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Government to freeze controversial medical fee for pregnant women, Japan’s health minister says

December 14, 2018 - 21:50
The government will temporarily suspend an extra medical fee that pregnant women were required to pay out of pocket to see doctors, health minister Takumi Nemoto said Friday. (Japan Times)
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Japan to offer free rubella vaccinations to combat outbreak

December 11, 2018 - 22:41
The Japanese government said Tuesday it will offer free rubella vaccinations for three years to men who were unvaccinated in their childhood amid an outbreak of the disease that threatens to dampen demand for travel to Japan. (Japan Today)
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Swine fever reported at public research institute as Gifu Prefecture logs third case this year

December 5, 2018 - 22:17
Officials from the city of Minokamo, Gifu Prefecture, said Wednesday that a case of classical swine fever has been discovered at a public research institute — the third such case of the virus being reported this year and just over a decade since it was official declared eradicated in Japan. (Japan Times)
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Experts: Extreme heat could hit Japan every year

December 4, 2018 - 20:26
Researchers warn that Japan could swelter under extremely high temperature every year due to global warming. (NHK)
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End of pagers in Japan

December 3, 2018 - 21:14
Pagers are set to be finally phased out of use in Japan. The last remaining carrier says it will be stopping its service at the end of next September. (NHK)
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Syphilis infections in Japan top 6,000 for first time since 1970

November 30, 2018 - 00:25
Cases of syphilis infections this year totaled 6,096 as of Nov. 18, exceeding an annual amount of 6,000 for the first time since 1970, the National Institute of Infectious Diseases said Wednesday. (Japan Times)
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Huge maglev shinkansen emergency exit shaft unveiled in Tokyo

November 28, 2018 - 23:25
Huge maglev shinkansen emergency exit shaft unveiled in Tokyo (Japan Times)
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AI patrol robot tested at Tokyo railway station

November 27, 2018 - 23:25
A patrol robot equipped with artificial intelligence is being tested at a Tokyo railway station. (NHK)
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Japan to hold companies accountable for AI decisions

November 26, 2018 - 23:54
Japan will make companies responsible for explaining decisions made by artificial intelligence software they use, according to a government draft of legal guidelines shared with Nikkei. (Nikkei)
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Fukushima Daiichi control room revealed 7 years after meltdowns

November 19, 2018 - 23:00
Time seemed to have stopped inside the main control room for the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power plant's crippled Nos. 3 and 4 reactors -- that is how Kyodo News reporters felt when they recently became the first journalists to enter the facility since the 2011 nuclear meltdowns there.

(Japan Today)

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Rubella infections starting to spread across Japan

November 13, 2018 - 20:39
Health officials in Japan say nearly 2,000 people have contracted rubella, or German measles, this year. (NHK)
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Canned mackerel certified as space food

November 12, 2018 - 21:12
Canned mackerel developed by high school students in central Japan has been officially certified as space food by the Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency, or JAXA. (NHK)
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Capsule with ISS experiments aboard is recovered after splashing down into ocean near remote island

November 11, 2018 - 19:45
A capsule ejected from a space cargo vessel returned to Earth on Sunday, bringing back experiment samples from the International Space Station (ISS) in the first such mission for Japan. (Japan Times)
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Whale shark found in Tottori river dies

November 11, 2018 - 19:28
A whale shark believed to have strayed into a river in Tottori Prefecture, western Japan, has been found dead. (NHK)
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Keio University submits research plan with goal of performing Japan’s first womb transplants

November 9, 2018 - 20:29
A Keio University team hopes to carry out Japan’s first clinical research into transplanting wombs to women who do not have the organ, according to sources. (Japan Times)
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Kyoto Univ. performs world's 1st iPS cell transplant for Parkinson's

November 9, 2018 - 20:09
Kyoto University said Friday it has conducted the world's first transplant of induced pluripotent stem cells to treat Parkinson's disease. (Kyodo)
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Players affected as online game ‘Final Fantasy XIV’ hit by ‘unprecedented’ cyberattacks

November 1, 2018 - 21:32
Servers for Square Enix Co.’s popular online game “Final Fantasy XIV” has been hit by a series of cyberattacks since early October, preventing some users from accessing the service, its publisher said Thursday. (Japan Times)
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New GPS service begins using Michibiki satellites

November 1, 2018 - 21:21
Japan has launched a new GPS service accurate to within several centimeters thanks to its Michibiki satellites. (NHK)
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TEPCO deletes hashtag after public outcry

October 29, 2018 - 20:13
The operator of the crippled Fukushima Daiichi Nuclear Power Station has deleted a hashtag it used for Instagram that means to enjoy views of the plant. (NHK)
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Rocket carrying 1st UAE-made satellite launched from Japan

October 29, 2018 - 20:10
A Japanese rocket on Monday lifted the United Arab Emirates’ first locally made satellite into orbit successfully from a space centre in southern Japan. (
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