Mum fights nuke power

| Feb 24, 2008

Mum fights nuke power

by Eriko Arita

Yurika Ayukawa, the special adviser on climate change to the environmental organization World Wide Fund for Nature Japan (WWF Japan), believes the key to combating global warming lies in changing humans’ means of generating energy. “Japan should emphasize not nuclear power but natural gas ...

Polar pioneer sets her sights high

| Feb 24, 2008

Polar pioneer sets her sights high

by Yoko Hani

For her doctoral thesis, Kazuyo Sakanoi studied the mechanisms of flickering auroras — those luminous phenomena in the atmosphere that appear like curtains of light. “Auroras twinkle at an altitude of about 100 km in the sky. They are phenomena in space actually, not ...

Mother of 2 leads the way

| Feb 24, 2008

Mother of 2 leads the way

by Eriko Arita

Izumi Washitani is not only a professor of conservation ecology at the top-flight University of Tokyo, she’s also a committed activist who applies her studies to restoring threatened biodiversity. One of the threatened species she has researched is the so-called floating-heart plant (Nymphoides peltata) ...

Top techie programs change

| Feb 24, 2008

Top techie programs change

by Yoko Hani

When Kayoko Sugahara started working as a systems engineer 25 years ago, she sometimes stayed in her office late into the night running performance tests on computers, and often went there on weekends to use the computers there. But now, thanks to technological developments, ...

Blazing a trail to the cyberfuture

| Feb 24, 2008

Blazing a trail to the cyberfuture

by Tomoko Otake

Yukiko Nakagawa started toying with a personal computer when she was a 6th-grader in the early 1980s — years before Microsoft introduced its first Windows operating system, and back when most people, let alone children, had never seen a PC. Back then, Nakagawa, 37, ...