SCI-TECH – 2

Jan 30
The hay fever season is set to begin earlier than usual in Japan this year due to a warmer-than-average winter, a weather information provider said Wednesday. (Japan Times)

Jan 28
A Japanese group of researchers says it has conducted heart surgery using sheets of heart muscle cells made from iPS cells.
(NHK)

Jan 28
Operations have begun to remove a rare type of spent fuel made of plutonium-uranium mixed oxide from a nuclear reactor in central Japan, operator Kansai Electric Power Co. said Monday. (Japan Times)

Jan 25
A panel of Japanese experts says that over the next 30 years, many people living along the Nankai Trough face a higher chance of experiencing a deadly tsunami than being injured in a traffic accident.
(NHK)

Jan 23
The smelt fishing season has begun at last on a frozen lake in Gunma Prefecture, central Japan. It started 10 days later than usual because of higher temperatures. (NHK)

Jan 20
The agriculture ministry will propose a new law aimed at preventing the smuggling of genetic materials, such as fertilized eggs and semen, related to wagyu cattle to other countries. (Japan Times)

Jan 18
The Hiroshima High Court on Friday revoked a lower court decision and ordered Shikoku Electric Power Co. to suspend a reactor in western Japan, dealing a blow to the government’s bid to bring more reactors back online after the 2011 nuclear crisis. (Kyodo)

Jan 17
The report Thursday of Japan’s first case of the new coronavirus that emerged in China last month has underscored issues with Tokyo’s defenses against cross-border outbreaks as the region’s busiest travel season of the year begins. (Nikkei)

Jan 16
Wide areas along the Sea of Japan coast are experiencing a winter with record-low amounts of snow.
(NHK)

Jan 16
Scientists from Japan say they have succeeded in cultivating microbes that have the characteristics of eukaryotic cells. The finding may shed light on one of the major mysteries about the evolution of life.
(NHK)