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Subsidies for universities that conduct PCR tests

August 13, 2020 - 02:36
The Japanese government plans to offer subsidies to universities and research institutes that allow their equipment to be used for PCR tests. (NHK)
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Operator: 460 tons of leaked oil recovered

August 11, 2020 - 20:14
A Japanese company that operates a cargo ship that ran aground off Mauritius says nearly half of the oil the vessel is believed to have leaked in the Indian Ocean has been collected. (NHK)
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Perseid meteor shower to peak Wednesday night

August 10, 2020 - 21:25
Researchers at the National Astronomical Observatory of Japan say a large number of meteors will be visible on Wednesday night if the conditions are right. (NHK)
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Japan's male smoking rate drops below 30 percent for 1st time

August 9, 2020 - 22:30
Japan's male smoking rate fell below 30 percent for the first time in 2019, slipping to 28.8 percent, down 2.3 percentage points from the previous study in 2016, according to a health ministry survey. (Japan Today)
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Mauritius declares emergency as stranded Japan-owned ship spills fuel into pristine waters

August 8, 2020 - 18:44
The Indian Ocean island of Mauritius has declared a "state of environmental emergency" after a Japanese-owned ship that ran aground offshore days ago began spilling tons of fuel. (Japan Times)
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Okinawa's fragile coral threatened by 'Black Devil' killer sponge

August 7, 2020 - 20:56
In recent years, coral in the seas around Okinawa Prefecture has been turning black and dying off due to a particular variety of coral-killing sponge called Terpios hoshinota. (Japan Times)
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Vaccine may be supplied in Japan in January-March

August 7, 2020 - 20:35
NHK has learned that Japan's first supply of an experimental coronavirus vaccine being developed by British pharmaceutical giant AstraZeneca may be provided between next January and March. (NHK)
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Analysis: Coronavirus death rate low in Japan

August 7, 2020 - 04:18
Researchers in Japan say the death rate of hospitalized coronavirus patients was 7.5 percent in the country. This is about one third of the COVID-19 death rates reported in Britain. (NHK)
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Vienna zoo breeds Japan's national butterfly

August 6, 2020 - 20:52
A zoo in the Austrian capital of Vienna has bred a great purple emperor butterfly, Omurasaki in Japanese, from an egg after receiving caterpillars from a conservation group in Japan. (NHK)
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Japan sees fewer COVID-19 hospital deaths than other nations: study

August 6, 2020 - 20:51
Less than 8 percent of people hospitalized in Japan due to the novel coronavirus have died, a rate much lower than in other countries, a study showed Thursday. (Kyodo)
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Hospital bed occupancy rates for coronavirus patients rise across Japan

August 3, 2020 - 21:17
The percentage of occupied hospital beds reserved for coronavirus patients rose in 39 of Japan’s 47 prefectures in the week that ended July 29, with occupancy rates over 30 percent in eight prefectures, government data showed Monday, raising fears that the medical system may soon become overwhelmed amid a resurgence of infections. (Japan Times)
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2 dogs test positive for coronavirus in Japan

August 3, 2020 - 21:06
A Japanese insurer offering to temporarily take in pets from people infected by the coronavirus says two dogs in its custody tested positive for the virus. (NHK)
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COVID-19 puts Okinawa medical system under strain

August 2, 2020 - 21:43
An NHK survey shows the Japanese prefecture of Okinawa has the nation's highest number of confirmed coronavirus cases per 100,000 people in the preceding seven days. (NHK)
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Japan’s ispace updates design of lunar lander

August 2, 2020 - 21:42
Japanese company ispace has updated the design of its commercial lunar lander while delaying its first flight by a year. (
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Japan's battery startups take the world beyond lithium ion

August 2, 2020 - 12:48
Companies racing to introduce the successor to the batteries that power everything from our smartphones to drones to electric cars are closing in on their goal. But they are not alone. Startups have joined the fray to develop technologies for higher-performance power packs that can relegate today's lithium-ion batteries to an earlier stage along the march of progress. (Nikkei)
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Japan acted like the virus had gone. Now it’s spread everywhere.

August 1, 2020 - 21:00
After initial success, Japan is facing a reality check on the coronavirus. (Bloomberg)
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Japan group to bring quantum computers to the workplace

July 30, 2020 - 19:32
Leading Japanese universities and corporations have joined hands with IBM to develop practical quantum computing applications in finance, materials development and the broader business scene. (Nikkei)
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Japan finally announced a fee for plastic bags. Will that stop its obsession with plastic?

July 30, 2020 - 19:21
Single bananas. Hard boiled eggs. Chocolate chip cookies. In convenience stores across Japan these items all have something in common: they are routinely sold tightly swaddled in plastic wrapping. (CNN)
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Japan weather agency issues erroneous quake warning

July 30, 2020 - 09:23
The Japan Meteorological Agency early Thursday morning issued an early warning for an earthquake that was expected to hit Tokyo and other neighboring areas. (Japan Times)
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Tokyo infections 'have spread to all generations'

July 30, 2020 - 09:19
Experts say the situation of coronavirus infections in Tokyo is serious as the virus has spread to all generations and through diverse routes. (NHK)
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