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Japan maglev train sets new record of 603kmph

14 hours 57 min ago
A Japanese maglev train has set a new world record speed of 603 kilometers per hour. (NHK)
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Domo Arigato Ms. Roboto

April 20, 2015 - 22:19
Android Aiko Chihira debuts as a receptionist Monday at Nihonbashi Mitsukoshi department store in Chuo Ward, Tokyo, providing information about the store's food floor and events. (The Japan News)
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Tsunami alert lifted after M6.8 quake hits off Okinawa

April 20, 2015 - 03:13
The Japan Meteorological Agency lifted a tsunami alert about one hour after it was issued following a 6.6 magnitude earthquake that struck off eastern Taiwan on Monday morning. (Japan Today)
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JAXA plans Japan's first moon shot in 2018

April 19, 2015 - 21:27
The Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency (JAXA) is planning to attempt Japan's first lunar landing in fiscal 2018, sources close to the project said Sunday. (Japan Times)
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JR Tokai achieves maglev train record speed

April 16, 2015 - 22:52
Central Japan Railway Co., or JR Tokai, said Thursday its magnetic levitation Shinkansen train achieved the world's fastest train speed of 590 kilometers per hour on a test line in central Japan. (Jiji Press)
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Tepco resumes survey of crippled Fukushima reactor vessel with new robot

April 15, 2015 - 08:12
The operator of the crippled Fukushima No. 1 nuclear power plant resumed a video survey inside a reactor containment vessel on Wednesday, inserting a second robot after an earlier effort left a similar robot stranded inside. (Japan Times)
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NHK documentary shot in 8K shown in the US

April 14, 2015 - 23:27
The world's largest broadcast equipment fair has opened in Las Vegas, giving visitors a chance to see for themselves what next-generation 8K high-resolution technology can do. (NHK)
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Japan's CO2 emissions 2nd highest on record in fiscal 2014

April 14, 2015 - 23:24
Japan's greenhouse-gas emissions rose to the second-highest on record in the year ended March 2014, revised government figures showed on Tuesday, reflecting a rise in coal-fired power after the indefinite closure of nuclear power plants. (Japan Today)
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Court bans restart of Takahama reactors

April 14, 2015 - 23:11
The Fukui District Court on Tuesday ordered Kansai Electric Power Co. not to restart the No. 3 and No. 4 reactors at its Takahama nuclear power station in Fukui Prefecture. (The Japan News)
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Experts reject Japan's new whaling plan

April 14, 2015 - 05:31
Japan's hopes of resuming its whale hunts in the Southern Ocean have suffered a setback after International Whaling Committee experts said its latest plan offered no scientific justification for the slaughter. (
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4 of 7 liver transplant recipients died at brand-new Kobe hospital

April 14, 2015 - 05:13
A hospital that opened in November last year in Kobe, western Japan, saw a very high death rate among liver transplant recipients in its first four months of operation, officials at the hospital said Tuesday. (Kyodo)
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Video shows the inside of Fukushima reactor's containment vessel

April 13, 2015 - 22:45
Tokyo Electric Power Co. released on Monday a video showing the inside of the containment vessel of the No. 1 reactor at the crippled Fukushima No. 1 nuclear power plant. (The Japan News)
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'Transformer' robot breakdown leaves TEPCO in the dark at Fukushima nuclear plant

April 13, 2015 - 08:43
An unresponsive robot means it's back to the drawing board for officials at Tokyo Electric Power Co. in determining how to decommission reactors at their crippled Fukushima No. 1 nuclear power plant. (Asahi)
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Mass beaching of melon-headed whales in Japan sparks 'unscientific' fears of underwater earthquake

April 11, 2015 - 12:08
The mass beaching of more than 150 melon-headed whales on Japan's shores has fuelled fears of a repeat of a seemingly unrelated event in the country - the devastating 2011 undersea earthquake that unleashed a tsunami and triggered a nuclear disaster. (
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Japan forecaster: El Nino likely to emerge by summer

April 10, 2015 - 23:44
Japan's weather bureau said in its monthly outlook on Friday that the possibility of an El Nino weather pattern forming by summer remains high, but gave no probability forecast. (
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Survey robot sent inside crippled reactor at Fukushima No. 1 plant

April 10, 2015 - 23:41
Tokyo Electric Power Co. <9501> sent on Friday a remote-control survey robot inside the damaged No. 1 reactor's containment vessel at the utility's disaster-crippled nuclear power plant in Fukushima Prefecture. (Jiji Press)
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Japan nuclear regulator 'very close' to end of review: commissioner

April 10, 2015 - 00:06
Japan's atomic regulator is "very close" to finishing its review of two reactors in southern Japan that are slated to be the first to restart under new rules introduced since the Fukushima nuclear disaster, one of its commissioners told Reuters. (Reuters)
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Giant 411kg tuna catch

April 9, 2015 - 12:28
A giant bluefin tuna weighing more than 400 kilograms has been caught in the Pacific Ocean off western Japan. (NHK)
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Scientists: Hormone gives killifish that loving feeling

April 7, 2015 - 23:31
Researchers identified a hormone that gives male killifish the edge needed to vanquish rivals in love, a discovery that could shed light on the neural mechanisms of jealousy and possessiveness in humans. (Asahi)
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Cesium-134 from Fukushima detected on N. America coast

April 7, 2015 - 12:11
Trace amounts of radioactive cesium-134 from the March 2011 nuclear accident at Tokyo Electric Power Co.'s Fukushima No. 1 plant in northeastern Japan were detected in a seawater sample from the shoreline of North America, a U.S. research institute has said. (Jiji Press)
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