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Seventh new dinosaur discovery confirmed in Japan

Feb 26, 2016

Seventh new dinosaur discovery confirmed in Japan

A new kind of dinosaur has been confirmed in Katsuyama, Fukui Prefecture, researchers said Friday, bringing the number of species discovered in Japan to seven. According to fossil analysis, the new creature was a small theropod that had both primitive and derived features, according ...

The facts behind Zika in Japan

Feb 26, 2016

The facts behind Zika in Japan

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Confirmation of Japan’s first Zika infection since an outbreak erupted in Latin America last year has elevated concern about the disease. The mosquito-borne virus was detected in a male high school student from Kawasaki days after he returned from a vacation in Brazil with ...

Feb 23, 2016

Japanese researchers clone Zika virus

A team led by Shigeru Tajima, a researcher at the National Institute of Infectious Diseases, has succeeded, probably for the first time in the world, in making a clone of the Zika virus. This could lead to the development of a vaccine for Zika ...

JAXA names new orbiting X-ray astronomy satellite 'the Eye'

Feb 18, 2016

JAXA names new orbiting X-ray astronomy satellite 'the Eye'

Japan’s space agency has named an X-ray astronomy satellite that was successfully launched into space Wednesday the Hitomi (Eye), with scientists hoping the new equipment will help their quest to observe distant black holes and galaxies. The satellite, also called the Astro-H, was put ...

Japanese airports strengthen warnings against Zika fever

Feb 16, 2016

Japanese airports strengthen warnings against Zika fever

Airports across Japan, including Narita International Airport, have strengthened quarantine measures to counter the Zika virus that is spreading quickly throughout Latin America. After the mosquito-borne illness was designated by the Japanese government Monday as a Type 4 infectious disease, requiring doctors to report ...

Feb 16, 2016

Flu season reaches full swing in Japan

Flu season appears to be in full swing, with an estimated 1.64 million people across Japan coming down with the symptoms in the week through Feb. 7, the health ministry said. Almost 6,000 day care centers and elementary and junior high schools shut down ...