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Japan issues eruption warning for undersea volcano off Aogashima

March 24, 2017 - 22:55
The Meteorological Agency on Friday warned that an underwater volcano about 400 km south of Tokyo could erupt soon, spurring the Japan Coast Guard to issue an alert to ships in the area. (Japan Times)
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Bird flu cases confirmed at Miyagi, Chiba farms

March 24, 2017 - 22:46
Miyagi and Chiba prefectures said Friday they have confirmed that chickens at local farms were infected with highly pathogenic avian influenza. (Jiji)
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Japanese woman gives birth with egg from 3rd-party donor

March 22, 2017 - 21:39
A Japanese woman has given birth to a girl after receiving in-vitro fertilization treatment with an egg from an anonymous third-party donor, a nonprofit organization based in the western Japan city of Kobe said Wednesday. (Jiji)
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Nature: scientific research in Japan waning

March 22, 2017 - 21:36
The British science publication Nature has found that the number of papers written by Japanese researchers accounted for a shrinking percentage of the total accepted by the world's journals. (NHK)
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Japan airs red list for endangered marine species, deems Ogasawara coral extinct

March 21, 2017 - 22:46
The Environment Ministry on Tuesday revealed its red list of threatened marine species for the first time, designating 56 as endangered species, including the sand tiger shark. (Japan Times)
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High radiation levels detected inside Fukushima reactor vessel

March 21, 2017 - 22:28
A radiation level of 11 sieverts per hour has been detected in tainted water inside a reactor containment vessel at the Fukushima No. 1 nuclear power plant, operator Tokyo Electric Power Company Holdings Inc. <9501> said Tuesday. (Jiji)
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Robot makes foray into reactor 1

March 19, 2017 - 21:55
Tokyo Electric on Sunday confirmed lethally high radiation levels inside the primary containment vessel of reactor 1 at the heavily damaged Fukushima No. 1 nuclear plant but found they were not nearly as high as those recently logged in reactor 2. (Japan Times)
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6 years on: Japanese food still shut out of some overseas markets

March 15, 2017 - 21:59
Some countries and regions still maintain import bans on Japanese fishery and agricultural products, six years after Japan's worst nuclear accident at Tokyo Electric Power Company Holdings Inc.'s <9501> disaster-stricken Fukushima No. 1 plant. (Jiji)
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Naming ceremony held for new element 'nihonium'

March 14, 2017 - 22:04
A naming ceremony has been held in Tokyo for an atomic element discovered by Japanese researchers. (NHK)
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TEPCO cancels robotic probe of reactor

March 14, 2017 - 22:03
The operator of the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power plant has cancelled Tuesday's operation to send a remote-controlled probe into the crippled No.1 reactor. (NHK)
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Female cockroaches living together more likely to see asexual reproduction

March 14, 2017 - 11:05
Female cockroaches living in groups with other females are more likely to have their unfertilized eggs hatch, a research team at Hokkaido University has found, providing a possible explanation for the reason the insect has managed to survive for hundreds of millions of years. (Japan Times)
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Early forecast of localized torrential rain

March 13, 2017 - 22:00
A group of researchers in Japan says it has developed a system aimed at making early forecasts of localized torrential rains. (NHK)
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Japan sees 40 percent chance of El Nino emerging between spring and summer

March 10, 2017 - 23:03
Japan's weather bureau said on Friday it sees a 40 percent chance that the El Nino weather pattern would emerge between spring and summer, but there is a higher chance that the current normal pattern without either an El Nino or La Nina will continue. (Reuters)
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Extreme airport snow removal team

March 9, 2017 - 20:45
Aomori Airport has gone to the EXTREME when it comes to snow removal. They're so good at it that this airport has NEVER HAD A SNOW CANCELATION. Not once despite having the most snow on Japan's main island. (ONLY in JAPAN )
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Mysterious fireball seen over Japan

March 8, 2017 - 22:00
A flying fireball was observed in skies across Japan on Wednesday morning. (NHK)
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'Monster' tuna caught off Wakayama

March 6, 2017 - 22:36
For one ship captain, it was a fish story of monstrous proportions. Last week, the largest tuna on record for Wakayama Prefecture was reeled in off the coast of the the Kii Peninsula, reports TV Asahi (
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Tokyo police to create dediated unit against cyberattacks

March 6, 2017 - 22:23
Tokyo's Metropolitan Police Department will establish a new division specialized in fight against cyberattacks on April 1, the police decided Monday. (Jiji)
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Yakult, JAXA to test probiotics in outer space

March 2, 2017 - 23:27
Beverage maker Yakult Honsha Co. <2267> and the Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency said Wednesday they will start an experimental project in fiscal 2017 to examine how probiotics work on human health in outer space. (Jiji)
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Antibody confirmed effective in easing atopic itch

March 2, 2017 - 23:21
An international clinical trial has confirmed that an antibody developed by Japan's Chugai Pharmaceutical Co. <4519> substantially eases itching caused by atopic dermatitis, a research team said Thursday. (Jiji)
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Riken-led team succeeds in producing 116th element

March 1, 2017 - 21:25
An international research team led by Japanese government-affiliated Riken said Wednesday it has succeeded in producing livermorium, or element 116, taking a key step in the search for new elements. (Jiji)
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