24/7 News Coverage About Japan
September 25, 2019
ROCKET SCIENCE
Unmanned Japan craft launched toward space station: operator



Tokyo (AFP) Sept 24, 2019
Japan on Wednesday launched an unmanned spacecraft towards the International Space Station, the operator said, after a fire early this month delayed the mission. The H-2B rocket lifted off at 1:05 am local time (1605 GMT Tuesday) with cargo vessel Kounotori8, Mitsubishi Heavy Industries said on its website. The launch took place from the Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency's Tanegashima Space Center in southwestern Japan. "As planned, the payload separated from the launch vehicle" about 15 mi ... read more

MOON DAILY
NASA Administrator explores potential Artemis collaborations with Japan
Tokyo, Japan (SPX) Sep 25, 2019
NASA Administrator Jim Bridenstine met with Hiroshi Yamakawa, president of the Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency (JAXA), on Sept. 24 in Tokyo to discuss future bilateral cooperation and JAXA's pote ... more
SPACE TRAVEL
Japanese, Russian rockets prepare to launch cargo and crew this week
Houston TX (SPX) Sep 24, 2019
Japan is getting ready to launch its H-II Transport Vehicle-8 (HTV-8) cargo craft on Tuesday at 12:05 p.m. EDT to replenish the International Space Station crew. Russia has already rolled out its So ... more
NUKEWARS
Trump vows pressure on Iran as mediation hopes dim at UN
United Nations, United States (AFP) Sept 24, 2019
US President Donald Trump on Tuesday threatened to intensify sanctions on Iran, as hopes dimmed among world leaders gathered at the United Nations for a breakthrough in reducing tensions. ... more
AEROSPACE
Japan refers US military pilot to prosecutors over Osprey crash
Tokyo (AFP) Sept 24, 2019
Japanese authorities on Tuesday referred the case of a US military pilot to prosecutors over the 2016 crash of an Osprey aircraft that fuelled sentiment against a US base on Okinawa island. ... more
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Poor man's qubit can solve quantum problems without going quantum
West Lafayette IN (SPX) Sep 23, 2019
It may still be decades before quantum computers are ready to solve problems that today's classical computers aren't fast or efficient enough to solve, but the emerging "probabilistic computer" coul ... more
CHIP TECH
The future of 'extremely' energy-efficient circuits
Yokohama, Japan (SPX) Sep 24, 2019
Data centers are processing data and dispensing the results at astonishing rates and such robust systems require a significant amount of energy - so much energy, in fact, that information communicat ... more
SHAKE AND BLOW
Flights cancelled as Tapah approaches Japan; Lorena downgraded
Tokyo (AFP) Sept 22, 2019
Typhoon Tapah approached southwestern Japan Sunday, with heavy rain and strong winds grounding hundreds of regional flights. ... more
DISASTER MANAGEMENT
Japan court acquits energy bosses over Fukushima disaster
Tokyo (AFP) Sept 19, 2019
A Japanese court on Thursday cleared three energy firm bosses of professional negligence in the only criminal trial stemming from the 2011 Fukushima nuclear meltdown. ... more
AEROSPACE
Boeing starts assembly of first KC-46A tanker for Japan
Washington (UPI) Sep 17, 2019
Boeing has started assembling the first of four KC-46A tankers the U.S. State Department approved for Japan under a $1.9 billion deal nearly three years ago. ... more
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TIME AND SPACE
KATRIN cuts the mass estimate for the elusive neutrino in half
Seattle WA (SPX) Sep 17, 2019
An international team of scientists has announced a breakthrough in its quest to measure the mass of the neutrino, one of the most abundant, yet elusive, elementary particles in our universe. ... more
TAIWAN NEWS
In rebuke to China, Taiwan calls for closer ties with U.S., allies
Washington (UPI) Sep 11, 2019
A report released on Wednesday by Taiwan's defense ministry calls for closer alliances with the United States, Japan and other countries in a rebuke to China's military threat. ... more
WAR REPORT
Marines complete 10-day attack simulation exercise
Washington (UPI) Sep 11, 2019
The U.S. Marine Corps announced a successful naval exercise in the Philippine and East China seas and in Okinawa, Japan, on Wednesday. ... more
CIVIL NUCLEAR
Japan's new environment minister wants to scrap nuclear power
Tokyo (AFP) Sept 12, 2019
Japan's newly appointed environment minister has said he wants to "scrap" nuclear power plants, warning of the need to avoid a repeat of the 2011 Fukushima nuclear disaster. ... more
SPACE TRAVEL
JAXA spacecraft carries science, technology to the Space Station
Houston TX (SPX) Sep 10, 2019
The Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency (JAXA) cargo ship H-II Transfer Vehicle-8 (HTV-8) is scheduled to lift off Sept. 10 at 5:33 p.m. EDT (6:33 a.m. Japan Standard Time) to the International Space ... more


Japan still weighing dump of Fukushima radioactive water into ocean

ROCKET SCIENCE
Fire forces Japan to cancel rocket launch to ISS
Tokyo (AFP) Sept 11, 2019
A pre-dawn fire on Wednesday forced Japan's space agency to cancel the launch of an unnamed rocket meant to deliver supplies to the International Space Station, the operator said. ... more
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MOON DAILY
India to launch another Lunar probe to in early 2020s with Japan
New Delhi (Sputnik) Sep 10, 2019
Despite the recent failure of its Chandrayaan-2 mission, the Indian space agency is set to make another attempt at the moon, this time in collaboration with Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency (JAXA) ... more
FLOATING STEEL
Amphibious assault ship USS Wasp departs U.S. 7th Fleet in Japan
Washington (UPI) Sep 5, 2019
The USS Wasp has departed from the U.S. 7th Fleet after less than two years deployed in Japan in a home port shift with the USS America set to replace it later this year. ... more
SHAKE AND BLOW
Heatstroke kills two in Japan post-typhoon blackout
Tokyo (AFP) Sept 11, 2019
Heatstroke has killed two people in Japan, officials said Wednesday, as nearly half a million homes struggled with electricity outages after a powerful typhoon battered Tokyo and the surrounding area. ... more
OIL AND GAS
Russia's Novatek announces launch of huge Arctic gas project
Vladivostok, Russia (AFP) Sept 5, 2019
Russia's Novatek on Thursday announced the launch of a major liquefied natural gas project in the Arctic with Chinese, French and Japanese partners. ... more
EARLY EARTH
New duck-billed dinosaur discovered in Japan
Washington (UPI) Sep 5, 2019
Paleontologists have unearthed the near complete skeleton of a new species of duck-billed dinosaur in northern Japan. ... more
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Physics shows criminals more likely to find accomplices in big cities
Washington (UPI) Sep 20, 2019
Why do big cities generate disproportionately large amounts of crime? A new mathematical model helped scientists show that it is easier for criminals to partner-up in major metropolitan areas. Big cities not only house larger concentrations of potential victims, they also breed larger numbers of criminals. That means would-be perpetrators have an easier time finding accomplices. ... more
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+ Sheet roofs: Puerto Rico reels 2 years after Hurricane Maria
+ U.S. military wraps up its mission in Bahamas after hurricane
+ 'Too awful': Anger at acquittals in Fukushima case
+ Japan court acquits energy bosses over Fukushima disaster
+ Bangladesh rural poor bear financial burden of climate change: study
New global Space Safety Coalition established
Maui HI (SPX) Sep 19, 2019
A first-of-its-kind global ad hoc coalition dedicated to developing and maintaining a set of "living" space-safety best practices was announced at the Advanced Maui Optical and Space Surveillance Technologies Conference - AMOS. The new coalition, the Space Safety Coalition (SSC), is comprised of space operators, space industry associations and space industry stakeholders. SSC aims to lead ... more
+ Gem-like nanoparticles of precious metals shine as catalysts
+ MIT engineers develop 'blackest black' material to date
+ Mining industry seeks to polish tarnished reputation
+ L3Harris awarded nearly $12.8M for Eglin AN/FPS-85 radar work
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+ Spider silk, wood combination replicates material advantages of plastic
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China, Solomon Islands establish diplomatic relations
Beijing (AFP) Sept 21, 2019
China and the Solomon Islands established diplomatic relations Saturday, days after the Pacific island nation severed ties with Taiwan. "We look forward to the quick development of bilateral relations between China and the Solomons," Chinese foreign minister Wang Yi said at a ceremony in Beijing alongside his Solomons counterpart Jeremiah Manele. "We welcome this decision by the Solomon ... more
+ Jellyfish thrive in the man-made disruption of the oceans
+ Mumbai fears for homes and lives amid rising seas
+ Yemen upcycles shot-up buses to ease water shortage
+ China 'highly appreciates' Kiribati cutting ties with Taiwan
+ Climate change could turn oceans from friend to foe, UN report warns
+ Tropical fish swim into Europe's waters as common species head north
+ Zimbabwean capital grapples with water shortage
Scientists create a nanomaterial that is both twisted and untwisted at the same time
Bath UK (SPX) Sep 23, 2019
A new nanomaterial developed by scientists at the University of Bath could solve a conundrum faced by scientists probing some of the most promising types of future pharmaceuticals. Scientists who study the nanoscale - with molecules and materials 10,000 smaller than a pinhead - need to be able to test the way that some molecules twist, known as their chirality, because mirror image molecul ... more
+ Physicists create world's smallest engine
+ DNA origami joins forces with molecular motors to build nanoscale machines
+ DARPA Announces Microsystems Exploration Program
+ Monitoring the lifecycle of tiny catalyst nanoparticles
+ Fast and selective optical heating for functional nanomagnetic metamaterials
+ 2D gold quantum dots are atomically tunable with nanotubes
+ Harnessing microorganisms for smart microsystems
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Orbital nabs $1.1B contract for Missile Defense targets
Washington (UPI) Sep 23, 2019
Orbital Sciences Corp. received a $1.1 billion contract with the Missile Defense Agency for missile defense targets, the Defense Department announced. The company, based in Chandler, Ariz., and a subsidiary of Northrop Grumman Innovation Systems, will build "threat-representative subscale targets with simple and complex re-entry vehicles," the Defense Department said on Friday. T ... more
+ Developer hints at start date for mass production of Russia's S-500 missile system
+ Russia deploys S-400 missiles in Arctic; Offers Saudi ABM systems
+ Lockheed nabs $50.3M Navy contract for Aegis system upgrades
+ Raytheon nabs $10.8M contract to support Kuwait's Patriot missiles
+ Russia receives India's advance payment for S-400 air defence systems
+ MDA test of remote-fired THAAD missile interceptor a success
+ State Department approves $3.3B missile sale to Japan
China's KZ-1A rocket launches two satellites
Jiuquan, China (XNA) Sep 02, 2019
Two satellites for technological experiments were sent into space by a Kuaizhou-1A, or KZ-1A, carrier rocket from the Jiuquan Satellite Launch Center in northwest China on Saturday. The rocket blasted off at 7:41 a.m. and sent the two satellites into their planned orbit. Kuaizhou-1A, meaning speedy vessel, is a low-cost solid-fuel carrier rocket with high reliability and a short prep ... more
+ China's newly launched communication satellite suffers abnormality
+ China launches first private rocket capable of carrying satellites
+ Chinese scientists say goodbye to Tiangong-2
+ China's space lab Tiangong 2 destroyed in controlled fall to earth
+ From Moon to Mars, Chinese space engineers rise to new challenges
+ China plans to deploy almost 200 AU-controlled satellites into orbit
+ Luokung and Land Space to develop control system for space and ground assets


Microsoft President calls for urgent action to tackle rise of killer robots
Washington DC (Sputnik) Sep 23, 2019
Despite public concern and criticism, numerous countries are developing military drones and autonomous weapon systems that are capable of destroying targets on their own and possibly also of replacing humans on some missions. As the chief of one of the world's leading tech companies suggests, the global community is unprepared for the shift. Microsoft President Brad Smith has told The Tele ... more
+ Nevada's Team CERBERUS moves ahead at robotic underground terrain competition
+ Fedor a first step to future of teams of robot cosmonauts
+ When it comes to robots, reliability may matter more than reasoning
+ A robot with a firm yet gentle grasp
+ Russia terminates robot Fedor after space odyssey
+ At NY Fashion Week, robotic dresses take on a life of their own
+ 'Sense of urgency', as top tech players seek AI ethical rules
China then and now: the PRC at 70
Beijing (AFP) Sept 25, 2019
As the 70th anniversary of the founding of the People's Republic of China approaches, the country is looking very different from when the Communist Party seized power. Here are some of the key ways in which the country - and citizens - have changed since the PRC was founded on October 1, 1949: City Living Some 70 years ago, the vast majority of Chinese people were rural, with just ... more
+ Amnesty says Hong Kong police using excessive force
+ China must give Hong Kong leaders room to compromise: former governor
+ Hong Kong's summer of protests leaves economy bruised and battered
+ Aussie PM defends Chinese-Australian ally over communist party ties
+ Event cancellations mount in protest-wracked Hong Kong
+ Tear gas, Molotovs and brawls mark 99th day of Hong Kong protests
+ Hong Kong leader tells US not to 'interfere' after fresh protests
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Unofficial pathways visible from orbit play role in Detroit redevelopment
Ann Arbor MI (SPX) Sep 25, 2019
As neighborhood and city planners design ways to reuse vacant land in cities like Detroit, a researcher at the University of Michigan is urging them to look at the footpaths of people who already live there - literally. In what's believed to be the first comprehensive study of unofficial footpaths in a large urban area, U-M's Joshua Newell and colleague Alec Foster of Illinois State Univer ... more
+ Clemson physicists lead rocket missions to further explore the wonders of Earth's atmosphere
+ China launches new remote-sensing satellites
+ Suomi NPP tracks fire and smoke from two continents
+ German HALO research aircraft to investigate ozone hole, Amazon fires and gravity waves
+ First Earth observation satellite with AI ready for launch
+ Sudden warming over Antarctica to prolong Australia drought
+ Do animals control earth's oxygen level


Seoul confirms 4th swine fever case, asks Pyongyang for cooperation
Seoul (AFP) Sept 24, 2019
South Korea confirmed its fourth case of African swine fever on Tuesday, as Pyongyang was yet to respond to Seoul's request to make joint efforts to tackle the deadly animal disease. The latest case was confirmed at a farm in Paju, a city near the inter-Korean border where the nation's first case was recorded, according to Seoul's agriculture ministry. South Korea has culled around 15,00 ... more
+ Ox-drawn plows to blame for increased inequality in Eurasia beginning in 4,000 BC
+ Scientists to help grains besides rice survive flooding
+ Farmers, chefs fight to save classic ingredients in Mexican cuisine
+ Chinese agriculture officials cancel US farm visits
+ China to exempt US pork and soybeans from added tariffs: state media
+ China taps pork reserve as swine fever hits industry
+ Meaty issue: Mock pork edges onto Southeast Asian plates
Looking for alien lurkers
Lafayette CA (SPX) Sep 23, 2019
The most recently discovered group of rocky bodies nearby Earth are termed co-orbital objects. An attractive location for extraterrestrial intelligence (ETI) to locate a probe to observe Earth throughout our deep past are the co-orbital objects. They most recently discovered group of rocky bodies nearby Earth. Co-orbital objects approach Earth very closely every year at distances much shorter th ... more
+ Researchers mix RNA and DNA to study how life's process began billions of years ago
+ Research redefines lower limit for planet size habitability
+ First Water Detected on Planet in the Habitable Zone
+ The rare molecule weighing in on the birth of planets
+ First water detected on potentially 'habitable' planet
+ Water detected on an exoplanet located in its star's habitable zone
+ How to Spin a Disk Around Young Protostars
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Malaria could be felled by an Antarctic sea sponge
Washington DC (SPX) Sep 23, 2019
The frigid waters of the Antarctic may yield a treatment for a deadly disease that affects populations in some of the hottest places on earth. Current medications for that scourge - malaria - are becoming less effective as drug resistance spreads. But researchers report in ACS' Journal of Natural Products that a peptide they isolated from an Antarctic sponge shows promise as a lead for new thera ... more
+ Russia says no threat after blast in lab holding smallpox
+ NASA pioneers malaria-predicting tech in Myanmar
+ In eastern DR Congo, influx of Ebola money is source of friction
+ Avian malaria may explain decline of London's house sparrow
+ Buzz off: breakthrough technique eradicates mosquitoes
+ Genomic analysis reveals details of first historically recorded plague pandemic
+ Hong Kong to cull 4,700 pigs after second swine fever case found
UN eases arms embargo on Central African Republic
United Nations, United States (AFP) Sept 13, 2019
The UN Security Council on Thursday unanimously approved the easing of an arms embargo on the Central African Republic for the first time since 2013 when it was engulfed in violence. Drafted by France, the resolution authorizes the country's security forces to be supplied with weapons of a caliber of 14.5 mm or less provided that the UN has been notified at least 20 days in advance. The ... more
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Researcher explores better use of microbes for space travel
Fort Lauderdale FL (SPX) Sep 25, 2019
With the recent celebration of the 50th anniversary of the Apollo program's first landing of humans on the moon, the eyes and hopes of the world turn skyward again. The romantic notions of exploring and even colonizing space have been re-kindled, with the above and more recent movies such as The Martian and the fictional planting of potatoes. The ambitious spirit is further spurred by priv ... more
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Iran vows to 'destroy' any attacker
Tehran (AFP) Sept 24, 2019
Iran's armed forces chief of staff on Tuesday vowed to destroy any enemy that attacked the country, a news agency reported. "The result of any aggression will be destruction" and "captivity", the Fars news agency reported Mohammad Bagheri as telling parliament. Iran has "no animosity towards the countries of the region", Bagheri said, according to the agency close to the country's ultra- ... more
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+ Trump could negotiate 'better' Iran deal, UK's Johnson says
+ 'Still lots to sort out' before any Rouhani-Trump meeting: France
+ Trump says 'many options' on Iran response
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