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Japanese supercomputer venture chief arrested for alleged fraud

December 5, 2017 - 22:38
Tokyo prosecutors on Tuesday arrested the president of a tech venture known as one of the developers of the world's fourth-fastest supercomputer on suspicion of defrauding a governmental institution of 431 million yen in subsidies. (Japan Today)
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Fukui Prefecture OKs decommissioning of Monju reactor

December 5, 2017 - 22:22
Fukui Gov. Issei Nishikawa says he's willing to accept the central government's plan to decommission the trouble-prone Monju prototype fast-breeder reactor in the city of Tsuruga. (Japan Times)
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Smartphone app finds empty restroom stalls in Tokyo subway station, makes pooing easier than ever

December 2, 2017 - 00:07
With pretty much the busiest mass transit system in the world, Tokyo also has some seriously huge subway stations. Major hubs in the Tokyo area are made up of seemingly endless corridors connecting various lines, shopping centers, and restaurant rows, and some are so complex that they can literally double as RPG dungeon maps. (
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Astronaut Kanai: He'll do his best for ISS mission

November 30, 2017 - 23:45
Japanese astronaut Norishige Kanai has said he will do his best to complete his upcoming mission at the International Space Station. (NHK)
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Maglev shinkansen work at Shinagawa Station shown to media

November 25, 2017 - 21:59
Central Japan Railway Co., or JR Tokai, showed the media early Saturday underground construction work at Shinagawa Station in Tokyo for its Chuo Shinkansen magnetic levitation ultrahigh-speed train line. (Jiji)
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Scientists to test time at Tokyo Skytree tower

November 24, 2017 - 21:34
Japanese scientists plan an experiment to gauge the effect of gravity on time. (NHK)
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Japanese scientists find new drug combo that may be key to treating Alzheimer’s

November 22, 2017 - 20:48
A team of Japanese researchers has found a new drug combination that reduces amyloid beta protein, believed to play a key role in causing Alzheimer’s disease, by using stem cells derived from patients, Kyoto University announced Tuesday. (Japan Times)
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Japan's 1st quantum computer to be shared for free

November 20, 2017 - 20:36
A group of Japanese researchers has developed the country's first quantum computer and is offering others free trials as a way to spur further innovation. (NHK)
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Seabed seismometers to be used to stop Shinkansen

November 19, 2017 - 22:13
Japanese railway companies plan to use data from seabed seismometers to quickly stop Shinkansen bullet trains when a major earthquake hits. (NHK)
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World's first artificial shooting stars gearing up for debut over Hiroshima

November 18, 2017 - 22:42
Despite their magical reputation, shooting stars are just pieces of space debris from millimeters to a few centimeters thick that fly into Earth’s atmosphere and brightly burn up into nothing. (
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Proof of Authority: consensus model with Identity at Stake

November 12, 2017 - 17:59
Proof of Stake consensus mechanism has recently received a lot of air time in the context of blockchain scalability issues. Without going into details about its advantages over Proof of Work, Proof of Stake eliminates the need to spend a huge amount of electric power to validate the blocks. Instead, blockchain participants with the most stake in it are selected by algorithm for the right to validate the blocks. The assumption behind Proof of Stake is the following: those who hold a stake in a network are incentivized to act in its interests. All else equal, the more stake one has, the higher should be his or her interest in preserving the system. (
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Icebreaker Shirase leaves for another voyage to Antarctic continent

November 12, 2017 - 17:47
The icebreaker Shirase, operated by the Maritime Self-Defense Force, left Tokyo’s Harumi pier for Antarctica on Sunday. (Japan Times)
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Oracles Network Ecosystem

November 10, 2017 - 21:55
Oracles Network is an open, public, permissioned network based on Ethereum protocol with Proof of Authority (PoA) consensus, reached by independent pre-selected validators. By PoA we mean a modified Proof of Stake, with identity used as a form of stake, which incentivizes validators to act in the interest of the network. (
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Over 1,000 fish found dead in a massive die-off at a Tokyo aquarium

November 9, 2017 - 23:30
A major Tokyo aquarium suffered a massive die-off inside its largest fish tank late Tuesday and early Wednesday, likely due to lack of oxygen. (Japan Times)
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Astronaut Noguchi excited about 3rd spaceflight

November 9, 2017 - 23:02
Japanese astronaut Soichi Noguchi says he's excited about his third mission to the International Space Station. (NHK)
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Cesium traces found at Aomori nuke site believed from 2010 container leak

November 8, 2017 - 00:06
Small amounts of radioactive cesium were detected on a glove of a worker at an nuclear facility in Aomori Prefecture last month, Japan Nuclear Fuel Ltd. said Thursday. (Japan Times)
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Frozen soil wall nearly complete; NRA still doubts effect

November 7, 2017 - 17:37
A construction project to create frozen soil walls that encircle the ground beneath Tokyo Electric Power Company Holdings Inc.’s disaster-hit Fukushima No. 1 nuclear power plant is nearly finished. (
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Mazda's rotary engine to double range for electric cars

November 5, 2017 - 22:03
Mazda Motor plans to release electric vehicles equipped with range-extending rotary engines in the U.S. and Europe in 2019, bringing back a signature technology as it responds to tougher environmental rules in key auto markets. (Nikkei)
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New 'aibo' model debuts

November 1, 2017 - 23:40
Sony Corp. announced Wednesday that it is scheduled to release a new doglike "aibo" robot on Jan. 11, 2018. (
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Details released for Nankai quake info system

October 26, 2017 - 23:54
Japan's Meteorological Agency has released details of a new system to provide information on a possible huge quake along the Nankai Trough. (NHK)
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