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M5.4 quake strikes 20 km off Ibaraki

July 27, 2016 - 23:03
An earthquake with a preliminary magnitude of 5.4 struck 20 kms off the east coast of Japan on Wednesday night, the United States Geological Survey reported. (Japan Today)
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Japan's H-3 rocket to be more powerful, cost-effective than predecessor

July 26, 2016 - 23:22
Japan is working on its newest launch vehicle, known as the H-3, which will be more powerful and cost-efficient than the H-2A booster currently in service. On July 20, the Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency (JAXA) announced it has completed the basic design of the rocket, scheduled to be ready for its maiden flight in 2020. (
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Volcano in Kyushu erupts with 5,000-meter plume

July 25, 2016 - 23:35
The Sakurajima volcano in Kyushu Japan had an explosive eruption early Tuesday, spewing volcanic ash 5,000 meters into the sky, the Japan Meteorological Agency said. (Japan Today)
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End of an era: VCRs headed for outdated tech heaven

July 25, 2016 - 00:00
The clunky videocassette recorder is going the way of floppy disks, eight-track tapes and camera film as the world's last manufacturer ends production of the once booming home-video technology. (Japan Today)
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Endangered murrelets breed in artificial nests

July 23, 2016 - 23:22
Japanese researchers say 3 pairs of an endangered bird species have successfully hatched chicks in artificial nests for the first time. (NHK)
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Govt. warns of 'Pokemon Go' accidents

July 22, 2016 - 22:17
"Pokemon Go" was launched in Japan on Friday. The government is warning players of the global hit game to be careful to avoid accidents. (NHK)
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Asimo meets Pepper: Honda and Softbank partnering in robots

July 21, 2016 - 23:32
Is Honda's walking robot Asimo marrying Pepper, the chattering robot from SoftBank? (Japan Today)
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Huge sail will power JAXA mission to Trojan asteroids and back

July 21, 2016 - 06:11
Japan's space agency has its sights on unexplored asteroids as far away as Jupiter, a project that at one level draws on centuries of sail science. (Japan Times)
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M5 quake shakes Kanto region; third in 4 days

July 20, 2016 - 05:29
An earthquake with a magnitude of 5 struck the Kanto region at 7:25 a.m. Wednesday. It was the third moderate quake to hit the region since last Sunday. (Japan Today)
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TEPCO urged to cut risk of radioactive water leak

July 19, 2016 - 12:38
Japan's nuclear regulator has urged the operator of the crippled Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power plant to reduce the risk of leaking of highly radioactive water from the facility into the sea, in case of another tsunami. (NHK)
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Leap second to be added at start of next year

July 18, 2016 - 23:07
An extra second will be added to clocks around the world at the start of next year. This will be the first such adjustment since July 2015. (NHK)
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M5 quake jolts Kanto region

July 17, 2016 - 05:22
A moderately strong earthquake rattled the Tokyo region on Sunday afternoon, but there were no immediate reports of damage or injuries. (Japan Today)
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Japan consumer watchdog warns men against quick foreskin snip

July 15, 2016 - 20:39
A consumer group is warning Japanese men to exercise extreme caution before undergoing foreskin surgery after a spate of eye-watering mishaps on the operating table. (Japan Times)
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JAXA eyes successor to lost satellite Hitomi

July 14, 2016 - 23:55
Japan's space agency says it wants to develop a successor to its lost astronomy satellite Hitomi. (NHK)
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Court blocks restart of 2 Takahama reactors

July 12, 2016 - 13:01
A district court has issued a fresh injunction to block the restart of 2 reactors at the Takahama nuclear plant in central Japan. It points out that clearing new regulations does not necessarily guarantee the safety of reactors. (NHK)
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Curved digital signage unveiled

July 11, 2016 - 22:50
Digital signage is a common sight across Japan. Makers have now come up with a billboard-size display that can be attached to curved surfaces. (NHK)
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Astronauts from Japan, U.S., Russia enter ISS

July 9, 2016 - 23:52
Japanese astronaut Takuya Onishi entered the International Space Station with two other astronauts from Russia and the United States after a Russian Soyuz spacecraft docked with the station on Saturday, Japan's space agency said. (Kyodo)
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Soyuz carrying Onishi launched successfully

July 7, 2016 - 23:12
A Russian Soyuz spacecraft carrying three astronauts, including Takuya Onishi, for a mission of about four months to the International Space Station was successfully launched on a rocket from a space center in Kazakhstan on Thursday morning. (
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This is the last thing Japan's lost black hole satellite saw before it died

July 6, 2016 - 21:44
Earlier this year, Japan launched a groundbreaking black-hole-monitoring satellite-only to lose control of it almost immediately under strange circumstances. Now, we finally can see what Hitomi did right before it died. (
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'Suppon' softshell turtle added to IUCN red list

July 5, 2016 - 13:38
The International Union for Conservation of Nature and Natural Resources on Tuesday updated its Red List of Threatened Species to add the Chinese softshell turtle, known in Japan as "suppon." (Jiji Press)
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