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Mw 5.5 Earthquake, Green alert in Japan on 15 May 2017 07:05 UTC
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Hopes rise for safe birth by Japan's probably pregnant panda
Fri, 19 May 2017 06:50:00 +0200   reuters (en)

TOKYO A female panda at a Tokyo zoo appears to be pregnant, zoo officials said on Friday, raising hopes for a safe birth five years after her first cub died within days of being born. Ueno Zoo's 11-year-old panda, Shin Shin, has shown signs of being pregnant, such as dozing more and urinating less,....

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Hopes rise for safe birth by Japan's probably pregnant panda
Fri, 19 May 2017 06:47:00 +0200   channelnewsasia (en)

TOKYO: A female panda at a Tokyo zoo appears to be pregnant, zoo officials said on Friday, raising hopes for a safe birth five years after her first cub died within days of being born. Ueno Zoo's 11-year-old panda, Shin Shin, has shown signs of being pregnant, such as dozing more and urinating less,....

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Japan's Emperor Akihito worked to heal wounds of war, get closer to people
Fri, 19 May 2017 06:00:00 +0200   straitstimesSG (en)

TOKYO (Reuters) – Japan ’s Cabinet approved a Bill on Friday (May 19) to allow Emperor Akihito to step down, paving the way for the first abdication by a Japanese emperor in nearly two centuries, after he said last year he feared age might make it hard to carry out his duties.

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Factbox: Japan emperor worked to heal wounds of war, get closer to people
Fri, 19 May 2017 05:50:00 +0200   dnaindia (en)

Japan 's cabinet approved a bill on Friday to allow Emperor Akihito to step down, paving the way for the first abdication by a Japanese emperor in nearly two centuries, after he said last year he feared age might make it hard to carry out his duties. No date has been fixed for the abdication, though....

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Factbox - Japan emperor worked to heal wounds of war, get closer to people
Fri, 19 May 2017 05:49:00 +0200   thestar-my (en)

Friday, 19 May 2017 | MYT 11:13 AM Factbox - Japan emperor worked to heal wounds of war, get closer to people. by elaine lies TOKYO (Reuters) - Japan's cabinet approved a bill on Friday to allow Emperor Akihito to step down, paving the way for the first abdication by a Japanese emperor in nearly two....

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A tsunami in Japan endangered kids in Cambodia
Thu, 18 May 2017 04:22:00 +0200   phnompenhpost (en)

The tsunami and nuclear disaster in Fukushima, Japan , now threatens the developing brains of children in Cambodia – but not for reasons that were ever expected.Cambodia has long struggled with iodine deficiency. The element is crucial to early brain growth: When pregnant women and their infants have....

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Japan restarts another reactor
Thu, 18 May 2017 02:29:00 +0200   thenews-pk (en)

TOKYO: A Japan ese utility on Wednesday switched on a nuclear reactor, the latest to come back in service despite deep public opposition in the aftermath of the Fukushima crisis. Japan shut down all of its dozens of reactors after a powerful earthquake in March 2011 spawned a huge tsunami that led to....

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How a tsunami in Japan endangered children in Cambodia
Tue, 16 May 2017 04:14:00 +0200   todayonline (en)

NEW YORK — The tsunami and nuclear disaster in Fukushima, Japan , now threatens the developing brains of children in Cambodia — but not for reasons that were ever expected. Cambodia has long struggled with iodine deficiency. The element is crucial to early brain growth: When pregnant women and their....

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Japan’s vets form teams to strengthen animal aid during natural disasters
Mon, 15 May 2017 09:15:00 +0200   japantimes (en)

A campaign is underway to create emergency response teams across Japan to provide aid for pets and livestock during natural disasters, following the establishment of such services in a number of prefectures. Formed in the wake of failures following the 2011 earthquake and tsunami that hit the Tohoku....

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Japan launches futuristic luxury sleeper train Let’s face it. Japan is about 50 years ahead of the rest of us.
Mon, 15 May 2017 08:20:00 +0200   tenplay (en)

Let’s face it. Japan is about 50 years ahead of the rest of us. And they’ve once again proven this by launching a train which looks like a five star resorts’ penthouse sweet on wheels. The 10-car sleeper train features sky views, bathtubs and dark wood interiors, joining the race for well-heeled tourists.

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