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Taking up herewith Japanese Science & Technology Trend News by Media of last week.
Sciemce & Technology Trend in Japan will be read via these News.
Sep 18 180,000 estimated to get flu treatment in Japan last week (AP)
 Around 180,000 people are estimated to have visited hospitals, clinics and other medical institutions across Japan for the first time for flu treatment during the week through Sunday, up 30,000 from the previous week, the National Institute of Infectious Diseases said Friday. By prefecture, Okinawa topped the list with 13.38 per institution, down from 22.66. Miyagi and Tokyo came second with 5.90 each, ahead of Fukuoka (5.50) and Osaka (5.20).
Sep 18 Panasonic develops bed that turns into wheelchair (AFP)
 Japan's Panasonic Corp. has developed a "Robotic Bed" that can transform into a wheelchair to make life easier for elderly and disabled people, it announced Friday. The invention is designed to help people with limited mobility maintain an independent lifestyle, the firm said in a statement.
Sep 18 Space station welcomes Japanese cargo ship (MSNBC)
 Japan's first-ever space cargo ship arrived at the international space station Thursday to end a flawless maiden voyage to the orbiting lab. The gleaming space freighter, dubbed the H-2 Transfer Vehicle 1 (HTV-1), approached the space station from below after a weeklong chase so astronaut Nicole Stott could pluck it from orbit using the outpost's robotic arm as both spacecraft flew 225 miles above western Romania.
Sep 17 Oldest elephant in Japan dies (AP)
 The oldest elephant in Japan died Thursday at a park in Odawara, Kanagawa Prefecture, at the presumable age of 62, park officials said. Umeko, who was believed to be about 100 years old in human age, was popular with local residents, particularly children, as well as tourists at the Odawara Castle Park for some 60 years since the city purchased her from Thailand in September 1950 to mark its 10th anniversary.
Sep 17 Astronaut Doi becomes U.N. section chief (AP)
 Japanese astronaut Takao Doi became a section chief at the U.N. Office for Outer Space Affairs in Vienna on Thursday, starting his two-year term as the first astronaut to work at the office. Doi, 54, who was the first Japanese to go on a spacewalk in 1997, was selected for the post through open recruitment. He will be involved in work such as developing a system for providing observational data collected from satellites to countries affected by natural disasters and providing academic knowledge of space to the world.
Sep 17 Big bass caught in Japan could tie 77-year-old world record (Los Angeles Times)
 It's amazing that for 77 years bass anglers have been trying to beat the catch of a 22-pound, 4-ounce bass made by George Perry on June 2, 1932, in Georgia's Montgomery Lake--and then somebody comes along and ties the record. Japan's Manabu Kurita is that angler. He made his catch on July 2 at ancient Lake Biwa northeast of Kyoto, and it has generated quite a buzz among the passionate bass-fishing community. Kurita's bass measured 27.20 inches in length and an almost equal 26.77 inches in girth.
Sep 16 Japan scientists create 3-D images you can touch (Reuters)
 Imagine a light switch or a book that appears only when you need it -- Japanese scientists are one step closer to making the stuff of sci-fi films into reality after creating a hologram that can also be felt. "Up until now, holography has been for the eyes only, and if you'd try to touch it, your hand would go right through," Hiroyuki Shinoda, professor at Tokyo university and one of the developers of the technology, told Reuters.
Sep 16 Tonnes of driftwood from Taiwan typhoon clogs Japan (Reuters)
 Thousands of trees uprooted by heavy rains in Taiwan's deadly typhoon last month have floated across the sea to Japan, clogging waterways and endangering boats, officials said on Wednesday. Since Sept. 3, around 300 trees a day have drifted nearly 1,500 km (930 miles) to Japan's southwestern Kyushu island endangering passenger boats and small fishing vessels, said Kunio Gyoji, an official in the de facto Japanese embassy in Taipei.
Sep 16 Japan 'has no hunger' for a way to beat famine (Times Online)
 In addition to the stray sachet of strawberry Slim-up, Slim, Precious! milkshake and an illustrated history of electronic massage chairs, there are three strange things on my desk at the moment. The first is a panicle of rice, freshly scythed from an experimental paddy east of Nagoya. I have not counted the individual grains sagging from it, but I know a genius who has, and he reckons there are, on average, about 290 of them there.
Sep 15 Indonesian, Japanese researchers find dinosaur fish (AP)
 Indonesian and Japanese researchers have discovered another coelacanth, an ancient fish once thought to have become extinct, in Indonesian waters, one of the researchers said Tuesday. The coelacanth was found at 10:30 a.m. Monday at a depth of 155 meters off North Sulawesi Island by researchers of Sam Ratulangi University on the island, the Jakarta-based Indonesian Institute of Sciences, and Fukushima Aquamarine of Japan.
Sep 15 Conservationists say 70 dolphins in Japan released (AP)
 A Japanese fishing town that holds a well-known annual hunt to kill and sell dolphins for meat has released 70 of the animals from its first catch of the season following an international outcry, a conservationist group said Tuesday. The outcry has been growing against the hunt in Taiji, western Japan, since an award-winning American documentary "The Cove" this year showed dolphins being herded into an inlet and killed by fishermen with spears.
Sep 15 Suntory, partners develop world's 1st blue chrysanthemum (AP)
 Suntory Holdings Ltd. said Monday its joint research team with two partners has developed the world's first chrysanthemum with blue petals. According to Suntory, chrysanthemums come with petals in various colors such as white, yellow and red but lack the gene necessary to produce the blue pigment delphinidin.
Sep 15 Japanese scientist to receive prestigious research award (Yomiuri)
 The Albert and Mary Lasker Foundation is to present Kyoto University Prof. Shinya Yamanaka with an Albert Lasker Basic Medical Research Award later this year, the foundation announced Monday. Yamanaka, 47, was the first scientist to create induced pluripotent stem (iPS) cells, a new type of human stem cell capable of developing into various human cells. The award, established in 1945, is said to be the most prestigious medical prize in the United States and 76 of its recipients have won Nobel Prizes.
Sep 13 Once-rare birds now a nuisance (Yomiuri)
 Great cormorants, once protected species because of their rarity, are now causing a headache for people in Aichi Prefecture due to overbreeding. As great cormorants eat the fry of sweetfish and other species of fish in rivers in the prefecture, the locals view the birds as pests that should be culled. In the 1970s, only several thousand great cormorants were known to exist in Japan and were considered a rare bird.
Sep 13 Sex in space could be the key to the survival of humans (Japan Times)
 've been thinking about sex in space. Not from any interest in a potential new porn genre, or because I've got a chance of joining the 62-mile-high club any time soon. No, my concerns are loftier even than that: I'm worried about the future of humanity. We already know that mammals have had sex in space - though we're talking rat sex, not people sex. Whatever problems there might be with having sex in microgravity, floating in space, the rats managed it.
Sep 13 38% of hospitals can't aid pregnant new-flu patients (Yomiuri)
 Nearly 40 percent of surveyed medical institutions would be unable to provide treatment to perinatal patients infected with the new type of influenza, a Yomiuri Shimbun survey has found.
By J.S. on Sep 24, 2009



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