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Mount Zaosan shows signs of stirring, with strongest volcanic tremors of year

November 21, 2014 - 23:30
The Japan Meteorological Agency urged caution to late-season climbers on Nov. 20 after Mount Zaosan in northeastern Japan showed the strongest signs of volcanic activity this year. (Asahi)
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Highly pathogenic bird flu virus detected in Chiba Prefecture

November 21, 2014 - 23:09
A highly pathogenic avian influenza virus has been detected in duck droppings collected Tuesday in the town of Nagara in Chiba Prefecture, east of Tokyo, the Environment Ministry said Friday. (Jiji Press)
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Rare white bluefin tuna arrives at Tsukiji Market

November 21, 2014 - 22:59
A rare waxy white southern bluefin tuna arrived at Tokyo's Tsukiji fish market on Friday. (The Japan News)
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Reactor confirmed to be on active fault

November 20, 2014 - 21:28
A fault line running just below the No. 2 reactor of Japan Atomic Power Co.'s nuclear power plant in Tsuruga, Fukui Prefecture, is active, a panel of experts at the Nuclear Regulation Authority has concluded for the second time. (The Japan News)
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M5.3 quake hits off Fukushima, jolts Kanto; no tsunami alert issued

November 20, 2014 - 03:58
An earthquake with a magnitude of 5.3 struck in the sea off Fukushima Prefecture at 10:51 a.m. Thursday, but no tsunami alert was issued by the Japan Meteorological Agency. (Japan Today)
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Japan submits new research whaling plan to IWC

November 18, 2014 - 22:47
The Japanese government said Tuesday it has submitted a new research whaling plan to the International Whaling Commission's Scientific Committee, setting an annual catch target of 333 minke whales in the Antarctic Ocean. (Jiji Press)
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Nishinoshima eruption one year on

November 18, 2014 - 22:40
Nearly a year has passed since a volcano erupted on a remote Japanese island in the Pacific Ocean. Nishinoshima Island, about 900 kilometers south of Tokyo, is still gushing out tons of lava. (NHK)
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Tokyo to set up 80 hydrogen stations by 2025

November 18, 2014 - 22:38
The Tokyo metropolitan government Tuesday announced a plan to increase the number of hydrogen stations for fuel cell vehicles in Tokyo to 35 by the 2020 Tokyo Olympics and to 80 by 2025. (Kyodo)
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TEPCO unable to stop tainted water flows into tunnels

November 18, 2014 - 22:05
Tokyo Electric Power Co. apparently remains unable to stop the flows of radioactive water from the turbine building of a damaged reactor to underground tunnels at its disaster-hit Fukushima No. 1 power station, officials have said. (Jiji Press)
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Snow-capped Mt. Ontake still spewing smoke, ash

November 17, 2014 - 21:53
One month has passed since the search for six missing people was discontinued for the year on Mt. Ontake, which erupted Sept. 27 and claimed 57 lives. The eruption is the nation's worst volcanic disaster since World War II in terms of casualties. (The Japan News)
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Sushi eaters pushing Pacific bluefin tuna to brink of extinction

November 17, 2014 - 21:45
The never-ending demand for Pacific bluefin tuna among sushi lovers is driving the iconic fish towards extinction, a conservation group said. (
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Fukushima radioactivity detected off California coast

November 16, 2014 - 21:56
Monitoring efforts along the Pacific Coast of the U.S. and Canada have detected the presence of small amounts of radioactivity from the 2011 Fukushima Dai-ichi Nuclear Power Plant accident 100 miles (150 km) due west of Eureka, California. (
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8 died in Gunma hospital after operations by same surgeon

November 14, 2014 - 22:10
Eight people died at Gunma University Hospital in eastern Japan after having laparoscopic operations for liver resection by the same surgeon between December 2010 and June 2014, the hospital revealed Friday. (Jiji Pressl)
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Highly pathogenic strain of bird flu virus detected in Shimane

November 14, 2014 - 08:27
A highly pathogenic strain of bird flu has been found in Yasugi, Shimane Prefecture, the Environment Ministry said on Friday. (Japan Times)
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Hackers using luxury hotels in Japan to target execs, software firm says

November 13, 2014 - 10:00
Hackers have used compromised Wi-Fi networks at luxury hotels in Japan to steal sensitive information from business executives and corporate researchers as part of a data theft campaign, according to a recent report by a Russian security software company. (Japan Times)
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Global warming blamed for more rain in Japan

November 12, 2014 - 23:17
Japanese weather researchers say Japan has experienced heavier hourly rainfalls due to global warming. (NHK)
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Tokyo conducts ebola response drill

November 11, 2014 - 13:10
The Tokyo metropolitan government carried out a drill on Tuesday to deal with a suspected Ebola case. (Jiji Press)
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Scientists develop new test method for Alzheimer's

November 10, 2014 - 22:27
Two groups of Japanese scientists have developed a method to detect Alzheimer's disease in its early stages. (NHK)
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TEPCO removes 2nd canopy panel covering Fukushima reactor building

November 10, 2014 - 09:48
In preparation for clearing debris and eventually removing nuclear fuel from inside, Tokyo Electric Power Co. on Nov. 10 temporarily removed another panel from the canopy covering a damaged reactor building at the crippled Fukushima No. 1 nuclear power plant. (Asahi)
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Japan targets 424 dangerous invasive species for elimination

November 9, 2014 - 00:39
Venomous redback spiders are among 424 nonnative species targeted for extermination in Japan under a planned new designation for alien threats against indigenous species and human health. (Asahi)
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