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Japan confirms 126,576 new COVID-19 cases on Monday 

Yomiuri reported that 126,576 new cases of COVID-19 were confirmed nationwide on Monday, saying that although the nationwide daily case number dropped below 150,000 for the first time in six days, it was a record high for a Monday. A total of 48 people died, and the number of seriously ill patients rose by 16 from the previous day to….Read more

  • July 26, 2022
  • , Yomiuri
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SCIENCE > Space

JAXA launches observation rocket for hypersonic engine test

Tokyo, July 24 (Jiji Press)–The Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency, or JAXA, successfully launched an observation rocket from its Uchinoura Space Center in the town of Kimotsuki, Kagoshima Prefecture, southwestern Japan, on Sunday.     The S-520-RD1 rocket was equipped with test devices for a scramjet engine, which is needed for developing hypersonic aircraft that travel at five times the speed of sound,….Read more

  • July 24, 2022
  • , Jiji Press , 11:26 a.m.
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SCIENCE > Space

Why are spaceplanes back in the spotlight in Japan and abroad?

TOKYO — Companies from Japan and abroad are taking up the challenge of developing “spaceplanes,” or winged space vehicles.   While the U.S. space shuttle was once the leading means of getting into Earth orbit, today people and satellites alike ride rockets into space. So why is the spaceplane once again drawing attention?   Nagoya-based venture firm PD AeroSpace, founded….Read more

  • July 24, 2022
  • , The Mainichi
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ECONOMY

Japan’s Denso pushes EV efficiency with new power semiconductors

YUKI FUKUMOTO, Nikkei staff writer   NAGOYA — Top Japanese auto parts supplier Denso has developed a power semiconductor device for electrified vehicles can reduce energy loss by 20%, seeking a bigger role in the technologies that make electric vehicles stand apart in a crowded market.   Power chips, along with analog semiconductor devices that monitor battery health, are vital to….Read more

  • July 24, 2022
  • , Nikkei Asia , 0:30 a.m.
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POLITICS

Ex-Kanazawa University President Yamazaki to become 1st head of new Fukushima research hub

On July 22, the government announced that former Kanazawa University President Yamazaki Koetsu (70) will become the president of the Fukushima international research and education organization, which will be launched in the coastal area of Fukushima Prefecture in April next year. The cabinet endorsed the appointment on the same day. He will lead and operate the hub of international education….Read more

  • July 23, 2022
  • , Nikkei , p. 5
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SCIENCE > Health

More than 200,000 COVID-19 cases confirmed nationwide on Saturday

The Sunday editions of all national dailies reported that 200,975 people tested positive for COVID-19 nationwide on Saturday, exceeding 200,000 for the first time. According to the papers, the number of cases nationwide hit a record high for the fourth consecutive day that was almost double the level reached during the peak of the sixth wave. On Saturday, 17 prefectures,….Read more

  • July 24, 2022
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SCIENCE > Health

Quarantine period for close contacts to be shortened to five days

All national dailies reported on Saturday that Health Minister Goto announced on Friday that in view of the rise in the number of new COVID-19 cases, the quarantine period for close contacts will be shortened from the current seven days to five days and the quarantine period may be lifted on the third day at the earliest for contacts who….Read more

  • July 24, 2022
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POLITICS > Cabinet

Chief Cabinet Secretary Matsuno tests positive for COVID-19

All national dailies reported on Sunday that the GOJ announced on Saturday that Chief Cabinet Secretary Matsuno has contracted COVID-19. According to the Cabinet Secretariat, Matsuno developed a fever on Friday evening and tested positive on Saturday. He is reportedly recuperating at home. Nobody else at the Kantei, including Prime Minister Kishida, has been confirmed as a close contact.

  • July 24, 2022
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POLITICS

Gov’t poised to create minister in charge of green transformation

The government is making arrangements to create a new ministerial position to promote the government-wide effort to achieve a green transformation (GX) with sights set on achieving a carbon-free society, sources have revealed. A proposal has been put forward to have Hagiuda Koichi concurrently hold the GX position while serving as Minister of Economy, Trade and Industry.   The government….Read more

SCIENCE > Health

COVID cases continue to rise nationwide

According to all national papers, a record 186,246 people tested positive for the coronavirus across Japan on Thursday, marking a 72% increase from a week ago. Tokyo confirmed 31,878 cases, also a record high. The Health Ministry’s coronavirus advisory board voiced alarm over the exponential rise in the epidemic curve, projecting that the number of cases is likely to continue….Read more

  • July 22, 2022
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