SCI-TECH

Jul 29
Japanese astronaut Koichi Wakata says the pressure he felt while serving as the commander of the International Space Station was like nothing he had experienced before. (NHK)
Jul 29
A maternity clinic in Nagano Prefecture has overseen the birth of 118 babies to 79 married couples using sperm from the husbands’ fathers, it has been learned. (The Japan News)
Jul 29
Sierra Nevada Corp. (SNC), based in Nevada, announced last week that it had signed a memorandum of understanding with the Japanese Aerospace Exploration Agency (JAXA). Under the agreement, the two will explore the possibility of adopting Japanese technologies in the Dream Chaser, a manned spacecraft under development by SNC. (The Japan News)
Jul 27
The city government of Satsumasendai and Kagoshima Prefecture on Sunday provided residents near the Sendai nuclear power station with iodine preparations in case of an accident at the plant owned by Kyushu Electric Power Co. <9508>. (Jiji Press)
Jul 27
Fukushima Prefecture’s Arakawa River has been deemed to be the cleanest river in Japan by the federal Ministry of Land, Infrastructure, Transport, and Tourism. (straight.com)
Jul 26
A volcanic island off Japan’s southern coast continues to smoulder with lava flowing from its craters into the sea, new aerial images showed Friday, July 25. (rappler.com)
Jul 25
Wild monkeys in the Fukushima region of Japan have blood abnormalities linked to the radioactive fall-out from the 2011 nuclear power plant disaster, according to a new scientific study that may help increase the understanding of radiation on human health. (The Guardian)
Jul 25
Eight historic machines were given Mechanical Engineering Heritage status for fiscal 2014, including snow vehicles used in 1968 by the first Japanese team to reach the South Pole. (The Japan News)
Jul 25
A bolt of lightning strikes over Tokyo skyscrapers in Tokyo on Thursday night. (Japan Today)
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)