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Killer whales spotted in Tokyo Bay

May 27, 2015 - 09:16
Killer whales have been spotted in Tokyo Bay, prompting the Japan Coast Guard to warn ships passing through the area to avoid the cetaceans. (Japan Times)
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Volcanic activity continues at Mt. Hakone

May 25, 2015 - 23:06
Volcanic activity continues at Mount Hakone in Kanagawa Prefecture, a hot spring resort area southwest of Tokyo. (NHK)
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Aftershocks may occur for a week

May 25, 2015 - 12:02
Japan's Meteorological Agency has warned of possible strong aftershocks in the Tokyo metropolitan area during the next week. (NHK)
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Strong quake hits Tokyo and surrounding areas

May 25, 2015 - 12:01
An earthquake with an estimated magnitude of 5.6 shook Tokyo and its surrounding areas at 2:28 p.m. on May 25, but there were no immediate reports of injuries or damage. (Asahi)
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Tokyo's sweetfish revival an upstream battle for govt

May 24, 2015 - 00:05
The Tokyo metropolitan government has launched a project to help ayu, or sweetfish, swim up the Tamagawa river, aiming to revive the "Edomae ayu" that once thrived in Tokyo Bay. The fish were once presented to the Tokugawa Shognate family. (The Japan News)
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Rare rainbow-like phenomenon observed

May 23, 2015 - 00:46
A rare rainbow-like phenomenon among thin clouds in the sky was seen over part of Japan. (NHK)
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Artistic pufferfish make top 10 new species list

May 23, 2015 - 00:26
Fugu pufferfish that make beautiful "crop circles" on the seabed off Amami-Oshima island in Kagoshima Prefecture have been chosen as one of the top 10 new species for 2015 by an international research institute, according to the National Museum of Nature and Science. (The Japan News)
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WAZA welcomes Japan body's dolphin catch decision

May 21, 2015 - 04:57
The World Association of Zoos and Aquariums has issued a statement welcoming a Japanese body's decision to ban the acquisition of dolphins caught by drive hunting. (NHK)
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Nuclear reactor in Shikoku gets OK to restart

May 20, 2015 - 12:01
Japan's nuclear regulator signed off on the basic safety of a reactor at a third nuclear plant on Wednesday, as the country inches toward rebooting its atomic industry more than four years after the 2011 Fukushima disaster. (Japan Today)
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1st drone test field opens in Ibaraki Prefecture

May 19, 2015 - 22:56
The nation's first test field for drones opened in Tsukuba, Ibaraki Prefecture, on Monday to promote the practical use of the small unmanned helicopters in the field of distribution. (The Japan News)
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Fukushima finds 16 new cases of thyroid cancer in young people

May 19, 2015 - 12:42
Sixteen young people who lived near the crippled Fukushima No. 1 nuclear power plant have been diagnosed with thyroid cancer, prefectural authorities said May 18, although they added it is "unlikely" a direct result of the nuclear accident. (Asahi)
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Japan's aquariums face ejection from zoo organisation over Taiji dolphins

May 19, 2015 - 12:37
Japan's aquariums are to decide whether to stop buying live dolphins from the town of Taiji, where hundreds of the animals are slaughtered every year, or else face expulsion from the world's leading zoo organisation. (
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Japan aquariums rely on controversial dolphin hunt

May 18, 2015 - 22:36
Nearly half the dolphins in Japan's aquariums are caught using a controversial fishing method that sees dozens more slaughtered every year, a newspaper reported Saturday. (
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Fukuoka man who fell ill after visiting Guinea tests negative for Ebola

May 18, 2015 - 10:00
A man from Fukuoka Prefecture who was suspected of contracting the Ebola virus while in West Africa has been cleared, the health ministry said Monday. (Japan Times)
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Kanpai! Japanese sweet sake found to have beauty benefits

May 18, 2015 - 09:45
It seems like every time you look, there's some sort of new fad diet or superfood, all purported to be the best thing you can do for your health or to improve your natural beauty. But the good news is, this one's actually fun to partake in. (
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New volcanic isle Nishinoshima a blank-canvas 'natural lab' for life

May 17, 2015 - 23:05
A brand new island emerging off the coast of Japan offers scientists a rare opportunity to study how life begins to colonize barren land - helped by rotting bird poo and hatchling vomit. (Japan Times)
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Ground swells near Mount Hakone

May 17, 2015 - 01:13
Japanese experts say they have confirmed ground swelling in the no-entry zone on Mount Hakone since an increase of volcanic activity last month. (NHK)
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Japan smartphone can be unlocked with a glance

May 16, 2015 - 00:41
A high-tech new smartphone that users can unlock with their eyes alone is due to go on sale in Japan this month. (
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M5.1 quake strikes off Fukushima coast

May 15, 2015 - 05:54
An earthquake with a magnitude of 5.1 struck off the coast of Fukushima Prefecture on Friday, the Japan Meteorological Agency said, adding there was no danger of a tsunami. (Japan Today)
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TEPCO starts removing cover for Fukushima reactor

May 15, 2015 - 05:50
The operator of the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear plant began work on Firday morning to dismantle the cover of the No.1 reactor building. (NHK)
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