Tag - science



Shigeru Omi, then-Japan's top COVID-19 advisor, speaks to reporters at the Prime Minister's Office in April 2022. A study published this month has shown that many experts who spoke to the media about COVID-19 in Japan were harassed by the public.
JAPAN / Science & Health
May 22, 2024
Many COVID experts in Japan harassed after speaking to media, survey shows
The research conducted by a professor at Waseda University is Japan’s first comprehensive survey on threats targeting COVID-19 experts.
University students participate in a job hunting seminar in Yokohama on March 1. Japan is ranked last among 38 countries in the OECD for its proportion of female graduates in STEM fields.
JAPAN / Society
Mar 8, 2024
More Japanese universities adding female admission quotas for STEM fields
The trend comes amid concerns over the nation's low level of female participation in fields related to science, technology, engineering and math.
New study questions the trend of scientific breakthroughs and examines the changing landscape of innovation.
Jan 8, 2024
Have scientific breakthroughs declined?
From curing disease to reducing global warming, there’s no shortage of hard scientific problems crying out for solutions.
Take any scientific issue that involves political choices, from public health to climate change, all sides claim to be basing their concerns on science.
Jan 2, 2024
Let’s stop insulting each other as ‘anti-science’
Take any scientific issue that involves political choices, from public health to climate change, all sides claim to be basing their concerns in science.
Though ChatGPT debuted in late 2022, it was really in 2023 that we started to get a sense of what large language models could do, including diagnosing complex medical issues.
Dec 31, 2023
The 10 most intriguing science breakthroughs over the past year
As 2023 has drawn to a close, let’s look back on some of the astounding breakthroughs we’ve seen in the last 12 months.
A supplied image of a leopard shown to research subjects and the image reconstructed by generative artificial intelligence using brain activity.
JAPAN / Science & Health
Dec 16, 2023
Japan scientists create world's first mental images with AI tech
The technology, dubbed "brain decoding," enables the visualization of perceptual contents based on brain activity.
The fossil of a new species of dung beetle found during a geoscience class at Keio Senior High School
JAPAN / Science & Health
Dec 12, 2023
Fossil found in Japan school class confirmed as new beetle species
The almost perfectly preserved fossil was found in a rock during a geoscience class in last year at Keio Senior High School in Yokohama.
Researchers eager to be hailed as the next world-changing genius may cut corners they shouldn’t — and that reflects badly on science.
Nov 23, 2023
Science hype and celebrity culture make a bad pair
There is a broad problem of questionable research results being published in prestigious journals, with some prioritizing sensational findings.
The National Museum of Emerging Science and Innovation's new exhibition lets people experience life with robots.
JAPAN / Science & Health
Nov 22, 2023
Miraikan science museum debuts new permanent exhibition on aging
Visitors will be able to experience various age-related challenges such as blurry vision and heaviness in the legs.
The National Museum of Nature and Science in Tokyo's Ueno district
JAPAN / Science & Health
Nov 6, 2023
Japan's national science museum holds record crowdfunding campaign
The institution has raised ¥920 million through the 90-day campaign, with 57,000 members of the public chipping in.
Images of French scientist Jean-Michel Claverie and work by his research team from Information Genomique et Structurale at Aix-Marseille University, France
WORLD / Science & Health
Oct 10, 2023
Probing the permafrost that could release 50,000-year-old viruses
Discoveries by virologist Jean-Michel Claverie shine a light on a little-known risk of global warming as it thaws ground frozen for millenniums
The Nakamise shopping street in Tokyo's Asakusa district under reconstruction after the 1923 Great Kanto Earthquake. This photograph was colorized with the cooperation of Hidenori Watanave, a professor of the University of Tokyo.
JAPAN / History
Aug 21, 2023
Colorized photos of 1923 Tokyo quake to be displayed
The photos of the 1923 disaster will be displayed as part of an exhibition set to start at the National Museum of Nature and Science in Tokyo on Sept. 1.
A popular dinosaur exhibit at the National Museum of Nature and Science in Ueno, Tokyo
JAPAN / Science & Health
Aug 9, 2023
Crowdfunding success at Japan science museum sends mixed message
While such initiatives provide much-needed cash, they are also a sign of limited government funding for science.
Yuna Kato says relatives have tried to steer her away from careers in science, technology, engineering and mathematics.
JAPAN / Science & Health
Jul 30, 2023
Japan on a mission to attract more women into STEM fields
In the IT field alone, the country is looking at a shortfall of 790,000 workers by 2030, largely due to a severe underrepresentation of women.
A survey of 908 environmental scientists of eight nationalities revealed greater costs for non-native speakers in reading and writing English papers.
JAPAN / Science & Health
Jul 30, 2023
Non-native English speakers struggle more in science research
A survey of 908 environmental scientists of eight nationalities revealed greater costs for non-native speakers in reading and writing English papers.
Green marks the spot where a fissure formed, then fused back together in this artistic rendering of nanoscale self-healing in metal. Red arrows indicate the direction of the pulling force that unexpectedly triggered the phenomenon.
WORLD / Science & Health
Jul 21, 2023
Self-healing metal? It's not just the stuff of science fiction
Scientists have witnessed pieces of pure platinum and copper spontaneously heal cracks caused by metal fatigue during nanoscale experiments.
Japan Times
Apr 21, 2023
Government shelves plans to revise the Science Council — for now
The move came shortly after the Science Council released a statement on Tuesday strongly calling for the government to reconsider its proposal.
Japan Times
Mar 3, 2023
Ryuho Okawa, founder of Happy Science religious group, dies at 66
Happy Science, a new age movement which incorporates elements from various religions, has over 700 branches and temples in 166 countries around the world.
Japan Times
Jan 20, 2023
Merger of two universities to create 'Institute of Science Tokyo'
The name will become official after necessary procedures, such as registering with the education ministry and revising the national university corporation act.
Japan Times
Jan 5, 2023
U.S. looks to work with Japan to boost women's job opportunities in science and tech
A U.S. official said she is certain that gender equality will be discussed by U.S. President Joe Biden and Prime Minister Fumio Kishida when they meet next week in Washington.


The Japanese government updated its English education guidelines in 2017 to emphasize communication over grammar and memorization. Public school teachers are incredibly busy, however, which means schools haven’t been able to implement changes uniformly. Private and alternative schools are attempting to remedy this.
The language of opportunity: Bilingual education is on the rise in Japan