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8 injured after kindergarten bus veers onto sidewalk

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Eight people, including six kindergarten children, were injured Tuesday when the minibus they were in veered off the street onto a sidewalk in Yao, Osaka Prefecture.  Police said the eight — the 65-year-old bus driver, an adult woman and the six children from Hoshi no Hikari kindergarten — were taken… Read

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Ehime city turns to big data for matchmaking

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With an increasing number of Japanese remaining single amid an absence of traditional matchmakers, one municipality is turning to big data to help people tie the knot. More local governments are moving to help their residents get married, as the country's birthrate continues to fall. In the western Japan prefecture… Read

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TEPCO officials visit homes in Niigata to apologize over latest blunder on safety issue

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Tokyo Electric Power Company Holdings Inc (TEPCO) on Monday began visiting some 41,000 households around the company's idled nuclear power plant in Niigata Prefecture to apologize for providing erroneous information on a key safety issue. TEPCO, also the operator of the disaster-hit Fukushima Daiichi nuclear complex, is seeking to restart… Read

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Gov't to finalize strategy for drones, self-driving trucks on June 9

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Japan aims to finalize on June 9 plans to allow package delivery by drone sometime from 2020 and the commercialization of self-driving trucks by 2022, as it scrambles to breathe new life into its corporate sector, sources told Reuters. The government also plans to encourage more usage of big data… Read

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Gov’t honors war dead at Chidorigafuchi cemetery

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The government on Monday held a ceremony to honor the nation's war dead at Chidorigafuchi National Cemetery where the unidentified remains of thousands of Japanese soldiers are interred. Health, Labor and Welfare Minister Yasuhisa Shiozaki attended the formal service of remembrance. The imperial family was represented by Prince Hitachi and… Read

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Fukui town mayor floats idea of dry cask storage for nuclear fuel

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The mayor of a Fukui Prefecture town hosting a Kansai Electric Power Co nuclear power plant where one of its reactors resumed operations just this month has floated the idea of installing dry cask storage within the plant and keeping ever increasing spent fuel there. Takahama Mayor Yutaka Nose's idea,… Read

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Hokkaido firm turns oil from unwanted wild deer into shampoo

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As authorities in Hokkaido fret about an unwanted deer population boom, one firm in the northern Japan island prefecture is capitalizing on the situation by turning oil extracted from the fat of the wild animals into shampoo. The overpopulation of native Ezo deer has caused huge damage to crops, forcing… Read

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Woman found dead in Akita after apparent bear attack

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Police in Senboku, Akita Prefecture, said a 61-year-old woman was apparently killed by a bear while picking bamboo shoots in the mountains. According to police, the body of Masako Oishi was found at around 1 p.m. Saturday in a remote mountainous area known to be a bear habitat. Fuji TV… Read

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JAXA aims to curb aircraft accidents through turbulence detection

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Japan's space agency has established a method using laser beams to help aircraft detect air turbulence in fine weather to help curb accidents. The Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency said the device it has developed allows a large aircraft to spot air turbulence about 70 seconds before approaching it -- enough… Read

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Meeting on preventing nuclear terrorism to be held in Tokyo this week

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A meeting on a global partnership to prevent nuclear terrorism will be held in Tokyo this week.. Around 200 delegates from 88 countries and five international organizations are set to participate in the annual plenary of the Global Initiative to Combat Nuclear Terrorism, which was launched in 2006 jointly by… Read

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