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Besieged Obokata agrees to retract primary STAP cells paper

Jun 4, 2014

Besieged Obokata agrees to retract primary STAP cells paper

Geneticist Haruko Obokata, who drew global attention with an apparently revolutionary paper on STAP cells, will retract the report, the government-backed Riken institute announced on Wednesday. The retraction would be a significant move, as both the paper and an auxiliary study were carried by ...

May 16, 2014

Japan's women first, men eighth in longevity poll

Japanese women remained No. 1 in average life expectancy in 2012, outpacing their counterparts in Spain, Switzerland and Singapore, while the men ranked eighth, tying Sweden, according to the World Health Organization. Japan has ranked high on the list for more than 20 years, ...

Bird flu in Kumamoto 'contained'

May 8, 2014

Bird flu in Kumamoto 'contained'

Kumamoto Gov. Ikuo Kabashima declared Thursday that the avian influenza that ravaged chickens at a poultry farm in the prefecture in April has been successfully contained. “The prefectural government’s rapid response and strong efforts to contain the virus have led us to declare an ...

Apr 29, 2014

Joint checkups to spot asbestos-caused lung diseases

The Environment Ministry will launch a model project for conducting asbestos-related lung-disease checkups in fiscal 2015 with municipalities conducting lung cancer screenings, sources said. The ministry will ask municipalities that once hosted asbestos-linked plants to participate and will earmark funds for the budget, the ...