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Nintendo to reboot classic Famicom game console

October 1, 2016 - 00:23
Hoping to turn golden oldies into silver, Nintendo Co. is to relaunch its hit Famicom gaming console, 33 years after the device first gripped the nation. (Japan Times)
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Japan posts videos to prepare citizens for next big quake

September 29, 2016 - 23:17
Houses toppling over, fires blazing out of control, trains going off their rails and murky water rushing through the streets, sweeping cars away. (Japan Times)
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Man arrested for 'jailbreaking' iPhones

September 29, 2016 - 22:51
Japanese police have arrested a hacker for illegally removing software restrictions on Apple's iPhones and selling the devices. (NHK)
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TEPCO delays replacing tainted water tanks

September 28, 2016 - 23:43
Tokyo Electric Power Company Holdings Inc. <9501> has effectively given up replacing tainted water storage tanks at its Fukushima No. 1 nuclear power station with safer ones at an early date, it was learned Wednesday. (Jiji Press)
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Japanese lunar rover tested on sand dunes

September 27, 2016 - 22:42
A Japanese team taking part in an international race to operate a rover on the Moon has begun testing its machine in sand dunes. (NHK)
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Fukushima ice wall failing to deliver on promise

September 27, 2016 - 22:22
Six months since the work began, the "ice wall" has failed to produce its intended results as groundwater continues to flow in and out of damaged facilities at the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power plant. (Nikkei)
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Japanese scientists bend over forward to win Ig Nobels for studies on perception

September 23, 2016 - 08:56
Two scientists from Japan won the spoof Ig Nobel perception prize Thursday for determining that objects look smaller when viewing them bent over and between one's legs. (Japan Times)
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Magnitude 6.4 earthquake strikes near Tokyo, Japan

September 23, 2016 - 03:48
A strong earthquake with a preliminary magnitude of 6.4 has struck southeast of Tokyo, the US Geological Survey (USGS) said. (
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This jellyfish may only exist in Japanese aquariums, remains undiscovered in the wild

September 22, 2016 - 22:37
A handful of photos making the rounds on Japanese blogs purport to show a species of jellyfish only found in Japanese aquariums. (
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Japan to scrap troubled Y1 trillion Monju fast-breeder reactor

September 21, 2016 - 12:52
The government decided to cut its losses Wednesday on the ¥1 trillion Monju fast-breeder reactor, pulling the plug on the project after years of mishaps, cover-ups and waste. (Japan Times)
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Typhoon rain raises tainted Fukushima plant groundwater to surface

September 21, 2016 - 07:41
Heavy rain brought by Typhoon Malakas caused contaminated groundwater to rise to ground level at the radiation-hit Fukushima No. 1 nuclear plant Tuesday night, raising fears of tainted water flooding out to the plant's port area, its operator said. (Japan Times)
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Monju program to be drastically reviewed

September 20, 2016 - 22:29
The Japanese government plans to hold on Wednesday a meeting of concerned Cabinet ministers to discuss the future of an experimental reactor in Fukui Prefecture. (NHK)
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Last public viewing of shinkansen-hoisting work held at JR Tokai plant

September 19, 2016 - 23:07
Rail fans got their final opportunity Sunday and Monday to see a "flying shinkansen" locomotive hoisted in the air for maintenance work in an event at a Central Japan Railway Co. (JR Tokai) plant. (Japan Times)
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At Tokyo Game Show, Nintendo conspicuous by absence

September 18, 2016 - 23:35
The weekend's Tokyo Game Show is one of the world's biggest draws for gamers and developers, but the talk amid the virtual reality headsets and robot arms was of the industry giant that never turned up: Nintendo Co Ltd. (Japan Today)
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Tokyo gamers slapped down for virtual groping

September 17, 2016 - 00:38
Virtual reality got a little too real at the Tokyo Game Show on Friday when gamers lined up at one exhibition and got touchy-feely with a mannequin that with VR goggles transformed into a female anime character. (Japan Today)
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Tokyo Game Show begins with focus on virtual reality

September 15, 2016 - 06:05
Virtual reality has arrived for real at the Tokyo Game Show, one of the world's biggest exhibitions for the latest in fun and games. (Japan Today)
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Monju reactor possibly on path to decommissioning

September 14, 2016 - 22:43
The government has begun making final arrangements with a view to possibly decommissioning Monju, the Japan Atomic Energy Agency's fast breeder nuclear reactor in Tsuruga, Fukui Prefecture, multiple government sources revealed on Wednesday. (
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TEPCO resumes removal of Fukushima plant cover

September 13, 2016 - 22:19
The operator of the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power plant has resumed work to remove a temporary cover from a damaged reactor building. (NHK)
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Alien fish in Nagoya Castle moat raise ecosystem concerns

September 13, 2016 - 22:14
Since an alligator gar was first spotted in the moat of Nagoya Castle seven years ago, repeated attempts to catch the carnivorous nonnative fish have been unsuccessful, raising concern over the adverse impact on the ecosystem around the central Japan landmark. (Jiji Press)
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Scientists warn of widespread coral bleaching in south Japan

September 12, 2016 - 23:31
Coral bleaching has spread around islands in Okinawa and Kagoshima prefectures, threatening to inflict the worst damage to the tourist-attracting coral reefs in southern Japan since 1998, researchers said. (Asahi)
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