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Japan to remove goshawk from endangered species list

August 23, 2017 - 23:15
A subgroup of the Japanese government's Central Environment Council on Wednesday approved the removal of the goshawk from the list of domestic endangered species on Sept. 21, after the recovery of its population. (Jiji)
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Ueno Zoo's baby giant panda follows moving objects

August 22, 2017 - 23:57
Tokyo's Ueno Zoo said Tuesday that the female cub born to the zoo's giant panda, Shin Shin, moves her head to follow objects in motion near her, suggesting she can recognize things in front of her. (Jiji)
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Japan health ministry to promote genomic medicine

August 22, 2017 - 23:48
Japan's health ministry is looking to add a new weapon in the fight against cancer. The ministry plans to request about 18 million dollars in its draft budget for next fiscal year in order to promote genomic medicine for cancer patients. (NHK)
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New tie-up to tackle cancer drug research

August 22, 2017 - 05:56
The National Cancer Center will establish a system for cooperating on the development of cancer drugs with four medical institutions in South Korea, Taiwan, Singapore and Hong Kong, The Yomiuri Shimbun has learned. The scheme aims to expedite the approval of new drugs. (
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Work to finish ice wall at crippled plant to begin

August 22, 2017 - 01:17
The operator of the crippled Fukushima Daiichi nuclear plant will begin the final phase of creating an underground ice wall on Tuesday. (NHK)
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Oita city tries to fend off farm-raiding monkeys with drone

August 20, 2017 - 01:07
The Oita city government in southwestern Japan is working to scare off farm-raiding wild monkeys using a drone decorated to look like a hawk -- their natural enemy. (Japan Today)
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Japan successfully launches 3rd GPS satellite

August 20, 2017 - 00:50
Japan has successfully launched a rocket carrying the third satellite for its own version of a global positioning system. (NHK)
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Healthy sperm from sterile mice through iPS

August 18, 2017 - 13:36
Japanese and British researchers have found out that healthy sperm can be produced by making a kind of stem cell called iPS from sterile mice. (NHK)
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Japanese H-2A rocket launch rescheduled for Saturday

August 18, 2017 - 01:08
A heavy-duty version of Japan's H-2A rocket is now scheduled to lift off Saturday with a geostationary navigation satellite after a week-long delay to diagnose and resolve a leak in the rocket's propulsion system, the Japanese space agency announced Wednesday. (
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Where does the Battleship Hiei rest?

August 18, 2017 - 01:05
A nonprofit organization based in Tokyo plans to identify the resting place of the Battleship Hiei (see below), which sank off the island of Guadalcanal during one of the fiercest battles of World War II. (
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Extinct Japanese river otter may still survive

August 17, 2017 - 11:09
Japanese researchers say an extinct variety of otter formerly widespread across the country may still survive in southwestern Japan. The Japanese river otter was officially declared extinct in 2012. (NHK)
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Giant tortoise that fled zoo found 140 meters away

August 16, 2017 - 23:39
A giant tortoise that made a break from a Japanese zoo has been found safe and sound two weeks after it escaped -- just 140 meters from the park. (Japan Today)
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Panda cub growing steadily 2 months after birth

August 15, 2017 - 01:32
A giant panda cub at Tokyo's Ueno Zoo is growing steadily 2 months after her birth. (NHK)
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Launch of Michibiki No.3 postponed

August 13, 2017 - 01:24
The planned launch of a rocket carrying the navigation satellite Michibiki No. 3 has been postponed. (NHK)
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Red tide kills 270,000 puffer fish in Nagasaki

August 8, 2017 - 23:33
About 270,000 puffer fish farmed in a bay off Nagasaki Prefecture have died due to the outbreak of red tide, resulting in damage of around 400 million yen, a local fisheries cooperative said Tuesday. (Japan Today)
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Mazda announces breakthrough in long-coveted engine technology

August 8, 2017 - 23:28
Mazda Motor Corp said Tuesday it would become the world's first automaker to commercialise a much more efficient petrol engine using technology that deep-pocketed rivals have been trying to engineer for decades, a twist in an industry increasingly going electric. (Japan Today)
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Tainted cars left Fukushima compound unchecked

August 8, 2017 - 23:26
The operator of the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power plant says hundreds of vehicles contaminated with radioactive substances left the compound unchecked in the immediate aftermath of the 2011 accident. (NHK)
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Japan 5-year cancer survival rate at 65.2 pct

August 8, 2017 - 23:15
The five-year survival rate of cancer patients in Japan stands at 65.2 pct, the National Cancer Center said in a survey report on Wednesday. (Japan Times)
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Groundwater level plunges near Fukushima reactor

August 3, 2017 - 23:04
The operator of the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power plant says the groundwater level briefly plummeted near a building that houses one of the crippled reactors. (NHK)
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Japanese hospital to consider womb transplants

August 2, 2017 - 23:34
A Japanese hospital has set up a project team to consider womb transplants for women born without a uterus or whose uterus has been surgically removed for cancer or other conditions, the hospital told Kyodo News on Wednesday. (Japan Today)
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