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Nagano is first prefecture in Japan to declare a climate emergency

18 hours 30 min ago
Nagano became the first prefecture to declare a climate emergency Friday, joining a growing coalition of nations, regions and local municipalities around the world in vowing to take action that reflects the urgency of the crisis. (Japan Times)
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Japan worst-hit nation by weather last year

December 4, 2019 - 23:05
An environmental think tank from Germany has revealed that Japan was the worst-hit country by extreme weather in 2018. (NHK)
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Sony's PlayStation recognized as world's best-selling game console

December 3, 2019 - 23:48
Sony Corp's PlayStation has been recognized by Guinness World Records as the world's best-selling home video game console, having sold 450.19 million units over 25 years, its game business unit said Tuesday. (Japan Today)
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At SoftBank cafe in Tokyo, Pepper the robot will take your order

December 3, 2019 - 23:46
Soon the Japanese capital's trendsetting Shibuya district will boast a cafe staffed by humanoid robots that can recommend perfect desserts for customers. (Nikkei)
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Japan designs lunar rover as US plots return to moon

December 1, 2019 - 21:13
Japan will develop a manned moon rover as the country plays an important role in U.S. President Donald Trump's ambitious mission to return American astronauts to the lunar surface by 2024. (Nikkei)
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New state funds proposed to help hospitals dump excess beds amid soaring medical costs

November 29, 2019 - 20:47
The finance and health ministries are thinking of setting up funds in each prefecture to support private hospitals trying to rid themselves of excess beds that are driving up medical costs, it has been learned. (Japan Times)
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Nuclear watchdog approves restart of Onagawa reactor in Miyagi hit by 3/11 tsunami

November 27, 2019 - 23:16
A nuclear power plant reactor that was damaged by the 2011 earthquake and tsunami disaster and idled under stricter safety standards following the Fukushima crisis won approval from the nuclear watchdog on Wednesday for operations to resume. (Japan Times)
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Japan takes leap in the dark for OLED cost advantage

November 27, 2019 - 23:08
A Japanese manufacturer is set to embark on a risky mass production process for OLED panels -- the next generation of electronic displays -- that will test whether the company can find more success than another government-backed challenger. (Nikkei)
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Govt. to promote quantum technology

November 26, 2019 - 23:04
The Japanese government plans to promote quantum technology as part of its national strategy. (NHK)
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Overuse of Japan's medical system may be complicating treatment

November 24, 2019 - 02:42
One of the criticisms of the “Medicare for All” government-run health care scheme proposed by U.S. Democratic presidential candidates Bernie Sanders and Elizabeth Warren is that eliminating all limits to treatment would lead to “overuse” of the medical care system, meaning people would be seeing doctors for every little perceived ailment, which is wasteful. (Japan Times)
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Japan's $83bn bullet train at risk as governor defends waterway

November 24, 2019 - 02:33
A bullet-train operator and a locality on the central Pacific Coast are sparring over the environmental impact of a planned ultrafast magnetic-levitation rail, threatening the targeted 2027 start of a service connecting Tokyo and Nagoya. (Nikkei)
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Japan readies $2bn to support industry research on 6G tech

November 22, 2019 - 00:20
Japan intends to devote 220 billion yen ($2.03 billion) to encourage private-sector research and development of technology that will succeed fifth-generation wireless communications. (Nikkei)
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Japan's METI says it's safe to dump radioactive water from Fukushima nuclear disaster into ocean

November 19, 2019 - 01:29
The industry ministry said Monday it would be safe to release water contaminated by the Fukushima nuclear disaster into the ocean, stressing that on an annual basis the amount of radiation measured near the release point would be very small compared to levels to which humans are naturally exposed. (Japan Times)
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Hayabusa2 leaves asteroid for Earth

November 14, 2019 - 00:49
Japan's space agency says its probe is on its way back to Earth after leaving the asteroid, Ryugu. (NHK)
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Sakurajima volcano erupts, spewing ash 5.5 kms high

November 8, 2019 - 23:37
Mt Sakurajima volcano shot smoke and ash miles into the sky on Friday in its biggest eruption in more than three years, Kyodo News reported. (Japan Today)
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Labor shortages in Japan's construction sector provide unexpected economic boost

November 6, 2019 - 21:20
As Japan’s construction firms are squeezed by the tightest labor market since the 1970s and a rapidly aging population, they are pouring investment into technology — and providing unexpected support to an economy reeling from the bitter U.S.-China trade war. (Japan Times)
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Toyota cars' real-time wiper data to help improve rain forecasts

November 3, 2019 - 20:50
Toyota Motor Corp. and weather information provider Weathernews Inc. have started tests to improve the accuracy of rain forecasts by using real-time data from networked cars’ windshield wipers. (Japan Times)
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Volcanic eruption occurs on Satsuma-Iojima island

November 2, 2019 - 22:32
Japan's Meteorological Agency has issued an eruption notice for Satsuma-Iojima Island in the southwestern prefecture of Kagoshima. (NHK)
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Tokyo outlines timetable for flying cars and bases on Mars

November 1, 2019 - 23:07
Quantum computing will reach the practical stage by 2035, and human outposts will be established on the moon and Mars by 2040, an institute under Japan's science ministry predicts. (Nikkei)
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Video games with unusual themes

October 31, 2019 - 00:31
Every year, we see releases of blockbuster game franchises, all recycling ideas over and over from the same genre but promising slightly improved graphics and a few extra features. (
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