24/7 News Coverage About Japan
September 23, 2019
Flights cancelled as Tapah approaches Japan; Lorena downgraded

Tokyo (AFP) Sept 22, 2019
Typhoon Tapah approached southwestern Japan Sunday, with heavy rain and strong winds grounding hundreds of regional flights. Tapah, with gusts up to 162 kilometres (100 miles) per hour, was expected to draw near Nagasaki prefecture overnight, according to the Japan Meteorological Agency. It was on course to travel through the channel between Japan and the Korean Peninsula before moving toward northern Japan on Monday, when it is expected to weaken and be downgraded, the agency said. The stor ... read more

Japan court acquits energy bosses over Fukushima disaster
Tokyo (AFP) Sept 19, 2019
A Japanese court on Thursday cleared three energy firm bosses of professional negligence in the only criminal trial stemming from the 2011 Fukushima nuclear meltdown. ... more
Boeing starts assembly of first KC-46A tanker for Japan
Washington (UPI) Sep 17, 2019
Boeing has started assembling the first of four KC-46A tankers the U.S. State Department approved for Japan under a $1.9 billion deal nearly three years ago. ... more
KATRIN cuts the mass estimate for the elusive neutrino in half
Seattle WA (SPX) Sep 17, 2019
An international team of scientists has announced a breakthrough in its quest to measure the mass of the neutrino, one of the most abundant, yet elusive, elementary particles in our universe. ... more
In rebuke to China, Taiwan calls for closer ties with U.S., allies
Washington (UPI) Sep 11, 2019
A report released on Wednesday by Taiwan's defense ministry calls for closer alliances with the United States, Japan and other countries in a rebuke to China's military threat. ... more

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Washington (UPI) Sep 11, 2019
The U.S. Marine Corps announced a successful naval exercise in the Philippine and East China seas and in Okinawa, Japan, on Wednesday. ... more
Japan's new environment minister wants to scrap nuclear power
Tokyo (AFP) Sept 12, 2019
Japan's newly appointed environment minister has said he wants to "scrap" nuclear power plants, warning of the need to avoid a repeat of the 2011 Fukushima nuclear disaster. ... more
JAXA spacecraft carries science, technology to the Space Station
Houston TX (SPX) Sep 10, 2019
The Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency (JAXA) cargo ship H-II Transfer Vehicle-8 (HTV-8) is scheduled to lift off Sept. 10 at 5:33 p.m. EDT (6:33 a.m. Japan Standard Time) to the International Space ... more
Japan still weighing dump of Fukushima radioactive water into ocean
Tokyo (AFP) Sept 10, 2019
Japan's top government spokesman slapped down the environment minister on Tuesday after he said there was "no other option" but to release radioactive water from the crippled Fukushima nuclear power plant into the ocean. ... more
Fire forces Japan to cancel rocket launch to ISS
Tokyo (AFP) Sept 11, 2019
A pre-dawn fire on Wednesday forced Japan's space agency to cancel the launch of an unnamed rocket meant to deliver supplies to the International Space Station, the operator said. ... more
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India to launch another Lunar probe to in early 2020s with Japan
New Delhi (Sputnik) Sep 10, 2019
Despite the recent failure of its Chandrayaan-2 mission, the Indian space agency is set to make another attempt at the moon, this time in collaboration with Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency (JAXA) ... more
Amphibious assault ship USS Wasp departs U.S. 7th Fleet in Japan
Washington (UPI) Sep 5, 2019
The USS Wasp has departed from the U.S. 7th Fleet after less than two years deployed in Japan in a home port shift with the USS America set to replace it later this year. ... more
Heatstroke kills two in Japan post-typhoon blackout
Tokyo (AFP) Sept 11, 2019
Heatstroke has killed two people in Japan, officials said Wednesday, as nearly half a million homes struggled with electricity outages after a powerful typhoon battered Tokyo and the surrounding area. ... more
Russia's Novatek announces launch of huge Arctic gas project
Vladivostok, Russia (AFP) Sept 5, 2019
Russia's Novatek on Thursday announced the launch of a major liquefied natural gas project in the Arctic with Chinese, French and Japanese partners. ... more
New duck-billed dinosaur discovered in Japan
Washington (UPI) Sep 5, 2019
Paleontologists have unearthed the near complete skeleton of a new species of duck-billed dinosaur in northern Japan. ... more

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Japan PM warns Africa about debt as China grows presence
Yokohama, Japan (AFP) Aug 29, 2019
Japan's prime minister on Thursday warned African leaders against accumulating too much debt, in an apparent reference to Chinese infrastructure projects some blame for damaging the finances of developing nations. ... more
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Lockheed to build F-35 maintenance, repair facility for Japanese fleet
Washington (UPI) Aug 28, 2019
Lockheed Martin Co. will build a maintenance repair and upgrade facility in Japan for its F-35 fighter plane fleet under a $25.2 million contract announced by the U.S. Defense Department. ... more
Two dead as Japan orders 870,000 to flee heavy rains
Tokyo (AFP) Aug 28, 2019
Two people were confirmed dead on Wednesday as heavy rains pounded southwest Japan, prompting flood and landslide warnings and orders for 870,000 people to seek safety. ... more
With eye on China, Japan urges 'affordable' Africa investment
Yokohama, Japan (AFP) Aug 30, 2019
Japanese and African leaders Friday stressed the importance of "affordable" investment in the continent, in an apparent swipe at China whose Belt and Road policy has been accused of saddling poor countries with debt. ... more
Iran turns to Asian allies to seek relief from US sanctions
Beijing (AFP) Aug 26, 2019
Iranian foreign minister Mohammad Javad Zarif kicked off his Asian tour in Beijing Monday, presenting a 25-year plan to cement Iran's ties with its biggest Asian trading partner amid biting US sanctions. ... more
Tokyo: North Korea aims to 'break through' Japan's missile defense zone
Washington DC (UPI) Aug 28, 2019
Japan released more information on the North Korean missile that was launched on Saturday, when Pyongyang tested what it has described as a "super large multiple rocket launcher." Japanese Def ... more
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U.S. military wraps up its mission in Bahamas after hurricane
Washington (UPI) Sep 18, 2019
Two weeks after Hurricane Dorian devastated the Bahamas, U.S. military forces began winding down their rescue efforts. The hurricane hovered over the island nation for about 40 hours beginning on Sept. 3, and the United States military has been involved in relief efforts since. Navy and Marine personnel returned to Norfolk, Va., this week after providing support to the U.S. Agenc ... more
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New global Space Safety Coalition established
Maui HI (SPX) Sep 19, 2019
A first-of-its-kind global ad hoc coalition dedicated to developing and maintaining a set of "living" space-safety best practices was announced at the Advanced Maui Optical and Space Surveillance Technologies Conference - AMOS. The new coalition, the Space Safety Coalition (SSC), is comprised of space operators, space industry associations and space industry stakeholders. SSC aims to lead ... more
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China, Solomon Islands establish diplomatic relations
Beijing (AFP) Sept 21, 2019
China and the Solomon Islands established diplomatic relations Saturday, days after the Pacific island nation severed ties with Taiwan. "We look forward to the quick development of bilateral relations between China and the Solomons," Chinese foreign minister Wang Yi said at a ceremony in Beijing alongside his Solomons counterpart Jeremiah Manele. "We welcome this decision by the Solomon ... more
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Scientists create a nanomaterial that is both twisted and untwisted at the same time
Bath UK (SPX) Sep 23, 2019
A new nanomaterial developed by scientists at the University of Bath could solve a conundrum faced by scientists probing some of the most promising types of future pharmaceuticals. Scientists who study the nanoscale - with molecules and materials 10,000 smaller than a pinhead - need to be able to test the way that some molecules twist, known as their chirality, because mirror image molecul ... more
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Developer hints at start date for mass production of Russia's S-500 missile system
Moscow (Sputnik) Sep 17, 2019
Limited production of the sophisticated new air defence system, most of whose characteristics remain under wraps, was said to have begun earlier this year, but the system has not yet concluded military testing. Russia plans to begin mass production of the S-500 air defence system in the second half of 2020, Sergei Chemezov, CEO of Russian defence industry giant Rostec, has announced. ... more
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+ MDA test of remote-fired THAAD missile interceptor a success
+ State Department approves $3.3B missile sale to Japan
+ Tokyo: North Korea aims to 'break through' Japan's missile defense zone
China's KZ-1A rocket launches two satellites
Jiuquan, China (XNA) Sep 02, 2019
Two satellites for technological experiments were sent into space by a Kuaizhou-1A, or KZ-1A, carrier rocket from the Jiuquan Satellite Launch Center in northwest China on Saturday. The rocket blasted off at 7:41 a.m. and sent the two satellites into their planned orbit. Kuaizhou-1A, meaning speedy vessel, is a low-cost solid-fuel carrier rocket with high reliability and a short prep ... more
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Microsoft President calls for urgent action to tackle rise of killer robots
Washington DC (Sputnik) Sep 23, 2019
Despite public concern and criticism, numerous countries are developing military drones and autonomous weapon systems that are capable of destroying targets on their own and possibly also of replacing humans on some missions. As the chief of one of the world's leading tech companies suggests, the global community is unprepared for the shift. Microsoft President Brad Smith has told The Tele ... more
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Amnesty says Hong Kong police using excessive force
Hong Kong (AFP) Sept 20, 2019
Amnesty International on Friday accused Hong Kong police of using excessive force against pro-democracy protesters, in some cases amounting to torture, criticising a "disturbing pattern of reckless and unlawful tactics". In a report based on interviews with nearly two dozen activists, most of whom were hospitalised after their arrests, the global rights watchdog said the city's police office ... more
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China launches new remote-sensing satellites
Jiuquan (XNA) Sep 20, 2019
Five new remote-sensing satellites were sent into planned orbit from the Jiuquan Satellite Launch Center in northwest China's Gobi Desert Thursday. The five satellites were launched by a Long March-11 carrier rocket at 2:42 p.m. (Beijing Time). The satellites belong to a commercial remote-sensing satellite constellation project "Zhuhai-1," which will comprise 34 micro-nano satellites ... more
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Ox-drawn plows to blame for increased inequality in Eurasia beginning in 4,000 BC
Washington (UPI) Sep 18, 2019
The adoption of the ox-drawn plows, not the advent of agriculture, triggered an accelerating increase in inequality among Eurasian societies beginning around 4000 B.C. "Ox-drawn plows were the robots of the late Neolithic," Samuel Bowles, an economist at the Santa Fe Institute, said in a news release. Scientists likened the effects of the ox-drawn plow to the impact of modern mec ... more
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First Water Detected on Planet in the Habitable Zone
Garching, Germany (SPX) Sep 12, 2019
With data from the NASA/ESA Hubble Space Telescope, water vapour has been detected in the atmosphere of a super-Earth within the habitable zone by University College London (UCL) researchers in a world first. K2-18b, which is eight times the mass of Earth, is now the only planet orbiting a star outside the solar system, or exoplanet, known to have both water and temperatures that could support l ... more
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Russia says no threat after blast in lab holding smallpox
Moscow (AFP) Sept 17, 2019
Russia has said there is no threat of contamination after an explosion and fire at a Soviet-era biological weapons facility in Siberia that stocked samples of the Ebola and smallpox viruses. The blast happened Monday at "Vector", a state-run virus and biotechnology research centre that is one of only two locations in the world to hold the smallpox virus. The Russian health watchdog Rospo ... more
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UN eases arms embargo on Central African Republic
United Nations, United States (AFP) Sept 13, 2019
The UN Security Council on Thursday unanimously approved the easing of an arms embargo on the Central African Republic for the first time since 2013 when it was engulfed in violence. Drafted by France, the resolution authorizes the country's security forces to be supplied with weapons of a caliber of 14.5 mm or less provided that the UN has been notified at least 20 days in advance. The ... more
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Russia to give cosmonauts guns to fend off animals on landing
Moscow (AFP) Sept 18, 2019
Russia is testing a gun that returning cosmonauts could use to fend off wild animals when landing in remote areas, the head of the Russian space agency said Wednesday. Cosmonauts have been unarmed for more than a decade but Roscosmos agency head Dmitry Rogozin said it was time to bring back weapons as manned launches move to the Russian Far East. "It's possible that landings will also be ... more
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Top N. Korea negotiator praises Trump's 'new method' suggestion
Seoul (AFP) Sept 20, 2019
North Korea's chief negotiator in talks with the United States welcomed Donald Trump's suggestion of trying a "new method" in negotiations, and hailed the exit of his hawkish national security advisor. The US President had fired John Bolton last week, revealing deep divisions between the two on major foreign policy issues including nuclear talks with Pyongyang. Trump on Thursday said he ... more
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