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Only 1 in 7 Japanese scientists are women

Just a seventh of scientists in Japan are female, government figures show — a record high rate for the country, despite being the lowest rate of any developed nation. The figure comes amid a high-profile row in Japan that has pitted a young female researcher against the scientific establishment, and…

Japan and South Korea to discuss fate of ‘comfort women’ before Obama visit

Japan, S. Korea to discuss ‘comfort women’ before Obama visit (via AFP) Japan and South Korea will hold talks this week to try to improve frosty relations before President Barack Obama visits both the US allies during an Asian tour, it was announced Sunday. The two governments “have decided to…

Japan orders slaughter of 112,000 chickens after H5 strain of bird flu detected

Japan orders chicken cull after bird flu outbreak in south (via AFP) Japan has ordered the slaughter of some 112,000 chickens after officials confirmed Sunday bird flu infections at a poultry farm in the south. DNA tests confirmed the H5 strain of the virus at a farm in Kumamoto prefecture…

Japan to keep using nuclear power despite Fukushima disaster

Japan on Friday said nuclear power would remain an important source of energy as the government approved a new Basic Energy Plan, the first policy of its kind since the 2011 Fukushima disaster. The government of conservative Prime Minister Shinzo Abe said atomic generation would resume once regulators were sure…

Mexico now exports more cars to the U.S. than Japan does

Mexico’s booming auto industry has reached a major milestone, claiming to have overtaken Japan as the second biggest car exporter to the United States in the past three months. The Latin American nation now only trails Canada, but experts say Mexico could become the top exporter to its northern neighbor…

Japanese researcher stands by her disputed stem cell discovery: ‘The data actually exists’

Fighting back tears, a Japanese researcher under fire for fabricating parts of scientific papers hailed as breakthroughs in stem cell research said on Wednesday she stood by her discovery and hoped it could still help the world. The papers published by Haruko Obokata in the scientific journal Nature in January…

Japan’s Amazon.com will stop selling whale meat

It's always nice when people get together and make themselves heard. It's even nicer when other people listen. Not a month ago, Rakuten, Japan's Amazon.com, earned the title as the world's leading online trader of elephant ivory and whale products,……

Japan’s top research body finds signs of fraud in breakthrough stem cell study

By Kiyoshi Takenaka TOKYO (Reuters) – Japan’s top research body on Tuesday accused the lead writer of stem cell papers hailed as a game-changer in the field of medical biology of misconduct involving fabrication, but the scientist called the findings unacceptable. Two papers published in the scientific journal Nature in…

Top UN court orders Japan to end Antarctic whale hunt

The UN's top court on Monday ordered Japan to stop its annual whale hunt in the Antarctic, rejecting Tokyo's argument that it is for scientific purposes. "Japan shall revoke any existant authorisation, permit or licence granted in relation to Jarpa……

12 dead, flights grounded as massive snowstorm strikes Japan

A severe snowstorm sweeping across Japan has killed 12 people and left more than 1,650 injured, Japanese media reported Sunday, as the extreme weather sparked widespread transport chaos. At least a dozen people have died in snow-related incidents in……

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