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Final exercise for Monju fuel removal suspended soon after start

August 19, 2018 - 22:55
The Japan Atomic Energy Agency suspended a final exercise in preparation for the removal of nuclear fuel assemblies from its Monju prototype fast-breeder reactor, which is in the process of being decommissioned, only hours after it was started on Sunday morning. (Jiji)
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Space elevator technology test held in Fukushima

August 15, 2018 - 23:14
A group of researchers conducted a test to develop technology for a space elevator that would link the Earth and outer space using cables. (NHK)
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Volcanic alert raised for southwestern Japan island

August 15, 2018 - 22:56
The Japan Meteorological Agency upgraded on Wednesday its volcanic alert for the island of Kuchinoerabu in the town of Yakushima, Kagoshima Prefecture, southwestern Japan, calling on local residents to prepare for evacuation. (Jiji)
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High-tech Tokyo tops list of world's most innovative cities

August 10, 2018 - 23:28
Tokyo topped a list of the world's most innovative cities on Friday, leapfrogging London and New York after embracing the"globe-shaking trends of robotics and 3D manufacturing". (Japan Today)
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Moss grows into a popular leisure activity in Japan

August 5, 2018 - 22:19
As Kaori Shibo bends her head down and peers at a log through a magnifying glass, she emits a delighted gasp. The object of her adoration? Moss. (Japan Times)
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15 infected with drug-resistant bacteria

August 3, 2018 - 22:02
A university hospital in southwestern Japan says that over the past 2 years, 15 patients appear to have been infected with drug-resistant bacteria. (NHK)
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Japan to cut plutonium stockpile amid international concerns

July 31, 2018 - 22:13
Japan has decided to reduce its plutonium stockpile, in line with its principle of possessing only the amount necessary for peaceful use, the country’s nuclear panel said Tuesday, while failing to give a numerical target. (Japan Times)
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Eruption on remote island continues

July 20, 2018 - 23:29
The Japan Coast Guard says the latest volcanic eruption on a remote island in the Pacific Ocean is continuing. (NHK)
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Probe finds asteroid's surface is 30-100 degrees C

July 19, 2018 - 22:25
Japan's space agency says its Hayabusa2 probe is shedding more light on the features of the asteroid Ryugu. It says the celestial body's surface temperatures range from 30 to 100 degrees Celsius. (NHK)
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Japan OKs reuse of nuclear fuel from scrapped reactors for 1st time

July 18, 2018 - 22:17
Japan's nuclear watchdog on Wednesday granted its first approval for a plan to reuse nuclear fuel taken out of decommissioned reactors in operational ones. (Japan Today)
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Hokkaido isle jolted by 1st appearance of brown bear in 106 years

July 14, 2018 - 22:32
On Rishiri Island in the northern Japan prefecture of Hokkaido, people are on alert after a brown bear has recently been spotted for the first time in 106 years, ahead of the summer tourism season. (Jiji)
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Small eruption occurs on uninhabited Japanese island in Pacific

July 12, 2018 - 21:38
A small eruption has been confirmed on an uninhabited island in the Pacific around 1,000 kilometers south of Tokyo, the weather agency said Thursday. (Kyodo)
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JAXA: Ryugu was likely born from asteroid pieces

July 12, 2018 - 21:26
NHK has learned that scientists now believe the asteroid Ryugu was likely formed from a collection of asteroid fragments. (NHK)
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Strong earthquake hits east of Tokyo

July 7, 2018 - 20:23
A 6.0 magnitude earthquake shook Chiba Prefecture east of Tokyo on Saturday. (NHK)
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Kangaroo-like transforming robot, created by Chiba university, keen to carry your groceries

July 4, 2018 - 22:56
Chiba Institute of Technology unveiled Wednesday a transformable machine that can play dual roles - as both a robot, fused with artificial intelligence technologies, and a vehicle to enhance personal mobility. (Japan Times)
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Japan OKs ambitious nuclear energy target, plutonium reuse plan

July 3, 2018 - 23:38
Japan on Tuesday approved an energy plan that sets ambitious targets for nuclear energy use and sustains a struggling program for spent-fuel recycling despite setbacks after the 2011 Fukushima disaster. (Japan Today)
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Hokkaido launch of privately developed rocket fails, bursting into flames after liftoff

June 29, 2018 - 23:41
The launch of what would have been Japan’s first privately developed rocket to reach outer space failed Saturday after it burst into flames seconds after liftoff, the Hokkaido-based developer said. (Japan Times)
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Hayabusa2 Reaches Target Asteroid

June 27, 2018 - 23:46
Japanese asteroid explorer Hayabusa2 reached its target, Ryugu, on Wednesday morning, the Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency, or JAXA, said the same day. (Jiji)
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Big quake risks surge in eastern Hokkaido

June 26, 2018 - 23:09
The possibility of a powerful earthquake of lower 6 or above on the Japanese seismic intensity scale of 7 occurring in the next 30 years has sharply increased in the eastern part of Japan's northernmost prefecture of Hokkaido, a government report showed Tuesday. (Jiji)
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