone service disrupted by a series of strong earthquakes in southwestern Japan. (NHK)
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No clear outlook on end of Kyushu aftershocks

Japan Sci-Tech News - April 18, 2016 - 22:29
The Japan Meteorological Agency has yet to issue an official forecast on when aftershocks might subside in Japan's southwestern island of Kyushu, as experts struggle to make sense of the unusual patterns of the region's recent earthquakes. (Nikkei)
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Violent winds pound Tokyo, topple mid-construction nine-story building

Japan Society News - April 18, 2016 - 22:21
Nature has been showing its tremendous power in terrifying style over the last few days in Japan. Following several days of powerful earthquakes on the southern island of Kyushu, wild weather patterns dumped heavy rains on the Tokyo area last weekend until the storm clouds were forcefully blown away by near-typhoon strength winds. (
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Tokyo govt starts capturing mosquitoes for virus checks

Japan Sci-Tech News - April 18, 2016 - 22:12
The Tokyo metropolitan government started capturing mosquitoes in Yoyogi Park and Ueno Park on Monday to check whether they carry viruses, in order to prevent the outbreak of mosquito-borne infectious diseases such as Zika and dengue fever. (Jiji Press)
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Fire departments acquire drones for disaster use

Japan Sci-Tech News - April 18, 2016 - 22:07
Fire departments in cities near Tokyo have been equipped with drones to assess aerial information in the event of a major disaster. (NHK)
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18 quake survivors may have deep vein thrombosis

Japan Society News - April 18, 2016 - 22:06
At least 18 survivors of the earthquakes in Kumamoto Prefecture have been diagnosed with suspected deep vein thrombosis, also known as economy class syndrome. Two of them, including a 61-year-old woman, are now unconscious. (NHK)
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Food in short supply in quake-hit area; 104,900 remain in shelters

Japan Society News - April 18, 2016 - 08:43
Food shortages worsened at shelters in Kumamoto Prefecture on Monday as tens of thousands remained evacuated from their homes after powerful earthquakes jolted southwestern Japan last week, while local administrative offices struggled to function due to the damage caused to their buildings. (Japan Today)
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Toyota, other major Japanese firms hit by quake damage, supply disruptions

Japan Business News - April 17, 2016 - 22:32
Toyota Motor Corp, the world's biggest-selling automaker, said on Sunday it would suspend much of its production at plants across Japan this week after earthquakes in the country's south led to a shortage of parts, while some other manufacturers extended stoppages due to damage to factories. (Japan Today)
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Aso Shrine buildings collapse

Japan Society News - April 17, 2016 - 22:23
ASO, Kumamoto - Historically valuable building structures in Kumamoto Prefecture were seriously damaged by strong tremors from a huge earthquake that occurred early Saturday. (
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Seismic activity stretched 100 kilometers

Japan Sci-Tech News - April 17, 2016 - 22:17
The magnitude-7.3 earthquake that pounded Kumamoto Prefecture early Saturday was more powerful than a foreshock that struck two days earlier. (
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Abe cancels campaign stops to manage crisis

Japan Politics News - April 17, 2016 - 22:16
The government ratcheted up its disaster response efforts as devastation spread after another powerful earthquake hit Kumamoto Prefecture, with Prime Minister Shinzo Abe and Chief Cabinet Secretary Yoshihide Suga joining other officials at the Prime Minister's Office early Saturday morning. (
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US Marines' ospreys to be used for quake relief

Japan Politics News - April 17, 2016 - 22:08
US Osprey aircraft have been transferred to western Japan to be used in relief flights in the country's southwest, which has been hit by a series of earthquakes. (NHK)
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Kyushu quakes hit Japan's broader economy

Japan Economy News - April 16, 2016 - 23:16
Two powerful earthquakes and a series of aftershocks in the Kumamoto region on the island of Kyushu in southern Japan have cut air, road and rail services, causing wider disruption to the country's already sluggish economy. (Nikkei)
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Some sleep in cars after 2 nights of quakes kill 41 in Kyushu

Japan Society News - April 16, 2016 - 23:13
The wooden home barely withstood the first earthquake. An even stronger one the next night dealt what might have been the final blow - if not to the house, then to the Tanaka family's peace of mind. (Japan Today)
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G20 to accelerate crackdown on tax evasion

Japan Economy News - April 16, 2016 - 22:41
Finance leaders from 20 major economies have agreed to encourage countries and regions to take part in an international framework aimed at preventing tax evasion. (NHK)
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Experts: Mt. Aso link unlikely

Japan Sci-Tech News - April 16, 2016 - 22:36
Experts rejected the possibility that active volcanoes in the Kyushu region have been affected by the recent earthquakes, though there was a small-scale eruption on Mt. Aso in Kumamoto Prefecture at about 8:30 a.m. on Saturday. (
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Student apartments collapse

Japan Education News - April 16, 2016 - 22:34
Twelve university students were temporarily trapped when apartment buildings collapsed in Minami-Aso, Kumamoto Prefecture. (
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