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Japan to recruit first new astronauts in 13 years

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It's one small step for Japan, but one giant opportunity for would-be space cadets: the country is recruiting new astronauts for the first time in over a decade and applicants no longer have to hold a science degree. Women are strongly encouraged to put themselves forward for the job, the… Read

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Tokyo reports 16 coronavirus cases; nationwide tally 112

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The Tokyo metropolitan government on Saturday reported 16 new coronavirus cases, unchanged from Friday and down eight from last Saturday. The number of infected people hospitalized with severe symptoms in Tokyo is nine, unchanged from Friday, health officials said. The nationwide figure is 62, down 14 from Friday. Nationwide, the… Read

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Tokyo reports 16 coronavirus cases; nationwide tally 159

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The Tokyo metropolitan government on Friday reported 16 new coronavirus cases, down four from Thursday and down six from last Friday. The number of infected people hospitalized with severe symptoms in Tokyo is nine, one down from Thursday, health officials said. The nationwide figure is 62, down 14 from Thursday.… Read

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Shinkansen conductor caught playing GPS smartphone game on train…for 10 years

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Safety is a top priority for Japanese railway companies, which means staff are required to be alert while on duty, particularly when working on the country’s high-speed bullet trains, which can cover distances at up to 320 kilometers per hour. So it came as a surprise when news broke of a conductor playing… Read

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TEPCO says impact from release of Fukushima water will be minimal

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The operator of the tsunami-wrecked Fukushima nuclear power plant says that a data simulation of its planned release of treated radioactive water into the sea suggests it would have an extremely small impact on the environment, marine life and humans. The Japanese government and the plant's operator, Tokyo Electric Power… Read

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Tokyo reports 20 coronavirus cases; nationwide tally 163

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The Tokyo metropolitan government on Thursday reported 20 new coronavirus cases, down seven from Wednesday and down 11 from last Thursday. The number of infected people hospitalized with severe symptoms in Tokyo is 10, unchanged from Wednesday, health officials said. The nationwide figure is 76, down two from Wednesday. Nationwide,… Read

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Japanese experts craft 'super clone' of destroyed Afghan mural

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Japanese researchers have crafted a "super clone" of an Afghan mural destroyed by the Taliban, using a mix of traditional and digital techniques that they hope will salvage the work's "spirit" for future generations. Not a single fragment remains of the seventh-century cave painting demolished in 2001 along with two… Read

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Tokyo reports 27 coronavirus cases; nationwide tally 204

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The Tokyo metropolitan government on Wednesday reported 27 new coronavirus cases, up 12 from Tuesday and up two from last Wednesday. The number of infected people hospitalized with severe symptoms in Tokyo is 10, unchanged from Tuesday, health officials said. The nationwide figure is 78, down four from Tuesday. Nationwide,… Read

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Japanese firm uses tiny worms to detect early signs of pancreatic cancer

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A screening test using tiny worms to detect early signs of pancreatic cancer in urine has been developed by a Japanese biotech firm, which hopes it could help boost routine screening. Scientists have long known that the bodily fluids of cancer patients smell different to those of healthy people, with… Read

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Schoolgirl commended by police for helping lost 4-year-old child

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On Nov 12, a third-year junior high school student was commended by police with a letter of appreciation, after she helped to reunite a lost four-year-old girl with her parents last month. According to police, 15-year-old Nanoha Kondo had left a local community centre in Narashino City, Chiba Prefecture, where she… Read

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