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Apr 18 Bird fu in Japan has same virus type as S. Korea flu
Japan's farm ministry said Thursday that the highly pathogenic avian influenza found at a poultry farm in the southwestern Japan prefecture of Kumamoto has been confirmed to be the H5N8 subtype, the same virus strain as the bird flu found in South Korea. (Jiji Press )
Apr 16 Experts to study bird flu infection route
Officials in southwestern Japan are trying to contain the bird flu virus that has infected chickens at a poultry farm. (NHK )
Apr 16 Supervisor: STAP cell hypothesis rational
A Japanese scientist who supervised the compilation of disputed papers on a purportedly new kind of stem cell says the hypothesis that STAP cells exist is highly rational and should be verified. (NHK )
Apr 16 Japan fails to get measles-free country status
The World Health Organization has declined to certify Japan as free of measles. (NHK )
Apr 16 Kyoto Univ. develops new shale gas method
A Kyoto University research team developed a new basic technology to extract shale gas trapped deep underground by injecting carbon dioxide into shale bedrock instead of water, The Yomiuri Shimbun has learned. (The Japan News )
Apr 16 Japan surpasses Kyoto Protocol emission target
Japan's environment minister says the country has surpassed the target for reducing greenhouse gas emissions that it pledged under the Kyoto Protocol on global warming. (NHK )
Apr 15 TEPCO pressed to probe contaminated water problem
The operator of the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear plant is under pressure to find out why more than 200 tons of highly contaminated water was mistakenly pumped to a wrong building at the compound. (NHK )
Apr 15 Researcher details stem cell study in statement
The leader of a disputed scientific study has issued a statement clarifying her position. A news conference last week didn't end the controversy over her research on a new method of producing stem cells. (NHK )
Apr 14 SDF troops mobilized to fight bird flu outbreak in Japan
Self-Defense Forces troops were mobilized Monday to help fight an outbreak of avian influenza at a poultry farm in Kumamoto Prefecture, southwestern Japan. (Jiji Press )
Apr 14 203 tons of tainted water pumped into wrong building at Fukushima N-plant
Tokyo Electric Power Co. said Monday some 203 tons of radiation-tainted water was found to have been transferred to a building at its crippled Fukushima No. 1 nuclear power plant that is not supposed to store such contaminated water. (Jiji Press )
Apr 14 Bird flu hits Kumamoto Prefecture
Chickens infected with highly pathogenic avian influenza have been found at a poultry farm in the town of Taragi in Kumamoto Prefecture, southwestern Japan, the farm ministry said Sunday. (Kyodo )
Apr 14 Computer beats shogi players for 2nd year in a row
Computer programs have defeated professional players of shogi, a chess-like game, for the 2nd straight year in an annual competition. (NHK )
Apr 14 New diagnosis criteria may increase 'healthy' people
The number of "healthy" people may increase in Japan if newly proposed diagnosis criteria are applied to "ningen dock" comprehensive medical checkups. (Jiji Press )
Apr 13 Abe, Kennedy ride on maglev train
Prime Minister Shinzo Abe and U.S. Ambassador to Japan Caroline Kennedy on Saturday experienced a ride on a magnetic levitation train at the Yamanashi Maglev Test Center of Central Japan Railway Co. (JR Tokai) in Tsuru, Yamanashi Prefecture. (The Japan News )
Apr 12 Google left train station blueprints unprotected
Following Google Japan Inc. employees' online leak of sensitive data on international airports, internal information such as the floor plans of JR Tokyo and Shin-Osaka stations was similarly found to have been made publicly accessible on the Internet due to overlooked privacy settings, The Yomiuri Shimbun has learned. (The Japan News )
Apr 11 Cherry tree from space baffles Japan
A cosmic mystery is uniting monks and scientists in Japan after a cherry tree grown from a seed that orbited the Earth for eight months bloomed years earlier than expected - and with very surprising flowers. (The Australian )
Apr 11 Google Japan exposes airport security info
The Transport Ministry says that sensitive plans of 2 Japanese international airports, including areas off limits to the public, were posted on the Internet. (NHK )
Apr 10 Researcher: STAP cells exist
The lead researcher in a high-profile stem-cell study has apologized for causing doubt over the research. But Haruko Obokata stressed that so-called STAP cells do exist, saying she has succeeded in creating them more than 200 times. (NHK )
Apr 10 Virus kills nearly 40,000 pigs in Japan
A diarrhea-inducing virus has infected about 190,000 pigs across Japan, killing nearly 40,000 of them. (NHK )
Apr 09 Groundwater at Fukushima plant pumped in plan to release it to sea
Tokyo Electric Power Co. on Wednesday started pumping groundwater at the crippled Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power plant as part of an operation to direct it into the sea before it gets highly contaminated by passing through the site. (Kyodo )
Apr 09 Many Windows XP PCs not upgraded at Japan local govts
Faced with budget shortages, many local municipalities in Japan were unable to upgrade their personal computers running on Microsoft Corp.'s Windows XP to a new operating system before the U.S. firm ended support for the OS on Wednesday. (Jiji Press )
Apr 08 Lead STAP scientist files objection against RIKEN
The lead researcher in high-profile studies on a new type of stem cell has filed an objection against the RIKEN institute, which concluded last week that she was engaged in misconduct. (NHK )
Apr 08 RIKEN not to let Obokata join STAP verification work
RIKEN institute will not invite Haruko Obokata, the main author of controversial articles about so-called STAP cells, to join a team to investigate whether the new type of stem cell really exists, an official said Monday. (The Japan News )
Apr 06 Whaling fleet returns after ruling by ICJ
A research whaling fleet arrived at Shimonoseki Port in Shimonoseki, Yamaguchi Prefecture, on Saturday morning, the first such fleet to return to Japan since the International Court of Justice on Monday ordered Japan to stop research whaling in the Antarctic Ocean. (The Japan News )
Apr 03 Tsunamis reach Japan after Chile quake
Tsunami waves unleashed by the 8.2-magnitude earthquake that struck off Chile on Tuesday night local time reached Pacific coastal areas of northern to eastern Japan on Thursday morning, the Japan Meteorological Agency said. (Jiji Press )
Apr 03 No clear rise in cancer incidence expected after Fukushima crisis: U.N. panel
The accident at the Fukushima No. 1 nuclear plant in northeastern Japan in March 2011 is not expected to cause a clear rise in a cancer incidence, a U.N. panel report said Wednesday. (Jiji Press )
Apr 03 Outside panel slams Novartis over drug tests
An outside panel to Novartis Pharma K.K. criticized the company Wednesday for its inappropriate involvement in clinical trials on its leukemia drug Tasigna by 22 medical institutes including the University of Tokyo Hospital. (Jiji Press )
Apr 03 Japan to suspend Antarctic research whaling
Japan's Fisheries Agency says it will suspend Antarctic scientific whaling. The research whaling was originally scheduled to start in late December. (NHK )
Apr 02 RIKEN panel puts all the blame on Obokata
Haruko Obokata, leader of the research team that claimed to have created stimulus-triggered acquisition of pluripotency (STAP) cells, was solely responsible for manipulating and fabricating the research, according to an announcement by RIKEN's investigative committee Tuesday. (The Japan News )
Apr 01 Japan lab says stem cell research data falsified
A Japanese government-funded laboratory says it has found data in a widely heralded stem-cell research paper was falsified, holding one researcher responsible for the fabrication. (USA Today )
Apr 01 Japan ordered to end Antarctic whaling by top UN court
Japan has been forced to immediately end its controversial slaughter of thousands of whales in the Antarctic after the top UN court backed Australia's claim that the killing was unlawful. (The Australian )
Mar 30 Japan has incentive to obey court's whaling verdict
Experts and animal rights activists are confident Japan will stop whaling should an international court rule the nation's ''scientific'' whale hunt is illegal. (Sydney Morning Herald )
Mar 29 Japan to e-mail missile, terror alerts to mobile phones
The Japanese Fire and Disaster Management Agency said Friday that it will introduce a system on Tuesday to automatically send alerts on any ballistic missile launches, major terror attacks and other contingencies by e-mail to mobile phones. (Jiji Press )
Mar 28 Nankai quake could kill 6,700 in Nagoya, 1.5 times previous estimate
A magnitude 9 earthquake along the Nankai Trough off central and western Japan could kill as many as 6,700 people in Nagoya, 1.5 times the number previously estimated, the central Japan city government said Wednesday. (Global Post )
Mar 27 800,000 unauthorized online access cases in Japan in 2013
At least some 800,000 cases of unauthorized access using other people's identification codes and passwords were confirmed by Japanese companies in 2013, the National Police Agency said Thursday. (Jiji Press )
Mar 27 Mitsubishi to develop next-generation rocket
Japanese space agency officials have chosen Mitsubishi Heavy Industries to develop and launch the country's next-generation rocket. (NHK )
Mar 26 Fukushima fishermen approve plan to release groundwater from plant
Fishermen working near Japan's destroyed Fukushima nuclear plant agreed on Tuesday to allow the release of uncontaminated groundwater around the facility into the ocean, a fisheries union official said, a rare victory for the operator. (scientificamerican.com )
Mar 26 Volcanic activity enlarges isle off Tokyo
Continued volcanic activity in Nishinoshima has increased the size of the Pacific island off Tokyo some 4.5-fold since the activity began in November, the Japan Coast Guard said Tuesday. (Jiji Press )
Mar 25 TEPCO halts Fukushima water cleanup system again
Tokyo Electric Power Co. <9501> suspended operations at the advanced radioactive water cleanup system at its crippled Fukushima No. 1 nuclear power plant Monday only some six hours after its resumption. (Jiji Press )
Mar 24 Globing warming to hit Asia the hardest
People in coastal regions of Asia, particularly those living in cities, could face some of the worst effects of global warming, climate experts will warn this week. (Japan Times )
Mar 20 Shin Shin reappears
Female giant panda Shin Shin makes her first public appearance in 14 days at Tokyo's Ueno Zoo. (The Japan News )
Mar 19 Toshiba unveils disease-detecting breathalyzer
Toshiba Corp on Tuesday unveiled a breathalyzer which it says can detect a wide range of diseases just 30 seconds after users blow into the machine. (Japan Today )
Mar 19 TEPCO halts water treatment system at Fukushima
Tokyo Electric Power Company has halted its system for decontaminating radioactive water at the disabled Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power plant. (NHK )
Mar 18 Global warming may cost Japan 4.7 bil. a year
Japanese researchers say failure to take stronger action against global warming could end up costing Japan billions of dollars a year by the end of this century. (NHK )
Mar 17 Virus takes deadly toll on plum tree parks
The plum pox virus, or PPV, which causes fruit deformities and other issues in ume plum trees, has spread to 10 prefectures nationwide, with some famous ume blossom spots undergoing drastic measures to halt the disease. (The Japan News )
Mar 15 RIKEN finds discrepancies, advises STAP retraction
"Significant discrepancies" in the process of preparing articles on stimulus-triggered acquisition of pluripotency (STAP) cells have been found, RIKEN President Ryoji Noyori said at a press conference Friday. (The Japan News )
Mar 14 Japan hit by 6.3-magnitude earthquake
A strong 6.3-magnitude earthquake struck off southern Japan early on Friday injuring 17 people as officials warned residents to be alert to the danger of landslides following the tremor. (telegraph.co.uk )
Mar 13 Harvard Prof. says he won't withdraw articles on STAP cells
Harvard Medical School Prof. Charles Vacanti, one of the coauthors of the articles on stimulus-triggered acquisition of pluripotency (STAP) cells, says he has no intention of withdrawing the articles. (The Japan News )
Mar 11 Contaminated water still troubles Japan nuke plant
The radioactive water that has accumulated at Japan's crippled nuclear power plant remains the biggest problem hampering the cleanup process three years after the disaster. (sfgate.com )
Mar 11 Venomous Asian hornets found for first time in Japan, on Tsushima
The first Asian hornets discovered in Japan have been found on Tsushima Island, between Kyushu and the Korean Peninsula, prompting the local and central governments to launch an extermination program against the insects, whose stings could be fatal, researchers said Monday. (Japan Times )
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