SCI-TECH

Sep 18
The Tokyo Game Show 2014 opened at the Makuhari Messe convention center in Chiba, east of Tokyo, on Thursday for a four-day run. (Jiji Press)
Sep 18
Representatives of Japan, China, South Korea and Taiwan agreed Wednesday at a multilateral forum on the conservation of the endangered Japanese eel to limit the volume of young eels put into aquaculture ponds. (Kyodo)
Sep 17
Japanese astronaut Soichi Noguchi has been elected the first Asian president of the Association of Space Explorers at an annual meeting in Beijing. (The Japan News)
Sep 17
The first dolphins of the season were slaughtered Tuesday in the small town of Taiji, Wakayama Prefecture, campaigners and a local fishermen’s union said, commencing an annual cull repeatedly condemned by animal rights groups. (Japan Times)
Sep 17
Charles Vacanti, a Harvard University professor and key coauthor of retracted STAP cell articles, and his fellow Japanese researcher have published a revised protocol to produce the pluripotent stem cells, admitting creating the cells is not easy. (Jiji Press)
Sep 16
Sitting on several fault lines, Japan is no stranger to natural disasters and the havoc that ensues afterward. While these tragedies can’t be prevented, their effects can be lessened by making a disaster preparedness kit to handle several days without power or access to food and water. (rocketnews24.com)
Sep 15
In 1994, member governments of the International Whaling Commission (IWC), the whaling regulatory body, agreed to create a vast sanctuary in the Southern Ocean. There, commercial whaling would be barred so whales hunted nearly to extinction could replenish their numbers in the cold, nutrient-rich waters and thrive again. The Southern Ocean Whale Sanctuary was designed to serve as a safe haven for these marine mammals in their summer feeding grounds. (The Guardian)
Sep 15
A plenary session of the International Whaling Commission opened in Portoroz, Slovenia, on Monday for a four-day run, after the International Court of Justice ordered Japan to stop research whaling in the Antarctic Ocean earlier this year. (Jiji Press)
Sep 13
A Japanese research team on Friday successfully transplanted retinal cells grown from induced pluripotent stem cells to a woman in her 70s, marking the first time iPS-derived cells have been introduced into a human body through surgery. (Kyodo)
Sep 11
It may still be several days before they can even order a new iPhone and more than a week until they can pick it up (Sept 19), but dedicated fans in Japan have already begun queueing. (Japan Today)