SCI-TECH – 8

Nov 29
A highly contagious avian flu outbreak has been confirmed at poultry farms in Niigata and Aomori prefectures, forcing local governments to cull more than 300,000 chickens and ducks on Tuesday. (Japan Times)

Nov 29
Japan has confirmed avian influenza outbreaks in the northeastern prefecture of Aomori and the central prefecture of Niigata. (Jiji)

Nov 26
The influenza season has started in Japan, the second earliest on record since 1999, the health ministry said Friday. (Jiji)

Nov 24
Go master Cho Chikun triumphed in its final game against DeepZenGo, a Japanese artificial intelligence program, on Wednesday to win the three-game series 2-1. (Kyodo)

Nov 24
Seawall construction in tsunami-battered eastern Japan is coming along slowly, hindered by materials and labor shortages and objections from locals. (Nikkei)

Nov 23
Japan’s space agency has unveiled a new microsatellite that will be test-launched with a specially designed mini-rocket. (NHK)

Nov 23
The major earthquake that triggered tsunami in the Tohoku region Tuesday was caused by a type of jolt that is likely to cause tidal waves, according to the Meteorological Agency. (Japan Times)

Nov 23
Unexpected problems have dogged Japan’s newest shinkansen bullet train projects as delays in technology development force the government to push back deadlines, exposing a lack of follow-through. (Nikkei)

Nov 22
The Tokyo Electric Power Company says it has restored a cooling system at the Fukushima Daini nuclear power plant that briefly stopped after a powerful earthquake. (NHK)

Nov 21
Go master Cho Chikun on Sunday lost his second game with DeepZenGo, a Japanese artificial intelligence program, in a three-game match that began the previous day. (Jiji)