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E-cigarettes have 10 times more carcinogens: Japan researchers

November 27, 2014 - 22:56
E-cigarettes contain up to 10 times the amount of cancer-causing agents as regular tobacco, Japanese scientists said Thursday (Nov 27), the latest blow to an invention once heralded as less harmful than smoking. (
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Japan quake shunts city one foot southeast

November 25, 2014 - 22:24
The strong earthquake that rocked central Japan on Saturday shifted the skiing city of Hakuba in Nagano prefecture southeast by almost one foot, according to the government's mapping agency. (Wall Street Journal)
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TEPCO starts work to fill N-plant trench with cement

November 25, 2014 - 22:15
Tokyo Electric Power Co. started work Tuesday to fill an underground trench at the disaster-stricken Fukushima No. 1 nuclear power plant with cement while pumping up radioactive water inside at the same time. (Jiji Press)
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Temperature readings in Tokyo set to drop

November 25, 2014 - 21:58
The temperature readings in Tokyo this winter are expected to drop because of the relocation of the observation site for Tokyo's weather. (The Japan News)
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Rare albino dolphin captured in Japan

November 25, 2014 - 21:45
A rare albino dolphin has been captured by Japanese fishermen, said a campaign group staging a protest against the sale or slaughter of the creatures. (
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Architectural structure of houses likely reduced quake damage

November 24, 2014 - 22:50
Architectural structures aimed at withstanding heavy snow may have helped fewer houses collapse in the earthquake that struck northern Nagano Prefecture late Saturday than in previous quakes of similar intensity in the nation. (The Japan News)
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Heart of girl judged brain dead transplanted in young boy in Japan

November 24, 2014 - 22:06
Osaka University Hospital said Monday it has successfully transplanted a heart provided by a Japanese girl less than six years old who was judged brain dead in a boy aged below 10. (Jiji Press)
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Kamishiro Fault likely triggered Nagano quake

November 24, 2014 - 22:00
The government's Earthquake Research Committee announced Sunday that the quake that rocked Nagano Prefecture on Saturday was highly likely to have been caused by a jolt along a section of the Kamishiro Fault, located in the northern area of the prefecture. (The Japan News)
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Onslaught of tourists expected for launch of Hayabusa 2 space probe

November 22, 2014 - 23:36
Accommodations, transportation and other tourism-related services have rapidly sold out in and around Tanegashima island ahead of the Nov. 30 launch of the Hayabusa 2 asteroid probe there. (Asahi)
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Mount Zaosan shows signs of stirring, with strongest volcanic tremors of year

November 21, 2014 - 23:30
The Japan Meteorological Agency urged caution to late-season climbers on Nov. 20 after Mount Zaosan in northeastern Japan showed the strongest signs of volcanic activity this year. (Asahi)
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Highly pathogenic bird flu virus detected in Chiba Prefecture

November 21, 2014 - 23:09
A highly pathogenic avian influenza virus has been detected in duck droppings collected Tuesday in the town of Nagara in Chiba Prefecture, east of Tokyo, the Environment Ministry said Friday. (Jiji Press)
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Rare white bluefin tuna arrives at Tsukiji Market

November 21, 2014 - 22:59
A rare waxy white southern bluefin tuna arrived at Tokyo's Tsukiji fish market on Friday. (The Japan News)
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Reactor confirmed to be on active fault

November 20, 2014 - 21:28
A fault line running just below the No. 2 reactor of Japan Atomic Power Co.'s nuclear power plant in Tsuruga, Fukui Prefecture, is active, a panel of experts at the Nuclear Regulation Authority has concluded for the second time. (The Japan News)
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M5.3 quake hits off Fukushima, jolts Kanto; no tsunami alert issued

November 20, 2014 - 03:58
An earthquake with a magnitude of 5.3 struck in the sea off Fukushima Prefecture at 10:51 a.m. Thursday, but no tsunami alert was issued by the Japan Meteorological Agency. (Japan Today)
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Japan submits new research whaling plan to IWC

November 18, 2014 - 22:47
The Japanese government said Tuesday it has submitted a new research whaling plan to the International Whaling Commission's Scientific Committee, setting an annual catch target of 333 minke whales in the Antarctic Ocean. (Jiji Press)
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Nishinoshima eruption one year on

November 18, 2014 - 22:40
Nearly a year has passed since a volcano erupted on a remote Japanese island in the Pacific Ocean. Nishinoshima Island, about 900 kilometers south of Tokyo, is still gushing out tons of lava. (NHK)
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Tokyo to set up 80 hydrogen stations by 2025

November 18, 2014 - 22:38
The Tokyo metropolitan government Tuesday announced a plan to increase the number of hydrogen stations for fuel cell vehicles in Tokyo to 35 by the 2020 Tokyo Olympics and to 80 by 2025. (Kyodo)
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TEPCO unable to stop tainted water flows into tunnels

November 18, 2014 - 22:05
Tokyo Electric Power Co. apparently remains unable to stop the flows of radioactive water from the turbine building of a damaged reactor to underground tunnels at its disaster-hit Fukushima No. 1 power station, officials have said. (Jiji Press)
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Snow-capped Mt. Ontake still spewing smoke, ash

November 17, 2014 - 21:53
One month has passed since the search for six missing people was discontinued for the year on Mt. Ontake, which erupted Sept. 27 and claimed 57 lives. The eruption is the nation's worst volcanic disaster since World War II in terms of casualties. (The Japan News)
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Sushi eaters pushing Pacific bluefin tuna to brink of extinction

November 17, 2014 - 21:45
The never-ending demand for Pacific bluefin tuna among sushi lovers is driving the iconic fish towards extinction, a conservation group said. (
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