American researcher aims to give Taiji a balanced image

Jan 20, 2015

American researcher aims to give Taiji a balanced image

by Kanae Ayukawa

An American researcher studying the centuries-old whaling culture of Taiji, Wakayama Prefecture, is using the Internet to give people overseas a more nuanced picture of the coastal town, which gained international notoriety through a documentary about its dolphin hunting practices. Jay Alabaster, 39, visited ...

Jan 8, 2015

Researchers find clues to how HIV evades detection

Scientists seeking a cure for AIDS said Wednesday they had found important clues about how HIV manages to skirt detection after being suppressed by drugs. The sleeping virus can harbor mutations that, like an invisibility cloak, help it evade detection by the immune system, ...

Dec 10, 2014

Apple to build research facility in Yokohama

Apple Inc. said Tuesday it will set up a research and development facility in Yokohama, expanding its operations in Japan from sales-oriented activities. “We are excited to expand our operations in Japan with a new Technical Development Center in Yokohama which will create dozens ...

Japanese researchers' banana peel study wins Ig Nobel award

Sep 19, 2014

Japanese researchers' banana peel study wins Ig Nobel award

Researchers who measured the slipperiness of banana peels, the ability of pork strips to stop nosebleeds and the reactions of reindeer to humans in polar bear suits were among the winners of this year’s Ig Nobel prizes for comical scientific achievements. The annual prizes, ...

Landslide risk studies lag in 32 prefectures

Aug 24, 2014

Landslide risk studies lag in 32 prefectures

More than 10 years after landslide disaster legislation took effect, 32 of the 47 prefectures have yet to finish the on-site research it orders, it was learned Sunday. It’s estimated there are some 520,000 possibly dangerous areas, such as steep slopes and alluvial fans. ...

Stem-cell row 'a blow for science'

Apr 5, 2014

Stem-cell row 'a blow for science'

by Elaine Kurtenbach

National The finding that a lead researcher falsified data in a widely heralded stem-cell research paper is a setback for Japan’s efforts to promote its advanced research, but also a symptom of the pressure for breakthroughs in the field, experts say. The government-funded Riken ...

Sep 9, 2013

Strengthening research ethics

In view of a series of irregularities in scientific research that have recently come to light, scientists and research institutes need to strengthen their ethical standards.