Helicobacter pylori bacteria is found to be highly linked to the causes of gastric cancer, as first confirmed by Dr. Naomi Uemura

In scientific circles, it is well known these days that the Helicobacter pylori bacteria cause chronic gastritis, gastric ulcer, gastric cancer and other related illnesses. It was Naomi Uemura, Senior Doctor of the Gastroenterology Department at Kure Kyosai Hospital, who was the first to establish a link between the bacteria and gastric cancer. Read More »

The largest oil stockpile site in the world

The Nippon Oil Corporation’s Kiire Base managed by its subsidiary (Nippon Oil Staging Terminal Company Limited) in Kiire Nakamyo-cho (formerly Ibusuki-gun, Kiire-cho), Kagoshima City, Kagoshima Prefecture, began operating in September, 1969. It is the world’s largest oil stockpile site of 7.35 million KL. Read More »

Highest number of cited theses from Tokyo University and Tohoku University

Thomson Scientific in the United States, which provides information of academic documents, announced the world ranking of the highest number of theses cited by each research institution. Tokyo University and Tohoku University placed 1st in Physics and Materials Science, respectively, for 3 years in a row, from 2002 to 2004. Max Planck, which strategically combined 80 research institutions in order to place at the top, was given 1st place in 2005 and 2006. Yet, it may be considered that Tokyo University and Tohoku University have been the leading schools for research for 5 years in a row. Read More »

Turkey is a pro-Japanese country because the Japanese saved the victims of Ertugrul (warship)

In September, 1890, a special envoy party was sent to Japan by the Sultan Abdulhamit II to meet with Emperor Meiji and they presented him a personal letter from the Sultan. Read More »

Fujita Tetsuya, Mr. Tornado, invented the scale for tornadoes

In 1971, Fujita Tetsuya (藤田 哲也), a professor at the Chicago University invented the index: “Fujita scale (F scale),” which measures the wind velocity of tornadoes in the United States. More than one thousand tornadoes a year are recorded globally and 3/4 of them are seen in the United States.
Tetsuya’s index became an international standard.
Moreover, he discovered the downburst (a descending jet stream) in 1975 and saved a lot of lives. Read More »

The Literacy Rate in Japan

One of the things that amazed Europeans that arrived in Japan at the end of the Edo period(1603-1867)was that Japanese were highly educated. It was believed that the literacy rate was over 80 percent in cities like Edo (now Tokyo) and Osaka. Read More »

Sahachiro Hata: The first miracle medicine in the world for syphilis treatment

Sahachiro Hata developed “arsphenamine No.606”, the first medicine in the world for syphilis treatment, incorporation with Paul Ehrlich in Germany. Hata had originally been researching bacteriology in the Institute of Infectious Diseases that Dr.Shibasaburo Kitasato had established. Read More »

Japan is the only country that produces raw material of Coenzyme Q10 (CoQ10)

The Nisshin Seifun Group (Nisshin Flour Milling) medicinal segment (presently Nisshin Pharma INC) was the first company in the world to develop a manufacturing method for CoQ10 in 1966. Read More »

Neutral Theory of molecular evolution by Motoo Kimura

In 1968, Motoo Kimura (木村 資生) from the National Institute of Genetics announced the Neutral Theory of molecular evolution. Because it was in conflict with Darwin’s theory of evolution by natural selection, Kimura received much criticism at that time and caused a global dispute. Read More »

AKIRA Shizuo, the most cited researcher

March 7, 2007- Thomson Scientific, leading provider of academic information, announced that AKIRA Shizuo (審良 静男) of Osaka University (Immunology) has been recognized as the 2005-2006 “Hottest Researcher” for the second consecutive year. Read More »

A doctor with divine hands in Vietnam: Tadashi Hattori

In the autumn of 2001, Tadashi Hattori (服部 匡志), an ophthalmologist, was requested to come to Vietnam by a Vietnamese doctor at a symposium and since 2002 he has treated over 2,000 patients while training doctor as well. In Vietnam he is called “the man with the divine hands”. He has a passion for teaching the latest techniques of vitreous body and retinal surgery to other doctors.
Following his motto “the patient is your parent”, he is giving free medical treatment to Vietnamese people living in poverty and he is paying the expenses with the medical fees he earns in various Japanese places. Read More »

Mt.Fuji, one of the most beautiful mountains in the world

Just gazing at the gentle slopes of Mt. Fuji — one of the world’s most serene mountains — creates a sense of ease and relaxation. Countless voices have admired its beauty. Read More »

The tallest lighthouse in the world – Yokohama Marine Tower

Yokohama Marine Tower was inaugurated in 1961 for the 100th anniversary of the opening of the Yokohama port. It is 106 meters high and the tallest lighthouse in the world. This is recorded in The Guinness Book of World Records. Read More »

Naoko Shimizu, the first female principal violist of the Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra

Naoko Shimizu (清水 直子) is the principal violist of the “Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra”, a world-distinguished orchestra. As a Japanese person, this is a splendid achievement. Read More »

Yuichiro Miura: The Man Who Scaled Mount Everest at Age 70

Yuichiro Miura (三浦 雄一郎), a famed professional skier and alpinist, scaled Mount Everest at the age 70 years and 222 days in 2003, which set the world record as being the oldest climber in the history of the Everest ascents then.

Being on top of Mt. Everest had been his dream-come-true. He said, “No matter how old you are, you can sill hold on to your dreams. You have to continue to make an effort to turn your dreams into reality. I learned that if you keep heart and take one small step after another, you can stand on top of the world.” Read More »

Mako: Pioneering Japanese-American Actor in Hollywood

Mako Iwamatsu was a pioneering Japanese-American actor who opened the doors for Asian Americans to Hollywood. He was best-known for his Oscar and Golden Globe-nominated role as Po-Han, the Chinese engine-room attendant, in 1966’s The Sand Pebbles starring Steve McQueen. Read More »

A planetarium that can project the most stars – MEGASTAR by Takayuki Ohira

In July 2004, Takayuki Ohira’s “MEGASTAR” was established permanently in the National Museum of Emerging Science and Innovation. It can project a total of five million stars that would otherwise be too far to see, at a magnitude of up to 12.5 times their size. Read More »

Subaru: The largest optical telescope in the world, owned by the National Astronomical Observatory

In 1998, a large scale, optical infrared telescope, named “Subaru”, was established at the top of Mt. Mauna Kea in Hawaii Island by the National Astronomical Observatory. Read More »

Kaemon Takashima, a businessman who practiced the art of divination and had the first audience with the Emperor Meiji

Kaemon Takashima (高島 嘉右衛門) became engaged in his family business of lumber trade at the age of 14. He predicted, by his original divination, the major earthquake of the Ansei period that hit Edo (Tokyo) in 1855 (Ansei 2). Although, he made great profit from lumber dealings, a storm saddled him with debt. He, then, took advantage of the difference in the monetary exchange rate and profited from foreigners. Because such dealings were illegal at that time, he was sent to prison. He mastered the art of divination during his six years in prison. Read More »

Tamae Watanabe: The Oldest Woman to Reach the Summit of Everest

On May 16, 2002, Tamae Watanabe, at the age of 63 years and 176 days, reached the summit of Mt. Everest, the highest mountain in the world (8848m). The news of this feat by the world’s oldest woman alpinist immediately spread across the world. Read More »