Science

Researchers raced ahead without fear

TOKYO -- "It was a shining blue, and I was so excited that my hands trembled," Isamu Akasaki, professor at Meijo University, said of an experiment he conducted roughly 25 years ago in which a blue light-emitting diode glowed for the first time. ...

  • Japan dotted with volcanoes that could erupt at any time

    TOKYO -- The recent eruption of Mount Ontake, Japan's worst postwar volcanic disaster, provided graphic evidence of the threat posed by active volcanoes. Japan has 110 active volcanoes, some 7% of the world total. Active volcanoes are those that ...

  • New skin cancer treatment method devised using iPS cells

    TOKYO -- Research in Japan has created a method of using induced pluripotent stem (iPS) cells to treat malignant melanoma, a type of skin cancer. The method was devised by Tamihiro Kawakami, associate professor at St. Marianna University School o...

  • Ontake eruption shows holes in Japan's early-warning system

    TOKYO -- The recent eruption of Mount Ontake in central Japan highlights the difficulties of predicting major volcanic events, as the country's volcanoes enter a more active phase following a devastating earthquake in March 2011. The Sept. 27 eru...

  • Race to develop blue LEDs lit fire under research

    TOKYO -- Two Japanese companies competed fiercely to develop blue LEDs, fighting over patents at one point, but it was their desire to outdo that pushed them to improve their techniques and ultimately spawned a new industry. The three scientists ...

  • Nobel laureates to budding researchers: Follow your interests

    TOKYO -- The importance of perseverance and pursuing interests were among the insights shared by the three winners of this year's Nobel Prize in physics, who spoke with The Nikkei on Wednesday. In separate interviews, the trio discussed their tho...

  • Anger was Nobelist Nakamura's driving force

    SANTA BARBARA, California -- Shuji Nakamura was angry about how he was treated while studying in the U.S., and then about how he was treated by the culture of corporate Japan. So in his early days as a researcher, he channeled that energy into solvin...

  • EDITORIAL: Japan physicists Nobel win for blue LED should be inspiration for all

    The Royal Swedish Academy of Sciences has awarded the Nobel Prize in Physics for 2014 to three physicists from Japan -- Isamu Akasaki, Hiroshi Amano and Shuji Nakamura. The decision, which many had predicted for years, was made "for the invention...

  • Nobel Prize a testament to Japan's manufacturing prowess

    TOKYO -- Three Japanese scientists who pursued years of low-profile research dominated this year's Nobel Prize in physics. The recognition is a big nod to a country long grappling with an anemic economy. In recent years, mathematics-based theoret...

  • Nobel gold aside, Japan may need to rethink R&D strategy

    TOKYO -- Japan's recent focus on scientific research that promises immediate applications is raising concerns about stifling more low-profile studies that could lead to innovations over the long haul. Japan currently looks to the U.S. in shaping ...

  • Blue LEDs opened a new world in light

    TOKYO -- The breakthrough of blue LEDs was so significant in changing lighting technology that the scientists behind it were chosen as this year's recipients for the Nobel Prize in physics. Isamu Akasaki, professor at Meijo University, Hiroshi Am...

  • Japanese science extends streak of Nobel gold

    TOKYO -- Nineteen Japanese-born physicists, chemists and biologists have earned their fields' highest honor -- 14 of them since 2000 -- attesting to the country's strength in both basic and applied sciences. Japan now ranks fifth in Nobel laureat...

  • Japanese physicists win Nobel Prize for blue LEDs

    PARIS -- The Nobel Prize in physics will be awarded to Japanese physicists Isamu Akasaki and Hiroshi Amano as well as Japanese-born American Shuji Nakamura for the invention of efficient blue light-emitting diodes, the Royal Swedish Academy of Scienc...

  • Nobel-winning scientist was Japanese salaryman who fought employer

    TOKYO (Dow Jones) -- One of the three scientists who won the Nobel Prize in physics on Tuesday is well-known in Japan as a salaryman who fought back against his employer and won millions of dollars. Shuji Nakamura, now a professor at the Universit...

  • Japanese physicists win Nobel prize for landmark light source

    STOCKHOLM (Kyodo) -- Two Japanese physicists, Isamu Akasaki and Hiroshi Amano, and Japanese-born American Shuji Nakamura were awarded the Nobel Prize in Physics 2014 on Tuesday "for the invention of efficient blue light-emitting diodes," the Royal Sw...

  • Japan researchers get results with new cancer immune therapy

    TOKYO -- Researchers at Japan's Keio and Osaka universities together with the National Cancer Center have had success with trials conducted on effective immune therapy for the treatment of certain types of cancer in conjunction with existing anti-can...

  • India hails success of Mars mission as spacecraft enters orbit

    NEW DELHI (Kyodo) -- India's space agency on Wednesday became the fourth in the world to successfully put a satellite into orbit around Mars, with Prime Minister Narendra Modi hailing it as a "a shining symbol of what we are capable of as a nation." ...

  • Indian mission reaches Mars

    NEW DELHI -- More than 10 months after it embarked on its historic space voyage, India's ambitious Mars Orbiter mission is expected to enter the orbit of the Red Planet tomorrow following the successful remote firing of its main engine. The 440...

  • Understanding depression in Asia

    As humans, we tend to chase after the global notion of "success" while neglecting its true value, which isn't fame, fortune or power but "emotional well-being." According to the World Health Organization's first report on suicide prevention, rele...

  • Japanese drugmakers get serious about tackling dengue

    TOKYO/JAKARTA -- Pharmaceutical companies have largely been unwilling to develop vaccines and treatment for dengue fever, citing small demand due to the disease primarily occurring in emerging nations. But as the disease spreads, with the current out...