SCI-TECH

Nov 25
The government’s Earthquake Research Committee announced Sunday that the quake that rocked Nagano Prefecture on Saturday was highly likely to have been caused by a jolt along a section of the Kamishiro Fault, located in the northern area of the prefecture. (The Japan News)
Nov 23
Accommodations, transportation and other tourism-related services have rapidly sold out in and around Tanegashima island ahead of the Nov. 30 launch of the Hayabusa 2 asteroid probe there. (Asahi)
Nov 22
The Japan Meteorological Agency urged caution to late-season climbers on Nov. 20 after Mount Zaosan in northeastern Japan showed the strongest signs of volcanic activity this year. (Asahi)
Nov 22
A highly pathogenic avian influenza virus has been detected in duck droppings collected Tuesday in the town of Nagara in Chiba Prefecture, east of Tokyo, the Environment Ministry said Friday. (Jiji Press)
Nov 22
A rare waxy white southern bluefin tuna arrived at Tokyo’s Tsukiji fish market on Friday. (The Japan News)
Nov 21
A fault line running just below the No. 2 reactor of Japan Atomic Power Co.’s nuclear power plant in Tsuruga, Fukui Prefecture, is active, a panel of experts at the Nuclear Regulation Authority has concluded for the second time. (The Japan News)
Nov 20
An earthquake with a magnitude of 5.3 struck in the sea off Fukushima Prefecture at 10:51 a.m. Thursday, but no tsunami alert was issued by the Japan Meteorological Agency. (Japan Today)
Nov 19
Nearly a year has passed since a volcano erupted on a remote Japanese island in the Pacific Ocean. Nishinoshima Island, about 900 kilometers south of Tokyo, is still gushing out tons of lava. (NHK)
Nov 19
Tokyo Electric Power Co. apparently remains unable to stop the flows of radioactive water from the turbine building of a damaged reactor to underground tunnels at its disaster-hit Fukushima No. 1 power station, officials have said. (Jiji Press)
Nov 19
The Japanese government said Tuesday it has submitted a new research whaling plan to the International Whaling Commission’s Scientific Committee, setting an annual catch target of 333 minke whales in the Antarctic Ocean. (Jiji Press)