SCI-TECH

Apr 01
A Japanese government panel says Tokyo would become unable to function as the country’s capital in about three hours if a large-scale eruption of Mount Fuji were to occur.
(NHK)

Mar 30
A survey by an environmental group has found microplastics in 98 out of 100 locations in Japanese rivers and ports. Small pieces of plastic are a potential threat to ecosystems.
(NHK)

Mar 29
Loss of the ability to smell and taste can be an early sign of coronavirus infection, according to a growing number of reports from around the world. (Nikkei)

Mar 26
About 80 percent of COVID-19 patients from the virus-hit Diamond Princess cruise ship showed mild symptoms or none at all, according to a report compiled by the Self-Defense Forces Central Hospital. (Japan Times)

Mar 25
Toyota Motor and Japanese telecom giant NTT are forming a capital tie-up to advance developments toward a so-called “smart city.” The project is expected to incorporate the latest artificial intelligence and environmental technologies.
(NHK)

Mar 23
Despite Japan’s efforts to carry out more testing for the new coronavirus, medical experts have cast doubt on whether the country can provide adequate testing for citizens and promote effective policies to contain the outbreak. (Japan Today)

Mar 19
Japan’s relatively restrained approach to testing for the novel coronavirus has engendered public frustration, especially as neighboring South Korea makes a massive push with drive-through tests. (Nikkei)

Mar 18
Japan’s Environment Ministry says waste produced by decontamination work following the 2011 Fukushima Daiichi nuclear plant accident could leak at 12 locations in case of torrential rain.
(NHK)

Mar 17
Japan’s health ministry has released a map showing clusters of coronavirus infections in the country.
(NHK)

Mar 16
Officials in western Japan’s Mie Prefecture say a man who was a passenger on a cruise ship that was hit by the coronavirus has again tested positive after recovering from infection.
(NHK)