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100 Japanese manufacturers harness blockchain to share data

June 17, 2019 - 00:18
Mitsubishi Electric and Yaskawa Electric are among 100 major Japanese manufacturers set to share production data with each other to improve efficiency, using blockchain technology to ensure their information remains secure, Nikkei has learned. (Nikkei)
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Japan passes bill requiring microchipping of pets to reduce strays

June 12, 2019 - 22:57
The Diet on Wednesday passed a bill requiring dog and cat breeders to microchip animals, and owners to voluntarily do the same to their pets, in a bid to reduce the number of strays. (Japan Times)
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Japan's westernmost point moves 110m further west

June 11, 2019 - 22:47
Japan's westernmost point has moved further west by about 110 meters, after it was decided to include an ocean rock on official maps. (NHK)
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Tokyo to provide subsidy for elderly drivers

June 11, 2019 - 22:45
The Tokyo Metropolitan Government is set to launch a subsidy to help prevent accidents involving elderly drivers. (NHK)
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Japan to restart commercial whaling on July 1 after three-decade hiatus

June 8, 2019 - 23:51
A fleet of vessels will depart from Kushiro, Hokkaido, on July 1 as Japan resumes commercial whaling following a three-decade hiatus after the government announced its withdrawal from the International Whaling Commission in December, a local fishery source said Friday. (Japan Times)
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Japan to ban free plastic bags at stores to fight marine pollution

June 4, 2019 - 22:34
Japan plans to make it mandatory to charge for plastic shopping bags at supermarkets, convenience stores, drugstores and department stores as the country combats marine pollution by plastic waste. (Japan Today)
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Japan to greenlight 5G base stations on 200,000 traffic signals

June 3, 2019 - 22:17
Japan's government will allow NTT Docomo and its three major mobile rivals to set up 5G base stations on traffic signals, hoping to reduce the cost and time it takes to roll out the ultrafast networks by taking advantage of the nation's high density of traffic lights. (Nikkei)
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Legal marijuana creates buzz, headaches

June 1, 2019 - 22:20
Police in Japan are spending more time than ever before on marijuana-related crimes. But elsewhere in the world, governments are legalizing the drug... and the buzz is building. (NHK)
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Japan considers compulsory ID chips for pets

May 31, 2019 - 23:03
Japan is moving to introduce legislation that would oblige pet shops, breeders and other sellers of cats and dogs to implant the animals with electronic chips. The system will be used to track down the owners of stray pets. (NHK)
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In search of Japan's extinct wolves: Sightings of a mysterious canine in Chichibu have been captivating animal enthusiasts

May 26, 2019 - 00:59
It was around 3 p.m. on a chilly day in December. The sky was overcast and the scent of rain hung in the air when Rina Kambayashi happened upon a creature she had never seen before. (Japan Times)
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Japan's new supercomputer Fugaku to begin operations around 2021

May 23, 2019 - 23:07
Japan's new supercomputer Fugaku is set to begin operations around 2021 with the country aiming to regain the title of building the world's fastest computer, replacing its current supercomputer K, government-backed research institute Riken said Thursday. (Japan Times)
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TEPCO: No foreigners on decommissioning for now

May 22, 2019 - 23:57
Tokyo Electric Power Company has put on hold its plans to hire foreigners under a new type of work visa in decommissioning work at the crippled Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power plant. (NHK)
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99% of Pacific megaquake predictions likely to prove wrong: survey

May 19, 2019 - 23:25
Japanese seismologists believe that nearly 99 percent of their predictions related to massive earthquakes in the Pacific off central and western Japan are likely to prove wrong, a survey conducted by Kansai University showed Sunday. (Kyodo)
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Japan to sign on to US moon exploration platform

May 19, 2019 - 23:19
Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe and U.S. President Donald Trump are expected to sign an agreement on joint lunar exploration and other space-related projects when they meet here May 27, seeking to stay a step ahead of China and other rivals. (Nikkei)
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Hayabusa2 aborts descent to asteroid

May 17, 2019 - 00:10
Japan's Hayabusa2 probe has aborted its descent to asteroid Ryugu after it reached around 50 meters above the surface. The probe was supposed to drop a marker on the asteroid to prepare for another landing. (NHK)
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Japan weather bureau sees 80% chance of El Nino continuing into summer

May 10, 2019 - 23:30
Japan's weather bureau on Friday said the El Nino weather pattern was continuing, with an 80% chance it would stretch into the northern hemisphere summer. (Japan Today)
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Japan space agency finds 10 other artificial craters made on asteroid

May 9, 2019 - 23:07
Japan's space agency said Thursday 10 other smaller man-made craters had been found on an asteroid after its Hayabusa2 space probe produced an artificial crater last month as part of its mission to explore the origin of life and the evolution of the solar system. (Japan Today)
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Japanese venture firm's successful rocket launch

May 3, 2019 - 22:32
A small rocket developed by a Japanese startup company was successfully launched on Saturday morning. (NHK)
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Suspected drones found flying in Tokyo

May 2, 2019 - 21:56
Japanese investigative sources say unidentified objects suspected to be drones have been spotted above several places in Tokyo, including an area near the Imperial Palace. (NHK)
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Japan's hospitals scramble to secure doctors during 10-day Golden Week

April 28, 2019 - 00:32
Hospitals have been scrambling to secure enough doctors during the unprecedented Golden Week holiday period that began Saturday, which was extended to 10 days to accommodate the Imperial succession. (Japan Times)
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