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Japanese urged not to see rare fish as omen of earthquakes

August 15, 2019 - 22:24
People in Japan hoping to predict the next big earthquake should ignore mysterious deep-sea fish after experts said rare sightings of the creatures on the country's beaches did not, as some had believed, foretell a seismic calamity. (
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Tourists to Japan are fueling a boom in personal translation devices

August 7, 2019 - 22:15
Takehiko Fujita wouldn’t be able to do his job selling eye drops and pain relievers without his pocket translator. (Japan Times)
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Japanese women's breast size boasts 40 years of continued growth

August 6, 2019 - 23:10
Well, there's no denying it any more: the size of Japanese mammaries have become larger. We know this thanks to a survey by lingerie manufacture Triumph International Japan, which recently made public the results of its research. (Japan Today)
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Strong quake strikes Fukushima, Miyagi

August 4, 2019 - 23:25
A strong earthquake has rocked Japan's northeastern prefectures of Fukushima and Miyagi. There is no threat of tsunami. (NHK)
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Privately launched MOMO-4 rocket fails after liftoff, crashes into sea off Hokkaido

July 27, 2019 - 23:07
A small experimental rocket launched by a Japanese aerospace startup failed shortly after takeoff Saturday as its onboard computer detected an abnormality and shut off the engine. It then crashed into the sea. (Japan Times)
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TEPCO to scrap 4 more reactors in Fukushima

July 24, 2019 - 23:05
The operator of the nuclear plant wrecked by a 2011 earthquake and tsunami said Wednesday that it will decommission four more reactors in northeastern Japan in addition to those already being scrapped. (Japan Today)
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Japan reports more than 3,000 syphilis cases in first half of 2019

July 21, 2019 - 21:45
After reporting more than 5,000 cases in 2017, the first time that happened in more than 4 decades and nearly 7,000 cases in 2018, the first time since 1970, Japan continues to see the sexually transmitted infection, syphilis at high levels in the first half of 2019. (
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Toyota, JAXA ink 3-yr pact over plan to send rover to Moon in 2029

July 16, 2019 - 23:20
Toyota Motor Corp. and Japan's space exploration agency said Tuesday they have signed a three-year agreement to jointly research and develop a rover to be sent to the Moon in 2029. (Kyodo)
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Tokyo's lack of sunshine ties record

July 14, 2019 - 22:36
Japan's Meteorological Agency says central Tokyo hasn't seen so little sun in more than three decades. (NHK)
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Scent of vanilla helps to ease pain: Japanese researchers

July 12, 2019 - 23:22
The aroma of vanilla extract can help to ease muscle pain and tension and may eventually factor into a treatment for stress headaches, a team of Japanese researchers has concluded. (Japan Today)
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Hayabusa2 probe set to land on Ryugu asteroid

July 10, 2019 - 23:41
Japan's Hayabusa2 space probe is descending toward the asteroid Ryugu for an unprecedented mission collecting underground rock samples. The landing is scheduled to take place Thursday morning Japan time. (NHK)
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Deer in Japan's Nara died with numerous plastic bags in stomach

July 9, 2019 - 23:16
Numerous plastic bags were found in the stomachs of more than half of the 14 wild deer that have died in Nara Park in western Japan since March, prompting the local government to take action to protect them. (Japan Today)
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City in Tokyo approves imports of Ebola virus by research facility

July 2, 2019 - 00:53
Musashimurayama Mayor Masaru Fujino informed health minister Takumi Nemoto on Monday of his approval of a plan to keep deadly viruses such as Ebola at a research facility in the city, which is located on the outskirts of Tokyo. (Japan Times)
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Japan leaves IWC to start commercial whaling

June 29, 2019 - 23:28
Japan withdrew from the International Whaling Commission, or IWC, on Sunday. The country will resume commercial whaling the next day. (NHK)
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Freaky two-foot long ribbon worm grabs limelight during strange creature competition in Japan

June 26, 2019 - 23:23
The Japanese internet is currently abuzz over an unusual sea creature called a “wrinkle ribbon worm” (shiwa himo mushi). This member of a wildly diverse phylum of creatures measures about 70 centimeters (27 inches) long and bears an eerie resemblance to intestines. (
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Hayabusa2 to attempt second landing on asteroid

June 25, 2019 - 20:55
Japan's space agency says it will try to have the Hayabusa2 space probe make a second landing on the asteroid Ryugu next month. (NHK)
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