University of Tokyo

Top universities in Japan, S. Korea set up offices to promote...
Junichi Hamada, president of the University of Tokyo, right, and Oh Yeon-cheon, president of Seoul National University, hold memorandums to set up offices in each other's campus at a symposium on April 14 at the University of Tokyo in Bunkyo Ward. (Kazutaka Ito)
With the relationship between Japan and South Korea on the rocks, the University of Tokyo and Seoul National University are hoping to be a catalyst to improving ties, setting...
Volcanic islet in Ogasawara chain still growing
The recently formed islet, which is connected to neighboring Nishinoshima island, continues its volcanic activity. The picture was taken from an Asahi Shimbun aircraft on April 7. (Shinichi Iizuka)
An islet formed by volcanic activity in the Ogasawara island chain far south of Tokyo continues to spew huge plumes of smoke from vents in the months after it was first...
Hachiko to be united again with its owner as a new statue at the...
The model of the planned sculpture of Hachiko and its owner Hidesaburo Ueno (Fumiaki Onishi)
A statue commemorating the 80th anniversary of the death of Japan’s beloved dog Hachiko is being erected on the university campus where its master once taught.
Researchers test sail for energy-efficient cargo ship
An illustration of the next-generation cargo vessel (Provided by the University of Tokyo)
SASEBO, Nagasaki Prefecture--Testing is under way for a wind-power project that researchers say could change the face of maritime shipping.
Researchers find sex trigger in female killifish
A male killifish, left, and its female counterpart meet while being separated by a glass partition. (Provided by Eiji Fujiwara)
Researchers from the University of Tokyo have found a nerve cell in female “medaka” (killifish) that becomes active when they select a familiar partner for mating.
University of Tokyo reveals widespread falsified results from...
The Asahi Shimbun
Close to one-third of the scientific articles published by a research group at the University of Tokyo once headed by a professor who resigned in disgrace have findings that...
Research suggests nasal spray hormone treatment effective for...
A therapist talks with a child at a facility for children with a developmental disorder and other disabilities in Saitama Prefecture. (Asahi Shimbun file photo)
Nasal spray containing oxytocin, an empathy hormone, may lessen the severity of symptoms in people suffering from a mild form of autism, a study by researchers at the...
3-D printers making inroads in medical world
The Asahi Shimbun
Last year, a 10-year-old boy in Aichi Prefecture had surgery to extend his jawbone and give it a natural shape. He went under the knife at Fujita Health University Hospital in...
Scientists discover substance effective in treating obesity,...
The Asahi Shimbun
Japanese scientists say they have found a chemical substance that can help prevent obesity-related diseases, including type 2 diabetes.
Cesium hotspots found in seabed east of Fukushima
The Asahi Shimbun
Radioactive cesium has formed hotspots on the seabed east of the Fukushima No. 1 nuclear power plant, the site of reactor meltdowns following the earthquake and tsunami...
Medical records of world’s first radiation victim from A-bomb...
Medical records of Midori Naka. Her age was erroneously entered. Part of the picture has been altered. (Photo by Makiko Ikenaga)
Long-lost medical records detailing the sharply deteriorating health of the world’s first recognized radiation sickness patient have been recovered 68 years after the victim...
University of Tokyo lab suspected of altering data in 43...
The Asahi Shimbun
A group of biologists at a research institute of the prestigious University of Tokyo likely altered or forged materials in 43 published scientific articles, a university panel...
Asian entrepreneurial spirit key to Japanese economic recovery
Shigeo Kagami (Photo by Eri Goto)
Thanks to Abenomics, the economy seems to be on the up again. But in actual fact, Asian growth is the key to any true economic recovery. My long experience helping start-ups...
POINT OF VIEW/ Yoichi Higuchi: Constitutional reform risks...
Yoichi Higuchi, second from right, and other members of “96-jo no Kai” hold a news conference in Tokyo on May 23 to announce the formation of the group. (Hideaki Ishibashi)
A group of academics opposed to the Abe administration's plans to tinker with Article 96 of the Constitution banded together to form "96-jo no Kai," or group of Article 96.
Researchers show nano-capsule therapy is useful in treating...
Steve Jobs, co-founder and former CEO of Apple Inc., at a news conference in San Francisco in March 2011. He died of pancreas cancer in October 2011. (Asahi Shimbun file photo)
A Japanese research team has dramatically increased the long-term survivability of mice with pancreatic cancer using a new technique that delivers anticancer drugs in tiny...
Scientists: Arctic sea ice to shrink to record low this summer
The white areas in this graphic show the predicted sea ice coverage areas in the Arctic Ocean for this summer. The inner curve shows the Sept. 11 ice contour averaged over a decade from 2003 through 2012, whereas the outer curve shows the Sept. 11 ice contour averaged over a decade from 1993 through 2002. (Provided by Noriaki Kimura)
In a sign of continued global warming, the Arctic sea ice this summer will shrink to a new low, 5 percent smaller than the previous minimum of last summer, scientists in Japan...
Researchers: West meets East in toad gene pool in Tokyo
An eastern Japanese common toad in Chichibu, Saitama Prefecture (Provided by Kazuko Hase)
Toads from western Japan have long been invading Tokyo, and instead of battling their eastern counterparts for supremacy, have been more than willing to mate with them.
University of Tokyo seeks talent through reforms
The University of Tokyo, Japan’s top university, has become desperate for the brightest students, from home and abroad. (Asahi Shimbun file photo)
Concerned that it has become too homogenous, the University of Tokyo is taking bold steps to create a more varied student body. The nation’s top university has become...
Start-up turns to algae as business and social savior
Masanori Ando serves up a bowl of "green ramen" at Yamate Ramen Anan in Tokyo. (Kazuo Yamamoto)
Inspired by a manga he read as a child, Mitsuru Izumo set out to develop a "magical" food capable of curing the real-world problems of hunger and malnutrition. The result—a...
Justice for all an evolving concept
Ryo Takahashi presents a discussion-based lecture in English at an event called the University of Tokyo and Harvard University Justice Lecture. (Provided by Think Nippon!)
Is there ever any justification, on a moral basis, to administer corporal punishment to wayward children? By the same token, should elementary school pupils be forced to sing...