Children at Dazaifu Elementary School in Dazaifu, Fukuoka Prefecture, enjoy Korean dishes for school lunch on April 9. (Tadao Okubo)
Children in Fukuoka Prefecture get a taste of Korea friendship
DAZAIFU, Fukuoka Prefecture--Children at seven elementary schools in this city ate Korean food for lunch to celebrate Dazaifu’s sister-city relationship with Buyeo county in South Korea’s Chungcheongnam-do province.
The Sendai nuclear power plant in Satsuma-Sendai, Kagoshima Prefecture (Asahi Shimbun file photo)
Utilities expected to secure sufficient power supplies this summer
Even if their nuclear reactors remain offline, all power companies across Japan should be able to secure stable electricity supplies this summer with help from other utilities, an industry ministry subcommittee said.
Yoshiki Sasai, center, deputy director of the Riken Center for Developmental Biology and a co-author of Haruko Obokata’s articles on the "stimulus-triggered acquisition of pluripotency" phenomenon, attends a news conference on April 16 in Tokyo. (Yosuke Fukudome)
Obokata's mentor cites 3 pieces of evidence supporting STAP cell existence
A co-author of what were once considered groundbreaking reports for regenerative medicine dismissed widening skepticism of the existence of the “stimulus-triggered acquisition of pluripotency” (STAP) phenomenon.
Members of Fukushima Prefecture's council to monitor decommissioning of the Fukushima No. 1 nuclear power plant are briefed on the ALPS multinuclide removal equipment at the plant earlier this month. (Takaharu Yagi)
Contaminated water found leaking from ALPS at Fukushima plant
Tokyo Electric Power Co. said April 16 it detected a leak of 1 ton of highly contaminated water from the ALPS multinuclide removal equipment at the Fukushima No. 1 nuclear power plant.
Kiyoe Kamata, a farmer from Okuma, Fukushima Prefecture, talks about his years of research into local cultural heritage on Feb. 28. (Yoshitaka Ito)
Fukushima towns seek to protect historic sites ahead of hosting waste facilities
OKUMA, Fukushima Prefecture--A sixth-century stone tower and a Shinto shrine are among local cultural assets the town of Okuma wants to protect ahead of a central government plan to construct temporary facilities to store radioactive waste in the vicinity.
A larva of sleeping chironomids (Provided by the National Institute of Agrobiological Sciences)
'Sleeping' African midge revives in orbit after being rehydrated
Desiccated larvae of sleeping chironomids revived in space after being immersed in water, raising hopes for utilizing the hardy midge as a future space fish food, a joint team of Japanese and Russian researchers said April 15.
A man receives colorectal check to detect cancer at a hospital in Tokyo's Bunkyo Ward. (Asahi Shimbun file photo)
Researchers find speedy, efficient method to detect colorectal cancer
Researchers have developed a test to detect early-stage colorectal cancer that is quicker and more precise than conventional methods, and requires only a small blood sample.
A miniature model of Hokkaido Railway Co.’s H5 series bullet train for the Hokkaido Shinkansen Line (The Asahi Shimbun)
JR Hokkaido reveals design of new bullet train series
Winter scenery and other images from Japan’s northernmost main island will decorate the new bullet trains for use on the planned Hokkaido Shinkansen Line.
The Sendai nuclear power plant in Satsuma-Sendai, Kagoshima Prefecture (Asahi Shimbun file photo)
Utilities expected to secure sufficient power supplies this summer
Even if their nuclear reactors remain offline, all power companies across Japan should be able to secure stable electricity supplies this summer with help from other utilities, an industry ministry subcommittee said.
U.S. Ambassador to Japan Caroline Kennedy takes part in a ceremony to plant a dogwood tree at Ise Jingu shrine on April 16. (Minako Yoshimoto)
Kennedy plants tree of friendship at Ise Jingu shrine
ISE, Mie Prefecture--U.S. Ambassador to Japan Caroline Kennedy visited the sacred Ise Jingu shrine on April 16 and planted a dogwood tree as a symbol of friendship with Japan.
War photographer Robert Capa's 1954 autograph and his crude sketch of a rangefinder camera in wide use at the time (Rei Kishitsu)
Rare Robert Capa autograph, camera sketching found in Tokyo
An autograph in possession of a Tokyo resident has been authenticated to be by legendary war photographer Robert Capa shortly before his death in May 1954 while covering the First Indochina War.
Yoshiki Sasai, deputy director of the Riken Center for Developmental Biology, speaks during a news conference in Tokyo on April 16. (Yasuhiro Sugimoto)
STAP research co-author takes blame for not adequately supervising Obokata
A mentor of embattled scientist Haruko Obokata, now at the center of a research controversy, took responsibility on April 16 for inadequately supervising her on their research project on stem cells that was once hailed internationally as groundbreaking.
A minke whale caught during research whaling is taken to Ayukawa port in Ishinomaki, Miyagi Prefecture, in April 2012. (Asahi Shimbun file photo)
Whalers scramble as Japan considers scrapping hunt in Pacific Northwest
Japanese whaling companies fear the government is leaning toward scrapping the hunt in the Pacific Northwest following its earlier decision to suspend whaling off Antarctica next season.
A new student and her parents head to Furumichi Elementary School in the Miyakoji district in Tamura, Fukushima Prefecture, to attend the entrance ceremony April 7. The central government on April 1 lifted the evacuation order for the district, which is located within a 20-kilometer radius of the Fukushima No. 1 nuclear power plant. (Yosuke Fukudome)
Estimated radiation doses of Fukushima returnees withheld for half a year
The government withheld findings on estimated radiation exposure for Fukushima returnees for six months, even though levels exceeded the long-term target of 1 millisievert a year at more than half of surveyed locations.
One of Japan’s priorities is to increase the birthrate. (Asahi Shimbun file photo)
Record-low ratio of children in Japan's shrinking population
Children up to 14 years old accounted for a record-low 12.9 percent of Japan’s population, while seniors 65 or older made up 25.1 percent of the total, the internal affairs ministry said.
A computerized image showing how methane hydrate (center) emits methane gas. (Provided by associate professor Masakazu Matsumoto from Okayama University)
Researchers unlock mystery of how methane hydrate, or 'burning ice,' emits gas
Researchers at Okayama University have discovered the process whereby methane hydrate emits methane gas, a discovery that could lead to the development of mining technology of the new energy source.
A full moon with its top eclipsed rises alongside Tokyo Skytree at 6:31 p.m. on April 15. (Yosuke Fukudome)
PHOTO: A full moon blushes red
A "blood moon" was seen rising in the evening sky across eastern Japan on April 15.
An emotional Haruko Obokata explains her position at a news conference in Osaka on April 9. (Asahi Shimbun file photo)
Obokata takes issue with Asahi Shimbun report on potential new error
Haruko Obokata, the young scientist at the center of a scandal over a new stem cell mechanism, lashed out at an Asahi Shimbun report of another potential error in her groundbreaking research.
Harvard University professor Charles Vacanti (Taken from Facebook)
Obokata's Harvard adviser still backs existence of STAP cells
KYOTO--The Harvard University professor who served as adviser to Haruko Obokata, the embattled young scientist at the center of a research controversy, insisted that her breakthrough work with stem cells remains valid and even would welcome her return to the Ivy League school.
The International Court of Justice has ordered Japan to halt research whaling in the Antarctic Ocean. (Provided by the Institute for Cetacean Research)
Japanese whaling group seeks to resume its hunts
The Japanese group that conducts whaling says it hopes to resume scientific whaling in the Antarctic after this year's hunt was canceled following an order by an international court.

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