Mars made its closest approach to Earth since August 2003 on Tuesday. Only 57.59 million kilometers separated the two planets. If you missed it, you can expect a good view of the red planet through early September.
A record-breaking heatwave in Tokyo has raised questions about the timing of the next Summer Olympics, which are just two years away. Experts warned that the Games in similar conditions could pose health risks to athletes and spectators alike.
After one of the worst natural disasters in Japan’s recent history, a heat wave covered the nation on Sunday. At least three people died and more than 2,000 others were taken to hospitals, with temperatures exceeding 35 degrees Celsius.
The death toll from torrential rains in western Japan over the weekend reached over 150 on Tuesday. Search and rescue operations continued in hardest-hit areas with dozens of people still unaccounted for.
A strong earthquake with a seismic intensity of lower 6 on the Japanese scale hit Osaka in western Japan on Monday morning, leaving five people dead and many homes without water or gas. A concrete wall collapsed and killed a 9-year-old girl on her way to elementary school.
An accomplished Japanese climber, who lost nine fingers to frostbite in a previous expedition, died on Monday during his eighth attempt to scale Mount Everest. The 35-year-old alpinist was found dead in a tent by Sherpas, a Nepalese government official said.
A volcano in eastern Japan suddenly erupted on Tuesday morning. Falling rocks killed a Self-Defense Force member and injured at least 11 others at a nearby ski resort.
Tokyo and its surrounding areas braced for heavy snow on Monday morning, prompting Japan’s national broadcaster to urge the citizens to go home early. Some train operators cancelled express trains.
Japan marked on Wednesday the 23rd anniversary of the Great Hanshin Earthquake, which claimed the lives of more than 6,000 people in the western port city of Kobe and the surrounding areas.
A prototype quantum computer developed by Japanese researchers will be freely available over the internet starting from November 27th. The machine can calculate 100 times faster than a conventional supercomputer.