News On Japan

Construction site of Japan's upgraded neutrino observatory unveiled to media

TOKYO, Oct 31 (NHK) - Reporters have been invited to get their first look at the ongoing construction of the third-generation Hyper-Kamiokande detector in central Japan. The underground detector is designed to observe elementary particles called neutrinos falling from space.

The detector's predecessors, Kamiokande and Super-Kamiokande, have led to Japanese scientists winning two Nobel Prizes in Physics. One of them was the late 2002 laureate Koshiba Masatoshi, who was the first researcher to observe neutrinos at the Kamiokande built in Hida City, Gifu Prefecture.

Construction of the Hyper-Kamiokande began three years ago at a site 600 meters underground. It is expected to enable researchers to detect about eight times as many neutrinos than the Super-Kamiokande.

The University of Tokyo's Institute for Cosmic Ray Research, which operates the detectors, on Sunday allowed the media to enter a cavern under construction.

A giant water tank will be placed inside the cavity. Its dome section has a diameter of 69 meters and a height of 21 meters. Some 40,000 photodetectors will be installed inside the water tank.

Operation of the Hyper-Kamiokande is scheduled to begin in 2027.

Researchers hope that the upgraded facility will result in new discoveries of neutrinos, and enhance research on the evolution of the universe.

Source: Nagoya TV News

News On Japan

The Emperor and Empress of Japan have arrived in the UK for an official visit aimed at strengthening friendly relations. This marks the Emperor's first state visit to the UK in 26 years since 1998.

According to a report by the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD), 28.3% of women born in 1975 in Japan are childless, the highest rate among member countries.

The long-standing seniority-based system in Japanese companies is being phased out. Many have considered it natural to rise with age, but there have been times when people desired recognition based on ability. With this deeply ingrained system now under review, will the decision by a major bank change Japan's corporate culture?

In a significant ruling regarding the estate of businessman 'Kishu Don Juan,' the court declared on Friday the will, which states that his 1.3 billion yen estate be donated entirely to the city, to be valid. Relatives had contested the will's validity, but the court dismissed their claims.

A controversy has erupted over the sale of high-priced premium seats at the Gion Festival. Yasaka Shrine's chief priest has expressed concern over the decision to sell premium seats for 150,000 yen each, stating, "This is not a show."



A woman with long hair walked briskly. She was Sai Leilei, a 43-year-old Chinese national, arrested for performing cosmetic surgeries without a medical license.

Green Hulu Kapuas Kratom has a particularity that makes it highly preferred by people who use Kratom.

A rare 63-leaf clover, cultivated in the garden of Takaharu Watanabe in Nasushiobara City, Tochigi Prefecture, has been officially recognized by Guinness World Records this month.

A pod of killer whales was observed swimming in the seas off Hokkaido, but two individuals stood out for their unique appearance – their entire bodies were pure white.

Located in Shinjuku, Tokyo, the 'Kenno Cafe' aims to prevent dementia through recreational activities like exercises for those concerned about the condition.

In the waters off Rausu, Hokkaido, at a depth of about 25 meters, a massive creature was discovered, writhing and undulating.

An extremely rare golden snake has been sighted in Kitakyushu City. The snake is identified as a Takachiho snake, an endangered nocturnal species native to Fukuoka Prefecture and other areas. Typically brown, this specimen is an albino, lacking pigmentation.

NTT Docomo has announced that it will be the first in the world to implement a 'flying base station' in the stratosphere to communicate with the ground by 2026.