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Jul 11, 2015

Japan pledges additional $12 million for fight against Ebola

Japan on Friday pledged $11.95 million in additional assistance to West African countries fighting Ebola. Of the total, $10.40 million is intended for food aid and $1.55 million is for technical assistance, Parliamentary Vice Foreign Minister Kazuyuki Nakane said at the International Ebola Recovery ...

The pond scum that may one day fuel planes

Jul 8, 2015

The pond scum that may one day fuel planes


The future of Japan’s biofuel industry may be pond scum. Or more specifically, green algae that’s swirling around in tanks on a tropical Okinawan island. That’s what Mitsuru Izumo and his company Euglena Co. are counting on anyway. After 10 years developing the algae ...

Jun 19, 2015

Five suspected MERS victims in Japan arrived from South Korea

Five people in Japan who were suspected of being infected with Middle East respiratory syndrome had broken home quarantine in South Korea, health minister Yasuhisa Shiozaki said Thursday. In South Korea, anyone put under home quarantine after coming into contact with a MERS-infected person ...