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Safety confirmed for 2 reactors at Genkai N-plant for restart

January 18, 2017 - 09:07
The Nuclear Regulation Authority on Wednesday unanimously adopted a screening report concluding that the No. 3 and No. 4 reactors at Kyushu Electric Power Co.'s <9508> Genkai nuclear power station in southwestern Japan meet the country's new safety standards for their restart. (Jiji)
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Fake hepatitis C drug found in western Japan

January 17, 2017 - 11:07
Japanese health officials say a fake product labeled as a drug for hepatitis C was sold in western Japan. (NHK)
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Sea Shepherd catches Japanese whaling ship with slaughtered minke on deck

January 15, 2017 - 23:46
A Japanese ship has been caught with a slaughtered whale in the Antarctic in defiance of an international court decision against Tokyo's hunts, activist group Sea Shepherd said Sunday. (Japan Times)
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Bird flu detected at Gifu farm

January 15, 2017 - 06:35
Authorities in Gifu Prefecture in central Japan have detected a highly contagious bird flu virus at a poultry farm. This has prompted the prefectural government to cull all 80,000 chickens kept there. (NHK)
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Japan's mini-rocket flight aborted

January 15, 2017 - 06:33
A launch of a Japanese mini-rocket has ended in failure. The flight was aborted because of technical difficulties. (NHK)
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70 per cent of Japan's biggest coral reef is dead due to global warming

January 12, 2017 - 03:45
Over two-thirds of Japan's biggest coral reef is dead, the country's Environment Ministry has found. (independent.co.uk)
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Radioactive substance in Fukushima fish under gov't limit in 2016

January 12, 2017 - 00:34
Levels of radioactive cesium in all fish and seafood sampled in the coastal waters of Fukushima Prefecture last year did not exceed the central government's safety limit for the first time since the 2011 nuclear crisis, a local fishery laboratory said Wednesday. (Japan Today)
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JAXA unveils mini-rocket

January 10, 2017 - 00:00
Japan's space agency has unveiled a relatively cheap mini-rocket that can launch microsatellites into orbit. (NHK)
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Japan sees rapidly increasing number of syphilis cases

January 9, 2017 - 00:05
Japan has a rapidly increasingly number of syphilis patients, including among young women, prompting the health ministry to launch a special research team to find out ways to stop the spread of the sexually transmitted infection. (Kyodo)
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Japan's draconian marijuana laws against ongoing trends

January 7, 2017 - 01:27
On Oct 25, former actress Maya Takagi was arrested on a charge of possession of marijuana. The self-described "naturalist" took up residence on Ishigaki island five years ago. Also arrested was Takagi's male companion, Shigenari Moriyama, who had been actively promoting the use of the weed, praising its effectiveness for anti-aging. (Japan Today)
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2016 found hottest year for Japan: Met Agency

January 5, 2017 - 00:02
The average temperature in Japan in 2016 was the highest since the start of such data in 1898, surpassing the previous record, set in 1990, the Japan Meteorological Agency said Wednesday. (Jiji)
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2 quakes jolt eastern Japan

January 4, 2017 - 23:53
A pair of earthquakes with a preliminary magnitude of 5.3 and 5.8 struck Fukushima and Ibaraki prefectures in eastern Japan early Thursday, the Japan Meteorological Agency said. No tsunami warning was issued. (Japan Today)
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Japan mulls more stringent genetically modified food labeling

January 3, 2017 - 01:00
Japan is considering expanding the scope of mandatory labeling of ingredients containing genetically modified crops from the current 33 food items, according to Consumer Affairs Agency sources. (Kyodo)
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10 years to go before launch of Maglev Shinkansen

January 3, 2017 - 00:58
Work for a magnetic levitation Shinkansen bullet train line has started in various related locations, with 10 years to go before the scheduled launch in 2027 of the services that will link Tokyo and Nagoya, central Japan, in only 40 minutes at the fastest. (Jiji)
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Icebreaker Shirase berths at Japan's Showa Station in Antarctica

December 29, 2016 - 21:51
The Japanese Maritime Self-Defense Force icebreaker Shirase on Wednesday reached Showa Station, succeeding in berthing at Japan's Antarctic research base for the fourth straight year. (Jiji)
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Quake hits Ibaraki Prefecture

December 28, 2016 - 21:42
A strong earthquake hit Ibaraki Prefecture, north of Tokyo, on Wednesday night. There was no threat of tsunami. (NHK)
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Norovirus patients increasing

December 27, 2016 - 23:35
The number of people suffering from infectious gastroenteritis, mainly caused by norovirus, is increasing in Japan, according to the National Institute of Infectious Diseases. (the-japan-news.com)
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Special toilet paper for wiping smartphones installed at Japan airport

December 27, 2016 - 03:57
Hygiene in daily life is crucial for living a healthy life and while technology has been helping maintain hygiene, it needs a lot of effort when it comes to maintaining hygiene, be it bacteria being left on notes from ATM machines or studies suggesting that smartphone screens having more germs than a toilet seat. (deccanchronicle.com)
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30,000 new Wi-Fi spots planned in public spaces

December 26, 2016 - 21:56
The Internal Affairs and Communications Ministry plans to install free Wi-Fi hotspots in about 30,000 locations across the nation by 2020, including public schools, parks run by municipalities and museums, it has been learned. (the-japan-news.com)
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JAXA launches Epsilon-2 rocket

December 20, 2016 - 23:08
Japan's space agency has successfully launched the second version of its Epsilon small rocket. (NHK)
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