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Planetarium system in central Japan sets Guinness record

October 22, 2016 - 21:59
The Chiron 401 planetarium system at the Yokkaichi Municipal Museum in Mie Prefecture, central Japan, has been recognized by Guinness World Records as being capable of projecting the largest number of stars in the world, the museum said Saturday. (Jiji)
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Ice wall not working at Fukushima nuclear plant

October 21, 2016 - 21:35
An underground ice wall built around the crippled Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power plant has so far been unable to block the flow of groundwater entering buildings and mixing with contaminated water. (Nikkei)
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Tottori quake apparently occurred along previously unknown fault

October 21, 2016 - 21:08
The powerful earthquake that rattled central Tottori Prefecture on Friday originated directly below the area, just like what happened in this year's Kumamoto quakes. (Nikkei)
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Samsung phone emit smoke at Kansai Intl. Airport

October 21, 2016 - 06:41
Japan's transport ministry is investigating a case of a Samsung smartphone emitting smoke at an airport in western Japan earlier this week. (NHK)
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Quake jolts western Japan

October 21, 2016 - 06:38
An earthquake with a preliminary magnitude of 6.6 struck Tottori Prefecture in western Japan on Friday afternoon. The Japan Meteorological Agency is calling on people to stay alert for a possible quake of the same strength in the next week or so. (NHK)
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Japan lagging behind global move to restrict microbeads to protect planet's oceans

October 18, 2016 - 22:17
Japan is lagging behind growing international moves to restrict microbeads, the tiny synthetic particles that have become a major source of pollution in the world's oceans. (Japan Times)
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Japan team produces massive number of eggs from mouse iPS cells

October 17, 2016 - 18:43
A team of Japanese researchers has succeeded for the first time in the world in using induced pluripotent stem cells from a mouse tail to produce a large number of eggs in vitro, a study published in the British science journal Nature showed Monday. (Kyodo)
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Strong quake rattles Tohoku region

October 16, 2016 - 18:13
An earthquake with a preliminary magnitude of 5.3 jolted northeastern Japan on Sunday, the Meteorological Agency agency said. No tsunami warning was issued. (Japan Times)
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Tokyo firefighters testing disaster drones

October 12, 2016 - 08:41
The Tokyo Fire Department has conducted its first flight test of a drone designed for disaster response. (NHK)
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Blackout in Tokyo after fire damages cables

October 12, 2016 - 08:38
A blackout hit parts of Tokyo on Wednesday afternoon following a fire involving underground power cables. Tokyo Electric Power Company attributed the power outage to the fire, and said 586,000 households were affected. (NHK)
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Tritium researcher at Univ. of Toyama suffers cyberattacks

October 10, 2016 - 21:52
Research data and personal information may have been stolen from a personal computer of a researcher of tritium, a radioactive isotope of hydrogen, at the University of Toyama's Hydrogen Isotope Research Center due to cyberattacks, the university said Monday. (Jiji Press)
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Nobel winner Ohsumi gives warning on Japan's basic research

October 8, 2016 - 06:38
Yoshinori Ohsumi, the winner of this year's Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine, sounded a warning on Friday about the present state of basic science research in Japan. (Jiji Press)
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Mt. Aso in southwestern Japan has explosive eruption

October 7, 2016 - 23:00
An explosive eruption occurred on Mt. Aso in Kumamoto Prefecture, southwestern Japan, early Saturday, spewing volcanic ash 11,000 meters into the sky, the weather agency said. (Kyodo)
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Nankai Trough: Japanese Government allocates $190 million to monitor seabed to predict earthquakes

October 7, 2016 - 04:57
Japanese folklore tells us that if you watch catfish in a pond, they will swim erratically right before an earthquake. (
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Sony Mobile releases smart ear plug

October 6, 2016 - 22:31
Sony Mobile Communications has developed a wireless ear-piece for hands-free smartphone control. (NHK)
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Sendai No.1 reactor undergoing regular inspection

October 6, 2016 - 09:18
The first nuclear reactor restarted under new post-Fukushima government regulations has been taken off line for regular inspections. (NHK)
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Nobel winner Ohsumi touts importance of observation with own eyes

October 5, 2016 - 22:16
Yoshinori Ohsumi, the winner of this year's Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine, underscored the importance of researchers directly observing their targets. (Jiji Press)
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Mihama No. 3 reactor gets NRA nod / Aging facility clears safety screening

October 5, 2016 - 22:11
The Nuclear Regulation Authority on Wednesday adopted a report certifying that the aging No. 3 reactor at the Mihama nuclear power station in Fukui Prefecture meets new nuclear safety standards. (
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CEATEC Japan Kicks Off

October 3, 2016 - 19:49
One of Asia's largest consumer electronics fairs is set to kick off east of Tokyo. Drawing attention this year are products powered by artificial intelligence and the Internet of Things. (NHK)
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Toyota unveils tiny talking robot

October 3, 2016 - 19:47
The new robot from Toyota Motor Corp. can't do much but chatter in a high-pitched voice. (
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