Japan’s government approved a request for stem-cell experiments meant to create an animal-human hybrid and allow it to be brought to term.
The experiment, which still requires approval from the Japanese science ministry, would create animal embryos that contain human cells and transplant them into surrogate animals.
While other countries have experimented on creating human-animal embryos, Japan is now the first country to support experiments that will allow animals with human cells to come to full-term.
The research could eventually lead to new sources of organs for transplant, but ethical and technical hurdles need to be overcome.
Hiromitsu Nakauchi, who leads teams at the University of Tokyo and Stanford University in California, plans to grow human cells in mouse and rat embryos and then transplant those embryos into surrogate animals. Nakauchi’s ultimate goal is to produce animals with organs made of human cells that can, eventually, be transplanted into people.
The patrol near disputed islands prompts both South Korea and Japan to send up jets.
Russia says it has carried out its first ever joint air patrol with China, prompting both South Korea and Japan to send jets in response.
The defence ministry says four bombers, supported by fighter jets, patrolled a pre-planned route over the Sea of Japan and the East China Sea.
South Korea says its jets fired flares and machine-gun warning shots when Russian planes intruded.
Japan has protested both to Russia and South Korea over the incident.
Japan’s government is leading a global push to set up an international network for cryptocurrency payments, similar to the SWIFT network used by banks, in an effort to fight money laundering, a person familiar with the plan said on Thursday (July 18). Grace Lee reports.
TOKYO: Several people have died in a fire at an animation studio in the Japanese city of Kyoto on Thursday (Jul 18) and authorities are investigating a possible arson attack, public broadcaster NHK reported, citing the police. The police did not say how many had died, NHK said.
The broadcaster reported earlier that the fire at the Kyoto Animation studio broke out around 10.30am.
“A man threw a liquid and set fire to it,” a Kyoto prefectural police spokesman said.
From soaking in onsens in Hokkaido to visiting the deer in Nara, there’s so much more to do in Japan than eating sushi in Tokyo. While the bright lights and fish markets lure travelers, the countryside is home to temples and shrines, mountain hikes, and culinary adventures. This is everything you need to do in Japan to fully experience the country.… continue reading 25 Ultimate Things to Do in Japan
When visiting Japan, you may notice there is a particular fondness for animals. You can see it in the cute mascots, the many animal-themed cafes, and in the many shops just for adorable pet clothes and supplies. Do not let the crowded cities lead you astray. If you are an animal lover, Japan can be a paradise if you know where to look.
In our research, we have tried to avoid places known for poor animal welfare. Be sure to commit to similar research, so you do not give money to an organization that does not treat its animals well.
A local Kyoto recipe like no other.
Kyoto has a reputation for having some of the best food in Japan, and with good reason. The city’s dedication to meticulous craftsmanship extends to the culinary arts, with local delicacies including pressed mackerel sushi, tofu hot pot with bonito stock, and a variety of small dishes called obanzai that are made with locally harvested vegetables.
If you want to, though, you can skip all that and do what our reporter Mai did on her recent trip to Kyoto, and just straight up eat a sparrow. Continue at Source: You can buy, and eat, a grilled sparrow on the streets of Kyoto, so we did【Taste test】
Say hello to summer in Okinawa, the welcoming Japanese island where pristine beaches and top diving and snorkelling sites abound. Stay close to the white sands and crystal clear water by checking in to these luxury seaside escapes that offer direct beach access and unlimited island breeze … Continue at Source: 7 Best Luxury Beach Resorts In Okinawa
Tokyo is a sprawling megalopolis full of multistory LED light boards, closet-sized ramen shops, bullet trains and micro cars. It’s one of my favorite places to visit in the world, and every time I go I wish I could stay longer. As you’d expect in a city of 38 million, there are quite a few hotels to choose from. Each area of the city offers its own charms, and no list of hotels could hope to be complete.
However, there are of course standouts. Here are some of Tokyo’s finest and most interesting hotels. Continue at Source: The Best Hotels In Tokyo