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Kanto quake odds seen higher

December 19, 2014 - 22:13
The probability for the Kanto region to be hit by a powerful earthquake - lower 6 or higher on the Japanese intensity scale of 7 - within 30 years has risen, the government panel's latest quake probability map showed Friday. (The Japan News)
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Venus probe discovers solar winds speed up after leaving sun

December 19, 2014 - 09:25
Solar winds suddenly speed up when they reach a certain distance from the sun, according to Japanese researchers, who announced the discovery Dec. 18. (Asahi)
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Japanese scientist resigns after stem cell research discredited

December 19, 2014 - 09:17
A researcher embroiled in a fabrication scandal that has rocked Japan's scientific establishment said Friday she would resign after failing to reproduce results of what was once billed as a ground-breaking study on stem cells. (Japan Today)
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Kanto's first hydrogen filling station opens in Tokyo

December 18, 2014 - 23:32
The first filling station in the Kanto area for fuel cell cars that run on compressed hydrogen gas opened in Tokyo's Nerima Ward on Thursday. (Japan Today)
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Japan scientist Takahashi makes 2014 "Nature's 10" list

December 18, 2014 - 22:56
The British scientific journal Nature has picked Japanese eye doctor Masayo Takahashi as one of 10 people "who mattered in science" this year. (Jiji Press)
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Obokata fails to replicate STAP cells at Riken

December 18, 2014 - 04:32
Embattled scientist Haruko Obokata has failed to produce so-called STAP cells in experiments at the Riken research institute, Riken officials and other sources said Thursday, indicating there is little likelihood of their existence. (Japan Times)
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TEPCO reports water leak at Fukushima N-plant

December 17, 2014 - 22:52
Tokyo Electric Power Co. said Wednesday that up to 6 tons of water have leaked after being processed with water-cleaning equipment at the Fukushima No. 1 power station at the center of the 2011 nuclear disaster. (Jiji Press)
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Researchers seek advice on uterus transplants

December 17, 2014 - 22:42
A group of Japanese researchers has sought opinions from academic societies on guidelines it compiled for uterus transplants aimed at childbirth. (NHK)
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Reactor special inspection shown to media

December 16, 2014 - 22:02
Kansai Electric Power Company has shown to media special inspection procedures aimed at restarting 2 aging nuclear reactors at its plant in central Japan. (NHK)
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Japan orders chicken cull after bird flu outbreak

December 16, 2014 - 06:40
Japan on Tuesday ordered the slaughter of some 4,000 chickens after officials confirmed bird flu at a poultry farm in the southwest of the country. (Japan Today)
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Global warming seen to halve Niigata snowfall by century end

December 13, 2014 - 23:46
A government climate impact study has shown that average annual snowfalls in areas such as Niigata Prefecture will decrease more than one meter at the end of this century from the current rate if no steps are taken against global warming. (The Japan News)
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Japan receives 1st positive award on climate change

December 13, 2014 - 23:18
The Climate Action Network, which comprises environmental nongovernmental organizations worldwide, on Thursday selected Japan for a "Pending" Ray of the Day award for its efforts to curb global warming. (The Japan News)
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Tokyo hosts eco-friendly expo

December 11, 2014 - 11:54
A large exhibition showcasing state-of-the-art environmentally-friendly products and technologies has opened in Tokyo. (NHK)
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First El Nino in five years declared by Japan's weather bureau

December 10, 2014 - 23:30
Japan's weather bureau said on Wednesday that an El Niño weather pattern, which can trigger drought in some parts of the world while causing flooding in others, had emerged during the summer for the first time in five years and was likely to continue into winter. (
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3 Japanese scientists receive Nobel medals at ceremony

December 10, 2014 - 22:37
Three Japanese-born inventors of blue light-emitting diode were among the laureates honored at the 2014 Nobel Prize award ceremony, held at Stockholm Concert Hall on Wednesday. (Jiji Press)
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Japanese company creates creepy hugging chair for the lonely

December 10, 2014 - 11:39
Nothing compares to the warm hug of a real person, but when there's no one else around, this nifty little Japanese invention can do the job quite well. It's called the 'tranquility chair' - its back is shaped like a giant human doll with a friendly face and long arms that can wrap around you in an affectionate embrace. (
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Hitachi builds finger vein recognition technology

December 8, 2014 - 21:47
Researchers at Japanese electronics firm Hitachi say they have developed biometric technology that identifies people by scanning the veins in their fingers even if they are walking. (NHK)
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JAXA: Asteroid probe flying smoothly

December 6, 2014 - 03:40
Japan's space agency says its asteroid explorer Hayabusa2 is flying smoothly, completing a critical operation phase that followed the launch. (NHK)
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Nobel committee chair hails blue LED success

December 6, 2014 - 03:31
Prof. Per Delsing of Chalmers University of Technology in Sweden, chairman of the Nobel Committee for Physics, praised the invention of the blue light-emitting diode, for which the Nobel Prize in physics was awarded this year. (The Japan News)
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Japan greenhouse gas emissions hit record on N-Plant halts

December 4, 2014 - 22:21
Greenhouse gas emissions in Japan in fiscal 2013 rose 1.6 pct from the previous year to the equivalent of 1,395 million tons of carbon dioxide, hitting a record high since the statistics began in fiscal 1990, the government said Thursday. (Jiji Press)
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