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Fossil of world's 1st bird to make Japan debut

May 29, 2016 - 22:29
A world tour of precious specimens from the Natural History Museum in London, including a fossil of the earliest known bird, will start in Japan, the museum has announced. (
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Body of Japan's oldest elephant donated to National Museum of Nature and Science

May 28, 2016 - 00:09
The Tokyo metropolitan government said Friday it has donated the body of Hanako, the oldest elephant in Japan, to the National Museum of Nature and Science. (Jiji Press)
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Meteorological Agency forecasts intense heat this summer, particularly in western Japan

May 27, 2016 - 00:23
The Japan Meteorological Agency has announced its three-month forecast from the month of June until August. This summer, while sweltering temperatures will be experienced nationwide, western Japan, in particular, will be hit by an intense heat wave, the agency said. (Japan Today)
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Some light shed on how cancer evades attacks from immune system

May 24, 2016 - 22:45
A Japanese team has shed some light on how cancer cells evade attacks from the body's immune system, a finding that will make it easier to identify patients for whom new cancer drugs will be effective. (Jiji Press)
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Satellite shows atmospheric CO2 above 400ppm

May 22, 2016 - 23:43
A Japanese satellite has confirmed that atmospheric carbon dioxide levels are rising. (NHK)
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'White hat hackers' to get official support

May 20, 2016 - 23:18
The government is planning to form a new agency within fiscal 2017 that will lead and coordinate efforts to develop countermeasures against cyber-attacks that could physically damage operators of important infrastructure like electricity and gas systems, The Yomiuri Shimbun has learned. (
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TEPCO: Frozen soil wall proving effective

May 19, 2016 - 23:14
The operator of the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear plant says the work to freeze soil around the crippled reactors is making progress. It is designed to stop radioactive groundwater from flowing out of the facilities. (NHK)
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SoftBank's Pepper robot becomes Android friendly

May 19, 2016 - 12:54
SoftBank Robotics Corp. said Thursday it has expanded opportunities for app developers to use Google's Android platform for its humanoid robot Pepper. (Japan Times)
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Crested ibis chicks leave nest

May 18, 2016 - 23:05
Crested ibis chicks born in the wild on Sado Island in the Sea of Japan have left their nest. (NHK)
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G7 environment ministers wrap up talks

May 16, 2016 - 22:36
Environment ministers from the Group of 7 nations have called for concerted efforts to tackle global warming and reduce food waste. (NHK)
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Quake jolts Kanto region

May 16, 2016 - 22:25
A magnitude 5.5 earthquake shook Tokyo and surrounding areas on Monday evening. An 8-year-old boy suffered a broken elbow bone when he jumped out of bed during the tremor. (NHK)
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Thyroid cancer spike fuels Fukushima fears but cause could be over-diagnosis

May 12, 2016 - 23:05
In March, two fathers spoke via Skype at a news conference, with their voices masked electronically and their faces not shown. They did not want to reveal their identities. (Japan Times)
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Tracking Latham's snipe migration from Japan to southern Australia

May 12, 2016 - 05:31
At the length of a school ruler and weighing only 200 grams, flying 8,000 kilometres from Japan to Australia would be no easy feat. (
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6th nuclear reactor scrapped under stricter safety rules

May 10, 2016 - 09:40
Shikoku Electric Power Co on Tuesday ended operation of a nearly 40-year old nuclear reactor in western Japan, making it the sixth unit to be scrapped under stricter safety regulations introduced after the 2011 Fukushima disaster. (Japan Today)
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Food poisoning from narcissus on the rise / Leaves often confused with Chinese chives

May 9, 2016 - 21:36
Public entities are warning the public to take care not to consume poisonous narcissus leaves in light of a series of cases of food poisoning stemming from people confusing them for Chinese chives. (
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Japan's oldest harbor seal dies in Hokkaido

May 9, 2016 - 10:42
Japan's oldest harbor seal has died in Hokkaido at the estimated age of 46, or over 100 years old in human terms, the operator of Otaru Aquarium said Monday. (Japan Times)
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3,000 cats neutered to protect remote island's native rabbits

May 3, 2016 - 23:14
Three municipalities on a remote island in southwestern Japan have launched an unprecedented project to neuter all 3,000 resident felines in order to protect native rabbits designated as a special national treasure. (Japan Today)
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Strong quake jolts Oita; agency advises continued caution

April 30, 2016 - 00:28
An earthquake with an estimated magnitude of 4.5 rocked southwestern Japan on Friday afternoon, registering upper 5 on the seismic intensity scale of 7 in Yufu, Oita Prefecture. (Jiji Press)
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JAXA gives up attempt to restore x-ray satellite Hitomi

April 28, 2016 - 21:52
The Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency, or JAXA, said Thursday it has given up attempts to restore control of the Hitomi X-ray astronomy satellite with which the agency lost communication. (Jiji Press)
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Experts report fault at Shika reactor could slip

April 27, 2016 - 22:06
A panel of scientists has presented to Japan's Nuclear Regulation Authority an assessment that says a fault under a reactor in central Japan could slip sometime in the future. (NHK)
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