A pedestrian walks past air conditioning units in Tokyo on Saturday.
JAPAN / Science & Health
Jul 21, 2024
Japan bakes as temperatures across the country rise above 35 C
In Toyooka, Hyogo Prefecture, the mercury hit 38.2 C, while Miyazu, Kyoto Prefecture, saw the temperature rise to 37.3 C.
People hold umbrellas while watching baseball to deal with the heat in the city of Shizuoka on July 7.
JAPAN / Science & Health
Jul 19, 2024
As risk of heatstroke rises in Japan, so does that of COVID-19
Patients examined for suspected heatstroke have been diagnosed with COVID-19 instead, as symptoms can be similar.
A passerby holding a parasol wipes her face as she walks on the street amid a heatstroke alert in Tokyo and other prefectures, in Tokyo on July 9.
How to prevent and respond to heatstroke in Japan this summer
Staying hydrated and controlling the rise in one's body temperature are the fundamental ways for preventing and alleviating heat-related illnesses.
A researcher at the University of Tokyo shows a face mold covered in human skin tissue at its lab.
JAPAN / Science & Health
Jul 18, 2024
Say cheese: Japanese scientists make robot face 'smile' with living skin
Researchers at the University of Tokyo grew human skin cells in the shape of a face and pulled it into a wide grin, using embedded ligamentlike attachments.
Cochlear's hearing implants will be used for a program to train hearing aid experts in Shizuoka Prefecture, as Japan tries to lower the age when children can receive a cochlear implant.
JAPAN / Science & Health
Jul 17, 2024
Australian government funds Japanese hearing implant program for children
Public health experts In Japan want to lower the threshold and the age when children can receive a hearing implant, currently at one year old.
Inspired by the July 2022 fatal shooting of former Prime Minister Shinzo Abe, a research team at Tohoku University in Sendai has developed a system to resume blood circulation of an injured heart within three minutes.
JAPAN / Science & Health
Jul 17, 2024
Tohoku University develops 3-minute system to jump-start injured heart
The system involves a precise division of tasks to restart a patient’s blood circulation in the time needed to prevent brain death.
About 100 of the roughly 200 species of snails in the Kinki region of Japan are threatened with extinction, researchers have warned.
JAPAN / Science & Health
Jul 14, 2024
Snails becoming rarer in Japan, facing risk of extinction
About 100 of the roughly 200 species of snails in the Kinki region are threatened with extinction, researchers warn.

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Traditional folk rituals like Mizudome-no-mai (dance to stop the rain) provide a sense of agency to a population that feels largely powerless in the face of the climate crisis.
As climate extremes intensify, Japan embraces ancient weather rituals