SCI-TECH

Apr 30
An earthquake with an estimated magnitude of 4.5 rocked southwestern Japan on Friday afternoon, registering upper 5 on the seismic intensity scale of 7 in Yufu, Oita Prefecture. (Jiji Press)
Apr 29
The Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency, or JAXA, said Thursday it has given up attempts to restore control of the Hitomi X-ray astronomy satellite with which the agency lost communication. (Jiji Press)
Apr 28
A panel of scientists has presented to Japan’s Nuclear Regulation Authority an assessment that says a fault under a reactor in central Japan could slip sometime in the future. (NHK)
Apr 25
Telecom giant Softbank and a venture firm have jointly established a company that will work to sell an automated navigation system for buses by 2018. (NHK)
Apr 23
A prototype of Japan’s first domestically developed stealth jet made its 26-minute maiden flight in central Japan on Friday. (the-japan-news.com)
Apr 23
Japan’s Environment Ministry said Friday a chick has been hatched from an egg produced by a pair of wild crested ibises on Sado Island, Niigata Prefecture, central Japan. (Jiji Press)
Apr 22
Geological officials in Japan say the series of earthquakes in Kumamoto Prefecture has caused ground to shift over a vast area. (NHK)
Apr 22
The Japan Meteorological Agency has stopped announcing the probability of aftershocks in Kumamoto Prefecture because past occurrences are not providing the guide they did before, according to an agency official. (the-japan-news.com)
Apr 21
People in southwestern Japan have been experiencing frequent tremors for almost a week. The first strong earthquake hit Kumamoto Prefecture on April 14th. (NHK)
Apr 21
The latest scientific assessment paints a bleak future for the Pacific bluefin tuna, a sushi lovers’ favorite whose population has dropped by more than 97 percent from its past levels. (Japan Times)