SCI-TECH

Feb 24
Smoke emerged at a service building of the Kashiwazaki-Kariwa nuclear power plant in Niigata Prefecture on Thursday but it quickly dissipated after a firefighting effort by workers, its operator said. (Japan Times)

Feb 23
Five Japanese companies have teamed up to re-create legendary comic book robot Astro Boy in toy form. The product marks the 90th anniversary of the birth of comic and animation master Osamu Tezuka. (NHK)

Feb 23
The government’s Headquarters for Earthquake Research Promotion newly added 16 faults to a list of major active fault zones in which a magnitude-7 or larger earthquake could occur. (the-japan-news.com)

Feb 22
Ueno Zoo halted public viewing of two giant pandas on Wednesday because female panda Shin Shin appears to be in heat. (Japan Times)

Feb 22
Tired of waiting in a long line to use the bathroom? The internet may offer a solution. (Japan Times)

Feb 17
The operator of the crippled Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power plant says it suspended a survey by a robot at one of its reactors after the device stopped working. (NHK)

Feb 16
When Pokémon GO launched last summer, fans were overjoyed at its astounding scale. 142 Pocket Monsters, who could be hiding literally anywhere? Simply amazing. (rocketnews24.com)

Feb 14
An electrical circuit problem may have led to the recent failure of the launch of the world’s smallest rocket capable of placing a satellite into orbit, Japan’s space agency said Monday. (Japan Times)

Feb 12
An experiment was conducted in central Tokyo Saturday to see if drones can efficiently gather information and provide evacuation instructions for people faced with difficulties in going home in times of major disaster. (Jiji)

Feb 07
Japan’s space agency says its cargo ship Kounotori 6 has ended its mission after failing to test new technology for removing space debris. (NHK)