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High court denies injunction against MOX fuel use at nuclear plant

June 28, 2016 - 03:37
The Fukuoka High Court upheld Monday a lower court decision rejecting a citizens group's demand that fuel containing plutonium is not to be used for power generation at an idled reactor in southwestern Japan due to safety concerns. (Japan Today)
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High-definition images of Yamato released

June 25, 2016 - 22:56
The Kure municipal government has released images taken from high-definition video footage of the sunken battleship Yamato, including a chrysanthemum seal at its bow. The Yamato was attacked by U.S. forces and capsized off Kagoshima Prefecture in April 1945. (
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Mammal fossil skeleton from dinosaur era found in Japan

June 25, 2016 - 22:45
A fossil skeleton that forms almost the whole body of a herbivorous mammal has been discovered from a Lower Cretaceous layer of earth of about 120 million years ago in Katsuyama, Fukui Prefecture, central Japan, it was announced Saturday. (Jiji Press)
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Japan railway plans lighter, less power hungry bullet train

June 24, 2016 - 22:28
Central Japan Railway will in about four years introduce a new bullet train that will be lighter and consume 7% less electricity than the latest varieties in operation, the company announced Friday. (Nikkei)
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Cockroaches in Japan becoming 200 times more resistant to insecticide

June 20, 2016 - 23:12
We're getting deep into cockroach season here in Japan, where those nauseating little balls of disgust wake up and greet us in our homes with surprise visits. (
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Toyota's U.S. robotics boss promises results within 5 years

June 20, 2016 - 23:06
The U.S. robotics expert tapped to head Toyota's Silicon Valley research company says the $1 billion investment by the giant Japanese automaker will start showing results within five years. (Japan Today)
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40-year-old nuclear reactors receive green light

June 19, 2016 - 22:52
The Nuclear Regulation Authority is preparing to evaluate aging nuclear reactors on the Sea of Japan coast, central Japan, for noticeable deterioration in their operating capability. (NHK)
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Strong quake jolts northern Japan's Hokkaido

June 16, 2016 - 08:04
A strong earthquake jolted Hokkaido on Thursday afternoon, measuring lower 6, the third-strongest level on the 10-notch Japanese seismic intensity scale, in the city of Hakodate in the northernmost Japan prefecture. (Jiji Press)
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Hitachi to develop cancer analysis method

June 14, 2016 - 22:48
Electronics giant Hitachi is looking to diversify its business. It wants to develop a simple way of detecting early-stage cancer by screening urine samples. (NHK)
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Strong quake jolts Kumamoto

June 13, 2016 - 00:38
A strong earthquake has jolted Kumamoto Prefecture in Japan's southwestern region of Kyushu. (NHK)
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Huge quake risks rise in Japan areas along Nankai trough

June 11, 2016 - 00:22
The probability of an earthquake measuring lower 6 or stronger on the Japanese seismic intensity scale of 7 within 30 years has risen in the Tokai central through Shikoku western Japan regions facing the Nankai Trough in the Pacific Ocean, a government report showed Friday. (Jiji Press)
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Japanese researcher expresses joy over 'nihonium'

June 9, 2016 - 19:35
Kosuke Morita, a scientist at Japanese research institute Riken and leader of a team that discovered the 113th element, expressed his joy on Thursday, the day after the proposed name of the element, "nihonium," was unveiled. (Jiji Press)
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Toy show features advanced tech

June 9, 2016 - 19:29
Toys employing virtual reality and other cutting-edge technologies, including those equipped with miniature cameras, are on display at the annual International Tokyo Toy Show, which opened on Thursday. (
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Pacific bluefin tuna treading in dangerous waters

June 8, 2016 - 23:30
Progress toward conserving endangered Pacific bluefin tuna is not enough to keep up with the pace of fishing, and the industry faces the risk of collapse, said Amanda Nickson, director for Global Tuna Conservation at the Pew Charitable Trusts. (Nikkei)
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Japan scientists plan to name atomic element 113 "Nihonium"

June 8, 2016 - 12:26
Japanese scientists who discovered the atomic element 113 plan to name it "Nihonium," sources close to the matter said Wednesday. (Kyodo)
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Panel: Hitomi failure caused by human error

June 8, 2016 - 12:23
A Japanese science ministry panel has blamed the failure of the astronomy satellite Hitomi on human error and problems with the space agency's system for developing the project. (NHK)
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US: Ship carrying plutonium from Japan arrives

June 7, 2016 - 23:35
US nuclear safety officials have announced that a shipment of plutonium from Japan has arrived in the United States. (NHK)
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TEPCO expands ice wall operations at Fukushima

June 7, 2016 - 04:44
Tokyo Electric Power Company has expanded operations to create an underground ice wall at the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear plant to stop the volume of contaminated groundwater from increasing. (NHK)
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Riken to resume iPS transplant with Kyoto Unv., others

June 6, 2016 - 22:37
The Japanese government-affiliated research institute Riken said Monday that it will resume its clinical study in which retinal tissues developed from iPS cells will be transplanted in an eye disease patient, in cooperation with Kyoto University and other medical institutes. (Jiji Press)
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Crested ibis reintroduction marks another success

June 1, 2016 - 23:13
Japan's program to revive the endangered crested ibis in the wild has marked a new success. For the first time in 42 years, 2 chicks born to a wild pair have left their nest. (NHK)
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