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Special isolation ward for Ebola unveiled

October 23, 2014 - 00:14
With the Ebola outbreak swiftly spreading in West Africa, Tokyo Metropolitan Bokutoh Hospital opened to the press on Wednesday a special isolation ward for highly dangerous infectious diseases. (The Japan News)
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Workers to dismantle Fukushima No.1 reactor cover

October 21, 2014 - 23:02
The operator of the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power plant is to begin dismantling the cover of a reactor building to remove debris as preparation for taking out nuclear fuel from a spent fuel storage pool. (NHK)
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TEPCO deploys 2 more ALPS units

October 21, 2014 - 22:44
Tokyo Electric Power Co. has unveiled two new units of the advanced liquid processing system (ALPS) water treatment system to remove radioactive substances from contaminated water at the Fukushima No. 1 nuclear power plant. (The Japan News)
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Japan 'not ready' for invasion of redbacks as venomous Australian spiders reach Tokyo

October 21, 2014 - 00:56
Experts warn Japan's medical system is not ready for an invasion of potentially deadly redback spiders, with limited supplies of the anti-venom available to authorities. (
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Japan Robot Week offers possible glimpse of nursing care's future

October 15, 2014 - 12:17
Japan Robot Week kicked off Wednesday with a major Tokyo exhibition showcasing new technologies for everything from communications and remote video monitoring to disaster response. (Japan Times)
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Cesium level rises in TEPCO plant well

October 14, 2014 - 22:10
Tokyo Electric Power Co. <9501> on Tuesday reported a sharp rise in cesium levels in water collected from an observation well near the sea at its disaster-crippled Fukushima No. 1 nuclear power station. (Jiji Press)
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Global warming, alien fish staining Japan's clearest lake

October 13, 2014 - 22:30
TESHIKAGA, Hokkaido--Lake Mashuko had long been a source of pride in this industrialized nation as the clearest and cleanest lake in the world. But the effects of global warming and an alien species have clouded that distinction, researchers said. (Asahi)
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One-third of monitoring cameras at Monju reactor malfunctioning

October 13, 2014 - 22:18
About one-third of security cameras at the troubled Monju fast breeder reactor facility in Tsuruga, Fukui Prefecture, are not working properly. (Japan Today)
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Nagoya Protocol takes effect without Japan

October 12, 2014 - 22:40
A U.N. protocol for biodiversity protection and a fair sharing of benefits arising from genetic resources came into effect on Sunday, but Japan, which hosted the meeting that adopted the protocol in 2010, failed to ratify it in time. (The Japan News)
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Tritium up tenfold in Fukushima groundwater after Typhoon Phanfone

October 12, 2014 - 22:37
The radioactive water woes at the stricken Fukushima No. 1 nuclear plant got worse over the weekend after the tritium concentration in a groundwater sample surged more than tenfold this month. (Japan Times)
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M6.1 quake strikes off east coast of Japan

October 11, 2014 - 08:18
An earthquake measuring 6.1 struck off the east coast of Honshu, the U.S. Geological Survey reported on Saturday at 11:36 a.m. (Japan Today)
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Mount Zao experiencing volcanic tremors

October 10, 2014 - 08:17
Volcanic tremors were detected Thursday in Mount Zao, which straddles Yamagata and Miyagi prefectures, the Sendai Meteorological Observatory in Miyagi Prefecture said Thursday. (Japan Times)
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Fujifilm's flu drug treating more Ebola patients in Europe

October 9, 2014 - 22:12
Fujifilm Holdings' influenza drug Avigan is now being used to treat Ebola patients in Spain and Norway, in addition to France and Germany. (Nikkei)
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Lunar eclipse delights stargazers in Asia and the Americas

October 8, 2014 - 22:06
Evening viewers in much of Asia and early risers in parts of the Americas were treated to a stunning lunar eclipse on Wednesday, though clouds obscured it for some. (Japan Times)
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Illuminating an infotech century

October 8, 2014 - 21:50
Developed by Isamu Akasaki, a professor at Meijo University; Hiroshi Amano, a professor at Nagoya University; and Shuji Nakamura, a professor at the University of California, Santa Barbara, blue light-emitting diodes (LEDs) had been considered a difficult challenge to be overcome in the 20th century. (The Japan News)
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Persistence pays off for three winners of Nobel Prize in Physics

October 8, 2014 - 11:41
Long after most of the global scientific community had given up, three researchers continued to toil in their laboratories for a discovery that was deemed impossible. Their relentless work initially drew little interest, and at times led to derision. (Asahi)
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1st dengue case outside Tokyo area reported

October 7, 2014 - 22:32
Japan's health ministry said Tuesday that a young woman is believed to have been infected with dengue fever in the western Japan city of Nishinomiya, Hyogo Prefecture, the first confirmed dengue infection outside the Tokyo metropolitan area. (Jiji Press)
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Three Japanese-born researchers win Nobel Physics Prize

October 7, 2014 - 11:16
Three Japanese-born researchers on Tuesday won the Nobel Prize for Physics for inventing the LED lamp, a boon in the fight against global warming and aiding people in poverty. (
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Final preparations underway for Himawari 8 launch

October 7, 2014 - 03:08
Japan is set to launch a next-generation weather satellite atop an H2A carrier rocket on Tuesday. (NHK)
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CEATEC JAPAN to open on Tuesday

October 6, 2014 - 22:10
A robot that can play ping pong is one of the star attractions at a high-tech trade show being held near Tokyo. (NHK)
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