Jun 14
The Saga District Court on Tuesday rejected a request from local residents for an injunction to block the planned restart of the No. 3 and No. 4 reactors at Kyushu Electric Power Co.’s Genkai nuclear power plant in Saga Prefecture. (

Jun 13
An institute in Japan treating 5 workers exposed to radioactive substances says it has not detected plutonium in any of their lungs. (NHK)

Jun 12
A giant panda cub was born in a Tokyo zoo Monday, but its gender, weight and even whether it will survive are uncertain. (Japan Today)

Jun 12
Tokyo metropolitan government officials are stepping up efforts to exterminate a deer species that is destroying crops on the Island of Izu Oshima. (NHK)

Jun 09
Before the arrival of the sweltering summer in Japan, “melt-proof” ice cream has been launched, while the development of soft serve “hot” cream also defies conventional wisdom. (Jiji)

Jun 08
A Japanese research team on Wednesday submitted an application to an international organization for the geological age from 770,000 to 126,000 years ago to be recognized as “Chibanian,” named after Chiba Prefecture, east of Tokyo. (Jiji)

Jun 07
The Japan Atomic Energy Agency said Wednesday that 22,000 becquerels of radioactive plutonium-239 was detected in the lung of a staff member exposed to radiation at the agency’s research facility in Ibaraki Prefecture, northeast of Tokyo. (Jiji)

Jun 07
Japan’s nuclear regulator says 5 workers at a nuclear research facility have accidentally been exposed to a radioactive substance. (NHK)

Jun 07
Three giant pandas born and raised in Japan have returned to China under a standard agreement to improve the breeding success of the rare animals. (Japan Today)

Jun 07
Another reactor in Fukui Prefecture, central Japan, has been restarted, bringing to 5 the total number of Japanese reactors currently in operation. (NHK)