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Japan's new volcanic isle offers a blank canvas for life

A brand new island emerging off the coast of Japan offers scientists a rare opportunity to study how life begins to colonize barren land — helped by rotting bird droppings and the vomit of hatchlings. Researchers say bird waste will be the secret ingredient to kick-start Mother Nature’s grand experiment ...

May 22, 2015

Team develops method to winnow target cells efficiently

A Japanese research team has announced the development of a method to winnow target cells efficiently from various cells grown from human pluripotent stem cells. The method, announced in an article on the online version of the U.S. journal Cell Stem Cell, looks promising ...

May 20, 2015

Ministry aims to boost market share of generic drugs

Health minister Yasuhisa Shiozaki says the government intends to set a new target for the share of generic drugs in Japan. The health ministry is planning to make revisions to its road map for the promotion of such lower-priced drugs, including a hike of ...

Japan launches organization to promote robot use

May 16, 2015

Japan launches organization to promote robot use

The Japanese government launched an organization Friday to promote the use of robots in cooperation with the private sector. The Robot Revolution Initiative is aimed at promoting cooperation between industry, academia and government to utilize robots in various fields, including manufacturing, agriculture, medical care ...

Takamatsu to become Japan's first ISS space tourist

May 14, 2015

Takamatsu to become Japan's first ISS space tourist

British soprano Sarah Brightman has pulled out of a planned visit this fall to the International Space Station, giving her place aboard a Russian Soyuz spacecraft to Japanese entrepreneur Satoshi Takamatsu. The 52-year-old former executive of the Dentsu Inc. ad agency and founder of ...