SCI-TECH

Dec 20
The Ministry of Labor, Health and Welfare and the National Institute of Infectious Diseases said Friday that an influenza epidemic is spreading across Japan. (Japan Today)
Dec 20
The probability for the Kanto region to be hit by a powerful earthquake – lower 6 or higher on the Japanese intensity scale of 7 – within 30 years has risen, the government panel’s latest quake probability map showed Friday. (The Japan News)
Dec 19
Solar winds suddenly speed up when they reach a certain distance from the sun, according to Japanese researchers, who announced the discovery Dec. 18. (Asahi)
Dec 19
A researcher embroiled in a fabrication scandal that has rocked Japan’s scientific establishment said Friday she would resign after failing to reproduce results of what was once billed as a ground-breaking study on stem cells. (Japan Today)
Dec 19
The first filling station in the Kanto area for fuel cell cars that run on compressed hydrogen gas opened in Tokyo’s Nerima Ward on Thursday. (Japan Today)
Dec 19
The British scientific journal Nature has picked Japanese eye doctor Masayo Takahashi as one of 10 people “who mattered in science” this year. (Jiji Press)
Dec 18
Embattled scientist Haruko Obokata has failed to produce so-called STAP cells in experiments at the Riken research institute, Riken officials and other sources said Thursday, indicating there is little likelihood of their existence. (Japan Times)
Dec 18
Tokyo Electric Power Co. said Wednesday that up to 6 tons of water have leaked after being processed with water-cleaning equipment at the Fukushima No. 1 power station at the center of the 2011 nuclear disaster. (Jiji Press)
Dec 18
A group of Japanese researchers has sought opinions from academic societies on guidelines it compiled for uterus transplants aimed at childbirth. (NHK)
Dec 17
Kansai Electric Power Company has shown to media special inspection procedures aimed at restarting 2 aging nuclear reactors at its plant in central Japan. (NHK)