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Third outbreak of swine fever confirmed in Aichi

February 13, 2019 - 08:05
A new outbreak of swine fever has been confirmed on a pig farm in Aichi Prefecture, central Japan. It is the third farm in the prefecture to be hit by the highly contagious disease. (NHK)
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The fish that recognise themselves in the mirror

February 8, 2019 - 18:06
Fish may not be as stupid as they appear, as a study suggests they can recognise themselves in a mirror. (
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Next-generation bullet train car shown to media

February 8, 2019 - 17:57
A developmental carriage from the next-generation bullet train has been shown to the media in western Japan. (NHK)
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Swine flu spreads in Japan; gov't warns of 'extremely serious' phase

February 6, 2019 - 19:08
Japan's swine fever epidemic is spreading, with local authorities in five central and western prefectures saying Wednesday they are struggling to contain the highly contagious virus that was first reported in September. (Japan Today)
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Sightings of rare fish in Japan spark fears of natural disasters

February 4, 2019 - 08:04
Recent sightings of a rare, serpent-like sea creature — which in Japanese lore, is thought to be a harbinger of natural disasters — have sent Japan’s social media into a frenzy. (
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Flu infection rates surge to record high across Japan

February 1, 2019 - 22:48
Japan is facing another winter flu crisis with a record-high average of 57.09 patients diagnosed last week with the ailment per medical institution conducting flu tests, the health ministry said Friday. (NHK)
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Winter ice floes reach Hokkaido

January 29, 2019 - 21:20
The winter's first ice floes have reached the coast of Japan's northernmost prefecture of Hokkaido. (NHK)
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Number of flu patients nationwide hits second-highest level since 1999

January 26, 2019 - 23:43
The number of influenza patients per medical institution in Japan in the week through last Sunday hit the second-highest level since the survey started in 1999, the health ministry has said. (Japan Times)
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Latest trick for Sony's Aibo robotic pooch: Acting as watchdog

January 23, 2019 - 18:28
Sony Corp. on Wednesday showed off the latest tricks of its signature robotic dog, Aibo, including a new security capability of patrolling inside a house. (Japan Times)
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Epsilon-4 puts 7 satellites into orbit

January 18, 2019 - 20:30
Japan's Epsilon-4 rocket has put into orbit seven small satellites that were developed by private-sector companies and universities. (NHK)
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Johnny, oldest chimp in Japan, dies at 69

January 15, 2019 - 22:00
Japan's oldest chimpanzee, Johnny, has died at the estimated age of 69, a zoo in western Japan said Tuesday. (Kyodo)
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Japan weather bureau sees 80% chance of El Nino continuing into spring

January 10, 2019 - 22:44
Japan's weather bureau said on Thursday the El Nino weather pattern appears to be continuing and that there was an 80 percent chance it would stretch into the northern hemisphere spring. (Japan Today)
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Number of flu patients tops warning level in Japan, suggesting outbreak imminent

January 9, 2019 - 22:15
The health ministry said Wednesday that the number of influenza patients per medical institution reached 11.17 in the week through Dec. 30, exceeding the warning level of 10. (Japan Times)
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JAXA says landing-site selection for Hayabusa2's touchdown on Ryugu asteroid is in the final stage

January 6, 2019 - 22:14
The Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency (JAXA) is searching for a suitable site on the Ryugu asteroid that it can safely land its Hayabusa2 spacecraft as early as late this month. (Japan Times)
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Partial solar eclipse observed in Japan

January 6, 2019 - 22:03
Sky watchers across Japan have enjoyed the first partial solar eclipse over the country in three years. (NHK)
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Farmers struggle to keep cows left behind near Fukushima plant

December 27, 2018 - 23:01
Having disregarded a state instruction to kill cattle left behind in areas near the crisis-hit Fukushima Daiichi nuclear plant, some local farmers have been struggling to keep about 430 cows within a 20-kilometers radius of the complex exposed to radiation. (Japan Today)
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Japan announces withdrawal from IWC, set to resume commercial whaling

December 26, 2018 - 22:08
The Japanese government officially announced on Wednesday to withdraw from the International Whaling Commission, a move that drew criticism from a global community worried about depleted whale populations. (Nikkei)
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Sixth case of swine fever infection found at central Japan farm

December 25, 2018 - 22:41
Japan’s swine fever epidemic is spreading further with a sixth case identified Tuesday in the central part of the country, leading to the first dispatch of Ground Self-Defense Force troops and the launch of a crisis control unit by the central government. (Japan Times)
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