Japan Newsletter

Science & Technology News from Japan

Education

Education
The Japan Times, February 07, 2019
One of the key factors driving Japan’s unprecedented tourism boom is its culture of hospitality — epitomized by the concept of omotenashi, which can be roughly translated as “wholeheartedly looking after guests.”
Education
The Japan Times, February 02, 2019
Chen Wan-xuan, a student from Taiwan, raises a spoonful of salad to the mouth of an elderly resident at a nursing home in Asahikawa as she speaks quietly to him.

Life Science & Medical Technology

Bio/Medtech
The Japan Times, February 06, 2019
A swine fever epidemic is continuing to spread in Japan, with local authorities in five central and western Japan prefectures saying Wednesday they are struggling to contain the highly contagious pig virus that was first reported in September.
Bio/Medtech
The Japan Times, February 06, 2019
Japanese scientists said Wednesday they had successfully used mouse stem cells to grow kidneys in rat embryos, using a technique that could one day help grow human kidneys for transplant.
Bio/Medtech
Health
The Japan Times, February 05, 2019
Pharmacists will likely be allowed to hold online consultations with patients about their medication from April 2020, reflecting the rising demand for in-home medical care among the country’s rapidly graying population, officials said Tuesday.
Bio/Medtech
Health
The Japan Times, February 01, 2019
Japan is facing another winter flu crisis with a record-high average of 57.09 patients diagnosed last week with the ailment per medical institution conducting flu tests, the health ministry said Friday.

Material Science

Material Science
S&T Policy
Waste
The Japan Times, February 09, 2019
The government decided Friday to ban in principle the use of plastic straws and cutlery in its cafeterias and to stop passing out plastic bottles to conference attendees — its latest policy on environmentally friendly procurement.

Electronics

Electronics
The Japan Times, February 06, 2019
Japan’s supercomputer K will retire in August to give way to a cutting-edge successor, government-backed research institute Riken said Wednesday.
Electronics
Mobility
The Japan News, February 05, 2019
The realization of a society in which physically disabled people can be transported on autonomous wheelchairs at such places as airports and shopping centers has moved a step closer with the start of trials in Tokyo by Yokohama-based venture company Whill Inc. together with Mitsubishi Electric Corp…

Information & Communications Technology

ICT
The Japan Times, February 09, 2019
The organizing committee for the 2020 Tokyo Olympics will install a state-of-the-art video surveillance system at venues and the athletes’ village during the games in a bid to improve the efficiency of its surveillance measures, several sources have said.
ICT
The Japan Times, February 07, 2019
There’s a well known anecdote about Masayoshi Son, the maverick billionaire founder and chief executive of SoftBank Group Corp. and the man behind the world’s largest technology investment fund.
ICT
The Japan Times, February 01, 2019
In light of an increasing number of foreign customers, supermarket giant Aeon Co. on Friday launched a real-time video interpreting service.

Environment

Env
The Japan Times, February 08, 2019
When we were negotiating for the purchase of a piece of land, the realtor told us that the lot we were interested in had no access to public waterworks, which meant we would have to dig a well. At first, this aspect seemed like a demerit, since hiring a company to dig the well would cost more than…
Env
Nuclear
The Japan Times, February 02, 2019
Radioactive cesium exceeding the state limit has been detected in fish caught off Fukushima Prefecture for the first time in about four years, the prefecture’s fisheries cooperatives association has said.

Automotive

Startups
The Japan Times, February 09, 2019
Professional foodie Yu Nakamura, 32, has always felt like a free spirit, more comfortable off-piste than on, even if that means traversing challenging terrain. She likes variety, diversity and, perhaps most importantly, the unexpected.
Automotive
S&T Policy
The Japan News, February 04, 2019
The Land, Infrastructure, Transport and Tourism Ministry plans to require automakers to obtain the government’s permission if they update the programs of systems installed in their vehicles, with the aim to confirm in advance the safety of such expected updates as adding self-driving functions to…

Artificial Intelligence

AI
Health
The Japan News, February 04, 2019
The Economy, Trade and Industry Ministry is supporting the development of an artificial intelligence program that helps diabetics improve their dietary and other daily habits to prevent their condition from becoming severe, sources have said.
AI
Bio/Medtech
The Japan Times, February 04, 2019
Medical diagnostic services using artificial intelligence are set to be introduced this year in Japan, where the adoption of information technology in health care has been slow, sources said Monday.
AI
The Japan Times, February 04, 2019
The industry ministry has begun a project to support the development of artificial intelligence tools that help diabetics improve their diet and daily habits, to prevent their condition from worsening, sources have said.
AI
Robotics
Agriculture
The Japan News, February 03, 2019
“Smart farming,” which brings together cutting-edge robotics and artificial intelligence, could hold the key to an agricultural resurgence in a nation of graying farmers and workers reluctant to toil in soil.
AI
The Japan Times, February 02, 2019
This coming June, British author George Orwell’s dystopian novel, “Nineteen Eighty-Four,” marks the 70th anniversary of its publication. In the United States, Penguin has announced plans for a special 75,000-copy reprint.

Startups

Startups
Robotics
The Japan Times, February 07, 2019
In a few years, perhaps for some the most dreaded household chore may be taken over by robots.Robot startup Mira Robotics unveiled Thursday a machine that performs a range of laundry duties while controlled remotely.

General Interest

General Interest
The Japan News, February 04, 2019
Makers of Japanese cosmetics and various daily necessities are quickly increasing their domestic production capacity, as the rapid increase in foreign visitors has spurred an overseas boom for “Made in Japan” items.
General Interest
The Japan Times, February 03, 2019
Mamoru Hosoda’s film “Mirai” won the best animated independent feature category at the 46th annual Annie Awards on Saturday.
General Interest
Nikkei Asian Review, February 02, 2019
For the first time in five decades, over half of Japan's women were employed in 2018, new data showed Friday, amid a worsening labor shortage and continuing efforts to accommodate working mothers.

Keio University annually awards The Keio Medical Science Prize to recognize researchers who have made an outstanding contribution to the field of medicine and life sciences. Laureates receive a certificate of merit, medal, and a monetary award of 10 million yen.