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24/7 News Coverage About Japan
October 10, 2017
NUKEWARS
Abe vows to tackle N. Korea threat ahead of Japan election



Tokyo (AFP) Oct 8, 2017
Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe vowed Sunday to impose "all possible pressure" on North Korea over its nuclear and missile programmes, promising to secure national security in a televised debate before a snap election. Official campaigning begins Tuesday for the October 22 election in the world's third largest economy. "Stepping up all possible pressure, we need to create a situation in which North Korea wants talks as it will change policy," Abe told the debate. "We will protect our coun ... read more

MISSILE NEWS
Japan to purchase AMRAAM missiles from United States
Washington (UPI) Oct 5, 2017
A potential sale by the United States of AIM-120C-7 Advanced Medium-Range Air-to-Air Missiles to Japan has won State Department approval. ... more
WATER WORLD
Did rapid sea-level rise drown fossil coral reefs around Hawaii?
Sydney, Australia (SPX) Oct 06, 2017
Investigations to predict changes in sea levels and their impacts on coastal systems are a step closer, as a result of international collaboration between the University of Sydney and researchers fr ... more
CIVIL NUCLEAR
Japan government, TEPCO liable for Fukushima crisis: court
Tokyo (AFP) Oct 10, 2017
Japan could have foreseen and avoided the 2011 Fukushima nuclear disaster, a court ruled on Tuesday, ordering the government and the power plant operator to pay damages to local residents. ... more
CAR TECH
Japan's Denso unveils $1 bn investment in US for electric cars
Washington (AFP) Oct 6, 2017
Japanese auto supply giant Denso announced plans Friday to invest $1 billion to expand its US operations to focus on technology for automotive safety and electric vehicles. ... more
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DISASTER MANAGEMENT
Radioactive cesium leajing into ocean 60 miles from Fukushima
Washington (UPI) Oct 3, 2017
Scientists have discovered a surprising new source of radioactive cesium some 60 miles from the Fukushima nuclear plant that was damaged by the 2011 earthquake and tsunami. ... more
DISASTER MANAGEMENT
Fukushima operator gets first safety approval since 2011 disaster
Tokyo (AFP) Oct 4, 2017
The operator of the crippled Fukushima nuclear plant cleared a major regulatory hurdle Wednesday to restart two reactors in Japan, its first since the 2011 tsunami sparked the worst atomic accident in decades. ... more
OIL AND GAS
11 dead, one missing after Chinese boat, HK tanker collide
Tokyo (AFP) Oct 6, 2017
Japanese coastguards said Friday they had discovered 11 bodies inside a Chinese fishing boat that capsized after a collision with a Hong Kong oil tanker off Japan's western coast the previous day. ... more
SOLAR SCIENCE
Scientists model magnetic storm that inspired red aurora over Kyoto
Washington (UPI) Oct 3, 2017
Scientists have modeled the extreme storm that triggered a vibrant red aurora atop Kyoto, Japan, in 1770. Researchers used historic accounts of the electromagnetic light show to estimate the storm's strength. ... more
SUPERPOWERS
Trump accepts Duterte's ASEAN summit invite after all
Washington (AFP) Sept 29, 2017
President Donald Trump has backed away from a threat to skip a summit with South East Asian leaders in the Philippines later this year, with the White House saying it had accepted an invitation from host Rodrigo Duterte. ... more
SHAKE AND BLOW
Tsunami enabled hundreds of aquatic species to raft across Pacific
Washington DC (SPX) Oct 02, 2017
The 2011 Japanese tsunami set the stage for something unprecedented. For the first time in recorded history, scientists have detected entire communities of coastal species crossing the ocean by floa ... more


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TRADE WARS
Macau casino scion rolls dice on Japan venture
Hong Kong, China (AFP) Oct 1, 2017
Casino magnate Lawrence Ho - son of Macau gaming legend Stanley Ho - is eyeing a major foray into Japan as he seeks to broaden his family's reach beyond the world's biggest gambling hub. ... more
SHAKE AND BLOW
After tsunami, ocean plastic acted as rafts for small sea life
Miami (AFP) Sept 28, 2017
After a tsunami hit Japan in 2011, hundreds of aquatic species migrated across the ocean to the US by hitching rides on debris that acted as rafts, researchers said Thursday. ... more
SUPERPOWERS
Japan opposition unites in election bid to topple Abe
Tokyo (AFP) Sept 28, 2017
Japan's main opposition Thursday decided not to run candidates in the upcoming election, effectively joining forces with a new party formed by popular Tokyo governor Yuriko Koike in a bid to topple Prime Minister Shinzo Abe. ... more
EARLY EARTH
Study: 3.95 billion-year-old rocks contain earliest traces of life
Washington (UPI) Sep 27, 2017
A team of Japanese researchers believe they've discovered the oldest known evidence of life on Earth. The scientists found signs of biological activity in 3.95 billion-year-old rocks from Labrador in northeast Canada. ... more



India's top court bans firecracker sales before Diwali
New Delhi (AFP) Oct 9, 2017
India's top court ordered a temporary ban on the sale of firecrackers in New Delhi on Monday, ahead of the Diwali festival that leaves the city shrouded in toxic smog. The decision comes a little over a week before Diwali - the Hindu festival of lights - when Delhi fills with acrid smoke from celebratory firecrackers set off day and night. The onset of winter usually worsens the situat ... more
Preston, United Kingdom (AFP) Oct 7, 2017
Hurricane survivors swap Caribbean seas for English peas
Tunis (AFP) Oct 9, 2017
At least 8 migrants drown as boat collides with navy vessel: Tunisia
New Orleans (AFP) Oct 8, 2017
US Gulf Coast begins cleanup after Nate proves weaker than expected
CONFERS to Establish "Rules of the Road" for On-Orbit Servicing of Satellites
Washington DC (SPX) Oct 06, 2017
"Rules of the road"-widely accepted norms of safety-related behavior based on common understanding-have existed in various forms over the centuries, and have evolved as new technologies have revolutionized how people and vehicles travel. But how are these "rules" created when common understanding of new capabilities is not yet established? This question plays directly into why DARPA has in ... more
Washington (UPI) Oct 5, 2017
Microlasers get a performance boost from a bit of gold
Washington (UPI) Oct 5, 2017
Students, researchers turn algae into renewable flip-flops
Livermore CA (SPX) Oct 06, 2017
Atomistic simulations go the distance on metal strength
Did rapid sea-level rise drown fossil coral reefs around Hawaii?
Sydney, Australia (SPX) Oct 06, 2017
Investigations to predict changes in sea levels and their impacts on coastal systems are a step closer, as a result of international collaboration between the University of Sydney and researchers from Japan, Spain, and the United States. Scientists globally are investigating just how quickly sea-level rise can occur as a result of global warming and ice sheets melting. Recent findings sugg ... more
Wellington (AFP) Oct 6, 2017
Pacific's Niue creates huge marine sanctuary
Ottawa (AFP) Oct 5, 2017
Shipping, fishing killed Canada right whales: autopsy
Valletta (AFP) Oct 5, 2017
Prince Charles warns 'plastic on the menu' in world's fish
Paper-based supercapacitor uses metal nanoparticles to boost energy density
Atlanta GA (SPX) Oct 09, 2017
Using a simple layer-by-layer coating technique, researchers from the U.S. and Korea have developed a paper-based flexible supercapacitor that could be used to help power wearable devices. The device uses metallic nanoparticles to coat cellulose fibers in the paper, creating supercapacitor electrodes with high energy and power densities - and the best performance so far in a textile-based superc ... more
Washington DC (SPX) Oct 05, 2017
Tungsten offers nano-interconnects a path of least resistance
Houston TX (SPX) Oct 05, 2017
Nanoscale islands dot light-driven catalyst
Berkeley CA (SPX) Oct 03, 2017
Nanoparticle supersoap creates 'bijel' with potential as sculptable fluid
US to sell $15 bn THAAD missile defense to Saudi Arabia
Washington (AFP) Oct 6, 2017
The US government has approved the sale to Saudi Arabia of the advanced Terminal High Altitude Area Defense (THAAD) missile defense system for $15 billion, the State Department said Friday. "This sale furthers US national security and foreign policy interests, and supports the long-term security of Saudi Arabia and the Gulf region in the face of Iranian and other regional threats," a stateme ... more
Sydney (AFP) Oct 3, 2017
Australia's new frigates to feature long-range missile defence system
Dallas TX (SPX) Sep 26, 2017
PAC-3 MSE Test Successful from Remote Launcher
Riyadh (AFP) Sept 24, 2017
Saudi intercepts Yemen rebel missile
China launches three satellites
Beijing (XNA) Oct 02, 2017
China launched three remote sensing satellites Friday on a Long March-2C rocket from Xichang Satellite Launch Center in southwest China's Sichuan Province. The Yaogan-30 01 satellites will conduct electromagnetic probes and other experiments. The launch is the 251st flight mission of the Long March rocket family. span class="BDL">Source: a href="http://news.xinhuanet.com">Xin ... more
Beijing (XNA) Oct 02, 2017
Mars probe to carry 13 types of payload on 2020 mission
Adelaide, Australia (XNA) Oct 03, 2017
UN official commends China's role in space cooperation
Beijing (XNA) Sep 22, 2017
China's cargo spacecraft separates from Tiangong-2 space lab
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Sensitivity to time improves performance at remotely controlling devices
Raleigh NC (SPX) Oct 09, 2017
A new study from North Carolina State University finds that people who are more sensitive to the passage of time are better at accounting for the latency - or time lag - inherent in remotely controlling robots or other tools. "There are many situations, from bomb disposal to remote surgeries, in which people want to remotely control devices," says Federico Scholcover, a Ph.D. student at NC ... more
Washington (AFP) Oct 5, 2017
Mattel scraps plan for digital assistant for kids
Hong Kong (SPX) Oct 03, 2017
Servosila introduces Mobile Robots equipped with Software Defined Radio payloads
Washington (AFP) Oct 4, 2017
DeepMind forms ethics unit for AI; Google unveils $49 mini assistant
Former Hong Kong leader appears in court over sandwich 'attack'
Hong Kong (AFP) Oct 4, 2017
Unpopular former Hong Kong leader Leung Chun-ying testified Wednesday in a case involving a sandwich thrown at him by a pro-democracy activist. The sandwich was aimed at Leung, the city's then leader, as he was on his way to vote in the September 2016 legislative election - but it missed and hit a police officer. In court, a stern-looking Leung occasionally smiled as he was questioned b ... more
Hong Kong (AFP) Oct 3, 2017
Hong Kong democracy activist in court for throwing 'smelly' sandwich
Hong Kong (AFP) Oct 1, 2017
Hong Kong migrant mothers sing for their distant children
Hong Kong (AFP) Oct 4, 2017
The making of Hong Kong's famous 'fire dragon'
Sentinel-5P poised for liftoff
Paris (ESA) Oct 10, 2017
With four days to liftoff, the next Sentinel satellite is now on the launch pad at the Plesetsk Cosmodrome in northern Russia. The rocket will be fuelled two days before launch, set for Friday at 09:27 GMT (11:27 CEST). The Sentinel-5P satellite has been at the cosmodrome since early September going through a series of tests and being readied for the big day. After being sealed from ... more
Beijing (XNA) Oct 10, 2017
China launches remote sensing satellite for Venezuela
Schriever AFB CO (SPX) Oct 09, 2017
Satellite transmissions cease, no impact to weather mission
Pasadena CA (JPL) Oct 06, 2017
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Genetically boosting the nutritional value of corn could benefit millions
Brunswick NJ (SPX) Oct 10, 2017
Rutgers scientists have found an efficient way to enhance the nutritional value of corn - the world's largest commodity crop - by inserting a bacterial gene that causes it to produce a key nutrient called methionine, according to a new study. The Rutgers University-New Brunswick discovery could benefit millions of people in developing countries, such as in South America and Africa, who dep ... more
Washington DC (SPX) Oct 10, 2017
Sustainable irrigation may harm other development goals
Miami (AFP) Oct 5, 2017
Bee-harming pesticides in 75 percent of honey worldwide: study
Urbana IL (SPX) Oct 09, 2017
Are we at a tipping point with weed control?
Biomarker Found In Space Complicates Search For Life On Exoplanets
Paris (ESA) Oct 06, 2017
A molecule once thought to be a useful marker for life as we know it has been discovered around a young star and at a comet for the first time, suggesting these ingredients are inherited during the planet-forming phase. The discovery of methyl chloride was made by the ground-based Atacama Large Millimeter/submillimeter Array (ALMA) in Chile, and by ESA's Rosetta spacecraft following Comet ... more
Sydney, Australia (SPX) Oct 09, 2017
Are Self-Replicating Starships Practical
University Park, PA (SPX) Oct 09, 2017
New telescope attachment allows ground-based observations of new worlds
Pasadena CA (JPL) Oct 06, 2017
The Super-Earth that Came Home for Dinner
Scientists are successfully breeding disease-resistance into mosquitoes
Washington (UPI) Sep 29, 2017
While other mosquito-borne diseases have captured headlines in recent years, malaria remains the most problematic. Every year, several hundred million people become infected and a few hundred thousand perish. But a recent breakthrough in the genetic modification could help breed disease-resistance into mosquito populations and eradicate malaria altogether. Malaria is caused by a ... more
Boston MA (SPX) Oct 02, 2017
New test rapidly diagnoses Zika
Cincinnati OH (SPX) Sep 26, 2017
UC research shows ticks are even tougher and nastier than you thought
Paris (AFP) Sept 26, 2017
A sixth of new HIV patients in Europe 50 or older: study
Rwanda military uses torture to force confessions: HRW
Kigali (AFP) Oct 10, 2017
Rwanda's military has used asphyxiation, electric shock and mock executions to torture confessions out of detainees, Human Rights Watch said in a report published Tuesday. The rights watchdog confirmed 104 cases of people being illegally detained and tortured in Rwandan military detention centres between 2010 and 2016, according to the 91-page report, which estimates the true figure is much ... more
Niamey (AFP) Oct 5, 2017
Three US Green Berets killed in Niger
Monrovia (AFP) Oct 6, 2017
Liberian women hold mass fast for peaceful elections
Paris (AFP) Oct 9, 2017
New witness emerges over Rwandan genocide: French legal source
Daily Newsletters - Space - Military - Environment - Energy
Roscosmos: International Space Exploration to Continue Despite Geopolitical Situation
Paris (Sputnik) Oct 10, 2017
Russian state space corporation claims that complicated geopolitical situation is unlikely to have a negative impact on the development of the international cooperation in space exploration. Complicated geopolitical situation is unlikely to have a negative impact on the development of the international cooperation in space exploration, Russia's Roscosmos state space corporation Deputy Dire ... more
Washington (UPI) Oct 4, 2017
Alaska antenna to improve NASA's space communications system
Washington DC (SPX) Oct 05, 2017
USNO Astronomers Measure New Distances To Nearby Stars
Houston TX (SPX) Oct 05, 2017
NASA May Extend BEAM's Time on the International Space Station
Air Force contracts for upgraded ICBM launch system
Washington (UPI) Oct 5, 2017
Lockheed Martin and Rockwell Collins are to upgrade a system enabling aircraft to control the ground launch of intercontinental ballistic missiles, the Air Force announced this week. U.S. Air Force Global Strike Command said the two contacts are for three years and worth $81 million each. "The Airborne Launch Control System provides the strategic capability of survivable airborne ... more
Seoul (AFP) Oct 10, 2017
The rise of Kim Jong-Un's sister and image maker
Washington (AFP) Oct 6, 2017
Nobel Prize sends a nuclear message to Trump
United Nations, United States (AFP) Oct 9, 2017
Nobel winning anti-nuclear group urges Trump not to quit Iran deal


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