Efforts to replicate STAP cells fall flat

Aug 28, 2014

Efforts to replicate STAP cells fall flat

The Riken research institute said Wednesday that ongoing efforts to reproduce so-called STAP cells — whose existence was first claimed by scientist Haruko Obokata in the British journal Nature — have failed. The announcement comes on the heels of a series of scandals that ...

Kiwanis campaign helping to stamp out tetanus

Aug 25, 2014

Kiwanis campaign helping to stamp out tetanus

Around the world, a baby dies every nine minutes from tetanus. To counter this, the international volunteer organization Kiwanis is seeking the complete elimination of maternal and neonatal tetanus, as the life-threatening disease still prevails in many developing countries. Kiwanis, through its global campaign ...

Aug 7, 2014

Tokyo malls gearing up to serve more foreign shoppers

In the run-up to the 2020 Olympics and Paralympics in Tokyo, the Odaiba district in Koto Ward is aiming to cater to the needs of the foreign visitors expected to flood their shopping complexes. Venus Fort, a shopping center operated by Mori Building Co., ...

Technique to prevent drowning catches on

Jul 23, 2014

Technique to prevent drowning catches on

To prevent drownings, a growing number of children around Asia are being trained using a Japanese technique called “uitemate,” meaning floating and waiting. The Japanese term reflects a philosophy that when in distress in the water, one should not panic but instead just float, ...

Jul 15, 2014

Data leak highlights shortcomings

The massive data leak of private information on millions of Benesse Holdings customers has highlighted Japanese firms’ inadequate security measures, revealing just how easily data can be taken outside of an organization by employees. The huge amount of data leaked — which could affect ...

Aussie envoy a student of Japan

| Jul 8, 2014

Aussie envoy a student of Japan

Bruce Miller, Australia’s ambassador to Japan since August 2011, has been interested in Japan since he was a boy of 11. At an early age, Miller said, his father, though an accountant who rarely traveled abroad, advised him to learn an Asian language instead ...

Yamanote Line trains to get revamp next year

Jul 3, 2014

Yamanote Line trains to get revamp next year

East Japan Railway Co. is developing a new commuter train design that it wants to get rolling on Tokyo’s Yamanote Line by fall 2015. JR East President Tetsuro Tomita said at a news conference Wednesday the new train will be “a next-generation model for ...