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Japan scientists detect rare, deep-Earth tremor

22 hours 33 min ago
Scientists who study earthquakes in Japan said Thursday they have detected a rare deep-Earth tremor for the first time and traced its location to a distant and powerful storm. (
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Mitsubishi Regional Jet leaves for test flights in U.S. but soon returns due to defect

August 27, 2016 - 23:50
A new passenger jet being developed by Mitsubishi Aircraft Corp. that left for the United States on Saturday for flight tests was forced to return due to problems with the air-conditioning system, the company said. (Japan Times)
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Mass deaths of crabs blamed on weather

August 25, 2016 - 22:48
Endangered horseshoe crabs are dying in unusually high numbers this year in Japan, possibly due to a drop in sea oxygen levels. (NHK)
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Stopping drinking halves esophagus cancer recurrence risk: study

August 24, 2016 - 23:18
Alcohol abstinence will halve the risk of esophagus cancer recurrence, a team of Japanese researchers has found. (Jiji Press)
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Sea Shepherd agrees not to attack Japanese whalers any more

August 23, 2016 - 22:37
The antiwhaling group Sea Shepherd Conservation Society has agreed to stop physical attacks on whaling vessels and their crew permanently, in a settlement with Japanese research whalers, it was announced Tuesday. (Jiji Press)
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Another magnitude-6.0 quake hits northern Japan

August 21, 2016 - 07:58
A strong earthquake struck off the coast of northern Japan for a third consecutive day early Sunday. There were no immediate reports of injuries or damage. (Japan Times)
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Thyroid cancer 'epidemic' down to overdiagnosis: study

August 20, 2016 - 00:55
A reported epidemic of thyroid cancer in rich countries is in fact mainly due to overdiagnosis driven by new technologies, the U.N.'s cancer research agency says. (Japan Today)
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Hokkaido man in 40s first in Japan to die of tick-borne encephalitis

August 17, 2016 - 00:40
A resident in his 40s in Hokkaido has died of tick-borne encephalitis, the prefectural government said Tuesday. (Japan Times)
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False quake alarm caused by power fault

August 12, 2016 - 23:48
Officials at Japan's Meteorological Agency say a power malfunction in its seismic system caused a false alarm earlier this month that indicated a massive earthquake may hit Tokyo Bay. (NHK)
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Shikoku Electric restarts reactor under post-Fukushima regulations

August 12, 2016 - 03:02
Shikoku Electric Power Co. said Friday that it has restarted a reactor at its Ikata power plant in western Japan, making it the fifth unit reactivated under tougher regulations set following the 2011 Fukushima nuclear disaster. (Kyodo)
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Launch of Japan's cargo spacecraft delayed <p>

August 10, 2016 - 22:19
Officials with Japan's space agency say they will delay the launch of the unmanned cargo spacecraft Kounotori 6 for an undetermined period. The cargo spaceship was originally scheduled to liftoff on October 1st to deliver supplies to the International Space Station. (NHK)
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Public demand for 8K TV uncertain

August 9, 2016 - 21:48
NHK has begun test broadcasting the ultrahigh-definition television resolution known as 8K (see below), starting with its broadcasting satellite (BS) channels. (
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Japan researchers create new genome editing method

August 6, 2016 - 01:52
Japanese researchers say they have developed a new way of genome editing that doesn't require severing DNA sequences. (NHK)
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Speeding up extension of maglev train line not so easy

August 3, 2016 - 23:42
Hurdles remain for the government's plan to advance the scheduled extension of the superconducting maglev train line to Osaka by a maximum of eight years. (
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Aging Mihama reactor meets extension requirements

August 3, 2016 - 09:51
Japan's nuclear regulator says another aging reactor in Fukui Prefecture has basically met its requirements for extending its operation. (NHK)
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Test of driverless bus starts in Chiba

August 1, 2016 - 13:31
Members of the public have taken the first test-ride on a driverless bus in Chiba City, near Tokyo. Operators hope to introduce the "Robot Shuttle" at a shopping mall to ferry customers around. (NHK)
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NHK tests ultra high-definition broadcasts

August 1, 2016 - 06:35
Japan's public broadcaster, NHK, has started testing an ultra high-definition video system that provides images dramatically sharper than those available through current high definition television. (NHK)
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Bears in Japan may be turning into man-eaters

July 31, 2016 - 00:36
Animal experts warn that bears in Japan have become accustomed to such sounds as radios and the ringing of bells used by humans to frighten them away and now may instead be attracted by the sounds as a marker of human prey. (
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Nishinoshima island ban being mulled

July 31, 2016 - 00:30
The Environment Ministry is considering banning people from Nishinoshima island, which is part of the Ogasawara Islands, a remote part of Tokyo. According to the ministry, Nishinoshima is the world's sole "natural experimental site," and its local ecological system is expected to grow from scratch having almost been destroyed by volcanic eruptions starting in 2013. (
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Molten fuel at the bottom of Fukushima reactor

July 28, 2016 - 22:33
A probe using an X-ray-like detector has found that a large amount of melted nuclear fuel apparently remains at the bottom of one of the damaged reactors at the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power plant. (NHK)
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