Hayabusa2 returned with 5 grams of asteroid soil, more than target

Japan Technology News - December 19, 2020 - 01:36
The capsule brought back by the Hayabusa2 space probe contained more than 5.4 grams of soil samples from a distant asteroid, exceeding the original target of 0.1 gram, Japan's space agency said Friday. (Kyodo)
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COVID-19: 100+ Symptoms

Japan Technology News - December 19, 2020 - 01:29
More than 100 different symptoms of coronavirus infections have been found. (NHK)
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Tennis: Nishikori has married ex-model

Japan Sports News - December 19, 2020 - 01:28
Japan's Kei Nishikori married 29-year-old former model Mai Yamauchi last week, the former world No. 4 men's singles player announced Friday on his personal app. (Kyodo)
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Japan aims to start COVID-19 vaccinations in Feb.

Japan Technology News - December 19, 2020 - 00:59
NHK has learned that Japan's health ministry has ordered local governments to prepare coronavirus vaccination programs, so that medical workers can begin receiving inoculations in February. (NHK)
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Goldman's Matsui on Japan's Economy, Stocks, 'Womenomics'

Japan Business News - December 18, 2020 - 19:55
Kathy Matsui, chief equity strategist and vice chair of Goldman Sachs Japan, discusses the outlook for the economy, corporate earnings and stocks. ()
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Pfizer first drugmaker to seek COVID-19 vaccine approval in Japan

Japan Technology News - December 18, 2020 - 19:52
Major U.S. drugmaker Pfizer Inc. on Friday filed for a fast-track approval in Japan of its COVID-19 vaccine, marking the first such application made in the nation, with industry sources saying the formal approval could come within months amid the ongoing novel coronavirus pandemic. (Japan Times)
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Japan's additional Aegis ships could encourage further arms buildup

Japan Politics News - December 18, 2020 - 19:45
Japan's decision to build two new naval vessels equipped with Aegis missile interceptors — an alternative to a scrapped plan to deploy a land-based system — could prompt further armament by potential adversaries, security experts have warned. (Japan Times)
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Bank of Japan unveils plan to probe better ways to hit price goal, extends fund program

Japan Business News - December 18, 2020 - 19:42
The Bank of Japan on Friday unveiled a plan to probe more effective ways to achieve its 2% inflation target, following in the foot steps of its U.S. and European counterparts as a renewed spike in infections threatened to derail a fragile recovery. (Japan Times)
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Y60 billion wind power project off Fukushima to be dismantled

Japan Technology News - December 18, 2020 - 05:52
The government said Thursday it will remove the two remaining wind power turbines it installed off Fukushima Prefecture citing lack of profit in the project, which cost ¥60 billion ($580 million). (Japan Times)
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COVID-19: The Benefit of Face Masks

Japan Technology News - December 18, 2020 - 05:50
Researchers have found a link between wearing masks and COVID-19 immunity. (NHK WORLD-JAPAN)
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Record NTT bond deal causes Japan firms to pay more to borrow

Japan Business News - December 18, 2020 - 05:48
Japan’s biggest-ever yen corporate bond sale has made this the busiest December since at least 2009 for the market, and the flood of supply is forcing companies to pay more for money. (Japan Times)
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Year-end gift sales booming

Japan Business News - December 18, 2020 - 05:44
Every December people across Japan prepare to head back to their hometowns to spend the New Year holidays with family. (NHK)
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Mayor in Shimane Prefecture arrested on suspicion of assaulting nurse

Japan Politics News - December 18, 2020 - 05:43
The mayor of Unnan City in Shimane Prefecture has been arrested on suspicion of assaulting a female nurse while he was in hospital. (Japan Today)
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Japanese architectural craft approved as UNESCO intangible heritage

Japan Education News - December 18, 2020 - 05:31
Traditional Japanese architectural craftsmanship used in timber-framed structures was approved Thursday for addition to UNESCO's Intangible Cultural Heritage list, a committee of the U.N. cultural body said. (Kyodo)
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Japan: Public support waning for Olympics as govt prepares

Japan Sports News - December 17, 2020 - 15:34
The international Olympics committee and the Japanese govt determinant to host the Tokyo Olympics but public support for the games is waning in Japan. (WION)
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F1: Yuki Tsunoda joins AlphaTauri to replace Daniil Kvyat

Japan Sports News - December 17, 2020 - 15:31
Japan will have a driver in Formula One for the first time in seven years after AlphaTauri confirmed Wednesday that Yuki Tsunoda will replace Daniil Kvyat at the team in 2021. (Japan Today)
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Japan raises 2021 GDP forecast to around 4% growth

Japan Business News - December 17, 2020 - 15:29
Japan has forecast a rise of around 4% in the country's gross domestic product for fiscal 2021, up from its prediction of 3.4% growth in July, Nikkei has learned. (Nikkei)
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Japan to downsize elementary school classes to 35 students by 2025

Japan Education News - December 17, 2020 - 15:23
Finance Minister Taro Aso and education minister Koichi Hagiuda agreed Thursday to reduce the maximum number of students per class at public elementary schools to 35 by fiscal 2025 from the current 40. (Japan Times)
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Japan aims to be world's No. 3 offshore wind power producer in 2040

Japan Technology News - December 17, 2020 - 04:51
Japan aims to generate up to 45 gigawatts of power through offshore wind power in 2040, a level that would make the country the world's third-largest generator of such power, as part of efforts to achieve net zero emissions of carbon dioxide by 2050, officials said Tuesday. (Japan Times)
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Koizumi ups climate ante with goal of 40 percent renewable power

Japan Technology News - December 17, 2020 - 04:38
Japan's environment minister has proposed increasing renewable power sources to more than 40 percent of the nation's energy mix by fiscal 2030, about twice the government's current goal. (Nikkei)
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