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Jul 27, 2016

GPS-equipped seabirds being used to gauge wind speeds

An international team including researchers from Japanese universities has succeeded in measuring precise wind speeds at sea and in coastal areas by using seabirds equipped with Global Positioning System devices. A research paper by the team, which includes researchers from the University of Tokyo, ...

Jul 27, 2016

Japan to send batteries aboard cargo ship to ISS in October

Japan will launch an unmanned space cargo ship on Oct. 1 to take supplies to the International Space Station, the science ministry said Tuesday. An H-IIB rocket carrying the Konotori 6 cargo transporter is scheduled to blast off at 2:16 a.m. from the Tanegashima ...

LDP vice chief negative about revising Article 9

Jul 26, 2016

LDP vice chief negative about revising Article 9

Masahiko Komura, vice president of the ruling Liberal Democratic Party, expressed a negative view about revising Article 9 of the Constitution, which bans the country from having armed forces. A majority of LDP members believe Article 9 needs to be revised, Komura told a ...

Japan may disburse money for Korean 'comfort women' in August

Jul 26, 2016

Japan may disburse money for Korean 'comfort women' in August

The government plans to provide ¥1 billion to South Korea to implement the landmark “comfort women” pact without waiting for a controversial statue to be removed from near the Japanese Embassy in Seoul, according to sources. Japan has changed its initial position that its ...

Jul 26, 2016

Japan to offer Thailand ¥170 billion in loans for railway project

Japan plans to provide Thailand with ¥167 billion ($1.6 billion) in loans for a railway project, Foreign Minister Fumio Kishida told his Thai counterpart, Don Pramudwinai. Kishida said he hopes the project will ease traffic jams and reduce air pollution in Bangkok during their ...