SCI-TECH

Sep 24
The Japanese government plans to submit a new law to the ordinary session of the 2018 Diet, in an effort to facilitate offshore power generation by setting out standards for operators installing wind turbines and the number of years of permitted operation. (Nikkei)

Sep 22
The number of adults strongly suspected of having diabetes in Japan has been estimated at 10 million, a 2016 survey by the health ministry showed Thursday. (Jiji)

Sep 21
The 100-day-old baby giant panda at Tokyo’s Ueno Zoo can now wobble a few steps by itself, according to pictures and a video released by the zoo on Wednesday. (Jiji)

Sep 19
Salmon have a lousy problem, and the race to solve it is spanning the globe. (Japan Today)

Sep 15
A team of Japanese and other researchers won this year’s Ig Nobel Biology Prize on Thursday for discovering an insect with sex-reversed genitals. (Jiji)

Sep 15
Japan’s space agency has unveiled a new observation satellite designed to allow more accurate predictions of global climate change. (NHK)

Sep 10
The National Institute of Information and Communications Technology (NICT) has released a video of auroras that are believed to have appeared due to a solar flare – an explosion on the sun’s surface – that occurred on Wednesday. (the-japan-news.com)

Sep 10
A worker dismantling tanks at Japan’s wrecked Fukushima Daiichi nuclear plant was found to have been exposed to a small amount of radiation during a routine safety check on Friday, plant operator Tokyo Electric Power Co (TEPCO) said. (Japan Today)

Sep 09
Scientists say the disruptions in the Earth’s magnetic field caused by charged particles from the sun have passed their peak. But they are calling for continued caution for few more days as there could be more explosions on the surface of the sun.
(NHK)

Sep 09
strong earthquake has struck Akita Prefecture in northern Japan. Japan’s Meteorological Agency says a quake with an estimated magnitude of 5.2 occurred around 10:23 PM Japan Time on Friday. It says there is no risk of a tsunami. (NHK)