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  1. News - Asia - JAPAN

    Subsidies for storing nuclear debris from Fukushima plant offered by Tokyo

    Posted Aug 12th 2014, 10:58pm by Julian Ryall

    ... eventually become the final disposal site. Yesterday, Tepco began pumping up groundwater from beneath the Fukushima plant and storing it in tanks. The utility intends to test the radioactivity ...

  2. News - Asia - JAPAN

    Monkeys show effects of fallout from Fukushima nuclear meltdown, study says

    Posted Jul 25th 2014, 10:13pm by GDN

    ... more prone to infectious diseases. But critics of the study say the link between the abnormal blood tests and the radiation exposure of the monkeys remains unproven and that the radiation doses ... she said. "We know that one of the most damaging health effects comes from fear of radiation, not radiation itself." She also noted that people, unlike the wild monkeys tested, could ...

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    Japan to lift some North Korea sanctions amid report of surviving abductees

    Posted Jul 03rd 2014, 10:20am by Reuters in Tokyo

    ... sanctions that could be lifted are separate from those imposed by Japan and other United Nations members under UN sanctions that followed Pyongyang’s first nuclear test in 2006. The North is banned from conducting atomic and missile tests, and UN member states are barred from weapons trade with Pyongyang and from financial transactions that facilitate them. “Basically, Japan’s planned ...

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    US tested weapons to harm rice crop in Japan, report claims

    Posted Jan 12th 2014, 11:48pm by AFP

    ... Agence France-Presse in Tokyo US 'tested weapons to harm rice crop in Japan' The US army tested biological weapons that could harm rice cropping on the Japanese island of Okinawa ... to have had China and Southeast Asia in mind in developing such crop-harming agents", the report said. In tests conducted at least a dozen times between 1961 and 1962, rice blast fungus- ...

  5. News - Asia - JAPAN

    Fukushima nuclear plant diverting groundwater to stem contamination

    Posted May 21st 2014, 11:21pm by AFP

    ... Tepco has been pumping groundwater onto the hillside before it enters the plant site, and storing it in tanks. Yesterday, engineers started releasing that water after it satisfied quality tests ... "With the bypass system, we are able to reduce by up to 80 tonnes per day" the volume of water that becomes contaminated under the plant, a Tepco spokesman said. In a test of water samples ...

  6. News - Asia - JAPAN

    Fukushima radiation sperm tests given 'all clear' by study

    Posted Oct 10th 2013, 12:00am by AFP

    ... Agence France-Presse in Tokyo Bull sperm not affected by exposure near plant The testes and sperm count of bulls abandoned in the evacuation zone around the battered Fukushima nuclear plant were not affected by chronic exposure to radiation, according to a Japanese academic study. The results came after a team of researchers examined two bulls found in September 2011 ...

  7. News - Asia - JAPAN

    112,000 chickens destroyed after bird flu outbreak

    Posted Apr 14th 2014, 05:14am by AGENCIES

    ... the nation's first case of bird flu for three years. DNA tests have revealed the H5strain of the virus at a farm with 56,000 birds in Kumamoto prefecture, on the southern island of Kyushu, after ... farms and testing birds for the virus at other farms. Officials were also setting up areas to disinfect vehicles travelling on major roads around the affected farms to prevent the virus from ...

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    Godzilla geeks up in arms over super-sized Hollywood incarnation

    Posted May 01st 2014, 02:20pm by JULIAN RYALL IN TOKYO

    ... beneath the Pacific by nuclear tests before taking on mankind. The character has become so popular around the world that a statue stands outside Toho’s offices in central Tokyo and it was awarded ...

  9. News - Asia - JAPAN

    North Korea demands Japan allow international ferry services to resume

    Posted Apr 16th 2014, 01:30am by Julian Ryall

    ... direct charter flights between the two nations. It has also asked Tokyo to cancel the sanctions it imposed  after Pyongyang conducted nuclear and missile tests. And it has asked that a court ... in 2006, after North Korea conducted its first nuclear test. Previously, it had taken North Korean residents of Japan and consignments of Japanese goods back to the North. Rumours abounded ...

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    Shinzo Abe promotes Japanese maglev trains for US railways

    Posted Apr 13th 2014, 05:41am by AFP

    ... Agence France-Presse in Tsuru, Japan Abe touts maglev for US high-speed railways Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe took US ambassador Caroline Kennedy on a test ride of Japan's ... boarded at the Yamanashi Maglev Test Line near Mount Fuji. The smiling prime minister was able to show off the technology with ease, as the train reached speeds of 505km/h at certain points ...




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