National Topics

Jul 22, 2014

Japan aims to cut metabolic syndrome by 25%

The government on Tuesday adopted a health and medical strategy to reduce the number of people suffering from metabolic syndrome by 25 percent from the fiscal 2008 level by fiscal 2020. The strategy for pushing ahead with research and development in the coming five ...

Waseda rapped on dissertation scrutiny

Jul 18, 2014

Waseda rapped on dissertation scrutiny

Education minister Hakubun Shimomura said Friday he will ask Waseda University, which accepted the 2011 dissertation of then-doctoral candidate Haruko Obokata, to improve its dissertation-screening process after the school’s investigation panel said the previous day the study was marred by several flaws, including copyright ...

Japanese scientists find aging cure for flowers

Jul 4, 2014

Japanese scientists find aging cure for flowers

Scientists say they have found a way to slow down the aging process in flowers by up to a half, meaning bouquets could remain fresh for much longer. Researchers at the National Agriculture and Food Research Organization in Tsukuba, Ibaraki Prefecture, said they have ...

Jul 3, 2014

Scientist creates 'invincible' strain of H1N1 flu

A Japanese scientist working in the United States said Wednesday he has engineered a virulent new strain of the swine flu virus that could spread unchecked because it defeats the human immune system. The research, on the 2009 H1N1 virus at a high-security lab ...

Jul 1, 2014

Obokata to join cell verification experiment at Riken

The government-backed Riken research institute said it will allow discredited researcher Haruko Obokata to participate in an experiment to verify whether her so-called STAP cells exist as she claims. Starting Tuesday, Obokata was to join a verification experiment that began in April at her ...

Jun 30, 2014

Nature to pull Riken stem cell papers

The British science journal Nature will soon retract two Japanese papers on stem cells in light of a series of misconduct allegations surrounding the research, sources said Monday. When Nature published the papers in January, the findings were considered groundbreaking, with lead author Haruko ...