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TEPCO removes part of reactor building cover at Fukushima plant

October 31, 2014 - 07:04
The operator of the disaster-hit Fukushima Daiichi nuclear plant on Friday tentatively removed part of the cover shrouding the No.1 reactor building installed in the wake of the 2011 disaster to keep radioactive materials from dispersing. (Kyodo)
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Japan drafts new space development policy

October 31, 2014 - 00:41
The Japanese government has drafted a new space development policy that will enhance its ability to provide security. The plan includes increasing the number of intelligence-gathering satellites. (NHK)
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Ring allows users to control digital devices with a wag of the finger

October 30, 2014 - 22:31
A "magic" wearable device was showcased at Omotesando Hills in Tokyo on Wednesday to celebrate its arrival in Japan. (Japan Times)
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Japanese team to sell iPS-derived heart cells

October 30, 2014 - 22:19
A Japanese team says it plans to sell heart muscle cells made from induced pluripotent stem, or iPS, cells, to test new medicines. (NHK)
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Bluefin quota in Eastern Pacific to be reduced 40%

October 30, 2014 - 22:16
Countries have agreed on a sharp cut in the catch of bluefin tuna in the Eastern Pacific starting in 2015. A similar agreement on the fish was reached earlier for other parts of the Pacific Ocean. (NHK)
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Big hopes riding on Hayabusa-2

October 29, 2014 - 22:04
Two years after Hayabusa's challenging but successful return to Earth carrying samples from the Itokawa asteroid, its successor is scheduled to be launched next month to carry out a new mission. (The Japan News)
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Up to 90,400 may die in Wakayama in Nankai quake, tsunami

October 28, 2014 - 23:41
The Wakayama prefectural government said Tuesday that up to 90,400 people in the western Japan prefecture would die in the event it is hit by a massive earthquake that would occur at the Nankai Trough off the nation's Pacific coast and resultant huge tsunami. (Jiji Press)
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Small fire at Genkai nuclear power plant

October 28, 2014 - 23:30
A small electrical fire broke out in an auxiliary building at the Genkai nuclear power plant in Saga Prefecture, western Japan. Workers used extinguishers to immediately put it out. (NHK)
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Govt to allow use of Fujifilm drug for Ebola treatment in Japan

October 25, 2014 - 00:54
An experts' panel of Japan's health ministry agreed Friday to allow an antiflu drug developed by a Fujifilm Corp. group company to be used for Ebola if any patient is found in the country. (Jiji Press)
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Ministry stepping in as concerns mount over animals feeding on sea turtle eggs

October 24, 2014 - 04:50
Environment Ministry officials will launch a nationwide study to look into disturbing reports of animals such as wild boars and raccoon dogs eating the buried eggs of endangered sea turtles. (Asahi)
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Special isolation ward for Ebola unveiled

October 23, 2014 - 00:14
With the Ebola outbreak swiftly spreading in West Africa, Tokyo Metropolitan Bokutoh Hospital opened to the press on Wednesday a special isolation ward for highly dangerous infectious diseases. (The Japan News)
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Workers to dismantle Fukushima No.1 reactor cover

October 21, 2014 - 23:02
The operator of the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power plant is to begin dismantling the cover of a reactor building to remove debris as preparation for taking out nuclear fuel from a spent fuel storage pool. (NHK)
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TEPCO deploys 2 more ALPS units

October 21, 2014 - 22:44
Tokyo Electric Power Co. has unveiled two new units of the advanced liquid processing system (ALPS) water treatment system to remove radioactive substances from contaminated water at the Fukushima No. 1 nuclear power plant. (The Japan News)
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Japan 'not ready' for invasion of redbacks as venomous Australian spiders reach Tokyo

October 21, 2014 - 00:56
Experts warn Japan's medical system is not ready for an invasion of potentially deadly redback spiders, with limited supplies of the anti-venom available to authorities. (
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Japan Robot Week offers possible glimpse of nursing care's future

October 15, 2014 - 12:17
Japan Robot Week kicked off Wednesday with a major Tokyo exhibition showcasing new technologies for everything from communications and remote video monitoring to disaster response. (Japan Times)
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Cesium level rises in TEPCO plant well

October 14, 2014 - 22:10
Tokyo Electric Power Co. <9501> on Tuesday reported a sharp rise in cesium levels in water collected from an observation well near the sea at its disaster-crippled Fukushima No. 1 nuclear power station. (Jiji Press)
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Global warming, alien fish staining Japan's clearest lake

October 13, 2014 - 22:30
TESHIKAGA, Hokkaido--Lake Mashuko had long been a source of pride in this industrialized nation as the clearest and cleanest lake in the world. But the effects of global warming and an alien species have clouded that distinction, researchers said. (Asahi)
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One-third of monitoring cameras at Monju reactor malfunctioning

October 13, 2014 - 22:18
About one-third of security cameras at the troubled Monju fast breeder reactor facility in Tsuruga, Fukui Prefecture, are not working properly. (Japan Today)
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Nagoya Protocol takes effect without Japan

October 12, 2014 - 22:40
A U.N. protocol for biodiversity protection and a fair sharing of benefits arising from genetic resources came into effect on Sunday, but Japan, which hosted the meeting that adopted the protocol in 2010, failed to ratify it in time. (The Japan News)
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Tritium up tenfold in Fukushima groundwater after Typhoon Phanfone

October 12, 2014 - 22:37
The radioactive water woes at the stricken Fukushima No. 1 nuclear plant got worse over the weekend after the tritium concentration in a groundwater sample surged more than tenfold this month. (Japan Times)
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