SCI-TECH NEWS

Mar 03
A woman who received Pfizer Inc.'s coronavirus vaccine has died, but so far there has been no link found between her death and the inoculation, the health ministry said Tuesday. (Kyodo)
Mar 03
A 24-year-old female koala kept at a zoo in Hyogo Prefecture has been recognized by Guinness World Records as the world’s oldest ever koala to be held in captivity, the facility said Tuesday. (Japan Times)
Mar 02
When a massive tsunami engulfed the north-eastern coastline of Japan a decade ago, it wiped out everything in its path, flattening villages, killing nearly 20,000 people and triggering a nuclear meltdown. (ABC News In-depth)
Mar 02
Japan's health ministry has allowed the Pfizer-BioNTech coronavirus vaccine to be transported and stored at temperatures commonly found in pharmaceutical freezers. (NHK)
Mar 02
Japan's health ministry says equipment storing coronavirus vaccines broke down at a medical institution, rendering about 1,000 doses unusable. (NHK)
Mar 01
The average sea level along Japan's coast in 2020 was the highest on record, rising more than 8 centimeters from the usual figure. (NHK)
Mar 01
The operator of the crippled Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power station has announced that it completed the removal of all remaining nuclear fuel assemblies from the storage pool of a reactor building for safe storage in a facility in the plant's compound. (NHK)
Mar 01
In Taiji, Japan, the dolphin hunting industry has shifted from killing dolphins for their meat to a more lucrative, but equally controversial industry—the capture of live animals for overseas "dolphin shows." (VICE Asia)
Feb 27
Whenever Nami Hamaura feels lonely, all she has to do is talk to her singing companion: a robot named “Charlie”, who will respond with some calming music. (South China Morning Post)
Feb 25
A panel of experts at Japan's health ministry has pointed out that the number of new cases of the coronavirus in the country has been declining at a slower pace since mid-February. (NHK)
Feb 24
NAGOYA – Toyota Motor Corp. on Tuesday began construction of a smart city at the foot of Mount Fuji in central Japan as a testing ground for new technologies including robotics and artificial intelligence. (Japan Times)
Feb 24
Since last year, Tokyo Electric Power Company Holdings Inc. (Tepco) left two broken seismometers unrepaired at the No. 3 reactor within its Fukushima No. 1 nuclear plant, officials said Monday. (Japan Times)
Feb 22
Japan has received its second shipment of the coronavirus vaccine developed by US pharmaceutical company Pfizer. (NHK)
Feb 22
Tokyo Electric Power Company has found that the pressure inside one of the reactor containment vessels at the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear plant has dropped. (NHK)
Feb 19
NHK has learned that a capsule used to bring back asteroid samples to Earth will be on display in March at a museum in Kanagawa Prefecture, south of Tokyo. (NHK)
Feb 19
Japan's health ministry has decided to require patients with serious cases of COVID-19 to remain hospitalized for at least 15 days after they start showing symptoms. (NHK)
Feb 17
Japan has begun vaccinating healthcare workers at medical facilities across the country. (NHK)
Feb 17
Japanese companies are moving to expand the country's still-nascent hydrogen fueling infrastructure, taking advantage of recent deregulation as Tokyo positions the fuel as central to its pivot away from carbon. (Nikkei)
Feb 17
Vaccinations that kicked off Wednesday in Japan are administered through intramuscular injection — the delivery of medication deep into the muscles — which is widespread in Western countries but not so in Japan. (Japan Times)
Feb 16
The number of patients with seasonal flu in Japan was below 100 during the first seven days of February. That's far below the levels seen before. (NHK)

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