24/7 News Coverage About Japan
July 31, 2019
ROCKET SCIENCE
Japan's MOMO-F4 private rocket falls into ocean minutes after takeoff



Tokyo, Japan (Sputnik) Jul 30, 2019
A Japanese space company Interstellar Technologies said on Saturday that its privately developed sounding rocket MOMO-F4 had successfully launched but fell down into the ocean shortly after due to an on-board computer systems failure that caused the engine to prematurely shut down. "Due to an abnormality of the spacecraft's on-board computer systems, the engine automatically shut down and the rocket safely splashed down to the ocean", IST said. The takeoff occurred at 4:20 p.m. local time (0 ... read more

SPACE TRAVEL
Japan's space agency develops new filter to recycle urine
Washington DC (UPI) Jul 26, 2019
July 25 (UPI) - Japan's astronauts could be drinking water distilled from their own urine in the near future, thanks to the latest innovation from Japan's space agency. Japan Aerospace Explora ... more
CHIP TECH
Extraordinarily thick organic light-emitting diodes solve nagging issues
Fukuoka, Japan (SPX) Jul 31, 2019
By combining thin organic layers with thick layers of hybrid perovskite, researchers at Kyushu University in Japan have developed micrometer-thick organic light-emitting diodes that could improve th ... more
SPACE TRAVEL
Japan's Noguchi to Be 1st Foreign Astronaut to Join New US Spacecraft Crew for ISS Mission
Moscow (Sputnik) Jul 24, 2019
Japanese astronaut Soichi Noguchi has been assigned to the crew of a new US spacecraft that will fly to the International Space Station (ISS) in the near future thus becoming the first foreign astro ... more
SUPERPOWERS
China-Russia joint exercise sends a message to Washington
Beijing (AFP) July 24, 2019
An unprecedented joint China-Russia bomber patrol over disputed territory off the coast of South Korea and Japan was a "massive development" in their bid to challenge US influence in the region, analysts said Wednesday. ... more


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SUPERPOWERS
Fort takes over as commander of Naval Forces Japan, Navy Region Japan
Washington (UPI) Jul 10, 2019
Rear Adm. Brian Fort was elevated to commander of U.S. Naval Forces Japan in a change of command ceremony Wednesday in Yokosuka, Japan. ... more
SUPERPOWERS
China defends air patrol with Russia after S. Korea, Japan fury
Beijing (AFP) July 24, 2019
China on Wednesday defended a joint air force exercise with Russia that triggered a furious response from regional US allies South Korea and Japan over a perceived airspace violation. ... more
NUKEWARS
N. Korean leader inspects new submarine as talks with US stall
Seoul (AFP) July 23, 2019
North Korean leader Kim Jong Un has inspected a new submarine, paying special attention to its combat weapons systems, a week after the nuclear-armed state warned looming military drills in the South could derail nuclear talks with Washington. ... more
NUKEWARS
SKorea fired warning shots at Russian warplane; Moscow denies violated airspace
Seoul (AFP) July 23, 2019
South Korean fighter jets fired over 400 warning shots and Japan complained to Moscow on Tuesday after a Russian military plane violated airspace claimed by both Seoul and Tokyo. ... more
CIVIL NUCLEAR
UN nuclear watchdog chief Amano dies at 72
Vienna (AFP) July 22, 2019
The head of the UN's nuclear watchdog, Yukiya Amano, has died after suffering poor health for some time, the International Atomic Energy Agency said on Monday, as international tensions run high over Iran's nuclear activities. ... more
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SUPERPOWERS
37 countries defend China over Xinjiang in UN letter
Geneva (AFP) July 12, 2019
UN ambassadors from 37 countries released a letter Friday defending China's treatment of Uighur and other minorities in the Xinjiang region, in direct response to Western criticism earlier this week. ... more
IRON AND ICE
Hayabusa-makes completes second asteroid touchdown to collect samples
Washington (UPI) Jul 11, 2019
Japan's asteroid-circling probe successfully executed a second touchdown on Thursday, collecting another sample from the surface of the space rock. ... more
IRON AND ICE
Japan's Hayabusa2 probe makes 'perfect' touchdown on asteroid
Tokyo (AFP) July 11, 2019
Japan's Hayabusa2 probe made a "perfect" touchdown Thursday on a distant asteroid, collecting samples from beneath the surface in an unprecedented mission that could shed light on the origins of the solar system. ... more
TRADE WARS
S. Korea warns of 'prolonged' export row with Japan
Seoul (AFP) July 10, 2019
South Korean President Moon Jae-in on Wednesday told top business leaders that Japan's ban on exports of chemicals crucial to the country's tech sector had caused an "unprecedented emergency" and warned of a drawn-out trade dispute. ... more
TRADE WARS
China says US trade issues are 'definitely' resolvable
Beijing (AFP) July 11, 2019
China said Thursday that the thorny trade issues plaguing relations with the United States are resolvable after fractious talks between the economic giants were kickstarted by the Trump-Xi meeting in Japan. ... more


US seeks to ease dispute between S.Korea, Japan

THE STANS
Ambassadors condemn China's treatment of Uighurs in Xinjiang
Geneva (AFP) July 10, 2019
More than 20 countries have written to top United Nations human rights officials condemning China's treatment of Uighur and other minorities in the western Xinjiang region, in a letter released Wednesday. ... more
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IRON AND ICE
Japan's asteroid probe Hayabusa2 set for final touchdown
Tokyo (AFP) July 10, 2019
Japan's Hayabusa2 probe began descending on Wednesday for its final touchdown on a distant asteroid, hoping to collect samples that could shed light on the evolution of the solar system. ... more
TRADE WARS
US-China trade officials aim to talk next week, officials say
Washington (AFP) July 5, 2019
US and Chinese officials are working to schedule a top-level trade talks by telephone next week but a face-to-face encounter has not been scheduled yet, US officials said Friday. ... more
SHAKE AND BLOW
More than a million ordered to shelters in rain-hit Japan
Tokyo (AFP) July 3, 2019
Japanese authorities have issued evacuation orders for more than one million people in southern parts of the country hit by heavy rains, a year after deadly floods that killed more than 200 people. ... more
WHALES AHOY
Japan whale restaurants cheer hunt resumption
Tokyo (AFP) July 3, 2019
"Two sashimis, three steaks," cries the waitress at one of Tokyo's most famous whale restaurants during a frantic lunchtime service where Japan's resumption of commercial whaling has cooked up new hope. ... more
NUKEWARS
Xi urged Trump to ease North Korea sanctions in 'timely' fashion
Beijing (AFP) July 2, 2019
Chinese President Xi Jinping urged US President Donald Trump to "show flexibility" towards North Korea, including the "timely" easing of sanctions, at the G20 summit last week, China's foreign minister said Tuesday. ... more
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Natural disasters cause greater havoc in 2019: Munich Re
Frankfurt Am Main (AFP) July 30, 2019
Natural disasters, some linked to climate change, caused $9.0 billion more damage in the first half of 2019 than last year, according to a toll published Tuesday by German reinsurer Munich Re. Between January and June, material damage mounted to $42 billion from 370 natural disasters around the globe, the financial firm said in a statement. In 2018, disasters racked up a bill of $33 bill ... more
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Camera can watch moving objects around corners
Stanford CA (SPX) Jul 31, 2019
David Lindell, a graduate student in electrical engineering at Stanford University, donned a high visibility tracksuit and got to work, stretching, pacing and hopping across an empty room. Through a camera aimed away from Lindell - at what appeared to be a blank wall - his colleagues could watch his every move. That's because, hidden to the naked eye, he was being scanned by a high powered ... more
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Washed up: Sargassum blankets beaches
Paris (ESA) Jul 31, 2019
Over the last month, massive quantities of the Sargassum seaweed have been washing up on the shores of Mexico, Florida in the US and some Caribbean islands, creating a serious environmental problem and causing havoc for the tourist industry. ESA has been tracking this slimy infestation from space. Sargassum is a large brown algae, first spotted by Columbus during his voyage to the Americas ... more
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DNA origami joins forces with molecular motors to build nanoscale machines
Boston MA (SPX) Jul 22, 2019
Every year, robots get more and more life-like. Solar-powered bees fly on lithe wings, humanoids stick backflips, and teams of soccer bots strategize how to dribble, pass, and score. And, the more researchers discover about how living creatures move, the more machines can imitate them all the way down to their smallest molecules. "We have these amazing machines already in our bodies, and t ... more
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+ Harnessing microorganisms for smart microsystems
+ AD alloyed nanoantennas for temperature-feedback identification of viruses and explosives
+ Quantum optical cooling of nanoparticles
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Israel, US successfully test ballistic missile interceptor
Jerusalem (AFP) July 28, 2019
Israel and the United States have successfully carried out tests of a ballistic missile interceptor that Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said Sunday provides protection against potential threats from Iran. The tests of the Arrow-3 system were carried out in the US state of Alaska and it successfully intercepted targets above the atmosphere, Israel's defence ministry said in a statement. ... more
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China launches first private rocket capable of carrying satellites
Beijing (AFP) July 25, 2019
A Chinese startup successfully launched the country's first commercial rocket capable of carrying satellites into orbit Thursday, as the space race between China and the US heats up. Beijing-based Interstellar Glory Space Technology - also known as iSpace - said it launched two satellites into orbit around 1:00 pm Beijing time (0500 GMT) from Jiuquan, a state launch facility in the Gobi de ... more
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+ Yaogan-33 launch fails in north China, Possible debris recovered in Laos
+ China develops new-generation rockets for upcoming missions


A computer that understands how you feel
Boulder CO (SPX) Jul 31, 2019
Could a computer, at a glance, tell the difference between a joyful image and a depressing one? Could it distinguish, in a few milliseconds, a romantic comedy from a horror film? Yes, and so can your brain, according to research published this week by University of Colorado Boulder neuroscientists. "Machine learning technology is getting really good at recognizing the content o ... more
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China's anti-graft body investigates former top banker
Beijing (AFP) July 31, 2019
China's anti-corruption watchdog said Wednesday it is investigating a former chairman of its top policy bank, the latest official to be ensnared in President Xi Jinping's sweeping campaign against graft. Hu Huaibang worked his way up China's financial sector, moving between regulatory positions and state-owned companies before landing the top job at the Bank of Communications. In 2013 he ... more
+ Tensions high as Hong Kong pro-democracy protesters face court
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+ Two Hong Kong police officers cleared in 2014 beating of protester
+ China to weigh in on deepening Hong Kong crisis
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Satellite-connected tags set to boost marine conservation
Paris (ESA) Jul 31, 2019
Four tiger sharks have been tagged with a new device that will help conservationists to conduct detailed analysis of their migrations over years. The device, developed in collaboration with ESA, is smaller and more durable than existing tags, as well as being cheaper and more animal friendly. It records pressure - indicating the depth of the shark - temperature, light level and til ... more
+ China shares satellite data with India to help millions in flood-hit regions
+ NASA's Spacecraft Atmosphere Monitor Goes to Work Aboard the International Space Station
+ China launches 3 Yaogan-30 satellites into orbit
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Microbial manufacturing: Genetic engineering breakthrough for urban farming
Singapore (SPX) Jul 26, 2019
Researchers at SMART, MIT's research enterprise in Singapore, and National University of Singapore (NUS) have developed a technology that greatly accelerates the genetic engineering of microbes that can be used to manufacture chemicals used for urban farming. The new technology will result in a faster, cheaper, more accurate, and near-scarless plasmid construction, using standard and reusable pa ... more
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Cheops passes final review before shipment to launch site
Paris (ESA) Jul 30, 2019
The Characterising Exoplanet Satellite, Cheops, has successfully passed the final analysis review for its launch on a Soyuz rocket from Europe's Spaceport in Kourou, French Guiana. All technical evaluations performed by Arianespace on the mission's key aspects, including the launch trajectory and payload separation, have shown positive results. "We are thrilled to have passed this im ... more
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In eastern DR Congo, influx of Ebola money is source of friction
Butembo, Dr Congo (AFP) July 18, 2019
The UN is about to pound the drum for millions of dollars to stiffen the fight against Ebola in DR Congo, but at the heart of the epidemic, a money influx may worsen grassroots problems. On Wednesday, the World Health Organization (WHO) declared that the nearly year-old outbreak was a "public health emergency of international concern" - a rarely-invoked step to beef up global response. ... more
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Renamo fighters start disarming in Mozambique; Algeria's army chief rejects pre-conditions
Maputo (AFP) July 30, 2019
Mozambique's main opposition party and former rebel movement Renamo began disarming members of its armed wing on Tuesday as part of a prospective peace deal that will see the fighters re-integrated into the country's armed forces. In a symbolic ceremony attended by Renamo leader Ossufo Momade, government representatives and international military experts, four fighters turned in their weapon ... more
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Japan's space agency develops new filter to recycle urine
Washington DC (UPI) Jul 26, 2019
July 25 (UPI) - Japan's astronauts could be drinking water distilled from their own urine in the near future, thanks to the latest innovation from Japan's space agency. Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency, or JAXA, said they have developed a distiller, used during space flight, that converts urine into potable water, Yomiuri Shimbun reported Thursday. Satoshi Matsumoto said the device ... more
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North Korea says new missile a 'solemn warning' to South
Seoul (AFP) July 26, 2019
North Korean leader Kim Jong Un has said two missiles fired under his supervision were newly designed tactical weapons that sent a "solemn warning" to the South over plans to hold military drills with the United States. Thursday's missile tests were the first since Kim and US President Donald Trump agreed to resume nuclear talks during an impromptu meeting last month in the demilitarised zon ... more
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+ Iran says US rejected offer as 'not seeking dialogue'
+ Iran links tanker row to ailing nuclear deal
+ Technological developments in radiation detectors enhance global nuclear security
+ New missiles and new tactics for North Korea
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