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Species decline found in area south of Fukushima N-plant

February 7, 2016 - 22:16
The National Institute for Environmental Studies (NIES) revealed that the total number of sessile species, such as barnacles and snails, has been decreasing significantly along the coast within 10 kilometers south of the Fukushima No. 1 nuclear power plant since the accident there in 2011. (
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Newly discovered Thai dinosaur makes museum debut in Japan

February 5, 2016 - 21:53
Japanese dinosaur fans are among the first to see the skeleton of a newly discovered taxon from Thailand that went on display at the Fukui Prefectural Dinosaur Museum from Jan. 30. (Asahi)
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Weekly flu patients top 1 million in Japan

February 5, 2016 - 21:32
The seasonal flu is now taking its toll on Japan. Researchers estimate that the weekly number of patients has topped one million for the first time this winter. (NHK)
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Agency issues volcanic ash forecast

February 5, 2016 - 21:29
The Meteorological Agency has issued a forecast of volcanic ash from Mount Sakurajima. (NHK)
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Mount Sakurajima erupts in fiery blast

February 5, 2016 - 11:47
Mount Sakurajima, a volcano that overlooks the city of Kagoshima, erupted Friday with a fiery blast that sent lava rolling down its slope. (Japan Times)
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Skipping breakfast raises risk of brain hemorrhage: Japan Team

February 4, 2016 - 15:40
The risk of brain hemorrhage is 36 pct higher for those who skip breakfast five or more days a week than for those who have it every day, a group of Japanese researchers has found. (Jiji Press)
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Endangered slow lorises being illegally sold in Japan, study suggests

February 4, 2016 - 04:16
As the small primate slow lorises continue to be sold as exotic pets in Japan nearly a decade after international trade in them was banned, the possibility of illegal sales of the cute critters is high, according to the results of a recent survey published in an academic journal. (Japan Times)
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Technological perseverance wins Japan naming rights for element 113

February 4, 2016 - 03:26
In a triumph marked by years of unremitting experiments, scientists at the Riken national research institute have synthesized new atomic element 113, making Japan the first Asian country to have the honor of naming a new element. (Asahi)
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H2A rocket operations to end in 8 years

February 3, 2016 - 18:35
Mitsubishi Heavy Industries says it plans to end operations of its mainstay space launch vehicle, the H2A, in about 8 years to replace it with its successor, the H3. (NHK)
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Love in air for Ueno Zoo giant pandas

February 2, 2016 - 18:51
The two giant pandas in Tokyo's Ueno Zoo - male Ri Ri and female Shin Shin, both 10 years old - have shown signs of interest in mating and the zoo has begun preparations for their breeding, the zoo announced on Monday. (
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Tokyo's Ueno Zoo stages 'zebra escape'

February 2, 2016 - 14:03
A zebra escaped from its enclosure in the Ueno Zoo in Tokyo, giving one keeper a heart attack and injuring another - or at least that was the scenario for a drill aimed at dealing with runaway animals. (Japan Times)
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Japanese woman has baby through egg freezing, defying expert guidance

February 2, 2016 - 13:43
A Japanese woman in her 40s has given birth to a baby using her own frozen egg, taking a step that experts are not recommending for women in good health. (Kyodo)
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How Japan's pet-raccoon craze threatens its wild dogs

February 1, 2016 - 19:00
The country's indigenous "raccoon dogs," like the viral sensation Tanu, are forced to compete with their doppelgangers in order to survive. (
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Anonymous blamed for nearly 140 attacks

February 1, 2016 - 11:21
Police say a computer hacking group that calls itself Anonymous has suggested its involvement in 145 cyber-attacks against 73 Japanese websites since September. (NHK)
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No. 3 reactor at Takahama N-plant reaches criticality

January 30, 2016 - 10:51
The No. 3 reactor at Kansai Electric Power Co.'s Takahama nuclear plant in Fukui Prefecture, central Japan, reached criticality Saturday morning after being reactivated the previous day, the company said. (Jiji Press)
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Computer program beats professional player of go board game for 1st time

January 27, 2016 - 20:43
A computer program developed by an artificial intelligence venture under Google Inc. has defeated a professional player of go, considered the most intricate board game, for the first time, according to a study published in the British science journal Nature on Wednesday. (Kyodo)
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Biggest floating solar power plant in the world being built in Japan

January 26, 2016 - 17:23
Japan is set to be home to the largest floating solar power plant in the world when construction is complete of an installation on the Yamakura Dam reservoir in Chiba Prefecture. (
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Record-breaking tuna caught off Wakayama port

January 25, 2016 - 14:39
A longline fishing boat recently caught a 417-kilogram tuna off the coast here, the heaviest to be landed on Katsuura fishing port, according to local fish market sources. (Asahi)
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Tokyo conference on microplastics polluting oceans

January 23, 2016 - 20:23
An environmental conference in Tokyo on Saturday discussed the threat posed by microplastics. About 200 researchers and NGO members from around the world attended. (NHK)
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Unidentified paralysis afflicts 66 across Japan over four months in '15, some with Enterovirus

January 21, 2016 - 04:44
A recent survey by National Institute of Infectious Diseases shows that a total of 66 people suffered from an unidentified paralysis between Aug. 1 and Dec. 3 last year, Asahi Shimbun daily said on Wednesday. (Japan Times)
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