SCI-TECH

Oct 25
An experts’ panel of Japan’s health ministry agreed Friday to allow an antiflu drug developed by a Fujifilm Corp. group company to be used for Ebola if any patient is found in the country. (Jiji Press)
Oct 24
Environment Ministry officials will launch a nationwide study to look into disturbing reports of animals such as wild boars and raccoon dogs eating the buried eggs of endangered sea turtles. (Asahi)
Oct 23
With the Ebola outbreak swiftly spreading in West Africa, Tokyo Metropolitan Bokutoh Hospital opened to the press on Wednesday a special isolation ward for highly dangerous infectious diseases. (The Japan News)
Oct 22
The operator of the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power plant has begun dismantling the cover of a reactor building to remove debris as part of preparations for removing the nuclear fuel from a spent fuel storage pool. (NHK)
Oct 22
Tokyo Electric Power Co. has unveiled two new units of the advanced liquid processing system (ALPS) water treatment system to remove radioactive substances from contaminated water at the Fukushima No. 1 nuclear power plant. (The Japan News)
Oct 21
Experts warn Japan’s medical system is not ready for an invasion of potentially deadly redback spiders, with limited supplies of the anti-venom available to authorities. (abc.net.au)
Oct 15
Japan Robot Week kicked off Wednesday with a major Tokyo exhibition showcasing new technologies for everything from communications and remote video monitoring to disaster response. (Japan Times)
Oct 15
Tokyo Electric Power Co. on Tuesday reported a sharp rise in cesium levels in water collected from an observation well near the sea at its disaster-crippled Fukushima No. 1 nuclear power station. (Jiji Press)
Oct 14
About one-third of security cameras at the troubled Monju fast breeder reactor facility in Tsuruga, Fukui Prefecture, are not working properly. (Japan Today)
Oct 14
TESHIKAGA, Hokkaido–Lake Mashuko had long been a source of pride in this industrialized nation as the clearest and cleanest lake in the world. But the effects of global warming and an alien species have clouded that distinction, researchers said. (Asahi)