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Video reveals details of sunken battleship Musashi

December 4, 2016 - 22:20
NHK has obtained previously unreleased segments of a video that reveal for the first time how Japan's World War Two battleship Musashi was sunk. (NHK)
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Name 'nihonium' approved for new element

November 30, 2016 - 21:48
An international chemistry organization has officially decided to name a new element "nihonium," as proposed by the Japanese research group that discovered it. The word "Nihon" means "Japan" in Japanese. (NHK)
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Govt. to scrap trouble-prone fast breeder

November 29, 2016 - 23:03
The Japanese government plans to scrap the prototype fast-breeder reactor Monju, which has been hit by a number of safety problems. (NHK)
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Niigata and Aomori bird flu outbreaks lead to cull of over 300,000 chickens and ducks

November 29, 2016 - 06:11
A highly contagious avian flu outbreak has been confirmed at poultry farms in Niigata and Aomori prefectures, forcing local governments to cull more than 300,000 chickens and ducks on Tuesday. (Japan Times)
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Suspected bird flu cases in Aomori, Niigata

November 28, 2016 - 22:05
Japan's agriculture ministry says a suspected bird flu virus has been detected in dead chickens and ducks at farms in the northern prefecture of Aomori and in the central prefecture of Niigata. (NHK)
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Influenza season arrives early in Japan

November 25, 2016 - 23:05
The influenza season has started in Japan, the second earliest on record since 1999, the health ministry said Friday. (Jiji)
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Japan's tsunami embankments face walls to progress

November 23, 2016 - 22:32
Seawall construction in tsunami-battered eastern Japan is coming along slowly, hindered by materials and labor shortages and objections from locals. (Nikkei)
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Go Master Cho wins series with AI

November 23, 2016 - 22:07
Go master Cho Chikun triumphed in its final game against DeepZenGo, a Japanese artificial intelligence program, on Wednesday to win the three-game series 2-1. (Kyodo)
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Japan's space agency unveils microsatellite

November 23, 2016 - 05:16
Japan's space agency has unveiled a new microsatellite that will be test-launched with a specially designed mini-rocket. (NHK)
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M.7.4 quake was triggered by vertical split in undersea rock: experts

November 22, 2016 - 23:36
The major earthquake that triggered tsunami in the Tohoku region Tuesday was caused by a type of jolt that is likely to cause tidal waves, according to the Meteorological Agency. (Japan Times)
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Snags knock Japanese bullet train plans off track

November 22, 2016 - 23:23
Unexpected problems have dogged Japan's newest shinkansen bullet train projects as delays in technology development force the government to push back deadlines, exposing a lack of follow-through. (Nikkei)
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Cooling system restored at Fukushima nuclear plant

November 22, 2016 - 01:13
The Tokyo Electric Power Company says it has restored a cooling system at the Fukushima Daini nuclear power plant that briefly stopped after a powerful earthquake. (NHK)
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Go master Cho loses 2nd game with Japanese AI

November 20, 2016 - 21:23
Go master Cho Chikun on Sunday lost his second game with DeepZenGo, a Japanese artificial intelligence program, in a three-game match that began the previous day. (Jiji)
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Fuel femoval from Fukushima reactor likely to be put off again

November 19, 2016 - 00:08
Tokyo Electric Power Co. Holdings Inc. is expected to face a further delay in the start of work to remove fuel from the storage pool at the No. 3 reactor of its disaster-stricken Fukushima No. 1 nuclear power station, it was learned Friday. (Jiji)
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Mihama N-reactor gets 20 more years in operation

November 16, 2016 - 20:52
The Nuclear Regulation Authority on Wednesday approved a 20-year extension of the maximum operating period for the No. 3 reactor at the Mihama nuclear power plant in Fukui Prefecture, which will have been in service for 40 years next month. (
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Japan's first cellular drone

November 16, 2016 - 20:36
NTT Docomo has carried out Japan's first trial of a drone using a mobile phone rather than wireless technology. (NHK)
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Hitachi develops Japan's first 'lensless' camera technology

November 15, 2016 - 21:36
Hitachi Ltd. says it has developed camera technology that can capture video images without a lens and adjust its focal position afterwards, becoming the first Japanese firm to do so. (Japan Times)
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Robot bus in Akita has 1st public road test

November 14, 2016 - 20:50
A driverless bus with passengers on board slowly traveled on a lakeside road in the city of Senboku in Akita Prefecture on Sunday. (
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AI robot won't take Tokyo University entrance test

November 14, 2016 - 20:35
Researchers developing an AI robot have set aside a plan to have it pass the entrance exam to Japan's top university. (NHK)
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Largest supermoon in 68 years visible in parts of Japan

November 14, 2016 - 05:00
Monday night offered people in parts of Japan a close encounter with the latest supermoon, as Earth's satellite made its closest approach since 1948. (Kyodo)
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