University of Tokyo

Students aim to revive beef farming in Fukushima village hit by...
Sota Sato in the beef cattle barn that used to be operated by Masao Kobayashi in Iitate, Fukushima Prefecture, in December 2015 (Sayuri Ide)
When Sota Sato sought a way to help rebuild his hometown of Iitate, Fukushima Prefecture, still evacuated from the 2011 Fukushima nuclear disaster, he discovered a...
Warlord Hideyoshi's letters show he was a tough taskmaster
In this letter sent by Toyotomi Hideyoshi (1537-1598) to one of his generals, the warlord urges his subordinate to promptly engage in a battle. (Takumi Fujii)
TATSUNO, Hyogo Prefecture--Powerful feudal warlord Toyotomi Hideyoshi was a hard-boiled micromanager, as 33 recently authenticated letters sent by him to one of his generals...
Gigantic gravitational wave telescope unveiled in Gifu
The KAGRA telescope system to detect gravitational waves is unveiled to the media on Nov. 6 in Hida, Gifu Prefecture. (Naoko Kawamura)
HIDA, Gifu Prefecture--A sneak preview of a massive underground telescope system, the world’s first aimed at detecting gravitational waves, took place here on Nov. 6.
Scientists develop 'unbreakable' glass almost as tough as steel
Ingredients pushed into the air with gas synthesize to form a new type of glass. (Provided by the University of Tokyo's Institute of Industrial Science)
Japanese researchers have developed a new type of glass almost as hard as steel, a breakthrough that could lead to the development of substantially tougher windows and...
Kajita wins 2015 Nobel physics prize for breakthrough in neutrino...
Takaaki Kajita (Shogo Koshida)
Japanese physicist Takaaki Kajita was named a co-recipient of the Nobel Prize in Physics on Oct. 6 for the discovery of oscillations in atmospheric neutrinos, which indicate...
Lisa’s Eye on Tokyo/ Hongo: After a red gate, sweets, goldfish...
Akamon, the big red gate, is the best known landmark of Japan’s most prestigious school, the University of Tokyo. (Photo by Lisa Vogt)
Contrary to popular belief, the University of Tokyo’s famous Akamon (red gate) is not the university’s main gate. The esteemed gate originally belonged to the Maeda Clan of ...
Scientists reduce malignant tumors in mice through iPS-based method
Japanese researchers have significantly shrunken the size of malignant tumors in mice by introducing immune cells derived from induced pluripotent stem (iPS) cells, a...
Scientists create stretchable, printable, wearable conductor for...
Cloth printed with a special ink developed at the University of Tokyo can conduct electricity even when the fabric is stretched. (Keisuke Yamazaki)
Researchers have developed an electrically conductive ink that can be used in clothing to provide a more comfortable way to measure biological data.
First wireless in-wheel motor system developed for electric...
A wireless in-wheel motor system for electric vehicles on display at the University of Tokyo's Kashiwa campus in Chiba Prefecture (Keisuke Yamazaki)
Japanese researchers have successfully developed the world’s first in-wheel motor system for electric vehicles that transmits power wirelessly to run motors incorporated in...
Italian girl sends words of love for Hachiko
Kazuto Ueno places messages from Stephanie Carlettie on a statue of Hachiko and his owner, Hidesaburo Ueno, at the University of Tokyo in Bunkyo Ward on March 8. Hidesaburo was Kazuto’s grandfather. (Asahi Shimbun file photo)
An Italian girl’s devotion has become part of Japan’s long adoration of its most famous and loyal dog.
Researchers successfully test vaccine for more effective treatment ...
Osaka prefectural officials in protective suits transport a person in an Ebola emergency drill in November. (Asahi Shimbun file photo)
Japanese and U.S. researchers have successfully tested an Ebola vaccine on a monkey species in what could be a silver-bullet breakthrough in the fight against the deadly...
Is there life on a Saturn moon? Research team says probably
The Asahi Shimbun
We may not be alone in the universe after all, and our neighbors may be closer than you think.
Hachiko finally reunited with owner in statue erected at...
People gather around the bronze statue of Hachiko and his owner, Hidesaburo Ueno, at the University of Tokyo in the capital’s Bunkyo Ward on March 8. (Sayaka Yamaguchi)
On the 80th anniversary of the death of Hachiko, the famed dog was happily reunited with his owner, in a bronze statue installed on March 8 at the University of Tokyo where the ...
Japanese woman's accessory business helps keep Filipino mountain...
Ayaka Yamashita (Photo by Eijiro Morii)
After years of soul-searching to find a place where she can be herself, Ayaka Yamashita finally found it among a mountain tribe people on the Philippines' Luzon Island, who...
University of Tokyo denies it has lifted ban on defense-related...
The University of Tokyo located in the capital's Bunkyo Ward (Asahi Shimbun file photo)
The prestigious University of Tokyo has taken issue with news reports that said it has lifted its research ban on military technologies. It said they were “erroneous.”
Student club's photo book showing 'beauties' at the University of...
A second-year student at the University of Tokyo's natural science course that appears in the "Todai Bijo Zukan" photo book (Provided by Stems UT)
University of Tokyo student Yu Yoshiuchi wants to help change the impression that female students at her prestigious public university are too nerdy and brainy, so she agreed...
University of Tokyo lab to treat brain tumors using engineered...
The Asahi Shimbun
Clinical trials will start for a genetically modified virus that can destroy cancerous cells in one of the most difficult types of tumors to treat, the University of Tokyo’s...
After surprise discovery, researchers make mice transparent
A new technique makes the entire body of a mouse transparent except its eyes and bones. (Provided by Riken)
Japanese researchers have created mice that are almost entirely transparent, a development that could lead to improved treatments for damaged organs, according to a recently...
3 microsatellites to 'rocketpool' with Hayabusa 2 asteroid explorer
The Procyon microsatellite developed by the University of Tokyo and the Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency in Tokyo on Nov. 5 (Akemi Kanda)
Researchers on Nov. 5 unveiled a microsatellite that will hitch a ride aboard an H-2A rocket to explore an asteroid in orbit between Earth and Mars.
Researchers: AI program smart enough to enter 80% of private...
The screen shows how an artificial intelligence program solves English questions. After the questions are translated by humans into computer language, the program selects questions and seeks methods to solve them. (Hisatoshi Kabata)
An artificial intelligence (AI) program can now pass the entrance examinations of 80 percent of private universities in Japan but still falls short of acceptance to the...