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Australia, Japan agree to keep pressure on North Korea

Australia, Japan agree to keep pressure on North KoreaCANBERRA, Australia (AP) — Australia and Japan on Wednesday reaffirmed their commitment to pressuring North Korea to abandon its nuclear weapons program and enforcing sanctions on Pyongyang.



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Raptor Reborn: Is a Super F-22 Fighter Heading to Japan?

Raptor Reborn: Is a Super F-22 Fighter Heading to Japan?Lockheed Marting is pitching the idea to Tokyo. 



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Japan space robots start asteroid survey

Japan space robots start asteroid surveyA pair of robot rovers have landed on an asteroid and begun a survey, Japan’s space agency said Saturday, as it conducts a mission aiming to shed light on the origins of the solar system. The rover mission marks the world’s first moving, robotic observation of an asteroid surface, according to the Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency (JAXA). The round, cookie tin-shaped robots successfully reached the Ryugu asteroid a day after they were released from the Hayabusa2 probe, the agency said.



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Japan space probe drops hopping rovers towards asteroid

Japan space probe drops hopping rovers towards asteroidA Japanese space probe Friday released a pair of exploring rovers towards an egg-shaped asteroid to collect mineral samples that may shed light on the origin of the solar system. The “Hayabusa2″ probe jettisoned the round, cookie tin-shaped robots toward the Ryugu astroid, according to the Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency (JAXA). If the mission is successful, the rovers will conduct the world’s first moving, robotic observation of an asteroid surface.



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Japan space rovers lowered to asteroid to collect data

Japan space rovers lowered to asteroid to collect dataTOKYO (AP) — A Japanese spacecraft released two small rovers on an asteroid on Friday in a mission that could provide clues to the origin of the solar system.



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Russia holds naval drills in Sea of Japan

Russia holds naval drills in Sea of JapanRussian troops taking part in the country’s largest-ever war games on Saturday held drills in the Sea of Japan, despite Tokyo’s concerns about a Russian military buildup in the area. The exercises were part of the Vostok-18, or East-18, war games that kicked off in eastern Russia on September 11 and will run until Monday. Defence Minister Sergei Shoigu has described the week-long operation, which involves nearly 300,000 soldiers, 36,000 vehicles, 1,000 planes and 80 warships, as Russia’s biggest-ever war games.



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Japan toll 44 after strong quake, no more missing

Japan toll 44 after strong quake, no more missingThe death toll from a powerful earthquake that triggered massive landslides in northern Japan rose to 44 on Monday with tens of thousands of police and troops still on the ground to support survivors. Chief Cabinet Secretary Yoshihide Suga said no one was left on a missing list, which suggested the figure could be the final death toll. Around 40,000 police, fire fighters, troops and maritime safety officials were providing assistance, with more than 2,700 people still forced to stay in shelters after the killer quake struck the northern Japanese island of Hokkaido last week.



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Death toll nears 40 in northern Japan earthquake

Death toll nears 40 in northern Japan earthquakeWorkers used backhoes and shovels to search for the missing in a tangle of dirt, fallen trees and the rubble of homes.



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Japan resilient, but climate change making disasters worse: experts

Japan resilient, but climate change making disasters worse: expertsRecord typhoons, biblical floods, heatwaves, landslides and earthquakes: this summer, Japan really has seen it all and images of the destruction caused have been beamed around the world. More than 220 died in floods in July mainly because “less than one percent of people affected by local evacuation recommendations actually went to the shelters, thinking that there would not be a problem,” notes Jean-Francois Heimburger, an expert on natural disasters in the country. Unlike in other countries, even the highest levels of evacuation orders in Japan are not compulsory and the vast majority of people ignore them.



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Japan toll rises to 35 after powerful quake

Japan toll rises to 35 after powerful quakeThe death toll from a powerful quake that triggered landslides in northern Japan rose to 35 Saturday, as tens of thousands of rescue workers raked through the mud for survivors. The majority of the dead are from the small rural town of Atsuma, where a cluster of dwellings were wrecked when a hillside collapsed from the force of the 6.6-magnitude quake, causing deep brown scars in the landscape. “We never had landslides here,” said Akira Matsushita who lost his brother in Atsuma.



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