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Ghibli Park unveils new Valley of Witches area

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A theme park in central Japan featuring the films of Studio Ghibli on Wednesday unveiled its latest attraction based on the animations "Howl's Moving Castle" and "Kiki's Delivery Service." The Valley of Witches section of Ghibli Park, located within the Expo 2005 Aichi Commemorative Park in Nagakute, Aichi Prefecture, will… Read

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Japanese student at Yale urges Gaza ceasefire as U.S. universities quiet dissent

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A Japanese graduate student at Yale University is calling for Israel to end its protracted military campaign in Gaza at a time of high tensions over the issue on U.S. campuses, with prestigious universities under pressure from donors and politicians to suppress anti-Israel protests. Chisato Kimura, a leading member of… Read

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Small drone flies into damaged Fukushima reactor for first time to study melted fuel

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A drone small enough to fit in one's hand flew inside one of the damaged reactors at the wrecked Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power plant Wednesday in hopes it can examine some of the molten fuel debris in areas where earlier robots failed to reach. Tokyo Electric Power Company Holdings also… Read

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Theater company Takarazuka admits harassment of deceased actress

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Japan's all-female musical theater company Takarazuka Revue Co admitted to some claims of harassment against a deceased actress, reversing its earlier denial, a lawyer representing her family said Tuesday. The bereaved family believes there were 15 incidents of harassment by senior actresses and theater officials before her death, with the… Read

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IAEA chief to inspect wrecked Fukushima plant in mid-March

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Japanese Foreign Minister Yoko Kamikawa said Tuesday that the chief of the International Atomic Energy Agency will visit Japan in mid-March to inspect the crippled Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power plant, more than six months after the discharge of treated radioactive water began. During his visit, scheduled from March 12 to… Read

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Number of births in Japan hits record low in 2023

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The number of babies born in Japan fell for an eighth straight year to a fresh record low in 2023, preliminary government data showed on Tuesday, underscoring the daunting task the country faces in trying to stem depopulation. The number of births fell 5.1% from a year earlier to 758,631,… Read

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Minivan carrying 8 children overturns in Aomori

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A minivan transporting eight children overturned in the city of Aomori in northeastern Japan on Tuesday, leaving two children with broken bones, police and rescuers said. Six of the children were taken to hospital after the vehicle, driven by a staff member of a child welfare institution, overturned after sliding… Read

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7-year-old boy dies after choking while eating school lunch

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A 7-year-old boy died after choking on a quail egg in his school lunch at an elementary school in Miyama City, Fukuoka Prefecture, on Monday. According to the Miyama City Board of Education, the boy began eating his lunch at around 12:30 p.m. when he suddenly stood up and looked… Read

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Japan's moon lander survives second lunar night, beating predictions

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Japan's first moon lander responded to a signal from Earth, suggesting it has survived a second freezing weekslong lunar night, Japan's space agency said Monday. JAXA called the signal, received late Sunday night, a “miracle” because the probe was not designed to survive the lunar night, when temperatures can fall… Read

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4th Fukushima treated radioactive water release to start Wednesday

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The operator of the crippled Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power plant will start releasing the fourth round of treated radioactive water into the ocean on Wednesday, in what is to be the last discharge for the fiscal year ending March. The move comes after the latest batch of water has been… Read

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