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Juichi Yamagiwa, left, president of Kyoto University, and Hitachi CEO Toshiaki Higashihara announce their alliance on artificial intelligence research June 23.

Hitachi's AI alliance with Kyoto University taps biology

TOKYO -- Hitachi has teamed with Kyoto University to research artificial intelligence technologies, aiming to develop AI that incorporates lessons from biology, the company said Thursday.The Hitachi Kyoto University Laboratory will operate at the uni...

  • Bacteria gaining upper hand in war against humans

    TOKYO -- Antimicrobial resistance, or AMR, is drawing attention around the world as antibiotic development has all but disappeared in the fight against drug-resistant bacteria and other microorganisms.The matter is gaining some urgency. When the lead...

  • Japan scientists plan to name atomic element 113 'Nihonium'

    TOKYO (Kyodo) -- Japanese scientists who discovered the atomic element 113 plan to name it "nihonium," the Riken institute said Wednesday.The team of researchers at the Japanese institute on science proposed the name from "Nihon," which means Japan, ...

  • Thailand first country in Asia to reach HIV elimination milestone

    BANGKOK (Kyodo) -- Thailand was officially certified Wednesday as the first country in Asia that can eliminate the transmission of HIV from mothers to their children.From the assessment conducted by United Nations agencies, the rate of Thailand's mot...

  • Battling Asia's liver cancer scourge

    Asia is home to 80% of all liver cancer cases worldwide, but the region is also a hotspot of research into the disease. These are some of the stories of progress in this fight.

  • iPS clinical research to tackle time, cost hurdles

    TOKYO -- The collaboration on clinical research announced Monday by Kyoto University and three other Japanese institutions is aimed at establishing a faster and cheaper method of using induced pluripotent stem cells for transplants while ensuring the...

  • Japan to begin transplants using donor iPS cells

    OSAKA -- Four Japanese institutions will collaborate on transplanting tissue grown from induced pluripotent stem cells taken from donors into patients suffering from age-related macular degeneration, a hard-to-cure eye disease.The initiative, announc...

  • Nikkei Asia Prizes

    Indian foundation, Chinese scientist, Mongolian actor honored

    TOKYO -- A foundation that provides free lunches to schoolchildren in India, a Chinese scientist who specializes in biomimetics, and a Mongolian performing artist who helped usher his country toward democracy were awarded this year's Nikkei Asia Priz...

  • Singapore reports 1st case of Zika virus

    SINGAPORE (Kyodo) -- Singapore on Friday reported its first case of the Zika virus, a 48-year-old male Singapore permanent resident who recently returned from Brazil."The patient was tested positive for Zika virus infection on 13 May," the Ministry o...

  • Iranian, Indian cities ranked worst for air pollution

    GENEVA (Reuters) -- India is home to four of the five cities in the world with the worst air pollution, the World Health Organization said on Thursday.But while WHO experts acknowledge India faces a "huge challenge", many countries are so bad that th...

  • Japan's quake agency knocked again in recent temblors

    TOKYO -- At around 1:30 a.m. on April 16, Gen Aoki, director of the Japan Meteorological Agency's earthquake and tsunami observation division, sprang out of the bed as his mobile phone's emergency alarm sounded. He had just returned to the housing ar...

  • Nikkei Asia Prizes

    3 winners, 3 unique contributions to regional development

    TOKYO -- The Nikkei Asia Prizes recognize individuals and organizations that make outstanding contributions to Asia's development. This year, the prizes have been awarded to two individuals and a foundation for supporting education by nourishing chil...

  • Nikkei Asia Prizes

    Applying the wonders of the natural world to new materials

    BEIJING -- The idea that high technology has been developed solely by people is absurd, says Jiang Lei, professor of the Technical Institute of Physics and Chemistry at the Chinese Academy of Sciences.There are countless examples of high tech phenome...

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    A stem cell therapy to treat Parkinson's disease enters clinical trials

    TOKYO -- Stem cells have enormous promise in regenerative medicine, with the potential to treat a range of injuries and diseases, from Parkinson's and cancer to infertility and baldness. The main roadblock, however, has been ethical concerns regardin...

  • Japan abandons hope of recovering X-ray satellite

    TOKYO -- Japan's space agency will cease efforts to recover the Astro-H astronomical satellite, which became inoperative shortly after its mid-February launch.The Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency, or JAXA, said Thursday the decision was made after ...

  • Question looms over whether Japan quakes could spread

    TOKYO -- There was something unusual about the series of strong earthquakes that wreaked havoc across the Japanese island of Kyushu this month: The epicenters spread across a distance of more than 100km, causing experts to ponder whether the chain re...

  • Siemens, Kyoto University to polish iPS imaging tech

    OSAKA -- Germany's Siemens will team with Kyoto University on establishing technology to monitor the results of induced pluripotent stem cell therapies, an essential process to ensure the safety of regenerative medical treatments. Medical unit Si...

  • No clear outlook on end of Kyushu aftershocks

    TOKYO -- The Japan Meteorological Agency has yet to issue an official forecast on when aftershocks might subside in Japan's southwestern island of Kyushu, as experts struggle to make sense of the unusual patterns of the region's recent earthquakes. ...

  • Unusual quake cluster worries Japan

    TOKYO -- Seismic activity in southern Japan is mystifying geologists and keeping the nation on edge. The island of Kyushu has been struck by a series of significant earthquakes, with the epicenters moving progressively further inland. The cluster...

  • Flu expert's life-saving technology goes viral

    TOKYO -- An article posted on the website of British science magazine Nature Communications last September set the science world abuzz. In the piece, written by a team led by Yoshihiro Kawaoka, the authors claimed to have found a way to cultivate inf...