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M5.6 quake hits Kanto area

A strong earthquake measuring a preliminary magnitude of 5.6 struck the Kanto region in eastern Japan on Tuesday, but no tsunami alert was issued, the Japan Meteorological Agency said. The ...

Economic realities of old reactors

Reports that power companies are considering decommissioning older nuclear power reactors indicate that they are selectively weighing the costs of their meeting safety criteria that has been tightened in the wake of the 2011 disaster at Fukushima.

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Test scores can't tell all about kids

The education ministry's decision to make public, prefecture by prefecture, the average scores of annual nationwide achievement tests carried out in April for junior high and elementary school students is problematic.