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Jul 03Stem cells reshape heart surgery (Yomiuri)
Japanese researchers have for the first time in the nation successfully used stem cells to treat heart disease, opening up the possibility of replacing the need to resort to artificial hearts or transplants. Prof. Hiroaki Matsubara and his team from Kyoto Prefectural University of Medicine harvested the stem cells from the patient's heart, used them to grow new heart muscle cells, and replanted them. The patient--Shigeki Yamaguchi from Nagata Ward, Kobe--had been ill with acute heart disease and had suffered a heart attack in February.
Jul 02Mitsubishi Electric to Supply Ozone System for US Water Treatment Plants (Asahi)
Mitsubishi Electric Corporation (TOKYO: 6503) announced that it has received orders from three water plants in the United States for ozone systems to be used in water treatment plants, such as waterworks and sewage. The orders are comprised of ozone generators and their structures.
Jul 02Miyakonojo farmers resume shipping livestock as epidemic ends (Kyodo)
Farmers resumed shipping livestock in Miyakonojo, Miyazaki Prefecture, Friday as a three-week ban on moving animals was lifted at midnight Thursday, after confirmation that the foot-and-mouth epidemic had ended. A suspected case of the disease broke out June 9 in the city, which serves as one of Japan's major livestock centers. But no other cases have since emerged, thanks to a quick countermeasure of culling and burying all the animals at the farm.
Jun 29Japan to get its first 2.4 petaflop supercomputer (techeye.net)
Japan is soon to get its first 2.4 petaflop supercomputer called the TSUBAME 2.0, which will use Voltaire's 40Gb/s InfiniBand switches, the computer fabrics manufacturer announced today. The TSUBAME 2.0 will begin operating in Autumn, with Voltaire teaming up with NEC to get it running in that time frame. It is expected to be 30 times faster than the TSUBAME 1.0 and 12 times faster than Japan's current fastest supercomputer, owned by the Japan Atomic Energy Agency, which was only unveiled in March of this year. The TSUBAME 2.0 will also require only 200 square metres of floor space, two thirds less than its predecessor.
Jun 29Japan's oldest female koala dies (AP)
Japan's oldest female koala, Yoshi, died Sunday at Awaji Farm Park England Hill on Awaji Island in Hyogo Prefecture, just two weeks after turning 21, the equivalent of over 100 in human terms, the park operator said Monday. Born in Tama Zoological Park in Tokyo in June 1989, Yoshi came to the park in Minamiawaji at the age of five. She started to show signs of aging about 10 years ago and stopped eating last week, shortly after her birthday on June 14. She was found dead around 7 p.m. Sunday by a park staffer, according to the operator.
Jun 28Lasers used to map giant burial mounds in 3-D(Japan Times)
Nara-based archaeologists said they have succeeded in drawing three-dimensional maps of the surface of large burials mounds for the first time by flashing them with laser beams at a rate of more than 100,000 times a second from a helicopter. The new method, revealed at an academic conference Saturday in Suita, Osaka Prefecture, is an important advance because archaeologists don't have free access to most of the large ancient mounds, which are managed by the Imperia Household Agency.
Jun 27Rice seed coating cuts labor needs / New method seen as boost for nation's threatened rice-farming culture (Yomiuri)
With the nation's rice farming threatened by a declining birthrate and an aging population, a new labor-saving method of rice cultivation is drawing wide attention. The method--coating rice seeds with iron powder--was developed by Minoru Yamauchi, 58, a researcher at the National Agriculture and Food Research Organization. Coating rice seeds with iron powder is meant to ensure the proper growth of rice seedlings after the seeds are sown directly in rice paddies, instead of in seed beds that long have been considered an indispensable part of conventional rice-farming practice in Japan.
Jun 27Asahiyama's natural touch (Japan Times)
Ivan the polar bear has been having relationship problems recently. The strapping 300-kg, 10-year-old lives at Asahiyama Zoo, a municipal facility on a wooded hillside in the city of Asahikawa, central Hokkaido. The zoo is Japan's most northerly, and 15 years ago it was near bankruptcy. Today, crowds come from as far away as Tokyo, Seoul and Beijing to see the animals - and they often make a beeline for the polar bear house. Without doubt, Ivan - or "Eewan" as he is known to countless Japanese fans - is a national and international star.
Jun 2740-year-old reactor set to continue (Japan Times)
Kansai Electric Power Co. has decided to extend operation of the 40-year-old No. 1 reactor at the Mihama nuclear power plant in Fukui Prefecture for another 10 years, which will make it the longest operating domestic nuclear reactor, informed sources said Saturday. The government will formally approve the plan as early as this week, they said. While Japan Atomic Power Co.'s Tsuruga No. 1 nuclear reactor in the prefecture entered its 41st year of operation in March, it will be deactivated in 2016.

Jul 02Toshiba to develop batteries for electric vehicles (Mainichi)
Japanese electronics maker Toshiba Corp. said Friday it's jumping into the battery business for electric vehicles in a development deal with Mitsubishi Motors Corp. It's the first EV battery deal with a major automaker for Toshiba, which already makes batteries for laptops and cell phones, said company spokesman Ken Shinjo. Production will start sometime next year, in a new facility in Niigata, northern Japan, according to Toshiba.
Jul 01SoftBank punts free ADSL for femtocell folk (The Register)
Free ADSL and a free femtocell, but you still have to pay for mobile calls: Japanese punters now have a new business model from SoftBank Mobile. Rather than offer better coverage, or discounted calls, SoftBank Mobile is turning the femtocell business around by offering free ADSL to anyone who'll extend the operator's coverage by fitting a femtocell into their home or business. Femtocells are tiny, generally 3G, base stations that piggyback on the customer's broadband connection to route calls back to the operator's network. The utility of such technology is unquestioned, though some operators have found integration challenging and there's still a lot of debate around who pays for them.
Jun 30Sony says 535,000 laptops at risk of overheating (Computerworld)
More than half a million Sony laptops sold this year contain a software bug that could lead them to overheat, the company said Wednesday. Sony has recorded 39 cases of overheating among Vaio F and C series laptops that have been on sale since January. In some cases the overheating has led the laptop case to deform. A bug in the heat management system of the BIOS software is to blame. Sony is asking users to either update the software themselves or return their laptops so it can apply the update.
Jun 29'Japanese Game Show' companies reunite (hollywoodreporter.com)
They not only survived a Japanese game show together, they're going to collaborate on more of them. U.S.-based A. Smith & Co. and Japan's Taiyo Kikaku Co. are joining forces to develop, produce and distribute content for television and other media that will be adapted and expanded to audiences in new marketplaces. The venture harnesses the success both producing companies experienced through their initial collaboration, ABC's "I Survived a Japanese Game Show."
Jun 29Softbank Mobile to offer unlimited data plan for outside Japan (AP)
Softbank Mobile Corp. announced Monday it will offer subscribers an unlimited data plan for when they are traveling overseas, starting July 21. The new service, applicable to global roaming-enabled mobile phones, including iPhone and Android smartphones, will entail a separate daily charge of up to 1,480 yen until June 30, 2011, after which it will be raised to 1,980 yen, Softbank Mobile said. The daily charge rises to 2,980 yen for video downloads.
Jun 27Battle of smartphones heating up in Japan (Mainichi)
With the launch of Apple's iPhone 4 on June 24, the battle for the smartphone market is heating up in Japan, putting pressure on Japanese phone manufacturers who have been slow to enter the smartphone business. The popularity of the iPhone has been boosted by its wide software, or "app" lineup. On June 24, a 19-year-old university student was among the customers lining up at Softbank's Omotesando store in Tokyo to purchase an iPhone.

By J.S. on Jul 9, 2010

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