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Japanese-developed digital globe to be displayed at Geneva Airport

15 hours 49 min ago
The U.N. International Strategy for Disaster Reduction said Friday that it will display at Geneva International Airport the Tangible Earth, a Japanese-developed interactive digital globe that visualizes disasters such as typhoons as well as air pollution. (Jiji Press)
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Tainted water problems still plague Fukushima, despite some positive signs

September 20, 2014 - 00:13
More than three years since it was crippled by a megaquake, tsunami and triple core meltdown, the Fukushima No. 1 power plant is still bleeding tons of toxic radioactive water into the Pacific Ocean. (Japan Times)
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Japanese researchers' banana peel study wins Ig Nobel award

September 19, 2014 - 12:55
Researchers who measured the slipperiness of banana peels, the ability of pork strips to stop nosebleeds and the reactions of reindeer to humans in polar bear suits were among the winners of this year's Ig Nobel prizes for comical scientific achievements. (Japan Times)
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Teen charged in hacking attack

September 18, 2014 - 23:27
Police sent papers on a 16-year-old boy to public prosecutors Thursday over a suspected distributed denial of service (DDoS) attack on an online game company. (The Japan News)
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iPS tests show statins could treat dwarfism

September 18, 2014 - 23:02
Researchers at Kyoto University have used tests with induced pluripotent stem cells, or iPS cells, to show that a widely-used drug could help in the treatment of people with dwarfism. (NHK)
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Fresh lava covers Nishinoshima Island

September 18, 2014 - 22:58
The Japan Coast Guard has confirmed that fresh lava flows have almost covered Nishinoshima Island south of Tokyo. (NHK)
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Tokyo Game Show opens at Makuhari Messe

September 18, 2014 - 05:11
The Tokyo Game Show 2014 opened at the Makuhari Messe convention center in Chiba, east of Tokyo, on Thursday for a four-day run. (Jiji Press)
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IWC adopt resolution to tighten screening of research whaling programs

September 17, 2014 - 23:35
The International Whaling Commission adopted a resolution Thursday calling for tightening its screening of research whaling programs, as Japan hopes to resume hunting for scientific purposes in the Antarctic Ocean under a new program. (Jiji Press)
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Japan, others likely to agree on eel farming curbs

September 17, 2014 - 00:08
Japan, China, Taiwan and South Korea are believed to have largely reached an agreement to set limits on the volume of glass, or young, eels that fish farmers can purchase for farming, in order to prevent overfishing, sources familiar with the situation said Tuesday. (Jiji Press)
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Obokata's mentor admits STAP cell creation not easy

September 16, 2014 - 23:53
Charles Vacanti, a Harvard University professor and key coauthor of retracted STAP cell articles, and his fellow Japanese researcher have published a revised protocol to produce the pluripotent stem cells, admitting creating the cells is not easy. (Jiji Press)
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Noguchi to head international astronauts body

September 16, 2014 - 23:47
Japanese astronaut Soichi Noguchi has been elected the first Asian president of the Association of Space Explorers at an annual meeting in Beijing. (The Japan News)
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Season's first dolphins killed in Taiji

September 16, 2014 - 23:31
The first dolphins of the season were slaughtered Tuesday in the small town of Taiji, Wakayama Prefecture, campaigners and a local fishermen's union said, commencing an annual cull repeatedly condemned by animal rights groups. (Japan Times)
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New Japanese battery only needs water to power up smartphones in a disaster

September 15, 2014 - 23:33
Sitting on several fault lines, Japan is no stranger to natural disasters and the havoc that ensues afterward. While these tragedies can't be prevented, their effects can be lessened by making a disaster preparedness kit to handle several days without power or access to food and water. (rocketnews24.com)
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Japan's whaling has produced more sushi than science

September 15, 2014 - 13:06
In 1994, member governments of the International Whaling Commission (IWC), the whaling regulatory body, agreed to create a vast sanctuary in the Southern Ocean. There, commercial whaling would be barred so whales hunted nearly to extinction could replenish their numbers in the cold, nutrient-rich waters and thrive again. The Southern Ocean Whale Sanctuary was designed to serve as a safe haven for these marine mammals in their summer feeding grounds. (The Guardian)
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IWC braces for clash over Japanese whale hunts

September 14, 2014 - 01:06
Nations will square off in Slovenia this week over the fate of hundreds of whales in the cross hairs of Japanese and Greenland hunters accused of sidestepping a commercial culling ban. (Japan Times)
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Bullet train hits top speed on new line

September 14, 2014 - 00:42
Rail officials in Japan are conducting final tests on a new Shinkansen bullet train route before it opens in March. (NHK)
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World's 1st transplant surgery using iPS cells conducted

September 13, 2014 - 00:50
A Japanese research team on Friday successfully transplanted retinal cells grown from induced pluripotent stem cells to a woman in her 70s, marking the first time iPS-derived cells have been introduced into a human body through surgery. (Kyodo)
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Japanese fans already lining up for Sept 19 release of iPhone6

September 11, 2014 - 00:08
It may still be several days before they can even order a new iPhone and more than a week until they can pick it up (Sept 19), but dedicated fans in Japan have already begun queueing. (Japan Today)
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Japan nuclear plant gets safety OK, moves closer to resumption

September 10, 2014 - 04:42
With Nuclear Regulation Authority approval, two reactors at the Sendai power plant in Kagoshima Prefecture, southwestern Japan, moved a step closer to restarting. Currently all 48 commercial reactors in Japan are offline. (Nikkei)
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Home consoles aim to retake share from smartphone rivals

September 9, 2014 - 00:12
Feeling intense pressure from wildly popular smartphone games, makers of home video game consoles are launching a counterattack. (The Japan News)
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