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Mar 26, 2015

More maintenance flaws found at Monju reactor

The Japan Atomic Energy Agency has again failed to conduct maintenance checks properly at its Monju fast-breeder nuclear reactor, including some components with the highest safety significance. The newly found maintenance flaws were reported to the Nuclear Regulation Authority by the Nuclear Regulation Authority ...

Mar 26, 2015

Two Japanese professors awarded esteemed medical research prize

Two Japanese professors will be awarded the 2015 Canada Gairdner International Awards, an esteemed medical research prize considered to be a good predictor of future Nobel Prize winners, the Gairdner Foundation said Wednesday. The two are Yoshinori Osumi, a 70-year-old honorary professor at Tokyo ...

Mar 24, 2015

Survey finds high death rate after complex liver surgery

Alarmed by a spate of deaths following laparoscopic operations last year at Gunma University Hospital, a surgeons association has surveyed other medical institutions and found a worryingly high death rate nationwide. The Japanese Society of Hepato-Biliary-Pancreatic Surgery surveyed 212 medical institutions in January and ...

Japanese team develops proteins that glow

Mar 24, 2015

Japanese team develops proteins that glow

A team of Japanese researchers has developed proteins that produce light visible to the naked eye, according to a paper published online Tuesday by the U.S. journal Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences. The proteins, called “Nano-lanterns” and which release green, orange or ...

Aurora borealis spotted in Japan for first time since 2004

Mar 19, 2015

Aurora borealis spotted in Japan for first time since 2004

The aurora borealis has been photographed by an astronomical observatory in Hokkaido — the first time in 11 years the northern lights have been observed in Japan. According to the Nayoro Municipal Observatory in Hokkaido, staffer Katsuhito Nakajima succeeded in taking an image of ...