SCI-TECH

Oct 31
The Japanese government has drafted a new space development policy that will enhance its ability to provide security. The plan includes increasing the number of intelligence-gathering satellites. (NHK)
Oct 31
A “magic” wearable device was showcased at Omotesando Hills in Tokyo on Wednesday to celebrate its arrival in Japan. (Japan Times)
Oct 31
A Japanese team says it plans to sell heart muscle cells made from induced pluripotent stem, or iPS, cells, to test new medicines. (NHK)
Oct 31
Countries have agreed on a sharp cut in the catch of bluefin tuna in the Eastern Pacific starting in 2015. A similar agreement on the fish was reached earlier for other parts of the Pacific Ocean. (NHK)
Oct 30
Two years after Hayabusa’s challenging but successful return to Earth carrying samples from the Itokawa asteroid, its successor is scheduled to be launched next month to carry out a new mission. (The Japan News)
Oct 29
A small electrical fire broke out in an auxiliary building at the Genkai nuclear power plant in Saga Prefecture, western Japan. Workers used extinguishers to immediately put it out. (NHK)
Oct 29
The Wakayama prefectural government said Tuesday that up to 90,400 people in the western Japan prefecture would die in the event it is hit by a massive earthquake that would occur at the Nankai Trough off the nation’s Pacific coast and resultant huge tsunami. (Jiji Press)
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)