Another Error Found In Missile Defense Study

Another error found in missile defense study

Japanese Defense Minister Takeshi Iwaya has apologized for another mistake found in a study for the deployment of a US-made Aegis Ashore missile defense system.

Iwaya told reporters on Tuesday that the inaccuracy was discovered in a survey of the environmental effects of the radio waves from the system's powerful radars.

Toyota's Research Institute In China Will Study Hydrogen, Green Tech

Toyota's research institute in China will study hydrogen, green tech

Toyota said on Sunday it was setting up a research institute in Beijing in partnership with Tsinghua University to study car technology using hydrogen power and other green technologies that could ease environmental problems in China. The initiative, outlined by Toyota's President and Chief Executive Akio Toyoda in a speech at Tsinghua University, is part of the Japanese carmaker's efforts to share more technology with China as it seeks to expand its business in the country by beefing up manufacturing capacity and distribution channels, a source close to Toyota said. The Tsinghua-Toyota Joint Research Institute will conduct research into cars and new technology to solve environmental problems in China, including reducing traffic accidents, Toyota said in a statement. The institute will "cooperate in research not only related to cars for Chinese consumers, but also in research related to active utilization of hydrogen energy that can help solve China's energy problems," the company said. The move dovetails with Toyota's announcement this month that it would offer carmakers and suppliers around the world free access to nearly 24,000 patents for electric vehicle technologies. Executive Vice President Shigeki Terashi told Reuters earlier this month that the automaker intended to become a tier 2 supplier of hybrid systems and that it had already received enquiries from more than 50 companies. (Reporting by Norihiko Shirouzu in Beijing; Editing by Susan Fenton)

Japan To Study Traffic Reduction For Olympics

Japan to study traffic reduction for Olympics

The Japanese government says it will conduct a pilot study this summer to reduce traffic congestion during the 2020 Tokyo Olympic and Paralympic Games.

The government says it will run the pilot in July and August to simulate traffic during the Games.

Humans Sense Earth's Magnetic Field, Brain Wave Study Indicates

Humans sense Earth's magnetic field, brain wave study indicates

Migratory birds depend on Earth's magnetic field to navigate, and now there is evidence that humans may be unconsciously in touch with it as well, research shows.

"It appears humans are subconsciously sensing geomagnetism," said Ayumu Matani, a University of Tokyo associate professor of cognitive neuro-engineering and one of the team's researchers. "Earth's magnetic field may be influencing human behavior in some way or other."

Ips-cell Cornea Approved For Clinical Study

iPS-cell cornea approved for clinical study

A Japanese health ministry panel has approved a clinical study to transplant cornea tissues developed from human iPS cells, or induced pluripotent stem cells.

The panel approved a plan by a group of researchers led by Osaka University Professor Koji Nishida on Tuesday.

Japan To Conduct Nationwide Foreign Resident Study

Japan to conduct nationwide foreign resident study

The Japanese government will conduct a nationwide survey of foreign residents as part of preparations to accept more foreign workers beginning in April.

The Justice Ministry plans to conduct the study in anticipation of an increase in the number of foreigners living in Japan.

Police To Study Cyber-attacks On Self-driving Cars

Police to study cyber-attacks on self-driving cars

Japanese police plan to launch a study on how to deal with possible cases of cyber-attacks on self-driving vehicles.

Japan's National Police Agency says it will begin the study in fiscal 2019 that starts next April, with the aim of establishing investigation methods for such crimes.

Morning Musume.'18's Nonaka Miki To Study Abroad For A Short Period

Morning Musume.'18's Nonaka Miki to study abroad for a short period

It's been announced that Morning Musume.'18 member Nonaka Miki will be halting her activities from late-December to mid-February to do a short-term study abroad. 

Nonaka's study abroad request was accepted as she wanted to concentrate on studying English. On her blog, she wrote, "Although I can speak English, I want to improve even more so that more people overseas can get to know Morning Musume. I also personally want to break out of my shell. The members and people around me support my decision of challenging myself. Tsunku-san also pushed my back, telling me to do my best as someone in charge of the global side."

Study: H7n9 Bird Flu Transmittible Via Droplets

Study: H7N9 bird flu transmittible via droplets

Japanese researchers say they have determined that the H7N9 avian influenza virus can be transmitted via respiratory droplets. It's the first time researchers have confirmed that a bird flu virus can be spread by airborne droplets.

The researchers say a new type of influenza comes about when a bird flu virus accumulates genetic mutations and becomes transmissible to humans.