Researchers at Japan's Keio University are planning to conduct clinical trials to see whether induced pluripotent stem cells, also known as iPS cells, can be used to effectively treat a serious heart condition.
A team led by Keio University Professor Keiichi Fukuda intends to transplant 50 million cardiac muscle cells derived from iPS cells into each of three patients with dilated cardiomyopathy.
Before he pursues a career in Major League Baseball, Japanese slugger Yoshitomo Tsutsugo is on a mission to fix the sport in his native country, including the abolishment of what he says is corporal punishment and grueling practices.
Tsutsugo said after the 2018 season that he wants to play for an MLB team in the future. He will be eligible for international free agency in 2021 after 11 seasons with the Yokohama DeNA BayStars.
Japanese tennis star Kei Nishikori says achieving good results in Grand Slam tournaments has always been his goal, and that he will strive to win the title at the Australian Open which starts on Monday.
Nishikori clinched his first title in almost 3 years earlier this month by winning the Brisbane international tournament.
Prime Minister Shinzo Abe has expressed his resolve to advance negotiations for a peace treaty with Russia ahead of his planned meeting with Russian President Vladimir Putin.
Abe left Japan on Wednesday for his 5-day tour to Singapore, Australia and Papua New Guinea. He will meet Putin later on Wednesday in Singapore, on the sidelines of the summit meeting of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations.
Japan's defense chief says he intends to move ahead quickly with preparations to resume reclamation work for the relocation of a US military base in Okinawa.
Defense Minister Takeshi Iwaya told reporters on Tuesday that the land ministry told him about its decision to temporarily suspend Okinawa Prefecture's revocation of a landfill permit.
Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe told reporters that he aims to submit constitutional amendment proposals at the next Diet session.
Abe said the governing coalition parties will work out concrete articles before his ruling Liberal Democratic Party takes the lead in submitting a draft to an extraordinary Diet session this year.