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Tsunami test facility completed to assess strength of nuke plant

April 22, 2014 - 23:27
The Central Research Institute of Electric Power Industry unveiled a large-scale experimental facility on Tuesday that can reproduce tsunami waves in order to assess the strength of nuclear plant facilities, such as breakwaters, gas tanks and doors. (Jiji Press)
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Japan's bird flu virus has same gene type as S. Korea's

April 22, 2014 - 23:08
The virus strain that caused bird flu at a poultry farm in southwestern Japan has been confirmed to be genetically identical to the one found in South Korea, the National Institute of Animal Health said Tuesday. (Jiji Press)
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Manager at Fukushima plant admits radioactive water leaks embarrassing

April 19, 2014 - 23:12
The manager of the crippled Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power plant admits to embarrassment that repeated efforts have failed to bring under control the problem of radioactive water, eight months after Japan's prime minister told the world the matter was resolved. (Japan Today)
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Radiation exposure estimate for returnees released

April 19, 2014 - 03:19
The Japanese government on Friday issued estimates of how much radiation residents would be exposed if they return to their homes near the crippled Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power plant. (NHK)
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Bird fu in Japan has same virus type as S. Korea flu

April 17, 2014 - 23:13
Japan's farm ministry said Thursday that the highly pathogenic avian influenza found at a poultry farm in the southwestern Japan prefecture of Kumamoto has been confirmed to be the H5N8 subtype, the same virus strain as the bird flu found in South Korea. (Jiji Press)
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Contaminated water leaks from container at Fukushima plant

April 17, 2014 - 07:33
Just over one ton of water contaminated with radioactive particulates leaked from one of the containment vessels at the stricken Fukushima Daiichi nuclear plant on Wednesday, Tokyo Electric Power Co (TEPCO) said. (Japan Today)
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Supervisor: STAP cell hypothesis rational

April 16, 2014 - 23:31
A Japanese scientist who supervised the compilation of disputed papers on a purportedly new kind of stem cell says the hypothesis that STAP cells exist is highly rational and should be verified. (NHK)
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Experts to study bird flu infection route

April 16, 2014 - 00:38
Officials in southwestern Japan are trying to contain the bird flu virus that has infected chickens at a poultry farm. (NHK)
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Japan fails to get measles-free country status

April 16, 2014 - 00:08
The World Health Organization has declined to certify Japan as free of measles. (NHK)
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Japan surpasses Kyoto Protocol emission target

April 16, 2014 - 00:03
Japan's environment minister says the country has surpassed the target for reducing greenhouse gas emissions that it pledged under the Kyoto Protocol on global warming. (NHK)
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Kyoto Univ. develops new shale gas method

April 15, 2014 - 23:53
A Kyoto University research team developed a new basic technology to extract shale gas trapped deep underground by injecting carbon dioxide into shale bedrock instead of water, The Yomiuri Shimbun has learned. (The Japan News)
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TEPCO pressed to probe contaminated water problem

April 15, 2014 - 07:58
The operator of the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear plant is under pressure to find out why more than 200 tons of highly contaminated water was mistakenly pumped to a wrong building at the compound. (NHK)
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Researcher details stem cell study in statement

April 14, 2014 - 22:59
The leader of a disputed scientific study has issued a statement clarifying her position. A news conference last week didn't end the controversy over her research on a new method of producing stem cells. (NHK)
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SDF troops mobilized to fight bird flu outbreak in Japan

April 14, 2014 - 08:00
Self-Defense Forces troops were mobilized Monday to help fight an outbreak of avian influenza at a poultry farm in Kumamoto Prefecture, southwestern Japan. (Jiji Press)
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203 tons of tainted water pumped into wrong building at Fukushima N-plant

April 14, 2014 - 07:54
Tokyo Electric Power Co. said Monday some 203 tons of radiation-tainted water was found to have been transferred to a building at its crippled Fukushima No. 1 nuclear power plant that is not supposed to store such contaminated water. (Jiji Press)
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Computer beats shogi players for 2nd year in a row

April 13, 2014 - 19:37
Computer programs have defeated professional players of shogi, a chess-like game, for the 2nd straight year in an annual competition. (NHK)
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New diagnosis criteria may increase 'healthy' people

April 13, 2014 - 19:16
The number of "healthy" people may increase in Japan if newly proposed diagnosis criteria are applied to "ningen dock" comprehensive medical checkups. (Jiji Press)
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Bird flu hits Kumamoto Prefecture

April 13, 2014 - 07:02
Chickens infected with highly pathogenic avian influenza have been found at a poultry farm in the town of Taragi in Kumamoto Prefecture, southwestern Japan, the farm ministry said Sunday. (Kyodo)
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Abe, Kennedy ride on maglev train

April 12, 2014 - 23:26
Prime Minister Shinzo Abe and U.S. Ambassador to Japan Caroline Kennedy on Saturday experienced a ride on a magnetic levitation train at the Yamanashi Maglev Test Center of Central Japan Railway Co. (JR Tokai) in Tsuru, Yamanashi Prefecture. (The Japan News)
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Google left train station blueprints unprotected

April 11, 2014 - 23:32
Following Google Japan Inc. employees' online leak of sensitive data on international airports, internal information such as the floor plans of JR Tokyo and Shin-Osaka stations was similarly found to have been made publicly accessible on the Internet due to overlooked privacy settings, The Yomiuri Shimbun has learned. (The Japan News)
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