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Microplastic litter surging globally: study

Aug 1, 2016

Microplastic litter surging globally: study

The accumulation of plastic waste fragments in sea sediment has sharply increased around the world in the 21st century, according to a recent study on microplastic litter. The study, led by Hideshige Takada, a professor at Tokyo University of Agriculture and Technology, found the ...

Japanese women lose longevity crown to Hong Kongers

Jul 27, 2016

Japanese women lose longevity crown to Hong Kongers

Japan’s women relinquished the top spot for average life expectancy in 2015 to Hong Kong, the new leader at 87.32 years, data released by the welfare ministry showed Wednesday. Japanese women now have an average life expectancy of 87.05 years, while Japanese men live ...

Jul 27, 2016

GPS-equipped seabirds being used to gauge wind speeds

An international team including researchers from Japanese universities has succeeded in measuring precise wind speeds at sea and in coastal areas by using seabirds equipped with Global Positioning System devices. A research paper by the team, which includes researchers from the University of Tokyo, ...

Jul 22, 2016

Japan team boasts rehab-assisting gear wearable like pants

Shinshu University professor Minoru Hashimoto said Thursday his team has developed a trial model of rehabilitation-assisting equipment that can be put on like trousers. The curara equipment for walk rehabilitation will be put to practical use in 2018 after improvements. A university venture will ...