Japan launches replacement intelligence satellite

Mar 26, 2015

Japan launches replacement intelligence satellite

A rocket blasted off successfully Thursday morning carrying a backup optical satellite for the government’s intelligence gathering program. The Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency and Mitsubishi Heavy Industries Ltd. launched the H-IIA rocket at 10:21 a.m. from the Tanegashima Space Center in Kagoshima Prefecture. The ...

Himeji Castle to reopen after lengthy renovation

Mar 26, 2015

Himeji Castle to reopen after lengthy renovation

Restoration of the 17th century Himeji Castle wrapped up Thursday after 5½ years of work. The government marked the event with a ceremony, a day before the UNESCO World Heritage site was due to open to the public. Roof tiles were replaced and the ...

Mar 26, 2015

Toho Zinc to restore Australian mine output amid global deficit

Toho Zinc Co., Japan’s third-biggest producer of the metal, will restore full capacity at its Rasp mine in Australia around the middle of this year after improving access to high-grade ore deposits. Production of zinc concentrate at the site in New South Wales will ...

England's Richard III finally gets burial fit for king

Mar 26, 2015

England's Richard III finally gets burial fit for king

Dug out of a municipal parking lot five centuries after his mutilated body was unceremoniously interred, England’s Richard III was to finally be given a burial fit for a king on Thursday in an unprecedented ceremony filled with pageantry and poignancy. Some 530 years ...

Two exotic termites find love in U.S., worrying researchers

Mar 26, 2015

Two exotic termites find love in U.S., worrying researchers

Two particularly hungry, exotic termite species apparently have found love halfway around the world and, as with so many other Florida hook-ups, the results are disturbing. Asian and Formosan subterranean termites are two of the most destructive termite species in the world, responsible for ...