SCI-TECH

Mar 28
Japanese research whaling vessels have returned to a port in Yamaguchi Prefecture, western Japan, after completing a survey expedition in the Antarctic Ocean. The expedition was unusual in that it did not involve catching any whales. (NHK)
Mar 26
Officials at Japan’s space agency have launched a rocket carrying an imaging satellite to gather intelligence for national security purposes. (NHK)
Mar 26
Two Japanese biologists won the 2015 Canada Gairdner International Awards, a prestigious prize in the medical and life science fields, the Gairdner Foundation has announced. ()
Mar 26
An expert panel of the Nuclear Regulation Authority (NRA) has concluded again that a fracture zone running just below the No. 2 reactor of the Tsuruga nuclear power plant in Fukui Prefecture is an active fault. (The Japan News)
Mar 26
A nesting ground of Bryan’s shearwaters, a rare seabird species once believed extinct, was found for the first time in the world on an uninhabited island nearly 1,000 kilometers south of Tokyo, researchers said. (Asahi)
Mar 25
Pacific bluefin tuna face extinction not only in the wild but also in a Tokyo aquarium where mysterious deaths of the species in a huge tank have plagued marine experts since late last year. (Japan Times)
Mar 24
Forty-one kinds of animals and plants will be newly designated as national endangered species, the Environment Ministry announced on Monday. (The Japan News)
Mar 23
The government has drafted an emergency action plan to prepare for a major earthquake in the Nankai Trough running south of Japan’s mainland, forecast to cause massive damage along a wide swath of the country facing the Pacific Ocean, sources close to the plan said Sunday. (Kyodo)
Mar 20
New tests show almost all of the fuel inside one of the Fukushima nuclear plant’s reactors has melted, its operator said Thursday, the latest step in the clean-up after Japan’s worst ever nuclear crisis. (Japan Today)
Mar 19
A faintly red aurora borealis appeared in the night sky here March 18, the first time in a decade that nature’s light show has been observed in Japan. (Asahi)