March 28, 2015
A research team has installed six measuring devices on the seafloor near the volcanic Nishinoshima island south of Tokyo to monitor earthquakes and tsunami around the islet.
March 21, 2015
Riken, a leading research institute, wrapped up its investigation into a scandal that cut short the career of a high-flying stem cell scientist without getting to the bottom of the debacle that had promised a breakthrough in regenerative medicine.
March 19, 2015
NAYORO, Hokkaido--A faintly red aurora borealis appeared in the night sky here March 18, the first time in a decade that nature's light show has been observed in Japan.
March 13, 2015
The majority of sakura trees that will bloom across Japan in a few weeks may have derived from one standing in Tokyo's Ueno Park, according to scientists at Chiba University.
March 13, 2015
Japanese researchers have unscrambled the genetic mechanism behind the mimetic behavior of female swallowtail butterflies, which evolve to resemble harmful varieties to avoid being preyed upon.
March 12, 2015
We may not be alone in the universe after all, and our neighbors may be closer than you think.
March 11, 2015
KATSUYAMA, Fukui Prefecture--Fossilized remains found here seven years ago have been recognized as a new species of iguanodontia, a herbivorous dinosaur that lived during the Cretaceous Period, the prefectural dinosaur museum reported on March 10.
March 11, 2015
University research reactors were not exempt from the shutdowns of nuclear reactors that the central government ordered after the 2011 earthquake and tsunami that triggered the nuclear crisis in Fukushima Prefecture.
February 25, 2015
YOKOSUKA, Kanagawa Prefecture--A deep-sea manned submersible that can reach the deepest ocean depths is being developed in Japan to survey untapped riches of the seafloor.
February 24, 2015
A Japanese private-sector team plans to launch an unmanned rover to the moon next year in an international competition offering $30 million (3.5 billion yen) in prize money.
February 21, 2015
An aquarium in Tokyo’s Sumida Ward captured the first video footage ever of conger eels laying eggs, a feat that expands greatly on the knowledge of the little-understood sand-dwelling species.
February 12, 2015
KYOTO--While Japan is not known as a touchy-feely society, its monkeys are an exception, although their hugs differ wherever they reside, similar to how humans exhibit cultural differences in greetings, according to researchers.
February 05, 2015
SASAYAMA, Hyogo Prefecture--A fossilized jawbone unearthed here eight years ago turns out to be a new species of lizard from the age of the dinosaurs, paleontologists said Feb. 4.
February 04, 2015
Pressure exerted by tectonic plate movement off Tohoku that triggered the 2011 earthquake and tsunami has returned to pre-disaster levels, seismologists say.
January 30, 2015
SAKURAI, Nara Prefecture--An animal bone unearthed from ancient ruins here indicates that a fortunetelling method imported from China was adopted by shaman queen Himiko and leaders of the Yamato State.
January 28, 2015
TAIPEI--A fossilized jawbone snagged in a fishing net off western Taiwan may belong to a previously unknown species of early man, according to a study released by a team of Japanese and Taiwanese anthropologists on Jan. 27.
January 23, 2015
KATSUYAMA, Fukui Prefecture--Seven fossilized shell fragments unearthed in Fukuoka Prefecture more than 20 years ago belong to the world's oldest genus of soft-shell turtle, officials at the Fukui Prefectural Dinosaur Museum said Jan. 22.
January 10, 2015
July 1 will last one second longer than other days this year after a public research institute announced it would add a "leap second" to the day to keep standard time in sync with the Earth's rotational time.
January 09, 2015
OSAKI, Miyagi Prefecture--Thanks to three decades of efforts by Japanese and Russian biologists, an endangered subspecies of Canada goose is spending the winter in Miyagi Prefecture in numbers not seen since the 1930s.
January 07, 2015
Nobel laureate Hiroshi Amano has been tapped to lead a research center funded by the government at Nagoya University to develop super-efficient power semiconductors.