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Dai Nippon Printing Branches Out into Regenerative Medicine

Dai Nippon Printing, a leader in the printing industry, is now applying its technologies in the field of regenerative medicine and other areas of life science. Despite the differences between these realms, they have a surprising number of points in common.

Policy for Science, Science for PolicyShiraishi Takashi

On September 24 Prime Minister Abe Shinzō met in Ottawa with Stephen Harper, his Canadian counterpart. The two leaders effectively decided to adopt a bilateral acquisition and cross-servicing agreement, which will allow Japan’s Self-Defense Forces and Canada’s military to provide each other with materiel and transportation services in cases where they are jointly involved in international humani…

The Quake That Wasn’tPeter Durfee

At 4:55 this afternoon, all the cellphones in our office started whooping wildly at us. It's been a while since we had a major alert from the earthquake early warning system, but the sound is unmistakeable to anyone who was here for the months following 3/11.  The Japan Meteorological Agency pushes out alerts when its sensors detect fast-traveling P-waves (the primary waves that vibrate in the sa…

Using Its Noodle for Success: Nissin Food Products

Back in the late 1950s, Nissin Food Products Co. created the world’s first instant ramen. The product soon became a hit around the world, with nearly 100 billion packages of instant noodles now consumed every year. Here we take a look at how the company came up with this innovative food item.

Will Methane Hydrates Become a Domestic Energy Resource?Ishikawa Kenji

In seas near Japan in March 2013, methane gas was successfully extracted from seafloor hydrates—a world first. However, there are remaining technical hurdles to overcome before this becomes a viable domestic energy source.

Fujifilm Finds New Life in Cosmetics

Fujifilm has launched a new line of cosmetics developed using the company’s film-related technologies. Cosmetics and film may seem like unrelated industries, but Fujifilm found a way to tap into a surprising synergy between them.

Science and Technology Policy: Abe’s Bold Reform PlanShiraishi Takashi

On March 1 the Council for Science and Technology Policy held its first meeting since the launch of the current Abe Shinzō administration. This council, which is chaired by the prime minister, is charged with formulation and overall coordination of Japan’s fundamental comprehensive policies for science, technology, and innovation. It is ordinarily expected to meet for about an hour once a month …

Halting Japan’s Scientific SlideHayashi Yukihide

Japan’s scientific community rejoiced on hearing the news that stem cell researcher Yamanaka Shin'ya had won the 2012 Nobel Prize in medicine. But beneath the jubilation lurk deep concerns over the future of scientific research in Japan. Hayashi Yukihide analyzes the problem and calls for a regional research fund to halt the decline and tap East Asia's scientific potential.

Nobel Selection, Noda RejectionShiraishi Takashi

Yamanaka Shin’ya, a professor at Kyoto University, has been selected as one of the recipients of the 2012 Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine for the discovery that mature cells can be reprogrammed to become pluripotent, a finding that holds tremendous promise for the development of regenerative medicine. This is splendid news, and I extend my heartfelt congratulations to Professor Yamanaka. …

The Promise of Kinetic Power Generation

Technology to collect energy from our everyday world is gaining attention. “Energy harvesting” technology can turn a crowded floor or a remote control into a tool for producing power. The technology holds a wealth of possibilities.

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