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New case of thyroid cancer diagnosed in Fukushima; brings number to 104

September 1, 2015 - 23:26
An investigation into health problems triggered by the 2011 nuclear disaster here turned up a new case of thyroid cancer in a young person who lived near the stricken plant. (Asahi)
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Eruption warning level lowered for Mt.Sakurajima

September 1, 2015 - 22:55
Seismologists have downgraded an eruption alert level for Mount Sakurajima in Kagoshima Prefecture, southwestern Japan. (NHK)
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H2A rocket No. 29 shown to press

August 29, 2015 - 23:24
H2A rocket No. 29 was shown to the press on Friday at Mitsubishi Heavy Industries Ltd.'s Tobishima plant in Tobishima, Aichi Prefecture. (The Japan News)
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JR to start maglev construction

August 27, 2015 - 23:24
Central Japan Railway Company says it will start building a high-speed train line using magnetic levitation, or maglev, technology. (NHK)
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Japanese astronaut Kanai assigned to ISS long-stay mission

August 26, 2015 - 22:51
Japanese astronaut Norishige Kanai will stay at the International Space Station for about six months from November 2017, the Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency said Wednesday. (Jiji Press)
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Sony unveils drone prototype that looks like a miniature airplane

August 25, 2015 - 06:55
Sony announced last month that it was teaming up with ZMP Inc, a Tokyo-based robotics company, to create commercial drones. The company, called Aerosense, will use drones to survey and inspect areas that are difficult to access. (theverge.com)
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Japanese space cargo docks ISS

August 24, 2015 - 21:47
A Japanese space cargo ship has docked at the International Space Station to bring fresh supplies to the astronauts on board. (NHK)
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Sendai reactor power ramp-up halted due to pump problem

August 22, 2015 - 00:57
Kyushu Electric Power has halted the ramp-up of power output from its Sendai No. 1 nuclear reactor due to a problem with a pump in the plant's secondary cooling system, a spokesman said on Friday. (Japan Today)
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Lack of nutrition linked to Alzheimer's

August 20, 2015 - 23:13
A Japanese research team has found that malnutrition of brain cells due to dieting and other causes could aggravate Alzheimer's disease. (NHK)
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First minor eruption at Mt. Sakurajima

August 19, 2015 - 22:42
Officials with Japan's Meteorological Agency say a very minor eruption has occurred at Mount Sakurajima in southwestern Japan. (NHK)
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Japan successfully launches Kounotori 5

August 19, 2015 - 22:15
Japan's space agency has successfully launched an H2B rocket carrying the cargo ship Kounotori 5. The unmanned ship will take supplies to the International Space Station. (NHK)
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Sweden suspects meningitis outbreak at major scout jamboree in Japan

August 18, 2015 - 10:38
Sweden's health authority is urging nearly 2,000 scouts returning from a gathering in Japan to get medical treatment after a suspected outbreak of meningitis. (ctvnews.ca)
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Japan raises eruption warning for southern volcano

August 15, 2015 - 06:42
Japan's weather agency on Saturday told thousands of residents near a southern city to prepare for a possible evacuation as it upgraded a volcanic eruption warning. (AFP)
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Ebola spurs creation of Japan's first maximum-security biolab

August 13, 2015 - 23:52
Japan is set to join an elite and dangerous club with its decision to upgrade an existing infectious-disease lab to handle the most hazardous pathogens. (nature.com)
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Tissue in sea squirts also present in human nose, say researchers

August 13, 2015 - 09:56
Scientists have discovered a tissue in a marine invertebrate that is also found in the nose of humans, a finding that could help unravel the evolution of vertebrates. (Asahi)
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Volcano issues unaddressed in Sendai N-plant restart

August 12, 2015 - 02:12
The restart Tuesday of the No. 1 reactor at Kyushu Electric Power Co.'s Sendai nuclear power plant in Kagoshima Prefecture has left largely untouched safety issues related to huge volcanic eruptions. (Jiji Press)
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Yui eats lettuce grown in ISS

August 12, 2015 - 01:56
Three astronauts aboard the International Space Station, including Kimiya Yui of Japan, ate red romaine lettuce cultivated in the ISS on Monday. (The Japan News)
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Restart of nuclear plants facing hard road

August 12, 2015 - 01:43
While Kyushu Electric Power. Co. successfully restarted the No. 1 reactor at its Sendai nuclear power plant in Kagoshima Prefecture on Tuesday, a time frame for restarting the nation's other reactors is not yet in sight. (The Japan News)
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Japan restarts nuclear reactor after 2-year hiatus

August 11, 2015 - 01:46
Japan reactivated a nuclear reactor on Tuesday for the first time in nearly two years despite strong safety concerns among the public following the catastrophe at the Fukushima Daiichi complex triggered by a powerful earthquake and tsunami in March 2011. (Kyodo)
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Japanese smartphone carriers offer mixed responses to Android flaw

August 5, 2015 - 09:48
A recently discovered security flaw affecting some 95 percent of Android mobile devices means users are at risk of being hacked just by receiving a short message with malicious intent. (Japan Times)
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