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Coast guard warns explosion could occur on volcanic islet in Ogasawara chain

August 28, 2014 - 08:25
A new islet created by volcanic activity in the Ogasawara chain south of Tokyo could be in danger of blowing up, the Japan Coast Guard says. (Asahi)
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Instant noodles carry health risks for women: study

August 27, 2014 - 23:03
Women who eat instant noodles, like Ramen, at least two times a week face a greater risk of high blood pressure, elevated blood sugar and high cholesterol, U.S. researchers say. (Japan Today)
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STAP cell phenomenon not yet verified: Riken

August 27, 2014 - 13:22
Riken has been unable to verify the so-called STAP cell phenomenon, the Japanese government-affiliated research institute said in an interim report on Wednesday. (Jiji Press)
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Japan sees 1st dengue fever case in nearly 70 years

August 27, 2014 - 07:40
Japanese health authorities have reported the first locally transmitted case of dengue fever in the country in nearly 70 years. (Japan Today)
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Japan airports' Wi-Fi allows snooping

August 27, 2014 - 00:07
Users of free wireless Internet connections at Japan's Narita, Kansai and Kobe airports are vulnerable to electronic eavesdropping of their e-mail and web browsing, a study by an information and communications specialist showed Tuesday. (Bangkok Post)
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Japan to lower cap on juvenile bluefin tuna catches

August 26, 2014 - 23:24
With mature Pacific bluefin tuna nearing record lows due to overfishing, Japan announced Tuesday that it will limit hauls of young tuna by region, a move that is likely to keep prices high. (Nikkei)
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Embattled Japanese lab fails to reproduce STAP cells

August 26, 2014 - 23:23
Scientists at Riken, the Japanese institute behind claims of an ingeniously novel method of creating stem cells, have been unable to duplicate the process despite multiple attempts, sources said Tuesday. (Nikkei)
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Over 20-meter tsunami could hit Sea of Japan coast: gov't panel

August 26, 2014 - 12:18
A tsunami of over 20 meters could hit a town on the Sea of Japan coast, a government panel on large-scale earthquakes said Tuesday. (Kyodo)
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Japan to introduce warning system for bluefin tuna overfishing

August 26, 2014 - 05:42
Japan's Fisheries Agency plans to introduce a warning system in 2015 to prevent the overfishing of bluefin tuna in waters around the country, officials said Monday. (Jiji Press)
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Japan ready to offer flu drug for Ebola treatment

August 25, 2014 - 22:59
Japan said Monday it is ready to provide a Japanese-developed anti-influenza drug as a possible treatment for the rapidly expanding Ebola outbreak. (
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Thyroid cancer diagnosed in 104 young people in Fukushima

August 25, 2014 - 06:19
The number of young people in Fukushima Prefecture who have been diagnosed with definitive or suspected thyroid gland cancer, a disease often caused by radiation exposure, now totals 104, according to prefectural officials. (Asahi)
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Apple iPhone 6 screen snag leaves supply chain scrambling

August 24, 2014 - 23:05
Suppliers to Apple Inc are scrambling to get enough screens ready for the new iPhone 6 smartphone as the need to redesign a key component disrupted panel production ahead of next month's expected launch, supply chain sources said. (
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Wild monkeys expand habitat in Minami-Soma

August 21, 2014 - 23:24
The wild monkey population is rapidly increasing in Odaka Ward of Minami-Soma, Fukushima Prefecture, which is under an evacuation advisory as a result of the crisis at the Fukushima No. 1 nuclear power plant. (The Japan News)
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New guidelines ease restrictions on cellphone use at hospitals

August 19, 2014 - 23:14
A council made up mainly of representatives of the government and telecom carriers on Tuesday released new guidelines that ease regulations on mobile phone use in hospitals and clinics. (Japan Times)
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Expanding volcanic island in Japan may collapse, triggering tsunami: Study

August 19, 2014 - 13:14
An erupting volcanic island that is expanding off Japan could trigger a tsunami if its freshly formed lava slopes collapse into the sea, scientists said on Tuesday. (
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Triangulation points in Japan may be useless in 10 years

August 19, 2014 - 13:12
Triangulation points are likely to be no longer in use in Japan in 10 years as a result of accuracy enhancement in positioning systems, including the Global Positioning System, according to a Geospatial Information Authority of Japan panel. (Jiji Press)
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TEPCO struggling to freeze radioactive water

August 19, 2014 - 13:04
The operator of the damaged Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power plant is planning to try another method to freeze radiation-contaminated water in underground tunnels. (NHK)
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Endangered dugong spotted just east of Henoko site

August 18, 2014 - 23:21
A dugong, a rare marine mammal that inhabits waters around Okinawa, was spotted about 5 km east of Henoko on Sunday, the same day as seabed surveys started before landfill operations begin at the relocation site for the U.S. Marine Corps' Air Station Futenma. (Japan Times)
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Japanese experts launch project to detect cancer

August 18, 2014 - 23:04
Japanese researchers have announced a five-year project to develop a diagnostic system that can detect 13 different types of cancer by using tiny molecules in the blood as biomarkers. They expect the system will allow the detection of cancer in a routine health check. (NHK)
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Portuguese man-of-war spotted on Kanagawa beach

August 18, 2014 - 00:49
With just a few weeks left before September, beach lovers in Japan are trying to sneak in a few last trips to the coast. A late summer trip to the shore means you'll have to be on the lookout for jellyfish, but the good news is they don't seem to be out in full force yet. (Japan Today)
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