SCI-TECH

Jul 23
Rises in consumer electricity prices, caused in part by a backlog of unbuilt PV projects, could put Japan’s solar industry in serious danger of losing support, a Tokyo-based analyst has warned. (pv-tech.org)
Jul 23
The Environment Ministry is considering using groundwater welling up from subway tunnels to improve the water quality in moats surrounding the Imperial Palace, The Yomiuri Shimbun has learned. (The Japan News)
Jul 23
An agricultural research center in western Japan has developed and commercialized a ladybug as a biopesticide. (Jiji Press)
Jul 16
Japan’s nuclear watchdog on Wednesday effectively gave its approval for the restarting of two nuclear reactors in Kagoshima prefecture, southwestern Japan, recognizing their compliance with stricter safety regulations created after the Fukushima nuclear accident. (Wall Street Journal)
Jul 16
Fifty years ago this year, the first Shinkansen bullet train shot out of a station platform in Tokyo. (BBC)
Jul 16
Geological disturbances caused by the 2011 tremors mean Mt Fuji is in a ‘critical state’, say scientific researchers. (The Guardian)
Jul 15
Radioactive materials dispersed during work to remove rubble at the crippled Fukushima No. 1 nuclear power plant may have polluted rice more than 20 kilometers from the plant last year, it was learned on Monday. (Jiji Press)
Jul 15
Japan has been a late adopter when it comes to smartphones, but it’s catching up quickly – already more than half the population owns one. But Tokyo is a crowded city, and warnings are being issued about the risk of mass collisions among phone-using pedestrians at one busy crossing. (BBC)
Jul 14
Companies in Japan are among the world’s most vulnerable to cyber attacks, and threats against state entities have more than doubled since 2010. (nzherald.co.nz)
Jul 14
Reindeer farms and grazing Holstein cows dot a vast stretch of rolling green pasture here on Japan’s northern tip. Underground it’s a different story. (ndtv.com)