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Japan's tech firms rush into agriculture business

| Nov 7, 2014

Japan's tech firms rush into agriculture business

by Teruko Kato

A growing number of Japanese information and communications technology firms and manufacturers have entered the agribusiness sector, looking to use their technologies to gain new commercial opportunities at a time when Japan is aiming to make its farming industry more efficient, competitive and profitable. ...

Japanese scientists succeed in making mice transparent

Nov 7, 2014

Japanese scientists succeed in making mice transparent

Invisibility may still be the stuff of fiction, but researchers in Japan have developed a way to make mice almost totally transparent. Using a method that almost completely removes color from tissue, researchers say they can now examine individual organs or even whole bodies ...

Nov 7, 2014

Japan to adopt new strategy on dementia care: Abe

Prime Minister Shinzo Abe said Thursday at an international conference on dementia care in Tokyo that Japan will work out a new national strategy to boost measures dealing with the age-linked illness in the rapidly graying country. “By enhancing our nation’s measures regarding dementia, ...

New tech brings cinema to the deaf and blind

Nov 1, 2014

New tech brings cinema to the deaf and blind

by Masami Ito

The lights dimmed inside the theater at the Tokyo International Film Festival and the audience quieted down. As Masayuki Suo’s film “Maiko wa Lady (Lady Maiko)” began, the viewers were ready — with glasses-shaped head-mounted displays and earpieces designed to make cinema accessible to ...

Dinosaur fossil teases in Hokkaido

Nov 1, 2014

Dinosaur fossil teases in Hokkaido

by Miyuki Murakawa

A 42-year-old professor in Hokkaido is on the verge of unearthing what could be the best-preserved and most complete fossils of a dinosaur ever found in Japan. In September, a team led by Yoshitsugu Kobayashi, associate professor at the Hokkaido University Museum, conducted a ...

Old ambulances, firetrucks on the way to Ebola-hit West Africa

Oct 28, 2014

Old ambulances, firetrucks on the way to Ebola-hit West Africa

Retired emergency vehicles, including ambulances, donated by prefectural governments were readied Tuesday for a new mission — helping two West African countries fight the deadly Ebola outbreak. The 13 vehicles will be airlifted Wednesday night from Narita International Airport to Liberia and Sierra Leone. ...

Cabinet preparing to hold Ebola prevention meeting

Oct 27, 2014

Cabinet preparing to hold Ebola prevention meeting

A select group of Cabinet ministers will meet soon to discuss countermeasures for the deadly Ebola virus, Health, Labor and Welfare Minister Yasuhisa Shiozaki said Monday. Shiozaki told reporters about the plan after meeting with Prime Minister Shinzo Abe earlier in the day. Abe ...