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New vents spotted on Mt. Hakone

July 3, 2015 - 06:27
Volcano experts have found 3 new vents on a mountain in the resort town of Hakone near Tokyo. (NHK)
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Solar Impulse takes off on delayed Pacific flight

June 28, 2015 - 23:23
The revolutionary Solar Impulse 2 aircraft took off early Monday for a flight over the Pacific Ocean, a spokeswoman said, the most ambitious leg of its quest to circumnavigate the globe powered only by the sun. (Japan Today)
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Japanese women go ape over surprisingly handsome gorilla

June 27, 2015 - 09:59
Who could resist that striking countenance, that chiseled brow — and that toned, furry butt? A surprisingly hunky male gorilla, Shabani, has female humans going ape after mugshots of the 18-year-old animal began going viral on Twitter. (CNN)
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Japanese maglev train sets Guinness world record

June 26, 2015 - 09:52
A Japanese maglev train has set a Guinness World Record by traveling 603 kilometers per hour. (NHK)
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Snails face extinction at world heritage site

June 24, 2015 - 22:35
An expert panel is warning that several species of snails that helped place Japan's Ogasawara Islands on the list of UNESCO World Heritage sites are facing extinction. (NHK)
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Solar Impulse 2 delays flight from Japan as weather window closes

June 23, 2015 - 22:31
A solar-powered plane circumnavigating the globe called off a Hawaii-bound flight from Japan early Wednesday morning as the weather window favorable for its longest five-day trip appears to have closed. (Kyodo)
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Noted Tokyo aquarium adds 80 tuna after mass fish deaths

June 22, 2015 - 10:45
A Tokyo aquarium suffering through massive fish deaths in its renowned tuna tank since late last year reopened the tank to the public Monday after adding 80 tuna. (Japan Times)
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Drones used to survey Mount Hakone amid volcanic alert

June 21, 2015 - 03:24
The prefectural government of Kanagawa on Saturday used drones to survey a no-go zone in the Owakudani hot spring district on Mount Hakone, where a level 2 volcanic alert has been in place. (Japan Times)
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Mount Asama erupts again

June 19, 2015 - 23:21
Japan's Meteorological Agency says Mount Asama has had another very minor eruption. (NHK)
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8,500-year-old 'Kennewick Man' skeleton was likely Native American, not Ainu, DNA findings indicate

June 19, 2015 - 06:56
The much-anticipated results of a study of DNA taken from the hand bone of the so-called Kennewick Man, a 8,500-year-old skeleton discovered in Washington state in 1996, suggest the man was most closely related to Native American populations, a team of international researchers said on Thursday. (Japan Times)
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Solar plane waiting out weather front in Japan

June 19, 2015 - 00:05
The pilot of a solar-powered plane that made an unplanned stop in Japan says his aircraft is now ready to fly but must wait out unfavorable weather, perhaps for up to two months. (Japan Today)
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Heavy rain warning system being tested

June 18, 2015 - 23:06
A system that forecasts and notifies users of imminent heavy rainfall has been developed by the National Research Institute for Earth Science and Disaster Prevention (NIED) in Tsukuba, Ibaraki Prefecture. (The Japan News)
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Volcano on southwestern Japan island erupts again: weather agency

June 18, 2015 - 06:41
A volcano is likely to have erupted again around noon Thursday on Kuchinoerabu Island in Kagoshima Prefecture, southwestern Japan, the weather agency said. (Kyodo)
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Japan puts off fuel removal at crippled TEPCO reactors

June 12, 2015 - 22:42
The Japanese government decided Friday to put off the start of work to remove nuclear fuel stored in pools in the crippled No. 1 to No. 3 reactors at the Fukushima No. 1 nuclear power plant by up to three years. (Jiji Press)
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JAXA aims to touch Earth's moon, then grab a piece of a moon of Mars

June 10, 2015 - 22:57
The Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency (JAXA) is considering a project to send an unmanned probe to Mars to bring back substances from one of its moons, the organization reported to a government subcommittee on Tuesday. (The Japan News)
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High alert advised for doctors in Japan over MERS

June 8, 2015 - 01:18
A group of Japanese medical experts is calling on doctors across the country to be vigilant against the MERS coronavirus. (NHK)
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Wind damages wing of solar plane sidelined in Japan

June 6, 2015 - 23:44
A solar-powered plane forced to land in Japan will be stuck on the ground for at least a week after wind gusts damaged one of its wings. (
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Japan on alert as deadly MERS spreads in South Korea

June 5, 2015 - 09:22
Japan started monitoring travelers from South Korea more closely Thursday to keep the regional outbreak of Middle East Respiratory Syndrome at bay, while businesses began taking precautions. (Japan Times)
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Magnitude-5 temblor rocks Hokkaido; no tsunami warning

June 3, 2015 - 23:40
An earthquake with a preliminary magnitude of 5 struck Hokkaido early Thursday morning, the Meteorological Agency said, adding that it poses no tsunami risk. (Japan Times)
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Japan Pension Service hack used classic attack method

June 2, 2015 - 13:28
The massive leak last month of personal data from the Japan Pension Service was the result of a simple error by its employees: opening a virus-laced email attachment disguised as a health ministry document. (Japan Times)
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