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Panel: Mt.Fuji ash would paralyze Tokyo

March 31, 2020 - 21:01
A Japanese government panel says Tokyo would become unable to function as the country's capital in about three hours if a large-scale eruption of Mount Fuji were to occur. (NHK)
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Microplastics found in Japanese rivers, ports

March 29, 2020 - 18:44
A survey by an environmental group has found microplastics in 98 out of 100 locations in Japanese rivers and ports. Small pieces of plastic are a potential threat to ecosystems. (NHK)
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Loss of smell tracked as early clue in coronavirus cases

March 28, 2020 - 21:48
Loss of the ability to smell and taste can be an early sign of coronavirus infection, according to a growing number of reports from around the world. (Nikkei)
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80 percent of Diamond Princess coronavirus patients had mild or no symptoms

March 25, 2020 - 19:53
About 80 percent of COVID-19 patients from the virus-hit Diamond Princess cruise ship showed mild symptoms or none at all, according to a report compiled by the Self-Defense Forces Central Hospital. (Japan Times)
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Toyota, NTT in capital tie-up for 'smart-city'

March 24, 2020 - 19:50
Toyota Motor and Japanese telecom giant NTT are forming a capital tie-up to advance developments toward a so-called "smart city." The project is expected to incorporate the latest artificial intelligence and environmental technologies. (NHK)
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Experts warn Japan may not have enough new virus test kits

March 22, 2020 - 23:34
Despite Japan's efforts to carry out more testing for the new coronavirus, medical experts have cast doubt on whether the country can provide adequate testing for citizens and promote effective policies to contain the outbreak. (Japan Today)
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Coronavirus: Why Japan tested so few people

March 18, 2020 - 19:05
Japan's relatively restrained approach to testing for the novel coronavirus has engendered public frustration, especially as neighboring South Korea makes a massive push with drive-through tests. (Nikkei)
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Heavy rain could cause decontamination waste leak

March 17, 2020 - 21:23
Japan's Environment Ministry says waste produced by decontamination work following the 2011 Fukushima Daiichi nuclear plant accident could leak at 12 locations in case of torrential rain. (NHK)
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Health ministry releases COVID-19 cluster map

March 16, 2020 - 21:31
Japan's health ministry has released a map showing clusters of coronavirus infections in the country. (NHK)
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Japanese man tests positive for coronavirus again

March 15, 2020 - 18:52
Officials in western Japan's Mie Prefecture say a man who was a passenger on a cruise ship that was hit by the coronavirus has again tested positive after recovering from infection. (NHK)
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Sesame oil? Granite baths? Sea lettuce? COVID-19 rumors spread like a virus in Japan

March 8, 2020 - 18:48
Can applying sesame oil stop the new coronavirus from entering the body? Is it true that a hot water and granite rock bath will help kill the virus? Does taking vitamin D make people less susceptible to the pathogen? (Japan Times)
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Fukushima powers up one of world's biggest hydrogen plants

March 7, 2020 - 19:51
One of the world's largest facilities for producing clean-burning hydrogen marked its opening on Saturday, in a demonstration of northeastern Japan's revival from the devastating 2011 earthquake and tsunami. (Nikkei)
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JAXA to start flight tests in June to develop reusable rocket tech

March 7, 2020 - 19:46
The Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency will begin flight tests in June to develop technology for the reuse of the first stages of launch vehicles, a government source said Saturday. (Kyodo)
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What can we expect from the Tokyo Game Show 2020?

March 4, 2020 - 20:23
Japan's annual video gaming conference looks set to have another stellar year when the Tokyo Game Show returns to Tokyo in September 2020. (
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One-hour coronavirus test under development in Japan

March 4, 2020 - 20:05
Japanese precision instrument maker Shimadzu is working on a one-hour test kit for the new coronavirus, which could be delivered to health institutions as early as this month, the company said Wednesday. (Nikkei)
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Patients with mild symptoms seen spreading viral infections in Japan, experts say

March 3, 2020 - 18:08
Patients with mild symptoms are believed to be playing an important role in spreading the new coronavirus that causes COVID-19, a government panel of experts has said. (Japan Times)
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Limited virus testing in Japan masks true scale of infection

March 2, 2020 - 20:20
Japan is becoming a center of concern as the coronavirus spreads globally, with the country’s official infection tally suspected to be the tip of the iceberg of a much wider outbreak. (Japan Times)
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Airlines unleash herpes disinfectant, other cleaning concoctions on coronavirus-tainted planes

February 27, 2020 - 20:17
Airlines are turning to some of the world’s hardest-hitting disinfectants, capable of stopping everything from sexually transmitted diseases to the MRSA superbug, in the fight against the coronavirus. (Japan Times)
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Riken, Kanagawa Pref. create test to detect coronavirus in 30 min.

February 27, 2020 - 20:09
Kanagawa Prefecture and government-backed research institute Riken said Thursday they have developed a testing method that can detect the new coronavirus in 30 minutes, far shorter than the six hours required with current tests. (Kyodo)
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Japanese government panel OKs expensive gene therapy for rare disease

February 26, 2020 - 21:44
A health ministry panel approved Wednesday the production and sale of a gene therapy for treating spinal muscular atrophy, a rare incurable disease that destroys muscle function through a decrease in motor neuron cells. (Japan Times)
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