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Japanese Ebola test gives results in 11 minutes: researcher

木曜日, 4月 9th, 2015

Tokyo (AFP) – A Japanese research team said on Thursday it had developed a field test for Ebola that gives results in just over 11 minutes — down from the 90-minute test used now.

The breakthrough by Nagasaki University’s Institute of Tropical Medicine will allow medics to move much more quickly in treating people with the haemorrhagic fever, Professor Jiro Yasuda told AFP.

“The result time was unexpectedly short,” said Yasuda of the trial conducted in Guinea last month on 100 samples, of which 47 proved positive.

The Guinean government has now asked the institute and its collaboration partner Toshiba to supply equipment to roll out the test, he added.

The test hinges on what the researchers have called a “primer”, a substance that amplifies only those genes specific to the Ebola virus found in a blood sample or other bodily fluid.

Using existing techniques, ribonucleic acid (RNA) — biological molecules used in the coding of genes — is extracted from any viruses present in a sample.

This is then used to synthesise the viral DNA, which can be mixed with the primer and then heated to 60-65 degrees Celsius (140-149 Fahrenheit).

If Ebola is present, DNA specific to the virus is amplified by the action of the primers. The by-products from the process cause the liquid to become cloudy, providing visual confirmation, Yasuda said.

Currently, a method called polymerase chain reaction, or PCR, is used to detect the Ebola virus. This requires doctors to heat and cool samples repeatedly and takes at least 90 minutes, sometimes up to two hours.

The Ebola virus, transmitted through contact with infected bodily fluids, has killed more than 10,000 people in western Africa since it re-emerged in December 2013.

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Japanese shares test 15-year highs, dollar in demand

水曜日, 4月 8th, 2015




were probing 15-year peaks Wednesday as investors favoured Asian assets on expectations of more stimulus from countries such as China and Japan, as well as a delayed start to any tightening by the US Federal Reserve.


The chase for yield in emerging markets overshadowed a flat finish for Wall Street, where a swing higher in the dollar was viewed as a threat to multinational corporations’ profits. Oil prices also suffered a setback on data showing a jump in crude stockpiles.


The sprang 0.6% higher in early trade to 19,763, so challenging the recent triple cart top around 19,778. A break there would take it to ground last trod in April 2000 and would be very bullish technically.


Indeed, milestones littered the region with Chinese shares at seven-year peaks and MSCI’s broadest index of Asia-Pacific shares outside Japan at its highest since September.


South Korea’s main index had also made a seven-month top, while the Philippines market has been on a tear over the last couple of weeks to reach record highs.


The Bank of Japan marks an anniversary of its own as it meets two years to the month since it launched a massive debt-buying campaign that has built its balance sheet by a cool 156 trillion yen ($1.3 trillion).


While most expect nothing new this week there is mounting speculation the central bank could ease yet further at its April 30 meeting should inflation and consumer spending continue to disappoint.


The prospect of more years of super-easy policy in Japan proved a drag on the yen, with the dollar rising to 120.30 and well away from the post-payrolls low of 118.69.=>


The dollar also recovered all the ground it lost against the euro from Friday’s jobs report, to stand at $1.0820 . Against a basket currencies, the dollar was up at 97.898.=>


The speedy turnaround for the dollar did not go down so well on Wall Street. Citing the currency’s strength, Bank of America-Merrill Lynch cut its 2015 earnings estimates for the S&P 500 by $2 a share.


The Dow fell 0.03%, while the S&P 500 lost 0.21% and the Nasdaq 0.14%.


European markets fared better as the euro fell and the FTSEurofirst index of leading 300 shares ended Tuesday 1.6% higher.


In commodities, oil pared recent gains after data showed crude stocks rose by more than expected last week.


US May crude fell back $1.08 to $52.90 a barrel while Brent lost 79 cents to $58.31.


Gold took a knock from the rising dollar and edged back to $1,208.55 an ounce , having touched a seven-week top of $1,224.10 early in the week.=>

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Japanese exhibit reveals live dissections of US POWs

水曜日, 4月 8th, 2015

An exhibit in a new medical history museum in Japan sheds light on an infamous chapter in the history of Kyushu University’s med school — the live dissections of US prisoners in World War II.

The museum, which opened Saturday in the city of Fukuoka, details the accomplishments of the pre-eminent medical school over the past century, the Telegraph reported, citing Kyodo News.

But the exhibit about the dark and taboo footnote from World War II is getting the most attention.

The grisly experiments came about as a result of a bombing run by a US B-29 Superfortress that took off from Guam in the Pacific and was shot down near Fukuoka on May 5, 1945.

Its 12 crewmen bailed out, but one died after being shot at while parachuting and two others were later killed by local residents. The remaining nine were taken into custody.

Capt. Marvin Watkins was sent for interrogation in Tokyo and the rest were transferred to Kyoto Imperial University’s College of Medicine, the predecessor of the present-day institution.

In 1948, a hearing of the Allied War Crimes tribunal in Yokohama heard testimony that doctors injected some POWs with seawater as a test if it could replace sterile saline solution.

Doctors removed parts of the livers of other captives to see if they’d survive. In another gruesome experiment about epilepsy, part of a POW’s brain was removed.

The remains of all the crewmen were preserved in formaldehyde until the war’s end, when the evidence was destroyed.

Twenty-three people were convicted of carrying out vivisection or the wrongful removal of body parts. Five were sentenced to death, four received life sentences and the rest got shorter sentences. One doctor committed suicide.

Gen. Douglas MacArthur, the military governor of Japan, commuted the death sentences two years later and reduced most of the prison terms. By 1958, every person convicted in the case had been released.

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Thousands visit Trinity on anniversary of bomb explosion

月曜日, 4月 6th, 2015


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ALAMOGORDO, N.M. – Thousands of visitors converged Saturday on the New Mexico site where the first nuclear bomb was detonated nearly 70 years ago.

More than 5,500 people attended the first of two tours being offered this year at the Trinity Site, White Sands Missile Range officials said.

Visitors came not just from all over New Mexico but the U.S. People are continually fascinated to see the place that literally marks a turning point in history, White Sands spokeswoman Erin Dorrance said.

“It brought a quick end to World War II, and it ushered in the atomic age,” Dorrance said. “So out here in the middle of nowhere, New Mexico changed the world 70 years ago.”

It was July 16, 1945, when Los Alamos scientists successfully exploded the first atomic bomb at the Trinity Site, located near Alamogordo.

Pete Rosada, a Marine Corps veteran, drove with another military veteran from San Diego to make the tour. Rosada, 47, said he previously visited Hiroshima and Nagasaki, the Japanese targets of atomic bombs during World War II after the test at the Trinity Site.

“This completes the loop,” Rosado told the Alamogordo Daily News.

Several documentary crews, including some from Japan, were present.

Many attendees posed for pictures near an obelisk marking the exact location where the bomb went off. They were also able to see a steel shell that was created as a backup plan to keep plutonium from spreading during the explosion.

Tourists who joined a vehicle caravan out to the site at a school in Tularosa were greeted by protesters from the Tularosa Basin Downwinders. The Downwinders is a grass-roots group that has set out to bring public awareness about the negative impacts of the detonation of the bomb.

“In my family, there’s six family members that have cancer, and two have died from cancer,” said Jan Rael, a Downwinder member. “I’ve just had it in my heart for so long that something was wrong because of the atomic bomb at the Trinity Site.”

The group is pushing for Congress to include affected New Mexico residents under the 1990 Radiation Exposure Compensation Act.

The next Trinity Site tour is scheduled for Oct. 3.

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Japanese buyer gets the sweet tooth for Splenda

日曜日, 4月 5th, 2015

It is thought that if Ajinomoto is unable to buy the whole of the sucralose business from Tate & Lyle it could still be interested in the consumer rights to the brand.

US conglomerate Johnson & Johnson owns the consumer rights to Splenda, which is known for its yellow coloured sachets found in cafes and restaurants.

In December, Johnson & Johnson hired Goldman Sachs to explore a separate sale of its Splenda brand, which has annual revenues of around $300m. (£XXm)

In February Tate & Lyle issued its second profit warning for the year after slashing sucralose prices in order to compete with cheaper Chinese producers.

Its performance was also hit by a severe winter in the US which disrupted the production of its corn syrup, meaning it could not meet demand.

The group’s troubles were then exarcebated by the closure of its factory in Singapore after two workers died in an accident.

In 2010 the £2.9bn company, which once refined half the sugar Britain consumed, agreed the sale of its 150-year-old UK sugar and golden syrup business to American Sugar Refining for £211m. The sale included the Golden Syrup factory in London.

Splenda and its artificial sweetner rivals have been hit by the rising popularity of natural sweetners such as stevia.

Drinks giant Coca-Cola launched Coke Life with the natural sweetener last year. Analysts believe that the stevia market is expected to account for around 15pc of the overall sweetner market by 2010 and be worth around $560m.


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Ajinomoto has recently launched a rebranding of aspartame, calling it AminoSweet, in the wake of a backlash by health campaigners.

Tate & Lyle declined to comment while Johnson & Johnson and Ajinomoto did not return calls for comment.

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Japan's Battery-Powered Recovery

金曜日, 4月 3rd, 2015

As Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe looks for ways to reboot Abenomics, he could do worse than heed the advice of Kurt Kelty. Delivering a public speech on a recent Friday evening in Osaka, Tesla’s director of battery technology captured all that’s wrong with the Japanese economy. “We need to take risks, otherwise there will be no prosperity in business,” Kelty said in fluent Japanese. “We take risks, but it seems not the case in Japan.”

Japanese are often sensitive when outsiders (known as gaijin) criticize their country, but Kelty’s criticisms couldn’t be ignored. He’s a 15-year veteran of the revered energy solutions lab at Panasonic, Japan’s iconic electronic companies.

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Panasonic, in fact, was an exception to Kelty’s tough love remarks — which is no accident. Tesla recently announced that it’s partnering with the company in creating a so-called gigafactory to produce high-tech car batteries.

Panasonic is the rare Japanese company that has taken chances and profited from them. Started in 1918 in a two-story home in Osaka, it eventually became a multinational electronics powerhouse. After falling behind Apple and Samsung in recent years, it eventually made a decisive pivot — in 2013, it abandoned the plasma television market and began focusing on batteries and solar panels. That decision paid off massively with the Tesla partnership.

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Tesla isn’t alone in tapping Japan’s tech prowess. Apple, for example, is opening a new research and development center in Yokohama. But Tesla is spotlighting Japan’s most lucrative future industry. Since the late 1970s, when Kyushu University helped develop the dual carbon battery, Japan has been a leader in the field. And demand for batteries is expected to soar in the years ahead, with high-range batteries expected to replace fossil fuels in cars, airplanes, ships and even buildings. In addition to helping save the planet, they could also help save Japan’s economy.

Politically, the timing of Tesla’s Japan collaboration couldn’t be better. With executives of Japan’s biggest companies predicting deteriorating growth and more deflation this year, Abe can evoke the partnership to get his economic program (known as Abenomics) back on track.

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Since taking office in December 2012, Abe has increased public-works spending and engineered a 29 percent drop in the yen. But he’s made scant headway in increasing Japan’s competitiveness or in cultivating a more entrepreneurial culture that creates wealth and attracts investment. As Kelty pointed out in his speech, Japan has all the ingredients for success — just not the policies to realize it.

Abe should seize the opportunity to announce new tax incentives for startups, especially in the renewable energy sector — batteries, solar, wind and geothermal power. The government should also create a series of venture-capital pools and safety nets that support would-be innovators and incentivize them to take risks, and sponsor training programs to inspire more entrepreneurship among young Japanese. Next, he should then accelerate his government’s timetable for launching so-called special-enterprise zones where businesses wouldn’t be subject to red tape. Better yet, Abe could push to cut red tape from the entire economy.

A renewable-energy boom would do for Japan what quantitative easing can’t: produce a thriving economic ecosystem that creates wealth, jobs and international esteem. And Japan is perfectly suited to profit from the demand for better batteries. Japanese companies have a track record for delivering quality and delivering it on time. Tesla, after all, could have gone to China for copy-cat technology, but it knew it would be better served in Japan.

As for Abe, he should be evoking Panasonic at every opportunity; it offers a clear example of how the Japanese economy can recharge its own battery.

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WEC: Kobayashi gets Toyota WEC reserve role

木曜日, 3月 26th, 2015

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Former Toyota Formula 1 driver Kamui Kobayashi is returning to the Japanese manufacturer as its test and reserve driver for the 2015 World Endurance Championship.

The Japanese racer, who was given a try-out test at the Aragon circuit in Spain earlier this year, will dovetail the programme with his assault on the Super Formula single-seater series with Toyota-powered Team Le Mans.

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Kobayashi, who graduated to F1 with Toyota at the end of 2009 from its academy scheme, said: “It’s great to be back with Toyota, and I am grateful to the team for giving me this chance.

“I know many of the team members from my time with Toyota in Formula 1 so this feels like I am coming home.”

The 28-year-old added that he was “looking forward to building a strong working relationship with everyone and contributing to the development of the car.”

The deal marks Kobayashi’s return to the WEC after a year away, having contested the full 2013 season in the GTE Pro class as a factory Ferrari driver with the AF Corse team before returning to F1 with Caterham in 2014.

He replaces Mike Conway, who has graduated to a full-time race seat alongside Alex Wurz and Stephane Sarrazin after three outings with the duo in place of Kazuki Nakajima last year.

Nakajima has moved to join 2014 WEC champions Sebastien Buemi and Anthony Davidson, and will compete in all of the races for the first time.

Nicolas Lapierre, who was dropped by Toyota ahead of last October’s Fuji WEC round, remains under contract and, according to a press statement, will be “available for testing and development duties
throughout the season”.

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Japan’s knife test too hard for Oz

金曜日, 3月 20th, 2015

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Sino-Japanese ties face test, opportunity: Premier

日曜日, 3月 15th, 2015

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Chinese Premier Li Keqiang speaks at a press conference after the closing meeting of the third session of China’s 12th National People’s Congress (NPC) at the Great Hall of the People in Beijing, capital of China, March 15, 2015. (Xinhua/Xie Huanchi)

BEIJING, March 15 (Xinhua) — Sino-Japanese relations are now facing both “a test and an opportunity” at the important moment of this year which marks the 70th anniversary of the victory of the World Anti-Fascist War, Chinese Premier Li Keqiang said Sunday.

The root cause for the difficulty in the bilateral relations lies in whether the war and history was viewed correctly, Li said at a press conference after the conclusion of the annual session of the National People’s Congress, China’s top legislature.

The year also marked the 70th anniversary of the victory of the Chinese People’s War of Resistance Against Japanese Aggression.

If Japanese leaders could face the history squarely with a consistent view, there would be new opportunities to improve the bilateral ties and favorable conditions would be created to enhance the trade between the two sides, he said.

He reminded Japanese leaders of holding the historical responsibilities for crimes committed by their predecessors during the aggression war which caused deep calamities for the Chinese people. The Japanese people were also victims of the war, Li said.

Many countries have made plans to hold commemorative activities for the anniversary. The purpose was to bear firmly in mind the hard lessons learned from historical tragedies and never allow history to repeat itself, he said, reaffirming China’s stance of safeguarding the outcomes of victory, the post-war order and international laws as well as peace after World War II.

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BEIJING, March 6 (Xinhua) — Chinese Premier Li Keqiang on Friday advocated to create “twin engines” to realize medium-high-level of growth and development.

Joining a panel discussion with national legislators from Shandong Province, Li said the country would encourage popular entrepreneurship and mass innovation while increasing supply of public goods and services. Full story


 

Spotlight: Major topics of China’s two sessions attract worldwide attention

BEIJING, March 13 (Xinhua) — As the annual sessions of China’s top legislative and political advisory bodies are drawing to a close, overseas experts and scholars continued to show strong interests in the important gathering.

The third session of the 12th National Committee of the Chinese People’s Political Consultative Conference (CPPCC), the country’s top political advisory body, concludes Friday in Beijing, while the third session of the 12th National People’s Congress (NPC), the national legislature, will end on Sunday.

Among different items on the agenda of the two sessions, the economic model of “new normal”, along with deeper reforms in various sectors, has become a focus of world attention. Full Story 

 

 

 


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土曜日, 3月 14th, 2015

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