SCI-TECH – 6

Aug 01
Japan has decided to reduce its plutonium stockpile, in line with its principle of possessing only the amount necessary for peaceful use, the country’s nuclear panel said Tuesday, while failing to give a numerical target. (Japan Times)

Jul 21
The Japan Coast Guard says the latest volcanic eruption on a remote island in the Pacific Ocean is continuing.
(NHK)

Jul 20
Japan’s space agency says its Hayabusa2 probe is shedding more light on the features of the asteroid Ryugu. It says the celestial body’s surface temperatures range from 30 to 100 degrees Celsius.
(NHK)

Jul 19
Japan’s nuclear watchdog on Wednesday granted its first approval for a plan to reuse nuclear fuel taken out of decommissioned reactors in operational ones. (Japan Today)

Jul 13
NHK has learned that scientists now believe the asteroid Ryugu was likely formed from a collection of asteroid fragments.
(NHK)

Jul 13
A small eruption has been confirmed on an uninhabited island in the Pacific around 1,000 kilometers south of Tokyo, the weather agency said Thursday. (Kyodo)

Jul 07
A 6.0 magnitude earthquake shook Chiba Prefecture east of Tokyo on Saturday. (NHK)

Jul 05
Chiba Institute of Technology unveiled Wednesday a transformable machine that can play dual roles – as both a robot, fused with artificial intelligence technologies, and a vehicle to enhance personal mobility. (Japan Times)

Jul 04
Japan on Tuesday approved an energy plan that sets ambitious targets for nuclear energy use and sustains a struggling program for spent-fuel recycling despite setbacks after the 2011 Fukushima disaster.
(Japan Today)

Jun 30
The launch of what would have been Japan’s first privately developed rocket to reach outer space failed Saturday after it burst into flames seconds after liftoff, the Hokkaido-based developer said.
(Japan Times)