The historic discovery of the Higgs boson particle has been hailed by Japanese scientists and engineers who played key roles in the experiment, including the chief of a detection team and a firm that built a central component for the particle detector.
In tandem with the presentation of the finding at the European Organization for Nuclear Research (CERN) in Switzerland, Japanese scientists involved in the research held a press conference Wednesday at Koshiba Hall at the University of Tokyo's Faculty of Science in Bunkyo Ward, Tokyo.
"About 110 Japanese from 16 universities and research institutes took part in the quest, including a detection team chief," said Shoji Asai, an associate professor at the university. "Japan made a huge contribution both technically and financially."
Associate Prof. Yuji Yamazaki of Kobe University gave a simultaneous explanation of the CERN presentation. When he reported the amount of data produced by the experiment was sufficient to substantiate the result, the attendees, mostly researchers, broke out in applause.
Revelations earlier this month that a beauty salon scammed hundreds of women met on social-networking site Mixi has Shukan Jitsuwa (June 27) convinced that the alleged crimes represent the type of the iceberg when it comes to frauds pulled on females. (Tokyo Reporter)
In May, Akira Ikoma, the editor of a guide to men’s entertainment called Ore no Tabi (My Journey), said that “Abenomics” had caused a spike in prices at high-end soapland bathhouses in Tokyo. However, the same editor tells Shukan Post (June 28) that the initiative is not impacting the low-end market in the same way. (Tokyo Reporter)
Almost 1,500 people were transported to hospitals by ambulance due to heatstroke last week, up sharply from 942 in the preceding week, the Fire and Disaster Management Agency said Tuesday. (Japan Times )
Among about 200,000 traffic signals nationwide, 16 percent are being used beyond the end of the expected lifetime of their electrical systems and some have even toppled over due to age, according to the National Police Agency. (Yomiuri )
Tokyo District Court decided on Monday to open planned examinations of three witnesses who are former senior members of the Aum Shinrikyo doomsday cult and now death-row inmates, during an upcoming trial of another former senior Aum member. (Jiji Press )