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Jul 28, 2015

In vitro advance raises complicated ethics questions

The announcement Monday by a nonprofit organization that two women with ovarian problems produced fertile eggs via in vitro fertilization using eggs from anonymous donors is good news for those struggling with infertility, including patients suffering from Turner’s syndrome or experiencing menopause at a ...

Artist Aida defiant over latest work

Jul 28, 2015

Artist Aida defiant over latest work

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Controversial artist Makoto Aida is refusing to bow to demands that he alter a politically sensitive submission to the Museum of Contemporary Art Tokyo after museum chiefs and Tokyo Metropolitan Government officials deemed it unsuitable for children. Aida, whose previous work includes pictures of ...

Jul 28, 2015

Fuel weight, heat may have led to Chofu plane crash

The small plane that crashed into a residential area of Chofu, western Tokyo, last weekend was likely close to its weight limit as it was carrying five times as much fuel as needed, transport ministry officials said Tuesday. In addition, the hot temperature of ...

A pampered life for Okinawa's yokozuna fighting bulls

Jul 28, 2015

A pampered life for Okinawa's yokozuna fighting bulls

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Blood-shot eyes fixed menacingly on their foe and snorting furiously, two giant bulls smash into each other with shuddering force: in Japanese bullfighting, matadors need not apply. Tongues hanging out and foam dripping from their mouths, the sweat-soaked beasts lock horns as barefooted handlers ...

Jul 28, 2015

U.S. slams Japan over sex trafficking, forced labor

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The United States has censured Japan for failing to halt the trafficking of women and children for sex, and for ongoing “conditions of forced labor” within a government-run training program for non-Japanese. In its annual review of human trafficking worldwide, the U.S. State Department ...

Jul 28, 2015

Removal starts of protective shroud over reactor at Fukushima No. 1

Tepco on Tuesday began dismantling the temporary shroud covering the wrecked reactor 1 building at the Fukushima No 1 nuclear plant. Tokyo Electric Power Co. installed the cover in October 2011 to keep radioactive materials from dispersing. Workers used a crane Tuesday to remove ...

Jul 28, 2015

New national cycle network program aims to promote tourism

The Land, Infrastructure, Transport and Tourism Ministry will set up a system designating certain roads as recommended cycling routes to help spur development of the bicycle tourism industry. Certified roads will get subsidies for improvements such as additional signposts, bicycle parking lots and toilets, ...