SCI-TECH – 8

Aug 22
The National Cancer Center will establish a system for cooperating on the development of cancer drugs with four medical institutions in South Korea, Taiwan, Singapore and Hong Kong, The Yomiuri Shimbun has learned. The scheme aims to expedite the approval of new drugs. (the-japan-news.com)

Aug 22
The operator of the crippled Fukushima Daiichi nuclear plant will begin the final phase of creating an underground ice wall on Tuesday. (NHK)

Aug 20
Japan has successfully launched a rocket carrying the third satellite for its own version of a global positioning system. (NHK)

Aug 20
The Oita city government in southwestern Japan is working to scare off farm-raiding wild monkeys using a drone decorated to look like a hawk — their natural enemy. (Japan Today)

Aug 18
Japanese and British researchers have found out that healthy sperm can be produced by making a kind of stem cell called iPS from sterile mice. (NHK)

Aug 18
A nonprofit organization based in Tokyo plans to identify the resting place of the Battleship Hiei (see below), which sank off the island of Guadalcanal during one of the fiercest battles of World War II. (the-japan-news.com)

Aug 18
A heavy-duty version of Japan’s H-2A rocket is now scheduled to lift off Saturday with a geostationary navigation satellite after a week-long delay to diagnose and resolve a leak in the rocket’s propulsion system, the Japanese space agency announced Wednesday. (spaceflightnow.com)

Aug 17
Japanese researchers say an extinct variety of otter formerly widespread across the country may still survive in southwestern Japan. The Japanese river otter was officially declared extinct in 2012. (NHK)

Aug 17
A giant tortoise that made a break from a Japanese zoo has been found safe and sound two weeks after it escaped — just 140 meters from the park. (Japan Today)

Aug 15
A giant panda cub at Tokyo’s Ueno Zoo is growing steadily 2 months after her birth. (NHK)