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Work begins to dismantle cover at Fukushima plant

July 28, 2015 - 07:03
The operator of the disaster-hit Fukushima Daiichi nuclear plant began Tuesday dismantling the cover shrouding the No. 1 reactor building, installed in the wake of the 2011 disaster to keep radioactive materials from dispersing. (Kyodo)
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3 crew members begin 5-month mission on ISS

July 23, 2015 - 09:59
Japanese astronaut Kimiya Yui and two other crew members from the United States and Russia have begun their mission on the International Space Station. (NHK)
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Nobel laureate in physics Yoichiro Nambu dies at 94

July 18, 2015 - 01:38
Yoichiro Nambu, a winner of the 2008 Nobel Prize in Physics, died of acute cardiac infarction on July 5, it was learned Friday. He was 94. (The Japan News)
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NRA says fault under reactor at Shika N-plant could be active

July 18, 2015 - 01:35
A survey team of experts under the Nuclear Regulation Authority said in a draft report Friday that the possibility cannot be ruled out that a fault running under important facilities for the No. 1 reactor at the Shika nuclear power plant in central Japan is active. (The Japan News)
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Japanese scientist surprised by Pluto images

July 16, 2015 - 23:35
A Japanese astronomer says the latest close-up shots of Pluto greatly defy scientists' expectations and suggest that the dwarf planet has been geologically active until recently. (NHK)
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Sea bunnies? Japanese netizens going nuts for super cute sea slug

July 15, 2015 - 23:21
If you polled people on marine life they thought was cute, sea slugs would probably rate somewhere near the bottom if they made the list at all. (
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'K' supercomputer back in No. 1 spot

July 15, 2015 - 22:54
A supercomputer developed by RIKEN has topped the international rankings on supercomputers' capabilities to process advanced tasks, the Kobe-based research institute has announced. (The Japan News)
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Drones to be grounded in Tokyo and other urban areas

July 15, 2015 - 06:36
Drones are to be banned from the skies over Tokyo and other urban centers in Japan. (Asahi)
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Large Tyrannosaurids existed in Japan

July 14, 2015 - 23:25
Fossilized teeth apparently of a large tyrannosaurid dinosaur have been discovered in Nagasaki, providing the first confirmation that large carnivorous dinosaurs existed in Japan, the Fukui Prefectural Dinosaur Museum said Tuesday. (The Japan News)
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Chasing ghosts: Japan's neutrino research

July 13, 2015 - 23:12
Neutrinos have long puzzled physicists around the world as one of the biggest mysteries in the science community. Often known as the "ghosts" of the universe, huge numbers of them zip around space as they pass through practically everything without causing a single reaction. Though they seem weightless, scientists in Japan discovered evidence that neutrinos have mass. (The Japan News)
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8K TV showcased in Milan

July 12, 2015 - 22:29
Visitors to a special event in Milan have had an opportunity to see the latest in broadcast television technology -- 8K ultra high-definition. (NHK)
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WAZA reinstates Japan body's membership

July 11, 2015 - 00:14
The World Association of Zoos and Aquariums, or WAZA, has restored the membership of Japan's governing body. (NHK)
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JAXA unveils H3 rocket spec outline

July 9, 2015 - 23:36
The first-stage engine of the planned flagship H3 rocket will be a larger version of the second-stage engines used in the H2B and H2A rockets, the Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency said in the rocket's outline, released Wednesday. (The Japan News)
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M5.8 predawn quake jolts Iwate area; no tsunami risk; no nuclear plant impact

July 9, 2015 - 23:22
An earthquake with a preliminary magnitude of 5.8 struck Iwate Prefecture in the Tohoku region early Friday morning, the Meteorological Agency said, adding there is no tsunami risk from the quake. (Japan Times)
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Sendai reactor refueled for restart, despite opposition

July 7, 2015 - 10:14
Nuclear fuel was being loaded into a reactor in Kyushu on Tuesday as its operator prepared to restart operations despite widespread public opposition to nuclear power. (Japan Today)
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Japan's new weather satellite starts full operation

July 7, 2015 - 06:14
Japan on Tuesday started fully operating the world's first geostationary weather satellite capable of taking images in color, hoping to forecast typhoon movements and concentrated downpours more accurately. (Kyodo)
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Nishinoshima island erupts from new crater

July 6, 2015 - 23:40
Japan Coast Guard officials say a volcanic island south of Tokyo has started erupting from a new crater. They say its eruption at a different crater has stopped. (NHK)
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Honeybee deaths surging in Japan due to rice field pesticides

July 6, 2015 - 23:33
Mass deaths of honeybees are increasing in Japan, due apparently to pesticides used for killing stink bugs in rice paddy fields, according to a survey by the agricultural ministry. (Jiji Press)
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JAZA plans rules on drive-hunted dolphins

July 4, 2015 - 23:44
The Japanese Association of Zoos and Aquariums plans to introduce a policy of imposing punishments, such as expulsion, on member institutions that continue to accept dolphins captured by traditional drive fishing, it was learned Friday. (The Japan News)
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Solar plane lands in Hawaii after record-breaking flight

July 3, 2015 - 23:51
A plane powered by the sun's rays landed in Hawaii Friday after a record-breaking five-day journey across the Pacific Ocean from Japan. (AP)
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