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Japan's Shinkansen: Revolutionary design at 50

July 16, 2014 - 06:28
Fifty years ago this year, the first Shinkansen bullet train shot out of a station platform in Tokyo. (BBC)
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Japan earthquake has raised pressure below Mount Fuji, says new study

July 16, 2014 - 06:16
Geological disturbances caused by the 2011 tremors mean Mt Fuji is in a 'critical state', say scientific researchers. (The Guardian)
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Japan reactors gain safety clearance

July 16, 2014 - 05:58
Japan's nuclear watchdog on Wednesday effectively gave its approval for the restarting of two nuclear reactors in Kagoshima prefecture, southwestern Japan, recognizing their compliance with stricter safety regulations created after the Fukushima nuclear accident. (Wall Street Journal)
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Japan enters the era of smartphones and 'dumbwalking'

July 15, 2014 - 00:04
Japan has been a late adopter when it comes to smartphones, but it's catching up quickly - already more than half the population owns one. But Tokyo is a crowded city, and warnings are being issued about the risk of mass collisions among phone-using pedestrians at one busy crossing. (BBC)
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Rice pollution, rubble removal at Fukushima plant may be linked

July 14, 2014 - 23:03
Radioactive materials dispersed during work to remove rubble at the crippled Fukushima No. 1 nuclear power plant may have polluted rice more than 20 kilometers from the plant last year, it was learned on Monday. (Jiji Press)
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Japan rushes to thwart cyber onslaught

July 14, 2014 - 11:21
Companies in Japan are among the world's most vulnerable to cyber attacks, and threats against state entities have more than doubled since 2010. (
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Underground lab tackles Japan nuclear waste issue

July 14, 2014 - 11:18
Reindeer farms and grazing Holstein cows dot a vast stretch of rolling green pasture here on Japan's northern tip. Underground it's a different story. (
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Amazon Japan jumps the gun and reveals vital iPhone 6 information

July 14, 2014 - 10:29
Amazon's recently getting famous for all the wrong reasons - first it listed the Mass Effect 4 video game well ahead of its actual launch, and now the online retail giant has unofficially divulged information about the iPhone 6 on its Japanese site. (
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Japan braced for more aftershocks of giant 2011 quake

July 12, 2014 - 07:21
Seismologists said an earthquake that struck near Japan's shuttered Fukushima nuclear site early Saturday was an aftershock of the tremor that sparked 2011's deadly tsunami, and warned of more to come. (Sun Daily)
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Disney's Frozen gets its own limited-edition PlayStation 4

July 11, 2014 - 23:40
After topping the Japanese box office for 16 weekends in a row, Disney's Frozen can add one more feat - its very own PlayStation 4. (
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Unmanned vessel to explore Arctic

July 11, 2014 - 22:58
The government will launch a project to develop an autonomous underwater vehicle capable of collecting oceanographic data on ice distribution in the Arctic Ocean, The Yomiuri Shimbun learned Friday. (The Japan News)
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Tokyo stocks close down 0.34pc, Nikkei 225 index fell 52.43 points

July 11, 2014 - 07:20
Tokyo stocks lost 0.34 percent on Friday after a scare over a Portuguese bank sent Wall Street lower and boosted the yen, denting exporter shares. (
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New safety rules may be applied to Fukushima plant

July 10, 2014 - 23:13
Japan's nuclear regulator is considering stricter safety measures for the crippled Fukushima Daiichi plant, which is being decommissioned. (NHK)
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Signs of endangered mammal off Nago

July 9, 2014 - 11:52
Japanese conservationists say they have found evidence of endangered marine mammals in waters where officials plan to build a US Marine Corps base. (NHK)
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Media allowed access to Fukushima frozen wall site

July 8, 2014 - 22:28
The operator of the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power plant has allowed media access to the construction site of an underground frozen wall, which is designed to reduce the massive volume of radioactive wastewater. (NHK)
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TEPCO planned to use PCs with XP OS for 5 more years

July 7, 2014 - 23:18
Tokyo Electric Power Co. will replace the Windows XP operating system in its 48,000 personal computers by September 2015, instead of 2018 as originally planned, the company said Monday. (The Japan News)
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Japanese scientists find ageing cure for flowers

July 7, 2014 - 00:09
Japanese scientists say they have found a way to slow down the ageing process in flowers by up to a half, meaning bouquets could remain fresh for much longer. (
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Gravitational wave detection lab unveiled

July 5, 2014 - 23:51
A huge tunnel dug deep underground as part of a project in Hida, Gifu Prefecture, to directly detect gravitational waves for the first time has been revealed to the media by the University of Tokyo's Institute for Cosmic Ray Research. (The Japan News)
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Aftershock from 2011 quake jolts northeast Japan

July 5, 2014 - 07:03
An earthquake with a magnitude of 5.9 has jolted Iwate Prefecture, northeastern Japan. It's believed the quake is an aftershock of the massive temblor that hit the region in 2011. (NHK)
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Embattled researcher Obokata arrives at Riken to prove STAP cells

July 2, 2014 - 07:16
The lead author of two controversial STAP cell papers arrived Wednesday at an office of the government-affiliated Riken research institute in Kobe to participate in experiments to verify the findings of her research once touted as trailblazing. (Kyodo)
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