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Big quake risks rise slightly in Japan's pacific side

April 28, 2017 - 00:11
The possibility of a powerful earthquake of lower 6 or above on the Japanese seismic intensity scale of 7 occurring in the next 30 years has slightly increased, mainly on the Pacific side of Japan, a government report showed Thursday. (Jiji)
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Japan's largest fossilized dinosaur skeleton unearthed in Hokkaido

April 27, 2017 - 23:53
Japanese researchers said Thursday they have unearthed the remains of an 8-meter-long Hadrosaurid, dating from around 72 million years ago, in the mountains of Hokkaido, making it the largest fossilized dinosaur skeleton discovered in the country. (Japan Times)
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Tuna catch to soon exceed limit

April 25, 2017 - 22:38
Japan's catches of smaller Pacific bluefin tuna this season are very close to topping the annual limit set under an international accord for resources conservation. (
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Japan to launch record 8 rockets in fiscal 2017

April 17, 2017 - 22:56
The number of rockets Japan will launch for its key space projects will total a record figure of eight in fiscal 2017. (Nikkei)
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Japan team 1st in world to synthesize carbon nanobelt

April 14, 2017 - 22:43
A Nagoya University team said Friday it has become the first in the world to synthesize a carbon nanobelt, coming close to the development of a technique to produce homogeneous carbon nanotubes. (Jiji)
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Police say overtrusting driving tech led to injury

April 14, 2017 - 22:36
Police in Chiba Prefecture, near Tokyo, say car dealers caused injuries to two people by putting too much trust in self-driving technology. (NHK)
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Japanese TV show ridiculed for claiming moon doesn't rotate

April 7, 2017 - 23:42
Viewers of a television program that introduces mysteries of the world did a double take after an episode broadcast earlier this week claimed the moon doesn't rotate, reports ITMedia (
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Japan agency opens database on deep-sea trash

April 3, 2017 - 21:50
The Japan Agency for Marine-Earth Science and Technology on Monday opened online its new Deep-Sea Debris Database, which features videos and images of trash taken in deep waters, including by its Shinkai 6500 manned research submarine. (Jiji)
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Aquariums withdraw from body that bans dolphins caught in Taiji hunts

April 2, 2017 - 21:51
Two aquariums in Japan said Sunday they canceled their membership of the Japanese Association of Zoos and Aquariums due to the organization's decision to no longer allow the acquisition of dolphins caught in controversial drive hunts off the town of Taiji. (Kyodo)
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World's 1st transplant involving donor iPS cells

March 28, 2017 - 21:34
Groups of Japanese researchers say they have successfully transplanted iPS cells derived from a donor into a patient suffering from a serious eye disease. (NHK)
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Footage shows rare Amami rabbit killed by cat

March 26, 2017 - 21:55
A team of researchers in Japan has succeeded in filming the moment when an Amami rabbit, a rare species, was preyed on by a feral cat. (NHK)
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Sakurajima volcano: new explosive eruption

March 25, 2017 - 23:17
After several months of quiet, a vulcanian-type explosion occurred this afternoon (25 Mar) shortly after 18h local time(18:03). (
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Japanese start-up wins global competition

March 25, 2017 - 22:53
A Japanese Internet of Things solution for monitoring children while at kindergarten has won a global competition for start-up companies. (NHK)
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Japan issues eruption warning for undersea volcano off Aogashima

March 24, 2017 - 22:55
The Meteorological Agency on Friday warned that an underwater volcano about 400 km south of Tokyo could erupt soon, spurring the Japan Coast Guard to issue an alert to ships in the area. (Japan Times)
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Bird flu cases confirmed at Miyagi, Chiba farms

March 24, 2017 - 22:46
Miyagi and Chiba prefectures said Friday they have confirmed that chickens at local farms were infected with highly pathogenic avian influenza. (Jiji)
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Japanese woman gives birth with egg from 3rd-party donor

March 22, 2017 - 21:39
A Japanese woman has given birth to a girl after receiving in-vitro fertilization treatment with an egg from an anonymous third-party donor, a nonprofit organization based in the western Japan city of Kobe said Wednesday. (Jiji)
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Nature: scientific research in Japan waning

March 22, 2017 - 21:36
The British science publication Nature has found that the number of papers written by Japanese researchers accounted for a shrinking percentage of the total accepted by the world's journals. (NHK)
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Japan airs red list for endangered marine species, deems Ogasawara coral extinct

March 21, 2017 - 22:46
The Environment Ministry on Tuesday revealed its red list of threatened marine species for the first time, designating 56 as endangered species, including the sand tiger shark. (Japan Times)
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High radiation levels detected inside Fukushima reactor vessel

March 21, 2017 - 22:28
A radiation level of 11 sieverts per hour has been detected in tainted water inside a reactor containment vessel at the Fukushima No. 1 nuclear power plant, operator Tokyo Electric Power Company Holdings Inc. <9501> said Tuesday. (Jiji)
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Robot makes foray into reactor 1

March 19, 2017 - 21:55
Tokyo Electric on Sunday confirmed lethally high radiation levels inside the primary containment vessel of reactor 1 at the heavily damaged Fukushima No. 1 nuclear plant but found they were not nearly as high as those recently logged in reactor 2. (Japan Times)
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