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Testing of nuclear debris removal robot underway

Testing is underway for a robotic arm designed to remove fuel debris from one of the damaged reactors at the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power plant. Developers have released footage from the testing.   Tokyo Electric Power Company plans to use the British-made device measuring about 22 meters long and weighing around 4.6 tons to remove fuel debris from the plant’s….Read more

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Editorial: Japan should fully develop N-power technology through intl cooperation

To ensure a stable supply of energy, domestic technology must be passed down and further developed. Japan must proactively take part in international projects and make an effort to prevent its technology for nuclear power generation from disappearing.   It has been reported that the Japan Atomic Energy Agency (JAEA) and Mitsubishi Heavy Industries, Ltd. will provide technical cooperation on….Read more

  • January 15, 2022
  • , The Japan News , 5:11 p.m.
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GOJ to provide tens of billions of yen in research funding to five to seven universities

Concerning the GOJ’s plan to launch a 10-trillion-yen university fund to boost research at universities in Japan, Monday’s Asahi reported that the GOJ has decided to increase the number of universities it will support to five to seven and provide tens of billions of yen to each university annually. The paper said an expert panel under the Council for Science,….Read more

  • January 17, 2022
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SCIENCE > Environment

Economic Minister Hagiuda on carbon capture and storage: technology to be introduced by 2030

In an interview he gave the Nikkei Shimbun on Jan. 7, Minister of Economy, Trade and Industry Hagiuda Koichi said that he aims to introduce technology for CO2 capture and storage [CCS] by 2030 to reduce CO2 emissions from thermal power generation, which uses coal and natural gas. Meanwhile, Hagiuda said that “thermal power generation is necessary to a certain….Read more

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JBIC heeds calls for engaging in EU decarbonization rule-making through assistance to Central and Eastern Europe

By Matsumoto Yuko, ESG editor   Dealing with climate change is becoming an urgent task for businesses, and they are also facing intense global competition. Japan Bank for International Cooperation (JBIC) Governor Maeda Tadashi noted in a recent interview with Nikkei that Japanese companies “must have a ‘geopolitical vision,’ which is aimed at solving geopolitical issues by using the economy….Read more

  • January 6, 2022
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SCIENCE > Health

Japan to ease regulations on medical AI software

TOKYO — The Japanese government is planning to ease regulations for medical artificial intelligence software to boost the domestic market, Nikkei has learned.   The government is considering cutting the need for regulatory approval to update such software as early as by the end of 2022. This will make it easier for companies to improve software performance and to detect….Read more

  • January 11, 2022
  • , Nikkei Asia , 6:01 a.m.
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ECONOMY > Energy

Japan seeks nuclear fusion reactor prototype by midcentury

NATSUMI IWATA, Nikkei staff writer   TOKYO — Japan aims to hammer out its very first research and development strategy for nuclear fusion by summer, Nikkei has learned, with the goal of achieving a prototype reactor by around 2050.   The Cabinet Office will set up a forum for discussions with experts as early this month to create a strategy. The plan will be….Read more

  • January 9, 2022
  • , Nikkei Asia , 6:00 a.m.
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Japan to upgrade test facility for fast reactor research

The government will significantly improve the functions of the AtheNa sodium experimental facility for fast reactor research in Ibaraki Prefecture, in connection with a next-generation fast reactor development project to be conducted jointly with the United States.   A budget of ¥900 million has been earmarked to improve AtheNa, a facility of the Japan Atomic Energy Agency, of which ¥600….Read more

  • January 10, 2022
  • , The Japan News , 5:37 p.m.
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Apple and other EV hopefuls chip away at auto industry pyramid

YUKIHIRO OMOTO, RYO ASAYAMA and RYOTARO YAMADA, Nikkei staff writers   TOKYO — Two years ago this month, a man in a suit showed up at Japanese auto parts maker Sanden’s Texas office. The man had a folder, and said he was from Apple.   The man, who introduced himself as a parts manager, said Apple wanted to make electric vehicles and….Read more

  • January 10, 2022
  • , Nikkei Asia , 6:45 a.m.
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Owners must register their drones

According to NHK, the Land and Transport Ministry has begun accepting online applications for registration of drones ahead of the mandatory registration that will begin on June 20. Owners of UAVs weighing 100 grams or more must register their names and addresses, the manufacturer’s name, and the specifications. Registration is one measure to prevent the use of drones in terrorist….Read more

  • January 4, 2022
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