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Taking up herewith Japanese Science & Technology Trend News by Media in last week.
Recent Science & Technology Trend in Japan will be read via these News.
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Oct 10 M5.1 quake hits north and northeastern Japan (AP)
 An earthquake registering a preliminary magnitude of 5.1 shook north and northeastern Japan on Saturday evening, the Japan Meteorological Agency said. The 5:43 p.m. quake measured 4 on the Japanese seismic intensity scale of 7 in Higashidori, Aomori Prefecture, and 3 in several places in the prefecture and Hokkaido, the agency said. No tsunami warning was issued.
Oct 10 Google Street View coverage expands without prior notice (Yomiuri)
 Google Japan has announced plans to widen its online Street View service coverage of areas in Ota Ward, Tokyo, and Hokkaido, as well as expand for the first time into some prefectures including Nagasaki and Okinawa. Amid rising criticism after Street View was launched with coverage of 10 prefectures in August 2008, Google Japan announced in February that in the future, the Internet company would give advance notice to local governments.
Oct 09 Japan must build nuclear plant every year for 25% cut goal: IEA head (AP)
 International Energy Agency Executive Director Nobuo Tanaka said Friday that if Japan is to cut greenhouse gas emissions by 25 percent from 1990 levels by 2020 as targeted by the government, it would have to build one nuclear power plant every year. Japan would also have to raise the average capacity utilization of its nuclear plants to 90 percent from the present level of around 70 percent to achieve the goal, the official of the Paris-based organization of 28 oil-consuming nations told a news conference in Tokyo.
Oct 09 Minor radioactive leak at Japanese nuclear plant (AFP)
 A small amount of radioactive water leaked at a nuclear plant being decommissioned in Japan but there was no risk to people's health or the environment, officials said Friday. The leak was spotted Thursday at the Fugen Nuclear Power Plant, in central Fukui prefecture, which was shut down in 2003.
Oct 09 System failing schizophrenics / Patients struggling with side effects, but MDs not publishing facts (Yomiuri)
 Japan's medical practitioners tend to administer multiple antipsychotic drugs in large doses, a practice that should be halted because of the adverse side effects linked to such regimes. Prescription of a single antipsychotic drug is the international norm for the treatment of psychiatric diseases. The drug regime of one woman in her 60s who is an inpatient at a hospital in the Kanto region sees her take more than 30 tablets of three kinds of antipsychotic drugs every day to treat her schizophrenia that had been causing hallucinations and delusion.
Oct 08 Albatross cam for bird's eye view (BBC)
 Albatrosses associate with killer whales out in the open ocean, tiny cameras attached to the birds reveal. Unique pictures retrieved from the cameras placed on the albatrosses' backs show the birds feeding alongside the killer whales, also known as orcas. Prof Takahashi undertook the study with colleagues from Hokkaido University in Sapporo, Japan and the British Antarctic Survey, Cambridge, UK.
Oct 08 JR East developing battery-powered trains (Yomiuri)
 East Japan Railway Co. is developing train cars powered by rechargeable lithium-ion batteries whose carbon dioxide emissions will be less than half of those from diesel-powered trains if the new train cars are put into practical use. JR East officials said this technology would make it possible to run eco trains along both electrified and nonelectrified sections of track.
Oct 07 Japanese suit that fights flu (telegraph.co.uk)
 The company has produced 50,000 of the suits and will start selling them on Thursday, according to a company spokesman. The suit is coated with the chemical titanium dioxide, which reacts to light to break down and kill the virus when it comes into contact with it, according to Junko Hirohata. The chemical is a common ingredient in toothpaste and cosmetics.
Oct 06 New dinosaur discovered in Ishikawa (Mainichi)
 A fossilized dinosaur skull found here has been recognized as that of a new species, local education authorities announced on Monday. The dinosaur skull -- which was excavated in 1998 from the local Kuwajima Formation, one of the biggest fossil spots in Japan -- apparently belonged to a small-sized herbivorous dinosaur about 1.3 meters long, and dates back to the Lower Cretaceous Period, making it about 130 million years old.
Oct 06 Scientists 'find way to predict 70% of stomach cancer relapses' (Yomiuri)
 Researchers at the National Cancer Center have developed a system for detecting 70 percent of postoperative stomach cancer relapses, according to sources. Many cases of cancer spread to the abdominal membrane before an operation, only to be detected after surgery. The system is expected to help prevent such relapses.
Oct 06 Narita to test mm-wave screener for weapons (Japan Times)
 A new security scanner that can detect plastic explosives and hazardous liquids has been developed by a research team led by Tohoku University and will be installed for testing in as early as a few weeks at Narita International Airport. The device using highly translucent millimeter waves represents a breakthrough as those explosives and materials under layers of clothing could slip through existing airport screening systems, which generally consist of metal detectors and visual contact, according to the team.
Oct 05 Korea passes Japan by actual broadband speed: study (telecomasia.net)
 Korea has overtaken Japan this year to become the nation with the fastest broadband connections in real terms, according to recent research. Those two nations are also the only in Asia, and among only nine in the world, that will be ready to satisfy the bandwidth requirements of the short-term future, the study found. Researchers within the business faculties of Oxford University and the University of Oviedo analyzed the results of 24 million broadband performance tests conducted by speedtest.net.
Oct 04 A spaceman speaks (Japan Times)
 When future historians document the story of Japanese space exploration, 2009 will likely figure as the year when the nation put two high-profile rocket launch failures, in 1999 and 2003, firmly behind it and, quite literally, took off. In June, the nation's first blueprint for space development, the 'Basic Plan for Space', was published. A month later, Koichi Wakata completed the longest stay of any Japanese in space - 4 1/2 months at the International Space Station (ISS).
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By J.S. on Oct 15, 2009 
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