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Takamatsu to become Japan's first ISS space tourist

May 14, 2015

Takamatsu to become Japan's first ISS space tourist

British soprano Sarah Brightman has pulled out of a planned visit this fall to the International Space Station, giving her place aboard a Russian Soyuz spacecraft to Japanese entrepreneur Satoshi Takamatsu. The 52-year-old former executive of the Dentsu Inc. ad agency and founder of ...

May 2, 2015

Japanese textile makers focusing on diagnostic drugs

Japanese textile makers are gearing up for development of diagnostic test kits and pharmaceuticals. Amid growing social awareness of the importance of increasing healthy life expectancy, demand for the technology of diagnosis that leads to an early discovery of diseases is expected to increase ...

May 2, 2015

Team converts skin cells into nerve-like cells

A Japanese team said Friday it has managed to convert human skin cells directly into cells with similar characteristics to nerve cells that in the future could help treat patients with damaged nerves. The conversion involves the use of special compounds during cell culture, ...

Anti-dengue plague plan eyed by health ministry

Apr 29, 2015

Anti-dengue plague plan eyed by health ministry

The health ministry will soon draw up guidelines to prevent a new outbreak of dengue fever, after last summer’s incidence became the nation’s first in about 70 years. A total of 162 people were infected with the virus across 18 prefectures last year. An ...