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Robot stops working in Fukushima reactor

February 16, 2017 - 21:41
The operator of the crippled Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power plant says it suspended a survey by a robot at one of its reactors after the device stopped working. (NHK)
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Over 80 new Pocket Monsters being added to Pokémon GO this week

February 16, 2017 - 09:40
When Pokémon GO launched last summer, fans were overjoyed at its astounding scale. 142 Pocket Monsters, who could be hiding literally anywhere? Simply amazing. (
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Electrical circuit glitch believed caused failure of Japan's small rocket after launch

February 14, 2017 - 04:20
An electrical circuit problem may have led to the recent failure of the launch of the world's smallest rocket capable of placing a satellite into orbit, Japan's space agency said Monday. (Japan Times)
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Drone use in disaster response tested in Tokyo high-rise district

February 11, 2017 - 22:53
An experiment was conducted in central Tokyo Saturday to see if drones can efficiently gather information and provide evacuation instructions for people faced with difficulties in going home in times of major disaster. (Jiji)
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Kounotori 6's space debris removal test fails

February 6, 2017 - 20:02
Japan's space agency says its cargo ship Kounotori 6 has ended its mission after failing to test new technology for removing space debris. (NHK)
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More than 2 million flu patients reported in a week

February 3, 2017 - 23:40
An estimated 2.01 million people in Japan have caught influenza and visited clinics in one week through Sunday, nearing last year's peak, the health ministry said Friday. (Japan Today)
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Radiation levels estimated far higher in Fukushima No. 2 reactor

February 2, 2017 - 22:59
Air radiation levels inside the crippled No. 2 reactor at the Fukushima No. 1 nuclear power station are estimated at up to 530 millisieverts per hour, far higher than 73 millisieverts measured in 2012, Tokyo Electric Power Company Holdings Inc. <9501> said Thursday. (Jiji)
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Possible fuel debris located in reactor

January 30, 2017 - 22:04
NHK has learned operators of the crippled Fukushima Daiichi nuclear plant believe they may have located molten fuel inside one of the plant's reactors. (NHK)
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64 percent see balancing work with cancer battles difficult

January 30, 2017 - 00:15
A Cabinet Office survey showed Saturday that 64.5 pct of Japanese people consider it difficult to balance work and battles with cancer. (Jiji)
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Scientists discover how memories are linked

January 29, 2017 - 13:02
Japanese scientists say they've found a way to disconnect associated memories in the brain. They hope the study could help develop a new treatment for post-traumatic stress disorder, or PTSD. (NHK)
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TEPCO reinserts camera in Fukushima reactor

January 27, 2017 - 00:01
TEPCO, the operator of the damaged Fukushima Daiichi nuclear plant, has again begun using a camera probe inside the containment vessel of the No. 2 reactor. (NHK)
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Japan Defense Ministry's 1st satellite to be launched

January 24, 2017 - 08:17
The Japanese Defense Ministry's first communications satellite is set to be launched Tuesday afternoon to upgrade the Self-Defense Forces' communications network to better cope with security challenges. (Kyodo)
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Narita airport testing robot that helps clear used dishes

January 24, 2017 - 00:54
The operator of Narita International Airport launched a demonstration trial on Monday for a robot that takes away the used dishes of lounge users at the airport in Chiba Prefecture, east of Tokyo. (Jiji)
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Safety confirmed for 2 reactors at Genkai N-plant for restart

January 18, 2017 - 09:07
The Nuclear Regulation Authority on Wednesday unanimously adopted a screening report concluding that the No. 3 and No. 4 reactors at Kyushu Electric Power Co.'s <9508> Genkai nuclear power station in southwestern Japan meet the country's new safety standards for their restart. (Jiji)
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Fake hepatitis C drug found in western Japan

January 17, 2017 - 11:07
Japanese health officials say a fake product labeled as a drug for hepatitis C was sold in western Japan. (NHK)
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Sea Shepherd catches Japanese whaling ship with slaughtered minke on deck

January 15, 2017 - 23:46
A Japanese ship has been caught with a slaughtered whale in the Antarctic in defiance of an international court decision against Tokyo's hunts, activist group Sea Shepherd said Sunday. (Japan Times)
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Bird flu detected at Gifu farm

January 15, 2017 - 06:35
Authorities in Gifu Prefecture in central Japan have detected a highly contagious bird flu virus at a poultry farm. This has prompted the prefectural government to cull all 80,000 chickens kept there. (NHK)
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Japan's mini-rocket flight aborted

January 15, 2017 - 06:33
A launch of a Japanese mini-rocket has ended in failure. The flight was aborted because of technical difficulties. (NHK)
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70 per cent of Japan's biggest coral reef is dead due to global warming

January 12, 2017 - 03:45
Over two-thirds of Japan's biggest coral reef is dead, the country's Environment Ministry has found. (
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Radioactive substance in Fukushima fish under gov't limit in 2016

January 12, 2017 - 00:34
Levels of radioactive cesium in all fish and seafood sampled in the coastal waters of Fukushima Prefecture last year did not exceed the central government's safety limit for the first time since the 2011 nuclear crisis, a local fishery laboratory said Wednesday. (Japan Today)
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