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Taking up herewith Japanese Science & Technology  Trend News by Media in last week.
Science & Technology Trend in Japan will be read via these News.
Aug 07 Robot chefs run restaurant in Japan (foxnews.com)
 The FuA-Men (Fully Automated raMen) restaurant in Nagoya, Japan features a chef and assistant - both fully autonomous robots. The robots perform all of the cooking tasks needed to make eighty bowls per day, serving the customers who come to their small shop.
Aug 06 Mankind should explore space, Wakata says (Yomiuri)
 Astronaut Koichi Wakata, who returned to Earth on Friday after 4-1/2 months in space, says he is optimistic about the possibility of mankind exploring the "new frontier" of space. Speaking with The Yomiuri Shimbun by videophone from Houston on Tuesday evening, the 46-year-old astronaut appeared relaxed in a black polo shirt.
Aug 05 Major typhoon nears southern Japan, Taiwan (Channel NewsAsia)
 The first major typhoon of the season was expected to hit islands in far-southern Japan by Friday and approach Taiwan by the weekend, the weather agency said. Typhoon Morakot, which means "emerald" in Thai, was moving with gusts of up to 126 kilometres (78 miles) per hour toward Japan's Sakishima Islands, the agency said on Wednesday.
Aug 05 Two quakes strike off southern Japan (Channel NewsAsia)
 Two offshore earthquakes jolted southern Japan Wednesday, but there were no immediate reports of damage or casualties and no tsunami alert was issued, the meteorological agency said. A 6.5-magnitude earthquake hit at 9:18 am at a depth of 30 kilometres in the ocean off Miyako Island, the Japanese Meteorological Agency said.
Aug 04 Japanese hording popular bluefins (telegram.com)
 Today, the Japanese are farm-raising tuna. They capture wild juveniles, put them in enormous pens and feed them concentrated fish meal from baitfish caught all over the world. Fish farming is not the environmentally sensitive eco business we thought it would be. Local pollution is caused by concentrated fish waste and uneaten fish food that descends on the sea floor, putrefying it. Some fish farm bays actually turn green as a result.
Aug 04 Japanese 'robot suit' to help disabled (telegraph.co.uk)
 A Japanese company has unveiled a robotic suit that is designed to help people with weak limbs or limited physical range to walk and move like an able-bodied person. The suit, called HAL - or Hybrid Assistive Limb - is the work of Cyberdyne Corporation in Japan, and has been created to "upgrade the existing physical capabilities of the human body".
Aug 04 Japanese researchers 'grow' teeth in mice (AFP)
 Japanese researchers have successfully implanted bioengineered seed-like tissue into the jaws of mice, growing new teeth for the rodents, according to a study published Monday. The study, presented in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences demonstrates a technique that could be used to replace other organs.
Aug 04 Whale bone fossils found in western Japan lake date back 13 mil. years (AP)
 Fossils collected and kept by a clam fisherman in western Japan have been found to be the back and jaw bones of whales that lived about 13 million years ago, local researchers said Monday. Takeo Kanesaka, an 86-year-old freshwater clam fisherman, had gathered about a dozen pieces of what he described as "strange bones" from the bottom of Lake Shinji over the last 20 years and kept them at his home.
Aug 04 Astronaut Wakata's fitness after ISS stay stuns scientists (Yomiuri)
 The unusually good physical condition of astronaut Koichi Wakata, who walked unaided into a press conference shortly after returning from a 138-day stay in space, has amazed space health experts. The Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency said it planned to determine how Wakata maintained his physical condition by analyzing data logged during his long mission on the International Space Station as well as data being collected during his rehabilitation.
Aug 03 Weather problems in Japan continue into August, fears arise (examiner.com)
 With August already here, the traditional Japanese beginning of fall just around the corner, and the end of the rainy season not announced yet in many parts of the country, some fear that the end of the season the will not be announced at all. Although the 2009 rainy season in Japan, known as tsuyu, started about on average according to the Japan Meteorological Agency, the end of the season has been extremely slow to come.
Aug 03 Astronaut brings back space undies for scientists to study (switched.com)
 After four months in space, Koichi Wakata is returning to Earth -- and bringing his astronaut underwear with him. According to the Associated Press, scientists will be examining these experimental anti-bacterial, flame retardant, antistatic, and water-absorbent briefs. More importantly, the underwear (dubbed "J-Wear") is designed to be odor-free. Designed in Japan, the undies are made of a fabric composed of cotton and polyester.
Aug 02 Moderate earthquake hits Japan's Honshu island (Channel NewsAsia)
 A 5.0-magnitude earthquake struck off Japan's Honshu island on Sunday, the US Geological Survey said. There were no immediate reports of damage or casualties and no tsunami alert was issued.
By J.S. on Aug 14, 2009



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