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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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Softbank moves ahead on auto-driving system

April 25, 2016 - 12:41
Telecom giant Softbank and a venture firm have jointly established a company that will work to sell an automated navigation system for buses by 2018. (NHK)
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Crested ibis chick born to wild pair in Japan for 1st time in 40 years

April 22, 2016 - 23:54
Japan's Environment Ministry said Friday a chick has been hatched from an egg produced by a pair of wild crested ibises on Sado Island, Niigata Prefecture, central Japan. (Jiji Press)
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Japan-made stealth makes maiden flight

April 22, 2016 - 23:47
A prototype of Japan's first domestically developed stealth jet made its 26-minute maiden flight in central Japan on Friday. (
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Quakes shift ground 80 km east-west

April 21, 2016 - 23:14
Geological officials in Japan say the series of earthquakes in Kumamoto Prefecture has caused ground to shift over a vast area. (NHK)
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Aftershock forecasts halted

April 21, 2016 - 22:31
The Japan Meteorological Agency has stopped announcing the probability of aftershocks in Kumamoto Prefecture because past occurrences are not providing the guide they did before, according to an agency official. (
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Seismic activity constant since April 14 quake

April 21, 2016 - 05:18
People in southwestern Japan have been experiencing frequent tremors for almost a week. The first strong earthquake hit Kumamoto Prefecture on April 14th. (NHK)
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Sushi alert: New report sees grim outlook for bluefin tuna

April 20, 2016 - 23:59
The latest scientific assessment paints a bleak future for the Pacific bluefin tuna, a sushi lovers' favorite whose population has dropped by more than 97 percent from its past levels. (Japan Times)
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Were the Japan and Ecuador earthquakes related?

April 19, 2016 - 22:17
They may have happened within days of one another, but the devastating earthquakes in Japan had nothing to do with the strong temblor that struck Ecuador over the weekend, experts say. (
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NHK holds 8K viewing at Las Vegas trade show

April 19, 2016 - 21:29
NHK is showing its Super Hi-Vision 8K television technology at an exhibition of broadcasting equipment and devices in the US city of Las Vegas. (NHK)
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Balloon used to improve mobile phone disorder

April 18, 2016 - 22:31
A major telecom company has used a balloon to improve its mobile phone service disrupted by a series of strong earthquakes in southwestern Japan. (NHK)
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No clear outlook on end of Kyushu aftershocks

April 18, 2016 - 22:29
The Japan Meteorological Agency has yet to issue an official forecast on when aftershocks might subside in Japan's southwestern island of Kyushu, as experts struggle to make sense of the unusual patterns of the region's recent earthquakes. (Nikkei)
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Tokyo govt starts capturing mosquitoes for virus checks

April 18, 2016 - 22:12
The Tokyo metropolitan government started capturing mosquitoes in Yoyogi Park and Ueno Park on Monday to check whether they carry viruses, in order to prevent the outbreak of mosquito-borne infectious diseases such as Zika and dengue fever. (Jiji Press)
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Fire departments acquire drones for disaster use

April 18, 2016 - 22:07
Fire departments in cities near Tokyo have been equipped with drones to assess aerial information in the event of a major disaster. (NHK)
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Seismic activity stretched 100 kilometers

April 17, 2016 - 22:17
The magnitude-7.3 earthquake that pounded Kumamoto Prefecture early Saturday was more powerful than a foreshock that struck two days earlier. (
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Experts: Mt. Aso link unlikely

April 16, 2016 - 22:36
Experts rejected the possibility that active volcanoes in the Kyushu region have been affected by the recent earthquakes, though there was a small-scale eruption on Mt. Aso in Kumamoto Prefecture at about 8:30 a.m. on Saturday. (
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GPS data indicates shifting land surface

April 16, 2016 - 22:28
Geological officials say the magnitude-7.3 quake early on Saturday in Kumamoto Prefecture shifted observation points horizontally by nearly one meter. (NHK)
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