Obokata shows how to make STAP cells on website
Jiji Press -- Apr 01
Having yet to abandon her claim to be the creator of STAP cells, Haruko Obokata has opened a website showing how to make the cells, although their existence has already been denied by Riken, a Japanese state-backed research institute to which Obokata formerly belonged.

The website, "STAP Hope Page," shows a protocol for generating the so-called stimulus-triggered acquisition of pluripotency cells, which were once believed to be novel stem cells with the ability to turn into any form of tissue in the body.

On the site, Obokata, 32, says she hopes to help other scientists succeed in creating STAP cells.

According to her representative, lawyer Hideo Miki, Obokata sent him an email informing him of the establishment of the site a few days ago. In the message, she insisted that parts of the original STAP cell experiments she undertook were successful.

News source: Jiji Press
Jul 20
The operator of the Fukushima Daiichi Nuclear Power Plant says the metal scaffolding right below the damaged No.3 reactor appears to have gone missing after the 2011 disaster. (NHK)
Jul 20
Major Japanese electronics maker NEC is introducing an innovative verification system that is based on an ordinary glitter pen. (NHK)
Jul 20
Japanese electronics maker Fujitsu has developed a wristwatch sensor that warns the wearer of the risk of heatstroke. (NHK)
Jul 19
IT firm Yahoo Japan has announced a new web-based platform that enables people to play games just by connecting to the internet. (NHK)
Jul 17
Japanese authorities will expand their search for poisonous fire ants following recent discoveries of the insect at ports and elsewhere in the country. (NHK)
Jul 16
The Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency (JAXA) has begun testing a spherical drone about the size of a grapefruit in Japan's Kibo science module at the International Space Station. (Japan Times)
Jul 15
Hundreds of highly poisonous fire ants have been found at the port of Yokohama, near Tokyo. (NHK)
Jul 14
Radioactive tritium, said to pose little risk to human health, will be released from the crippled Fukushima No. 1 nuclear power complex into the sea, according to a top official of the plant operator. (Japan Times)
Jul 12
The government said Tuesday it will launch large-scale control measures against fire ants at 68 ports that regularly receive containers from nations where the venomous, invasive species is commonly found. (Japan Times)
Jul 11
A strong earthquake has struck Kagoshima prefecture in southwestern Japan. (NHK)