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Japan approves safer, easier PCR virus test using saliva

June 2, 2020 - 22:21
Japan approved Tuesday a PCR coronavirus test using saliva, which is much safer and easier compared with the currently dominant method, which collects mucus from the back part of the nose. (Japan Times)
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Experts warn heatstroke risk increased by mask

June 2, 2020 - 22:14
Experts in Japan are calling on people to use face masks cautiously in the summer when the risk of heatstroke increases. (NHK)
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Japan fears Korean-style second wave of coronavirus

May 30, 2020 - 23:15
After weeks of staying home during Japan's coronavirus state of emergency, Matsuko Higuchi just wanted to have her hair styled. (Nikkei)
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As Japan reopens, coronavirus testing slowed by red tape and staff shortages

May 28, 2020 - 22:59
At the beginning of April, a young sumo wrestler known as Shobushi came down with a fever. His coaches tried calling a local public health center to get him a coronavirus test, but the phone lines were busy. (Japan Times)
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CBD for Fitness: Understanding how and why it works

May 27, 2020 - 21:14
Medical cannabis, particularly CBD, is one of the most discussed topics in the world today. (
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Kounotori on its last mission docks at ISS

May 26, 2020 - 20:06
Japan's cargo spacecraft Kounotori 9, the last of the Kounotori transporter series, has successfully docked at the International Space Station. (NHK)
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Major Japan electronics show CEATEC to be held online due to virus

May 25, 2020 - 20:57
One of Japan’s major annual electronics shows will be held online in October due to safety concerns arising from the novel coronavirus, organizers said Monday. (Japan Times)
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Over 40 percent of COVID-19 deaths in Osaka linked to in-hospital infections in prefecture

May 24, 2020 - 23:52
Over 40 percent of the coronavirus-linked deaths in Osaka involve hospital infections, sources in the prefectural government told Jiji Press on Saturday. (Japan Times)
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Japan confirms first case of rabies in 14 years

May 24, 2020 - 23:51
The local government in the city of Toyohashi, Aichi Prefecture, has announced that a person who traveled from the Philippines had developed rabies — the first case in Japan in 14 years. (Japan Times)
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Tokyo missed 200 coronavirus deaths, mortality data suggests

May 24, 2020 - 23:45
The Japanese capital suffered more than 200 excess fatalities from pneumonia and other coronavirus symptoms early in the outbreak, dwarfing the period's officially recorded 16 from the new disease. (Nikkei)
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Heavy virus caseload at medical institutions has eased: minister

May 24, 2020 - 23:32
Japanese medical institutions are seeing a lightening in their coronavirus caseload, health minister Katsunobu Kato said Sunday, in yet another indication the government is set to imminently lift a state of emergency over the Tokyo metro area and Hokkaido. (Japan Today)
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Hospitals freeing up advanced care resources for virus response

May 23, 2020 - 22:47
At least one-third of 86 hospitals designated by the Japanese government to provide advanced treatment have been forced to suspend part of their services such as elective surgeries and emergency care to make room for treatment of new coronavirus patients, a recent Kyodo News survey showed. (Japan Today)
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JAXA's Kounotori 9 cargo spacecraft launches successfully on final mission

May 21, 2020 - 22:56
Japan launched a rocket Thursday carrying a Kounotori unmanned cargo vessel, developed by the national space agency, on its final mission to transport supplies to the International Space Station (ISS). (Japan Times)
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Japanese newborn gets liver stem cell transplant in world first

May 21, 2020 - 22:40
Doctors in Japan have successfully transplanted liver cells derived from embryonic stem cells into a newborn baby, in a world first that could provide new treatment options for infants. (Japan Today)
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Avigan trials will continue in Japan, with drug efficacy unclear

May 20, 2020 - 22:03
A Japanese team testing the flu drug Avigan as a treatment for the new coronavirus said Wednesday more time was needed to determine its effectiveness, while the government stood by a goal of approving the medication's use this month. (Nikkei)
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Dozens of small quakes hit Nagano and neighboring regions

May 19, 2020 - 21:40
Dozens of small shallow-focus quakes hit Nagano Prefecture and its surrounding regions on Tuesday as the weather agency issued an emergency alert for possible strong temblors. (Japan Times)
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Japan launches space operations unit

May 18, 2020 - 21:19
Japan's Defense Ministry has launched its first space operations unit to protect Japanese satellites in outer space. (NHK)
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AI game recording introduced for shogi

May 16, 2020 - 22:14
The body governing the Japanese board game of shogi has introduced a game recording system that uses artificial intelligence. (NHK)
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European coronavirus variant now drives global spread

May 16, 2020 - 21:57
Three major types of the novel coronavirus have spread across the world, with the European version moving beyond its point of origin to New York, Brazil, Africa, Russia and beyond, recent studies show. (Nikkei)
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Japan to test 10,000 people for coronavirus antibodies

May 15, 2020 - 22:51
Japan will test around 10,000 people for coronavirus antibodies starting from next month, as part of efforts to better understand the deadly infection, health minister Katsunobu Kato said Friday. (Japan Today)
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