24/7 News Coverage About Japan
September 04, 2018
When cars fly? Japan wants airborne vehicles to take off

Tokyo (AFP) Aug 29, 2018
It might sound like pie in the sky, but Japan's government is banking on a future with flying cars, launching an initiative Wednesday with the private sector to develop futuristic vehicles. The initiative aims to draw up a roadmap by the end of the year on commercialising flying cars, a concept that so far remains largely theoretical. Japanese government officials are partnering with companies including Boeing and Airbus, as well as major Japanese firms like All Nippon Airways, Japan Airlines, N ... read more

Japan claims China 'escalating' military actions
Tokyo (AFP) Sept 3, 2018
Japan's defence chief on Monday warned the country faces a tough security environment, with China and Russia stepping up military activity and North Korea posing "imminent threats". ... more
N. Korea-Japan summit must help resolve abduction issue: Abe
Tokyo (AFP) Sept 2, 2018
Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe said any summit he holds with North Korea's Kim Jong Un must tackle abducted citizens, an issue that has bedevilled relations between the two countries for decades. ... more
China dismisses Japan protest over barred reporter
Beijing (AFP) Aug 30, 2018
China on Thursday told Japan to "rein in its journalists" after Tokyo lodged a protest over Beijing blocking a Japanese reporter from covering a meeting between top diplomats from the two countries. ... more
China is hot spot of ground-level ozone pollution
Boulder CO (SPX) Sep 04, 2018
In China, people breathe air thick with the lung-damaging pollutant ozone two to six times more often than people in the United States, Europe, Japan, or South Korea, according to a new assessment. ... more

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Strongest typhoon in quarter century hits Japan
Tokyo (AFP) Sept 4, 2018
The strongest typhoon to hit Japan in 25 years made landfall Tuesday, with more than a million people urged to evacuate to escape violent winds and heavy rainfall. ... more
Japan braces for 'very strong' typhoon
Tokyo (AFP) Sept 2, 2018
Japan on Sunday braced for a "very strong" typhoon, with authorities warning of high waves, floods and landslides, including in areas hit by deadly flooding earlier this year. ... more
Mystery solved as to why algae balls float and sink
Bristol UK (SPX) Aug 31, 2018
Scientists from the University of Bristol have uncovered the age-old mystery of why marimo algae balls sink at night and float during the day. The balls are a rare form of algae found naturall ... more
Japan eyes record defence budget amid N. Korea, China threats
Tokyo (AFP) Aug 31, 2018
Japan's defence ministry on Friday made its biggest-ever budget request, seeking better missile defence and bolstered air power amid ongoing threats from North Korea and China. ... more
Structural fluctuation evaluation in substances from measurement data
Kumamoto, Japan (SPX) Aug 30, 2018
Microstructure analysis of materials is a key technology for new material research. Using an information extraction technique called sparse modeling, a collaboration of researchers led by Professor ... more
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North Korea still 'serious and imminent threat': Japan
Tokyo (AFP) Aug 28, 2018
North Korea still poses a "serious and imminent threat", Japan said Tuesday in its first annual defence review since tensions eased on the Korean peninsula. ... more
Japan protests as reporter blocked from covering China FM
Tokyo (AFP) Aug 30, 2018
Japan has lodged a protest with China about freedom of speech after Beijing blocked a Japanese reporter from covering a meeting between top diplomats from the two countries. ... more
Water vapor annealing technique on diamond surfaces for next-generation power devices
Kanazawa, Japan (SPX) Aug 29, 2018
Diamonds are adored for their dazzling beauty, often displayed in exquisite jewelry. But, this solid form of carbon is also renowned for its outstanding physical and electronic properties. In ... more
Controversial Fukushima nuclear statue to be removed
Tokyo (AFP) Aug 29, 2018
A giant statue of a child wearing a radiation suit in the Japanese city of Fukushima will be removed after it sparked a huge controversy in the nuclear-hit area. ... more
Particles collected by Hayabusa give absolute age of asteroid Itokawa
Osaka, Japan (SPX) Aug 28, 2018
Understanding the origin and time evolution of near-Earth asteroids (NEAs) is an issue of scientific interest and practical importance because they are potentially hazardous to the Earth. However, w ... more

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Particles collected by spacecraft help date ancient asteroid Itokawa
Washington (UPI) Aug 27, 2018
For the first time, scientists have used particles collected in space to establish the age of an asteroid. ... more
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NKorea still 'serious and imminent threat': Japan
Tokyo (AFP) Aug 28, 2018
North Korea still poses a "serious and imminent threat", Japan said Tuesday in its first annual defence review since tensions eased on the Korean peninsula. ... more
Marines conduct field test of laser-based communications system
Washington (UPI) Aug 27, 2018
The 7th Communication Battalion, III Marine Expeditionary Force Information Group performed field testing of a new Free Space Optics system at Camp Hansen, Okinawa, Japan. ... more
What's behind the retreating kelps and expanding corals?
Sapporo, Japan (SPX) Aug 27, 2018
Climate change and other external forces are causing rapid marine community shifts in Japan's coastal ecosystems. Better understanding of species distribution dynamics, as driven by these factors, c ... more
Transport disruption as typhoon batters Japan
Tokyo (AFP) Aug 24, 2018
A strong typhoon barrelled toward Japan's northern island Friday after churning over parts of western Japan already hit by deadly flooding last month, but while transport links were disrupted, injuries and damages were limited. ... more
Toyota pours $500 mn into driverless car tie-up with Uber
Tokyo (AFP) Aug 28, 2018
Toyota will pump about $500 million into ride-share firm Uber as part of a deal to work together on mass-producing self-driving vehicles, the Japanese car giant said on Tuesday. ... more
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US firefighters battle suicidal thoughts after the blaze
Yorba Linda, United States (AFP) Sept 3, 2018
Matt Shobert opens his eyes and wishes he was dead, a recurrent thought that started four years ago when the former firefighter first contemplated taking his own life. He is not the only one: some of his comrades suffer in silence, and some end up committing suicide. Fighting forest fires such as those that have ravaged the western regions of the United States this summer means days that ... more
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+ Mogherini urges 'practical solutions' to continue migrant mission
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+ Italy to push EU to rotate ports for migrant arrivals
+ 'Dialogue of the deaf' pits Italy against EU on migrants
+ Facebook move on Myanmar raises thorny political questions
New compact hyperspectral system captures 5-D images
Washington DC (SPX) Aug 30, 2018
Researchers have developed a compact imaging system that can measure the shape and light-reflection properties of objects with high speed and accuracy. This 5D hyperspectral imaging system - so-called because it captures multiple wavelengths of light plus spatial coordinates as a function of time - could benefit a variety of applications including optical-based sorting of products and identifyin ... more
+ Access to 3D printing is changing the work in research labs
+ Chilled And Checked, Shaken And Not Stirred
+ Friction loss at first contact: The material does not forgive
+ Ironing out the difficulties of moving fluids in space
+ A new way to remove ice buildup without power or chemicals
+ Researchers use acoustic forces to print droplets that couldn't be printed before
+ Kiel research team increases adhesiveness of silicone using the example of beetles

Shedding light on shallow waters
Paris (ESA) Aug 28, 2018
Keeping an eye on our waters is more important than ever, as widespread drought continues to sweep Europe this summer. Earth's changing sea levels are crucial indicators of how our environment is fairing, but monitoring it manually can be a labour-intensive, expensive, and at times even dangerous task. Coastal areas provide additional complications, as shifting seabeds and currents m ... more
+ Mystery solved as to why algae balls float and sink
+ Sea squirts provide insights into gut defense evolution
+ China visa spat hits Pacific summit in Nauru
+ Trace metals in the air make big splash on life under the sea
+ Bolivia petitions ICJ over Chilean border river source
+ UN begins talks on treaty to protect imperiled high seas
+ With rising sea levels, Bangkok struggles to stay afloat
Cannibalistic materials feed on themselves to grow new nanostructures
Oak Ridge TN (SPX) Sep 04, 2018
Scientists at the Department of Energy's Oak Ridge National Laboratory induced a two-dimensional material to cannibalize itself for atomic "building blocks" from which stable structures formed. The findings, reported in Nature Communications, provide insights that may improve design of 2D materials for fast-charging energy-storage and electronic devices. "Under our experimental condi ... more
+ First-ever colored thin films of nanotubes created
+ Nanotubes change the shape of water
+ Fast visible-UV light nanobelt photodetector
+ Big-picture thinking can advance nanoparticle manufacturing
+ Hybrid nanomaterials bristle with potential
+ Nanotube 'rebar' makes graphene twice as tough
+ Individual silver nanoparticles observed in real time
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Russian military successfully test-fires new interceptor missile
Moscow (Sputnik) Aug 30, 2018
According to the Russian Defense Ministry's statement, the new missile interceptor has reliably confirmed its performance specifications and successfully accomplished the set task by destroying a simulated target with a required accuracy. "An air and missile defense unit of the Russian Aerospace Forces has carried out another successful test of a new interceptor missile at the Sary Shagan ... more
+ PeopleTec receives ballistic missile defense engineering contract
+ TOTE Services contracted for SBX-1 ballistic missile tracking radar
+ Lockheed receives contract for missile warning satellites
+ Sweden to purchase PAC-3 MSE missile defense system
+ Lockheed receives contract for Aegis ballistic missile defense
+ One dead, 11 wounded as Saudi intercepts Yemen rebel missile
+ Romania minister under fire over 'ballistic' gaffe
China tests propulsion system of space station's lab capsules
Beijing, China (SPX) Aug 30, 2018
Engineers have successfully tested the propulsion system of China's planned space station lab capsules, a key step in its space station program. Weighing 66 tonnes, the space station will comprise a core module and two lab capsules. The propulsion system will determine whether lab capsules can move in space. Engineers designed 36 engines for the propulsion system with four to adjust ... more
+ China unveils Chang'e-4 rover to explore Moon's far side
+ China's SatCom launch marketing not limited to business interest
+ China to launch space station Tiangong in 2022, welcomes foreign astronauts
+ China solicits international cooperation experiments on space station
+ Growing US unease with China's new deep space facility in Argentina
+ China developing in-orbit satellite transport vehicle
+ PRSS-1 Satellite in Good Condition

If military robot falls, it can get itself up
Aberdeen Proving Ground, MD (SPX) Sep 04, 2018
Scientists at the U.S. Army Research Laboratory and the Johns Hopkins University Applied Physics Laboratory have developed software to ensure that if a robot falls, it can get itself back up, meaning future military robots will be less reliant on their Soldier handlers. Based on feedback from Soldiers at an Army training course, ARL researcher Dr. Chad Kessens began to develop software to ... more
+ Robot teachers invade Chinese kindergartens
+ UNC builds better particle tracking software using artificial intelligence
+ Activists urge killer robot ban 'before it is too late'
+ Sony to release AI-infused robotic pups in the US
+ Must do better: Japan eyes AI robots in class to boost English
+ Robot wars: China shows off automated doctors, teachers and combat stars
+ UCLA-developed artificial intelligence device identifies objects at the speed of light
Hong Kong ushers mainland workers into new station
Hong Kong (AFP) Sept 4, 2018
Staff from mainland China quietly took up their posts at a new high-speed rail station in Hong Kong Tuesday in a move criticised by opponents as giving away the city's territory. Hong Kong enjoys rights unseen on the mainland - including freedom of speech - as part of a handover deal between Britain and China, but there are fears those liberties are increasingly under threat from Beijing. ... more
+ Chinese police arrest 46 after violent protest over schooling
+ Chinese bridge pushes Maldives deeper in debt: opposition
+ World leaders ignore rights in China: censored author Yan
+ It's a bird... it's a train... China pigeon racers cause flap with rail ruse
+ Hong Kong democracy group says members were detained in China
+ Given the right to larger families, Chinese may hold off
+ China may scrap two-child limit: report
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UB scientists await launch of NASA ice-monitoring satellite
Buffalo NY (SPX) Aug 31, 2018
As the Sept. 15 launch date for NASA's new ice-monitoring satellite approaches, University at Buffalo scientists are among many worldwide who are counting down the days. They're excited, but nervous, too. That's what happens when your future research is reliant on equipment that's going to be hurled, atop a flaming rocket, into the harsh environs of outer space. Or when - as in the case of ... more
+ China is hot spot of ground-level ozone pollution
+ Ocean satellite Sentinel-6A beginning to take shape
+ NASA launching Advanced Laser to measure Earth's changing ice
+ Teledyne e2v ultraviolet laser detector technology deployed on Aeolus
+ Aeolus wind satellite launched
+ Wind mission ready for next phase
+ A study by MSU scientists will help specify the models of the Earth atmosphere circulation

Brazil court lifts ban on glyphosate weedkiller
Brasília (AFP) Sept 3, 2018
An appellate court on Monday lifted a court-ordered suspension of licenses in Brazil for products containing glyphosate, an industrial weedkiller in common use in Latin America's agricultural powerhouse. Federal appeals court judge Kassio Marques ruled that "nothing justified" the suspension by a lower court, saying it had been abruptly imposed "without previous analysis of the grave impact ... more
+ Epigenome of bread wheat mapped to piece together its genetic heritage
+ Angry French farmers sow Chinese-owned field in investor protest
+ France's ban on bee-killing pesticides begins Saturday
+ Hong Kong dim sum favourite faces uncertain future
+ Global warming will make insects hungrier, eating up key crops: study
+ Environmentally friendly farming practices used by a third of global farms
+ Plant biodiversity essential to bee health
Water worlds could support life, study says
Chicago IL (SPX) Sep 03, 2018
The conditions for life surviving on planets entirely covered in water are more fluid than previously thought, opening up the possibility that water worlds could be habitable, according to a new paper from the University of Chicago and Pennsylvania State University. The scientific community has largely assumed that planets covered in a deep ocean would not support the cycling of minerals a ... more
+ Scientist develops database for stellar-exoplanet "exploration"
+ Rutgers scientists identify protein that may have existed when life began
+ Infant exoplanet weighed by Hipparcos and Gaia
+ Infant exoplanet weighed by Hipparcos and Gaia
+ Discovery of a structurally 'inside-out' planetary nebula
+ Under pressure, hydrogen offers a reflection of giant planet interiors
+ Scientists discovered organic acid in a protoplanetary disk
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Deadly 'rat fever' in flood-ravaged Indian state
Kochi, India (AFP) Sept 4, 2018
"Rat fever" and other diseases have killed 14 people in the southern Indian state of Kerala after the worst floods in almost a century, authorities said Tuesday. The separate death toll from the monsoon floods that forced more than a million people from their homes in Kerala last month has meanwhile risen to 486, the government said. "We had anticipated leptospirosis (rat fever) due to c ... more
+ China culls 38,000 pigs as swine fever spreads
+ NASA investment in cholera forecasts helps save lives in Yemen
+ Temperature model predicts transmission of mosquito-borne virus
+ China's swine fever outbreak may spread in Asia: FAO
+ Scientists track how yellow fever raced through Brazil
+ China culls thousands of pigs as African swine fever spreads
+ China sacks regional officials as vaccine scandal mounts
China hosts African leaders amid aid criticism
Beijing (AFP) Sept 3, 2018
China hosts African leaders Monday for a summit aimed at promoting Beijing's vision for development on the continent, even as it finds itself increasingly criticised over its debt-heavy approach to foreign aid. President Xi Jinping and leaders from across the continent will meet at the two-day Forum on China-Africa Cooperation (FOCAC), with talks expected to focus on Xi's cherished "Belt and ... more
+ Boko Haram military base attack death toll hits 48
+ China's Xi says 'no strings attached' to Africa investments
+ China-Africa summit to target investment despite debt worries
+ Bomb kills 5 Kenyan soldiers near Somali border
+ Jihadist leader killed in Mali French airstrike: army
+ Two police killed in restive anglophone Cameroon
+ Archaeologists uncover ancient monumental cemetery in Kenya

UAE announces first astronauts to go to space
Dubai (AFP) Sept 3, 2018
The United Arab Emirates has selected its first two astronauts to go on a mission to the International Space Station, Dubai's ruler said Monday. Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashed al-Maktou named the new astronauts as Hazza al-Mansouri, 34, and 37-year-old Sultan al-Neyadi. Writing on Twitter, he said the duo "raise the bar of ambitions for future Emirati generations". Sheikh Mohammed, the U ... more
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+ NASA competition aims to convert carbon dioxide on Mars into useful products
+ Lockheed Martin begins final assembly on NASA's Orion
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Israel does not rule out striking Iranian targets in Iraq
Jerusalem (AFP) Sept 3, 2018
Israeli Defence Minister Avigdor Lieberman on Monday signalled his country could strike Iranian targets in Iraq if they threatened Israel, saying it would hit wherever necessary. "We will face any Iranian threat, no matter where it comes from," Lieberman said in response to a question about reports that Iran had provided ballistic missiles to allied Shiite militias in Iraq in recent months. ... more
+ Developer of North Korea missiles, nuclear weapons dies
+ Iran tells UN court 'time running out' under US sanctions
+ US accuses Iran of bad faith over sanctions lawsuit
+ Moscow blocks UN sanctions on Russian entities over NKorea ban
+ Iran rejects French call for wider talks
+ S. Korea's Moon to send special envoy to N. Korea next week
+ China slams Trump's 'irresponsible and absurd logic' on N. Korea
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