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In earthquake-prone Japan, there's a debate raging about earthquake prediction.

The Japanese Government is pouring new funds into a research project focusing on the Nankai Trough, a fault line which runs along the main island of Honshu, because it believes a major earthquake is imminent.

It has scientists divided: just because a fault line hasn't ruptured for a while, does an earthquake become "due" - or, even worse, "overdue"?

Rachel Mealey reports from Tokyo.


Professor Robert Geller, Tokyo University
Naoshi Hirata, Tokyo University
Shuichi Kodaira, Japan Agency for Marine Earth Science and Technology