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Intl. science and technology forum opens in Kyoto

October 4, 2015 - 21:34
Renowned scientists and government officials from around the world have gathered in Kyoto, western Japan, to discuss technological progress and the challenges they are facing. (NHK)
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Japan to overhaul Fujita scale on tornado intensity

October 4, 2015 - 00:44
The Japan Meteorological Agency has drafted a revised version of the Fujita scale, an international standard used to estimate the wind speeds of tornadoes from the extent of damage to property. (Jiji Press)
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Japan to test self-driving taxis on public roads next year

October 2, 2015 - 23:36
Self-driving taxis could become a common sight on the roads of Japan, as tests are being given the go-ahead for next year. (
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Patient doing well one year after world's 1st iPS clinical trial

October 2, 2015 - 23:27
An eye disease patient is in good condition one year after she received the world's first transplant using iPS cells, a Japanese research team led by Riken said Friday. (Jiji Press)
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Rare porpoises thriving near Kansai Airport

October 2, 2015 - 08:48
Rare finless porpoises seem to be breeding in waters off Kansai International Airport. (Asahi)
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TOKYO GAME SHOW 2015 Tech Safari

October 1, 2015 - 23:32
Tokyo Game Show is the ultimate event spotlighting the next year's upcoming video games and is held annually at Makuhari, Chiba, a 20 minute train ride from Tokyo Station. In this episode, I return to TGS after a year off to check out what's changed. (WAORYU ONLYinJAPAN)
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Over the moon

September 29, 2015 - 23:17
A "supermoon" appears in the night sky Monday illuminating a couple in a park in Naka Ward, Yokohama, at around 6 p.m. (The Japan News)
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SoftBank warns against sex with its android Pepper

September 27, 2015 - 00:05
The company behind a chatty Japanese android named Pepper has felt the need to remind customers who purchase the robots not to engage in sex with them. (Japan Times)
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Seven labs worldwide confirm 'STAP' cells cannot be reproduced

September 24, 2015 - 22:39
Seven laboratories have confirmed that a type of stem cell said to have been discovered by a Japanese scientist in now-retracted papers could not be reproduced, despite over 100 attempts, according to research published Wednesday. (Japan Times)
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Doctor wins Ig Nobel for study on kissing benefits

September 18, 2015 - 23:12
A Japanese doctor won this year's Ig Nobel Medicine Prize on Thursday for a study showing that kissing can reduce mental stress and relieve allergies. (The Japan News)
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10 pct still suffer from cervical cancer vaccine side effects

September 17, 2015 - 23:16
A Japanese health ministry survey has found that about 10 pct of the recently surveyed sufferers of side effects from a cervical cancer vaccine have not yet recovered, ministry officials said Thursday. (Jiji Press)
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Harbor seals no longer 'threatened' species in Japan

September 16, 2015 - 23:34
Harbor seals have recovered their population and are back annoying fishermen--leading to the mammals being lowered from "vulnerable" to "near threatened" on the Japanese Red List of threatened species. (Asahi)
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Mount Aso eruption forces dozens of tourists to evacuate

September 14, 2015 - 04:56
Mount Aso in Kumamoto Prefecture erupted at 9:43 a.m. Monday, the Meteorological Agency said, launching a thick, black plume of smoke into the air and forcing the evacuation of dozens of tourists. (Japan Times)
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Bags containing radioactive waster swept away by floods

September 13, 2015 - 23:01
Bags containing radioactive waste generated by decontamination work following the 2011 Fukushima nuclear crisis have been swept away due to floods, officials in Fukushima Prefecture said Sunday. (Japan Today)
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M5.2 quake rocks Tokyo; 11 injured

September 11, 2015 - 23:07
A strong earthquake with an estimated magnitude of 5.2 rocked Tokyo and its surrounding areas early Saturday, registering lower 5 on the Japanese seismic intensity scale of 7 in Tokyo's Chofu. (The Japan News)
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Kyushu Electric reactor set to begin full commercial operation

September 10, 2015 - 08:24
Kyushu Electric Power Co. is set to begin full-scale commercial operation of a nuclear reactor at its Sendai plant in southwestern Japan after clearing a final inspection by the regulator Thursday. (Kyodo)
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Japan NRA Begins final checks on Sendai No. 1 reactor

September 9, 2015 - 22:54
Japan's Nuclear Regulation Authority on Wednesday started its final checks on the No. 1 reactor at Kyushu Electric Power Co.'s <9508> Sendai nuclear power plant in southwestern Japan. (Jiji Press)
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Paris show features Japanese lighting technology

September 7, 2015 - 22:30
Traditional forms of lighting and the latest technology from Japan are attracting visitors at an interior trade show outside Paris. (NHK)
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Nonnative deer rampant in Boso Peninsula

September 6, 2015 - 04:54
The overwhelming reproduction rate of Reeves' muntjac (see below), a species of deer nonnative to Japan, has led them to cause extensive damage to rice, strawberries and other crops in the southern Boso Peninsula in Chiba Prefecture. (The Japan News)
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Radiation fears as report shows Fukushima fir trees to be growing strangely

September 6, 2015 - 01:26
Following the events of the 2011 Tohoku earthquake and tsunami and the subsequent meltdowns at the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power plant complex, radiologists in Japan have been closely observing the area for potential changes. (Japan Today)
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