Hayabusa2 Begins Descent To Make Artificial Crater

Hayabusa2 begins descent to make artificial crater

Japanese space probe Hayabusa2 is making a descent toward the asteroid Ryugu in a new mission to create an artificial crater for a study of the celestial body's interior. The asteroid is located 340 million kilometers from Earth.

The Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency, or JAXA, says the probe began its descent toward Ryugu from an altitude of 20,000 meters at around 1:00 p.m. on Thursday, Japan time.

Japan's New Era 'lighty Salted': Rush Begins To Cash In On Reiwa

Japan's new era 'lighty salted': Rush begins to cash in on Reiwa

The start of the new era is still a month away, but businesses are already jumping aboard the "Reiwa" bandwagon with new products, including candies, potato chips, chopsticks and a board game, to capitalize on consumers' celebratory mood.

Within minutes after the April 1 announcement of a new era name, confectioners started kneading and pulling sugary dough to hand-craft a commemorative version of "Kintaro ame" candies at Kintaroame Honten in Tokyo's Taito Ward.

Emperor Begins Court Rituals For Abdication

Emperor begins court rituals for abdication

Japan's Emperor Akihito has begun a series of rituals leading to his abdication on April 30.

The first ceremonies were held at the three Imperial sanctuaries on the palace grounds in Tokyo on Tuesday.

Hayabusa2 Begins Collecting Samples On Asteroid

Hayabusa2 begins collecting samples on asteroid

The Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency, or JAXA, says the Hayabusa2 space probe has touched down on the asteroid Ryugu and started to collect rock samples.

JAXA says it received data at around 8:00 AM on Friday, Japan time, or 23:00 UTC on Thursday. Hayabusa2 began descending toward Ryugu a little after 1:00 PM on Thursday from an altitude of 20,000 meters.

Work Begins On Another Embankment In Henoko

Work begins on another embankment in Henoko

Japan's Defense Ministry has started building another coastal embankment in the Henoko district of Okinawa Prefecture to reclaim land for the relocation of a US military base.

The work is part of a plan to move the US Marine Corps Futenma Air Station in Ginowan City to the less populated Henoko area in Nago City.

Work To Demolish Tsunami-hit Town Hall Begins

Work to demolish tsunami-hit town hall begins

Workers have started demolishing a former town hall building in northern Japan that was severely damaged by the tsunami on March 11th, 2011.

People of Otsuchi Town in Iwate Prefecture have been divided for nearly eight years over whether to demolish the building or preserve it as a memorial to the disaster.

Miura Begins Climb Of S.america's Highest Peak

Miura begins climb of S.America's highest peak

Japanese adventurer Yuichiro Miura, 86, has begun an attempt to scale Mount Aconcagua, South America's highest peak.

He left base camp in Argentina at about 12:00 UTC on Friday. He is expected to reach the summit around Tuesday if the climb goes smoothly.

Android 9.0 Pie Update Begins Rolling Out To Oneplus 5, 5t

Android 9.0 Pie Update Begins Rolling Out To OnePlus 5, 5T

When it comes to Android updates, most companies would generally prefer to focus on their latest flagship smartphones, so it can be a bit worrying if you use an older handset and are wondering whether or not an update will make its way to you. Thankfully for OnePlus 5 and 5T owners, it seems that the latest Android update is now making its way to handsets.

According to reports, it looks like the Android 9.0 Pie update is finally making its way to the OnePlus 5 and 5T, handsets that were released back in 2017. To be fair it was only a matter of time as the open beta for the updates took place a couple of weeks back, but it’s nice to see that OnePlus managed to release the update before the year is out, giving users a nice way to start 2019.

Star Panda Cub In Tokyo Begins To Live Alone

Star panda cub in Tokyo begins to live alone

A popular giant panda cub at Tokyo's Ueno Zoo has begun to live alone, as part of a process in preparation for adult life.

Zoo officials initiated the process last month by separating Xiang Xiang from her mother, and aim to have her independent when she turns 18 months old on Wednesday.

First Joint Survey Of Ancient Imperial Tomb Begins

First joint survey of ancient imperial tomb begins

The Imperial Household Agency and the city of Sakai in Osaka Prefecture, western Japan, have begun a joint survey of the largest ancient burial mound in the country.

The keyhole-shaped mound in Sakai City is believed to be the resting place of fifth-century Emperor Nintoku.

Move To New Tokyo Fish Market Begins

Move to new Tokyo fish market begins

Many fishmongers and wholesalers have been working since early Sunday morning. They are moving from the Tsukiji food market to a new site. The wholesale market in downtown Tokyo closed on Saturday after 83 years in business.

The new market, located in the Toyosu Waterfront area, will open on Thursday.

Sapporo Autumn Food Festival Begins

Sapporo autumn food festival begins

People are getting a taste of Hokkaido cuisine at an annual food festival in the city of Sapporo.

The Sapporo Autumn Fest began on Saturday, 8 days later than scheduled. The delay was caused by a powerful earthquake that hit the northern prefecture last week.

Search For Civilian Ships Sunk In Wartime Begins

Search for civilian ships sunk in wartime begins

Japanese university researchers have begun searching for 4 civilian ships that were sunk by US attacks in the East China Sea during World War Two.

A team from Kyushu Institute of Technology arrived on Friday night at the site of where one of the wrecks is thought to be located.