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.
January 06, 2015
KATSUYAMA, Fukui Prefecture--The oldest complete fossil remains of a bird from more than 100 million years ago are now on display at a museum here.
December 24, 2014
Fossilized remains of a fish that lived 300 million years ago reveal that it could distinguish its surroundings in color, the earliest confirmation of such visual perception in a vertebrate, according to Japanese and British researchers.
December 23, 2014
Scientists have identified a gene that can significantly enlarge a rice seed, which could result in a surge in rice production in regions afflicted with chronic food shortages.
December 20, 2014
Embattled scientist Haruko Obokata's failed attempt to replicate supposedly ground-breaking STAP cell research has been called into question by the scientific community, which called the exercise pointless.
December 19, 2014
Embattled researcher Haruko Obokata and a separate team of independent researchers failed to replicate the creation of stimulus-triggered acquisition of pluripotency (STAP) cells, the government-affiliated Riken research institute announced on Dec. 19.
December 19, 2014
Solar winds suddenly speed up when they reach a certain distance from the sun, according to Japanese researchers, who announced the discovery Dec. 18.
December 19, 2014
The first color photograph of Earth taken by a geostationary meteorological satellite in orbit was released by the Japan Meteorological Agency on Dec. 18.
December 18, 2014
Disgraced stem cell scientist Haruko Obokata has failed to produce so-called STAP cells, strengthening suspicions that she fabricated her findings that were once lauded as a breakthrough in regenerative medicine, sources said.