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More Than Just a Weather Service: Japan’s Multifunctional Meteorological AgencyFurukawa Takehiko

The Japan Meteorological Agency is playing an increasingly prominent role as extreme weather events continue to strike the Japanese archipelago. More than just a weather service, JMA also monitors volcanic and seismic activity on land and waves and currents at sea, and it helps protect lives by issuing various types of warnings.
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Japan’s Restless Volcanoes

Japan is home to 10% of the world's active volcanoes, and a surge in small-scale volcanic activity has had the nation on edge in the wake of the 2011 Great East Japan Earthquake. We talked to Nakada Setsuya, one of Japan’s leading volcanologists, about the recent spate of eruptions and its implications.
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Japan’s Volcanic Research in Distress: Ontake Eruption Exposes the Dire State of Volcano SurveillanceShozawa Shin’ichirō

The deadly eruption of Mount Ontake shed light on the dearth of volcanologists in Japan. Underlying this state of affairs is a host of structural problems, including the tendency to disregard the geosciences, the incorporation of national universities, and the shortage of employment for researchers.
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Timeline for September 2014

Japan’s second-highest active volcano erupts, causing dozens of fatalities, Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi visits Japan, and Nishikori Kei reaches the US Open Tennis Championships final. Here are the main news stories for September 2014.
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