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'It's a girl!' - Ueno Zoo identifies sex of newly born giant panda

June 23, 2017 - 23:29
Officials at Tokyo's Ueno Zoo said Friday that the giant panda born there last week is a female. (Japan Times)
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New map for Nishinoshima Island created

June 21, 2017 - 22:24
Japanese authorities have created a new map of a remote island whose area has expanded through volcanic activity. (NHK)
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Strong quake hits Oita Prefecture; no tsunami warning issued

June 20, 2017 - 22:58
A strong earthquake hit southwestern Japan late Monday, the Japan Meteorological Agency said. (Japan Times)
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Japan's once extinct stork population reaches 100

June 19, 2017 - 22:56
The population of once extinct storks living in the wild in Japan has reached 100, an official at a specialist conservation facility said Monday. (Japan Today)
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Plutonium found in urine of Japanese nuclear workers

June 19, 2017 - 22:46
Trace amounts of plutonium have been detected in the urine of all five workers exposed to radioactive materials at a nuclear research facility in eastern Japan earlier this month, a radiological research center treating them said Monday. (Jiji)
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Snow grouse chicks hatched at Japanese zoo

June 18, 2017 - 21:55
A zoo in Toyama City, central Japan, has succeeded in hatching eggs of the endangered snow grouse under a government-backed breeding program. (NHK)
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More fire ants found in Kobe

June 18, 2017 - 21:46
Officials in the western Japanese port city of Kobe say about 100 more fire ants have been found in a container storage space. (NHK)
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Toshiba unveils submersible video robot to probe reactor 3 at Fukushima No. 1 plant

June 15, 2017 - 14:04
Toshiba Corp. unveiled on Thursday a submersible robot to take live video of reactor 3 at the Fukushima No. 1 power plant to confirm whether fuel debris is sitting at the bottom of a pool of radioactive water inside. (Japan Times)
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Japan kicks off Pacific whaling campaign

June 15, 2017 - 00:19
Japan on Wednesday kicked off a whaling campaign in the northwestern Pacific, in a move sure to anger animal rights activists and others calling for an end to the hunts. (
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Baby giant panda in good health at Tokyo zoo

June 14, 2017 - 23:53
Officials say a giant panda cub just born at a Tokyo zoo is in good health. (NHK)
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Fire ants found for 1st time in Japan

June 14, 2017 - 23:49
Fire ants with a painful bite have been found in Japan for the first time. They came from a container that was unloaded last month in Kobe city, western Japan. (NHK)
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Demand to block restart of Genkai reactors nixed

June 13, 2017 - 21:53
The Saga District Court on Tuesday rejected a request from local residents for an injunction to block the planned restart of the No. 3 and No. 4 reactors at Kyushu Electric Power Co.'s Genkai nuclear power plant in Saga Prefecture. (
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Plutonium not found in workers' lungs

June 13, 2017 - 00:13
An institute in Japan treating 5 workers exposed to radioactive substances says it has not detected plutonium in any of their lungs. (NHK)
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Giant panda born in Tokyo zoo; survival uncertain

June 12, 2017 - 07:30
A giant panda cub was born in a Tokyo zoo Monday, but its gender, weight and even whether it will survive are uncertain. (Japan Today)
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Island crops threatened by deer

June 11, 2017 - 23:33
Tokyo metropolitan government officials are stepping up efforts to exterminate a deer species that is destroying crops on the Island of Izu Oshima. (NHK)
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'Melt-proof' ice cream launched in Kanazawa

June 8, 2017 - 22:19
Before the arrival of the sweltering summer in Japan, "melt-proof" ice cream has been launched, while the development of soft serve "hot" cream also defies conventional wisdom. (Jiji)
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Researchers seek geological age name after Chiba in Japan

June 7, 2017 - 22:30
A Japanese research team on Wednesday submitted an application to an international organization for the geological age from 770,000 to 126,000 years ago to be recognized as "Chibanian," named after Chiba Prefecture, east of Tokyo. (Jiji)
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22,000 becquerels of plutonium detected in n-research center staff

June 7, 2017 - 10:54
The Japan Atomic Energy Agency said Wednesday that 22,000 becquerels of radioactive plutonium-239 was detected in the lung of a staff member exposed to radiation at the agency's research facility in Ibaraki Prefecture, northeast of Tokyo. (Jiji)
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3 giant pandas return to China from Japan under agreement

June 6, 2017 - 23:11
Three giant pandas born and raised in Japan have returned to China under a standard agreement to improve the breeding success of the rare animals. (Japan Today)
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Takahama No.3 reactor restarted

June 6, 2017 - 22:48
Another reactor in Fukui Prefecture, central Japan, has been restarted, bringing to 5 the total number of Japanese reactors currently in operation. (NHK)
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