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Fukushima reactor cooling halted after staff error

Dec 5, 2016

Fukushima reactor cooling halted after staff error

Cooling water injections into the No. 3 reactor of the Fukushima No. 1 nuclear power plant in northeastern Japan were halted for about an hour Monday morning, according to operator Tokyo Electric Power Company Holdings Inc. During the suspension, Tepco was unable to inject ...

Dec 5, 2016

Sea Shepherd ships depart for annual battle with Japanese whalers

Two ships have left Australia, bound for the freezing Southern Ocean to confront the Japanese whaling fleet in an annual high-seas battle, environmental activist group Sea Shepherd said Monday. The organization’s flagship, the Steve Irwin, departed for Antarctic waters along with fast, new patrol ...

Disaster preparation course to be mandatory for aspiring teachers

Dec 5, 2016

Disaster preparation course to be mandatory for aspiring teachers

The education ministry plans to make university students training to become teachers take classes on how to respond to safety threats at schools. The initiative to make the safety classes a mandatory course partly reflects the Okawa Elementary School tsunami deaths in Ishinomaki, Miyagi ...

Nobel laureate Ohsumi wins Breakthrough Prize in Life Sciences

Dec 5, 2016

Nobel laureate Ohsumi wins Breakthrough Prize in Life Sciences

Japanese scientist Yoshinori Ohsumi, winner of this year’s Nobel Prize in physiology or medicine, has been awarded the Breakthrough Prize in Life Sciences, the prize foundation said Monday. The Breakthrough Prize Foundation, launched by the founders of companies including Facebook Inc. and Google Inc., ...

World's smallest deer makes debut at Saitama zoo

Dec 5, 2016

World's smallest deer makes debut at Saitama zoo

Four pudus, the world’s smallest species of deer, made their debut Sunday at Saitama Children’s Zoo in a first for Japan. The pudu, a native of southern Chile and parts of Argentina, is about 80 cm in length and weighs only 9 kg. Although ...