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JAXA: Hayabusa2 flying well

January 28, 2015 - 22:18
Japan's space agency says its asteroid explorer Hayabusa2 is flying well after the launch in early December. (NHK)
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JAXA to try again to put Venus probe into orbit

January 28, 2015 - 02:19
Japan's space agency plans to make another attempt to put its troubled Venus probe into orbit around the planet in December. (NHK)
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Mandible fossil suggests 4th group of early man in Asia

January 28, 2015 - 01:01
A fossilized mandible apparently from a new category of early human has been discovered, an international research team said Tuesday. (Jiji Press)
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Last striped bonito dies at sea life park

January 26, 2015 - 23:22
The last surviving hagatsuo striped bonito kept in a tank at Tokyo Sea Life Park in Edogawa Ward, Tokyo, has died, the aquarium said Monday. (The Japan News)
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Govt to expand robot market to Y2.4 tril.

January 24, 2015 - 00:59
The government is aiming to expand the domestic robot market to ¥2.4 trillion by 2020, four times its current size of ¥600 billion, by increasing opportunities to use robots in nursing care and other fields, according to sources. (The Japan News)
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TEPCO delays timetable for water treatment

January 23, 2015 - 09:16
Tokyo Electric Power Company says it will not finish decontaminating water at the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear plant by the end of March as promised. (NHK)
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Prosecutors won't indict former Tepco execs over Fukushima

January 23, 2015 - 00:40
Japanese prosecutors have stuck to their decision not to indict three former Tokyo Electric Power Co (Tepco) executives over their handling of the 2011 Fukushima disaster, but a rarely used citizen's panel could still force an indictment. (Reuters)
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Warding off flu infections

January 22, 2015 - 14:03
As Japan heads into mid-winter weather, the number of influenza cases is rising. The National Institute of Infectious Diseases says that, this year, Japan is approaching a peak in the spread of influenza about three weeks earlier than usual. (Japan Times)
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Some 270 tsunami-caused fires may accompany Nankai Trough quake

January 19, 2015 - 14:19
A Japanese researcher has estimated about 270 tsunami-caused fires could occur in 22 Japanese prefectures in the event of a massive earthquake focusing on the Nankai Trough in Pacific waters off central and western Japan. (Kyodo)
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Mystery deaths afflicting tuna at Tokyo aquarium

January 19, 2015 - 14:13
A Tokyo aquarium known for its tuna breeding program is facing a crisis: the unexplained deaths of its main exhibits. (Japan Times)
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Saga culls 73,000 chickens after bird flu found

January 18, 2015 - 23:26
Health authorities in Saga Prefecture on Sunday began culling 73,000 chickens after officials confirmed the country's fifth bird flu outbreak since early December. (Japan Today)
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20 years on: Preserved remnants of active fault tell 1995 quake's power

January 17, 2015 - 02:59
The massive earthquake that violently rocked western Japan in January 1995 brought one of the active faults responsible for the disaster into view on the ground surface in the northern part of Awajishima Island, Hyogo Prefecture. (Jiji Press)
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2014: The world's hottest year on record

January 17, 2015 - 02:49
The results are in: 2014 was the hottest year on record. The National Climatic Data Center (NCDC) released a new report Friday that declared 2014 as the Earth's warmest year yet. (msnbc.com)
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No. of flu patients exceeds 2 mil in week to Jan 12

January 17, 2015 - 02:30
The National Institute of Infectious Diseases said Friday that in the week from Jan 5-12, there were an estimated 2.06 million cases of influenza treated by hospitals nationwide-surpassing numbers for the same period last year. (Japan Today)
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Chickens being culled at bird flu-hit farm

January 16, 2015 - 04:16
Authorities in Okayama Prefecture, western Japan, are slaughtering about 200,000 chickens at a poultry farm after the H5 strain of bird flu was confirmed there. (NHK)
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Large numbers of fish found dead at Kasai Rinkai Aquarium

January 16, 2015 - 00:40
Large numbers of fish have been found dead at Kasai Rinkai Aquarium in Tokyo. Aquarium officials said they have not yet been able to identify the cause of death. (Japan Today)
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Subsidies to Gunma Univ. Hospital frozen

January 16, 2015 - 00:26
The health ministry has frozen fiscal 2014 grants-in-aid to Gunma University Hospital amid an uproar over the deaths of eight patients who underwent laparoscopic liver surgery at the Maebashi-based facility, ministry sources said. (The Japan News)
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Bird flu outbreak confirmed in Okayama Prefecture

January 16, 2015 - 00:16
An outbreak of highly pathogenic bird flu has been confirmed in the western Japan prefecture of Okayama, prefectural government officials said Thursday. (Jiji Press)
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Organs from brain-dead child removed for transplant operations

January 14, 2015 - 22:50
Doctors on Wednesday removed organs from a girl under six who was declared brain dead in the third such case in Japan since 2012 involving a child under the age of 10. (Japan Today)
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This winter's first ice floes spotted off Hokkaido

January 12, 2015 - 23:38
A weather observatory in Japan's northernmost prefecture of Hokkaido says it has spotted ice floes off the coast for the first time this winter. (NHK)
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