SCI-TECH

Feb 01
Mitsubishi Heavy Industries Ltd. <7011> and the Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency, or JAXA, successfully launched a backup information gathering radar satellite on an H-2A rocket on Sunday. (Jiji Press)
Feb 01
Asians who crossed land bridges into today’s Ryukyu Islands more than 30,000 years ago encountered plenty of game. In addition to deer and boar, they hunted elephant and steppe bison until the larger mammals were hunted to extinction in Japan about 17,000 years ago. (Japan Times)
Jan 29
Japan’s space agency says its asteroid explorer Hayabusa2 is flying well after the launch in early December. (NHK)
Jan 28
Japan’s space agency plans to make another attempt to put its troubled Venus probe into orbit around the planet in December. (NHK)
Jan 28
A fossilized mandible apparently from a new category of early human has been discovered, an international research team said Tuesday. (Jiji Press)
Jan 27
The last surviving hagatsuo striped bonito kept in a tank at Tokyo Sea Life Park in Edogawa Ward, Tokyo, has died, the aquarium said Monday. (The Japan News)
Jan 24
The government is aiming to expand the domestic robot market to ¥2.4 trillion by 2020, four times its current size of ¥600 billion, by increasing opportunities to use robots in nursing care and other fields, according to sources. (The Japan News)
Jan 23
Tokyo Electric Power Company says it will not finish decontaminating water at the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear plant by the end of March as promised. (NHK)
Jan 23
Japanese prosecutors have stuck to their decision not to indict three former Tokyo Electric Power Co (Tepco) executives over their handling of the 2011 Fukushima disaster, but a rarely used citizen’s panel could still force an indictment. (Reuters)
Jan 22
As Japan heads into mid-winter weather, the number of influenza cases is rising. The National Institute of Infectious Diseases says that, this year, Japan is approaching a peak in the spread of influenza about three weeks earlier than usual. (Japan Times)