Feb 3, 2014

JR Hokkaido plans record safety investment in FY 2014

Scandal-hit Hokkaido Railway Co. plans to spend ¥25 billion to improve the safety of its railway services in fiscal 2014, which starts in April, up about 30 percent from fiscal 2013, sources said. The amount is the largest since JR Hokkaido was established in ...

Nov 27, 2013

NRA sets new safety regimen for fuel reprocessors

The Nuclear Regulation Authority unveiled new safety standards Wednesday for spent fuel reprocessing facilities and fabrication plants, obliging operators to take measures against severe crises, including hydrogen explosions and criticality incidents. The standards, to take effect Dec. 18, are basically in line with those ...

Nov 11, 2013

Car that can warn driver of heart attack under study

A joint project bringing together academic researchers and private firms in the automotive industry is developing an automobile capable of warning its driver of an impending heart attack. “We want to reduce the number of unfortunate accidents” by developing the system “as early as ...

Oct 30, 2013

Ministry pushes Fukushima products

The industry ministry, which recently held a fair featuring food and produce from Fukushima Prefecture, is encouraging other ministries and companies to join the effort to promote the safety of food products from the prefecture. Prices of food products from Fukushima Prefecture, which hosts ...

Tokyo sets up English website on radiation

Sep 4, 2013

Tokyo sets up English website on radiation

by Mizuho Aoki

The metro government opens an English website offering radiation-related information — a last-ditch effort before the 2020 Olympics host is picked — to brush off the negative impact from the Fukushima No. 1 nuclear plant mess.

Jul 31, 2013

Hands-free tools make driving more dangerous

Makers of cars and mobile electronics are pushing a tempting vision of the future, one in which you can stay fully connected while driving. In the name of safety, they provide hands-free wireless setups for your cellphone, so you can talk with both hands ...

Jul 14, 2013

'Alarm fatigue' at hospitals poses risks

Walk into a hospital intensive care unit and hear the din: A ventilator honks loudly. An infusion pump emits a high-pitched beep-beep every six seconds. A blood pressure monitor pushes out one long tone after another. This particular racket, at MedStar Washington Hospital Center, ...