National Topics

Apr 17, 2015

Kyoto University, Takeda join hands on iPS cell venture

Kyoto University’s iPS cell research institute and Takeda Pharmaceutical Co. said Friday they will launch a 10-year, ¥20 billion joint program to focus on regenerative medicine and drug discovery using iPS cells. Professor Shinya Yamanaka, a Nobel laureate who heads the Center for iPS ...

Apr 16, 2015

Ministry strips 20 psychiatrists of special accreditation

The health ministry on Wednesday decided to strip “special status” accreditation from 20 psychiatrists at one institution after revelations of fraud in how they acquired the qualification. The apparently unprecedented step concerns 11 doctors and nine attending doctors who worked for the St. Marianna ...

Mass beaching fuels fears of impending quake

Apr 12, 2015

Mass beaching fuels fears of impending quake

The mass beaching of over 150 melon-headed whales on Japan’s shores has fueled fears of a repeat of a seemingly unrelated event in the country — the devastating 2011 earthquake and tsunami that killed over 18,000 people. Despite a lack of scientific evidence linking ...