SCI-TECH

Apr 26
Japan’s catches of smaller Pacific bluefin tuna this season are very close to topping the annual limit set under an international accord for resources conservation. (the-japan-news.com)

Apr 18
The number of rockets Japan will launch for its key space projects will total a record figure of eight in fiscal 2017. (Nikkei)

Apr 15
Police in Chiba Prefecture, near Tokyo, say car dealers caused injuries to two people by putting too much trust in self-driving technology. (NHK)

Apr 15
A Nagoya University team said Friday it has become the first in the world to synthesize a carbon nanobelt, coming close to the development of a technique to produce homogeneous carbon nanotubes. (Jiji)

Apr 08
Viewers of a television program that introduces mysteries of the world did a double take after an episode broadcast earlier this week claimed the moon doesn’t rotate, reports ITMedia (tokyoreporter.com)

Apr 04
The Japan Agency for Marine-Earth Science and Technology on Monday opened online its new Deep-Sea Debris Database, which features videos and images of trash taken in deep waters, including by its Shinkai 6500 manned research submarine. (Jiji)

Apr 03
Two aquariums in Japan said Sunday they canceled their membership of the Japanese Association of Zoos and Aquariums due to the organization’s decision to no longer allow the acquisition of dolphins caught in controversial drive hunts off the town of Taiji. (Kyodo)

Mar 29
Groups of Japanese researchers say they have successfully transplanted iPS cells derived from a donor into a patient suffering from a serious eye disease. (NHK)

Mar 27
A team of researchers in Japan has succeeded in filming the moment when an Amami rabbit, a rare species, was preyed on by a feral cat. (NHK)

Mar 26
After several months of quiet, a vulcanian-type explosion occurred this afternoon (25 Mar) shortly after 18h local time(18:03). (volcanodiscovery.com)