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Horned owl spotted in Tokyo residential areas

February 20, 2019 - 22:52
There have been several horned owl sightings in residential areas of Tokyo. Police are looking for the bird to protect it and prevent it from harming people. (NHK)
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Hayabusa2 about to descend toward asteroid

February 20, 2019 - 22:31
Japan's space agency is preparing to land the Hayabusa2 probe on an asteroid. (NHK)
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Japan approves world-first trial using iPS cells to treat spinal cord injuries

February 18, 2019 - 23:11
The health ministry on Monday approved the world's first clinical test in which artificially derived stem cells will be used to treat patients with spinal cord injuries. (Japan Times)
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Okinawan fisherman reel in two live oarfish, eat portion of one

February 17, 2019 - 22:54
Two rare deep-sea oarfish caught in fixed nets off Toya port on the southwest side of Okinawa stunned the local fishing community last month for simply being alive. (Japan Times)
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Third outbreak of swine fever confirmed in Aichi

February 13, 2019 - 08:05
A new outbreak of swine fever has been confirmed on a pig farm in Aichi Prefecture, central Japan. It is the third farm in the prefecture to be hit by the highly contagious disease. (NHK)
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The fish that recognise themselves in the mirror

February 8, 2019 - 18:06
Fish may not be as stupid as they appear, as a study suggests they can recognise themselves in a mirror. (
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Next-generation bullet train car shown to media

February 8, 2019 - 17:57
A developmental carriage from the next-generation bullet train has been shown to the media in western Japan. (NHK)
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Swine flu spreads in Japan; gov't warns of 'extremely serious' phase

February 6, 2019 - 19:08
Japan's swine fever epidemic is spreading, with local authorities in five central and western prefectures saying Wednesday they are struggling to contain the highly contagious virus that was first reported in September. (Japan Today)
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Sightings of rare fish in Japan spark fears of natural disasters

February 4, 2019 - 08:04
Recent sightings of a rare, serpent-like sea creature — which in Japanese lore, is thought to be a harbinger of natural disasters — have sent Japan’s social media into a frenzy. (
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Flu infection rates surge to record high across Japan

February 1, 2019 - 22:48
Japan is facing another winter flu crisis with a record-high average of 57.09 patients diagnosed last week with the ailment per medical institution conducting flu tests, the health ministry said Friday. (NHK)
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Winter ice floes reach Hokkaido

January 29, 2019 - 21:20
The winter's first ice floes have reached the coast of Japan's northernmost prefecture of Hokkaido. (NHK)
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Number of flu patients nationwide hits second-highest level since 1999

January 26, 2019 - 23:43
The number of influenza patients per medical institution in Japan in the week through last Sunday hit the second-highest level since the survey started in 1999, the health ministry has said. (Japan Times)
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Latest trick for Sony's Aibo robotic pooch: Acting as watchdog

January 23, 2019 - 18:28
Sony Corp. on Wednesday showed off the latest tricks of its signature robotic dog, Aibo, including a new security capability of patrolling inside a house. (Japan Times)
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Epsilon-4 puts 7 satellites into orbit

January 18, 2019 - 20:30
Japan's Epsilon-4 rocket has put into orbit seven small satellites that were developed by private-sector companies and universities. (NHK)
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Johnny, oldest chimp in Japan, dies at 69

January 15, 2019 - 22:00
Japan's oldest chimpanzee, Johnny, has died at the estimated age of 69, a zoo in western Japan said Tuesday. (Kyodo)
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Japan weather bureau sees 80% chance of El Nino continuing into spring

January 10, 2019 - 22:44
Japan's weather bureau said on Thursday the El Nino weather pattern appears to be continuing and that there was an 80 percent chance it would stretch into the northern hemisphere spring. (Japan Today)
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Number of flu patients tops warning level in Japan, suggesting outbreak imminent

January 9, 2019 - 22:15
The health ministry said Wednesday that the number of influenza patients per medical institution reached 11.17 in the week through Dec. 30, exceeding the warning level of 10. (Japan Times)
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JAXA says landing-site selection for Hayabusa2's touchdown on Ryugu asteroid is in the final stage

January 6, 2019 - 22:14
The Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency (JAXA) is searching for a suitable site on the Ryugu asteroid that it can safely land its Hayabusa2 spacecraft as early as late this month. (Japan Times)
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Partial solar eclipse observed in Japan

January 6, 2019 - 22:03
Sky watchers across Japan have enjoyed the first partial solar eclipse over the country in three years. (NHK)
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