Tag - science



Japan Times
Feb 19, 2016
The physicist who said no to Albert Einstein
Thanks to the rejection of a scientific paper written by Albert Einstein, his prediction of the existence of gravitational waves — which now has been proving true — was not retracted.
Japan Times
Feb 17, 2016
At last, scientists show Neanderthals some love
That modern humans ridiculed Neanderthals so maliciously for so long says more about our shortcomings than theirs.
Feb 6, 2016
Science and technology plan
Hopefully the government's new five-year plan for science and technology plan will reverse a disturbing decrease in the quality and quantity of Japanese research.
Feb 6, 2016
Scientists open up to compassionate rodents
Scientists are starting to question their long-standing belief that animals are incapable of feeling empathy.
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JAPAN / Science & Health
Feb 5, 2016
Age-linked hair loss caused by disappearing collagen, researchers say
A team of researchers, including Japanese scientists, has discovered the mechanism behind hair loss associated with aging, a finding that could pave the way for new ways to treat baldness.
Japan Times
Jan 18, 2016
Toward a new Islamic golden age
Muslim nations must reverse their sorry state of science if they are to provide better lives for their booming populations and keep up with global development.
Japan Times
Dec 12, 2015
Gerald Curtis, the ultimate insider in Japanese politics, retires
Gerald Curtis will retire this month from Columbia University, where he has been teaching since 1968.
Japan Times
JAPAN / Science & Health
Dec 9, 2015
Nobel prizes, unlocking universe's mysteries just another day's work at Hamamatsu Photonics
When employees at Hamamatsu Photonics KK found out their high-precision light sensors had helped win this year's Nobel Prize in physics, they treated it just like any other day at the office.
Japan Times
Dec 1, 2015
Why is Einstein famous?
Albert Einstein's solitary brilliance, personal integrity and public activism combined with his lifelong gift for witty aphorism when dealing with the press and public gave him a unique and enduring fame.
Nov 27, 2015
Research faces a dire future
Thanks to poor funding and a lack of creative administration, Japan's recent success in winning Nobel Prizes will likely be followed by a long dry spell.
Japan Times
Nov 23, 2015
Japan's future is an OISTer
Japan's best-kept educational secret is the world-class Okinawa Institute of Science and Technology Graduate University.
Nov 10, 2015
Big science now faces big problems in China
Under the government's heavy hand, the Chinese scientific establishment has long suffered from cronyism, corruption and pervasive fraud.
Japan Times
LIFE / Lifestyle / CHILD'S PLAY
Nov 7, 2015
Get kids' education down to a science
If you've read my earlier Child's Play columns, then you probably know that my family and I will visit just about any place that deals with science and technology. Lucky for me, Tokyo is full of these places, but it certainly isn't the only city in Japan with learning opportunities like this.
Oct 19, 2015
Japanese doctor wins Ig Nobel medicine prize for kissing study
A Japanese doctor won this year's Ig Nobel medicine prize for a study that revealed kissing could reduce allergic reactions in humans.
JAPAN / View from Osaka
Oct 17, 2015
Kyoto forum's leaders warm up to renewables
Each autumn, the world's most influential scientists, engineers, business leaders and science policy experts gather in Kyoto for the Science and Technology in Society Forum. The STS Forum is the brainchild of Koji Omi, a former finance minister and Ministry of Economy, Trade and Industry bureaucrat and...
Japan Times
JAPAN / Science & Health
Oct 16, 2015
Recent Nobels aside, Japan faces future slide in scientific research
Japan was euphoric last week after Japanese scientists won Nobel Prizes on two consecutive days — first in medicine and then in physics.
Japan Times
Oct 13, 2015
Japan should avoid making suicidal education mistakes
Japan's educational system will suffer greatly if political ignoramuses who know the price of everything and the value of nothing are allowed to have their way.
Japan Times
Oct 1, 2015
Nature museum's exhibition for preschoolers proves popular
The National Museum of Nature and Science in Tokyo has drawn more than 20,000 visitors to a new scientific exhibition aimed at preschoolers since it opened mid-July.
Japan Times
WORLD / Science & Health
Jul 23, 2015
Drug companies study why some people are 'superhuman' and how the rest of us can benefit
Steven Pete can put his hand on a hot stove or step on a piece of glass and not feel a thing, all because of a quirk in his genes. Only a few dozen people in the world share Pete's congenital insensitivity to pain. Drug companies see riches in his rare mutation. They also have their eye on people like...
Japan Times
Jul 19, 2015
Fukushima trials to explore viability of hydrogen fuel network
Fukushima and the Fukushima Renewable Energy Institute (FREA) are kicking off a renewable energy project with a view to making the prefecture a hydrogen supply center by as early as 2016.


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