| Jan 29, 2014

Flu menace again reaching peak

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While this year's influenza season is predicted to peak around early February, anybody of any age group, sex or nationality is at risk of infection all the way through March. While 210,000 children under age 10 accounted for almost a third of the 660,000 flu ...

ADIZs common but China's is worrisome

| Nov 25, 2013

ADIZs common but China's is worrisome

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China's announcement Saturday of its establishment of an air defense identification zone in the East China Sea that includes the Japan-controlled Senkaku islets has worsened already tense bilateral ties. From 10 a.m. Saturday, China said any aircraft entering the ADIZ must obey its rules or ...

Data show twisters form over Kanto in September

| Sep 5, 2013

Data show twisters form over Kanto in September

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Damage to people and property by tornadoes made headlines over the past week, with the latest in Tochigi Prefecture injuring three people while destroying houses and other buildings. Here are some questions and answers regarding twisters: Are twisters common in Japan? About 17 were observed each year ...

Monju: Generating only misfortune

| May 15, 2013

Monju: Generating only misfortune

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The troubled Monju prototype fast-breeder reactor made headlines again when the Nuclear Regulation Authority said it apparently plans to ensure the facility remains idled after announcing that the Japan Atomic Energy Agency failed to properly inspect some 10,000 components, including critical ones. Following are questions ...

Take care with ticks to avoid potentially fatal illness

| Feb 21, 2013

Take care with ticks to avoid potentially fatal illness

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The health ministry confirmed Tuesday that the tick-borne disease thrombocytopenia syndrome, or SFTS, was responsible for the death of an adult male in Hiroshima last summer, bringing the number of known domestic fatalities to four. Nine other similar deaths are being investigated. Here are some ...