National Topics

Jan 8, 2017

Unipac develops air-conditioner filter to counter hay fever

A Japanese company has developed air-conditioner filters for trapping and holding allergens that cause hay fever. Unipac, based in Kawaguchi, Saitama Prefecture, will start selling the filters to schools and large commercial facilities in February, ahead of the hay fever season. They can be ...

Jan 2, 2017

Stricter labeling mulled for genetically modified food

The government is considering expanding the scope of mandatory labeling of ingredients containing genetically modified crops from the current 33 food items, according to sources in the Consumer Affairs Agency. Imports have been increasing in Japan of genetically modified crops and food products containing ...

Dec 21, 2016

Norovirus sickens 49 at glitzy Ginza eatery Bulgari

A luxury restaurant in the upscale Ginza district in Tokyo’s Chuo Ward has been hit by food poisoning caused by norovirus, with 49 people experiencing symptoms such as diarrhea and vomiting, the Tokyo Metropolitan Government said Tuesday. The affected people were among 138 participants ...

Upgraded Epsilon solid fuel rocket places satellite in orbit

Dec 20, 2016

Upgraded Epsilon solid fuel rocket places satellite in orbit

An upgraded solid fuel rocket was successfully launched Tuesday from the Uchinoura Space Center in Kagoshima Prefecture, the Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency said. The Epsilon rocket was launched at about 8 p.m. and the ERG satellite for studying Earth’s radiation belts was released at ...

Osaka University opens genome-editing research center

Dec 15, 2016

Osaka University opens genome-editing research center

Osaka University has become the first university in Japan to set up a permanent research facility for genome-editing technologies following the opening of a new center on Wednesday. Genome editing involves technologies to insert and delete or replace DNA at a specific site in ...