National Topics

Mar 1, 2016

Japan plans to stipulate 80% emission cut goal by 2050

The Abe administration will stipulate a long-term goal of cutting greenhouse gas emissions by 80 percent by 2050 from current levels in Japan’s next climate change plan, according to a government source. The move follows the international climate agreement reached in Paris in December. ...

Japan's home run king Sadaharu Oh gets his own asteroid

Feb 27, 2016

Japan's home run king Sadaharu Oh gets his own asteroid

An asteroid in an orbit between Mars and Jupiter has been named after Sadaharu Oh, the all-time home run king in professional Japanese baseball. The Paris-based International Astronomical Union approved the application Friday for naming the asteroid “Ohsadaharu.” One of those who helped file ...

Seventh new dinosaur discovery confirmed in Japan

Feb 26, 2016

Seventh new dinosaur discovery confirmed in Japan

A new kind of dinosaur has been confirmed in Katsuyama, Fukui Prefecture, researchers said Friday, bringing the number of species discovered in Japan to seven. According to fossil analysis, the new creature was a small theropod that had both primitive and derived features, according ...

The facts behind Zika in Japan

Feb 26, 2016

The facts behind Zika in Japan

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Confirmation of Japan’s first Zika infection since an outbreak erupted in Latin America last year has elevated concern about the disease. The mosquito-borne virus was detected in a male high school student from Kawasaki days after he returned from a vacation in Brazil with ...

Feb 23, 2016

Japanese researchers clone Zika virus

A team led by Shigeru Tajima, a researcher at the National Institute of Infectious Diseases, has succeeded, probably for the first time in the world, in making a clone of the Zika virus. This could lead to the development of a vaccine for Zika ...

JAXA names new orbiting X-ray astronomy satellite 'the Eye'

Feb 18, 2016

JAXA names new orbiting X-ray astronomy satellite 'the Eye'

Japan’s space agency has named an X-ray astronomy satellite that was successfully launched into space Wednesday the Hitomi (Eye), with scientists hoping the new equipment will help their quest to observe distant black holes and galaxies. The satellite, also called the Astro-H, was put ...