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Japan eyes domestic production of SAF

The government on Friday took a step toward domestic production of sustainable aviation fuel (SAF) by establishing a working group involving more than 10 companies, including petroleum and chemical manufacturers.   The Ministry of Land, Infrastructure, Transport and Tourism expert group will strive to create a cooperative framework to obtain international certification for the fuel and begin production in fiscal….Read more

  • October 1, 2022
  • , The Japan News , 2:25 p.m.
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METI to support development of CO2-reducing microbes

On Sept. 27, the Ministry of Economy, Trade and Industry (METI) announced a plan to spend up to 176.7 billion yen from a government fund to develop microorganisms that produce plastic and other materials by feeding on carbon dioxide (CO2). This area is quickly attracting more and more investment in the U.S. and China in response to artificial intelligence (AI)….Read more

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Japan flying car startup SkyDrive aims for 2025 commercialization

By SHOICHIRO TAGUCHI, Nikkei staff writer   OSAKA — Japanese flying car startup SkyDrive is accelerating the development of its electric vertical takeoff and landing (eVTOL) vehicle with the 9.6 billion yen ($67 million) it recently raised, setting its sights on a first commercial flight by the 2025 World Expo in Osaka.   Tokyo-based SkyDrive announced on Monday that it….Read more

  • September 27, 2022
  • , Nikkei Asia , 11:31 a.m.
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Editorial: Next-generation energy source holds great promise for Japan

Securing stable energy sources is a long-term challenge for Japan. The potential for innovative new technologies must be pursued. Public and private investment must be increased for that purpose.   Sanae Takaichi, the minister of state for science and technology policy, has expressed her intention to formulate a research and development strategy for nuclear fusion, which is expected to be….Read more

  • September 21, 2022
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Hitachi’s quasi-quantum computer to speed plastics research

By YUI USUI, Nikkei staff writer   TOKYO — Japanese plastics maker Sekisui Chemical will use Hitachi’s so-called quasi-quantum computer to accelerate research on new materials by sifting a wide range of compounds to select the best candidates.   The platform will investigate compounds that may offer the best performance in terms of heat resistance, conductivity and other properties. Applications will include films….Read more

  • September 20, 2022
  • , Nikkei Asia , 5:17 a.m.
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GOJ designates 27 technologies in four fields as “important”

All national papers reported on Saturday that the GOJ has selected 27 technologies in the fields of ocean, space and aviation, cyberspace, and biology as “important designated technologies” that will be supported by central government subsidies, noting that R&D for hypersonic platforms, drones and unmanned explorers controlled by artificial intelligence, cybersecurity and other expertise will be financed by a 250….Read more

  • September 17, 2022
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ECONOMY > Energy

Japan to set up panel for promoting nuclear fusion development

Japan’s government says it will set up an expert panel to promote the development of nuclear fusion, which is seen as a next-generation source of energy, with plans to present a concrete strategy around next April.   Economic Security Minister Takaichi Sanae told reporters on Tuesday that the panel will include experts on nuclear fusion technology and those who work….Read more

  • September 13, 2022
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Japan to promote commercialization of self-driving technology

Japan’s economy minister says the government will promote discussions with the auto industry to help achieve the early commercialization of self-driving and other state-of-the-art technologies.   Economy, Trade and Industry Minister Nishimura Yasutoshi visited Toyota Motor’s research and development facility in Silicon Valley, California, on Saturday. He had earlier attended a ministerial meeting of the Indo-Pacific Economic Framework for Prosperity,….Read more

  • September 11, 2022
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Editorial: Trend of young researchers not pursuing PhDs detrimental to nation

Is the idea of getting a PhD no longer appealing to young people in Japan?   According to the Fiscal 2022 School Basic Survey (preliminary report) recently released by the Ministry of Education, Culture, Sports, Science and Technology, the number of students enrolled in doctoral programs has decreased for two consecutive years to reach 75,267. In 2000, about 17% of….Read more

  • September 8, 2022
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FEATURE: Tokyo aims to make practical use of artificial rain technology

TOKYO — With the world facing the prospect of more extreme weather events including droughts, Japan is one of a number of countries making efforts to advance artificial rain technology to help mitigate water shortages when rainfall is sparse.   In Tokyo, metropolitan authorities set up artificial rain generators on the eve of the Tokyo Olympics and Paralympics last year with the aim of increasing….Read more

  • September 6, 2022
  • , Kyodo News , 10:10 a.m.
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