Solar flare disruption fading

Solar flares — large eruptions in dark spots on the sun — have taken place several times this month.

A large-scale solar flare occurred shortly before 9:00 PM, Japan Time, on Wednesday, for the first time since 2006.

Japan’s National Institute of Information and Communications Technology says charged particles and shock waves released by the latest eruption reached Earth from 8 to 9 AM on Friday.

The institute says disruptions in the magnetic field peaked from 9 to 12 AM on Friday, and will gradually recede.

The scientists say they confirmed a margin of error several meters longer than usual for GPS data at the Geospatial Information Authority of Japan.

The institute’s Director Mamoru Ishii is calling for continued caution until Saturday or so. He is warning of another possible solar flare as well.

Scientists say the latest flares have no impact on human health.

Scientists say the disruptions in the Earth’s magnetic field caused by charged particles from the sun have passed their peak. But they are calling for continued caution for few more days as there could be more explosions on the surface of the sun.

strong earthquake has struck Akita Prefecture in northern Japan. Japan’s Meteorological Agency says a quake with an estimated magnitude of 5.2 occurred around 10:23 PM Japan Time on Friday. It says there is no risk of a tsunami. (NHK)

A large land mass on Pluto has been named after the Japanese asteroid explorer Hayabusa, which brought back the first asteroid sample to Earth, from Itokawa in 2010 after a seven-year voyage. (Jiji)

Japan’s agriculture ministry said Friday it has set an ambitious goal of increasing annual rice exports to 100,000 tons by 2019. (Jiji)

The Japanese government is considering meting out additional punishment to Shoko Chukin Bank as the scale of its fraudulent lending is now believed to be larger than earlier thought, officials said Friday. (Jiji)

North Korea has issued a fresh statement threatening Japan and the United States for seeking a new UN Security Council sanctions resolution against Pyongyang for its latest nuclear test. (NHK)

Aomori Prefectural Police have arrested a 23-year-old man in the stabbing death of his mother at a unit of a municipally managed housing block they shared in Goshogawara City on Wednesday, reports the Asahi Shimbun (Sept. 6). (

Police have arrested a 31-year-old man for allegedly posting images of One Piece on his blog before the official release of an edition of a weekly magazine containing the popular Japanese manga series. (Jiji)

Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe says he and Russian President Vladimir Putin have agreed that North Korea’s nuclear tests pose a grave threat to peace and stability in the region. (NHK)

On the night of June 26, 2016, a 23-year-old Japanese woman was sitting on a train travelling from Aichi Prefecture’s Chitahanda Station to Kanayama Station, in the prefectural capital of Nagoya. At some point, the 44-year-old man sitting next to her, a Brazilian national living in Nagoya, introduced himself. (

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