National Topics

May 16, 2014

Japan's women first, men eighth in longevity poll

Japanese women remained No. 1 in average life expectancy in 2012, outpacing their counterparts in Spain, Switzerland and Singapore, while the men ranked eighth, tying Sweden, according to the World Health Organization. Japan has ranked high on the list for more than 20 years, ...

Bird flu in Kumamoto 'contained'

May 8, 2014

Bird flu in Kumamoto 'contained'

Kumamoto Gov. Ikuo Kabashima declared Thursday that the avian influenza that ravaged chickens at a poultry farm in the prefecture in April has been successfully contained. “The prefectural government’s rapid response and strong efforts to contain the virus have led us to declare an ...

Apr 29, 2014

Joint checkups to spot asbestos-caused lung diseases

The Environment Ministry will launch a model project for conducting asbestos-related lung-disease checkups in fiscal 2015 with municipalities conducting lung cancer screenings, sources said. The ministry will ask municipalities that once hosted asbestos-linked plants to participate and will earmark funds for the budget, the ...

Apr 25, 2014

Team announces breakthrough in mass production for iPS cells

A Japanese research team said Friday it has developed a method for mass producing human cells that can develop into other tissue. The team, including Norio Nakatsuji of Kyoto University’s Institute for Integrated Cell-Material Sciences, announced the outcome of joint research conducted with Nissan ...

Obokata beefs up defense with new papers

Apr 21, 2014

Obokata beefs up defense with new papers

by Masaaki Kameda

Embattled stem cell researcher Haruko Obokata submitted additional documents to the state-backed Riken Institute on Sunday to back up her denials of alleged misconduct in her research methods, and called for more time to prepare evidence, her lawyer said Monday. The documents, emailed to ...