Japan’s New Mad-Cow Tracking System

Japan’s beef-tracking system to include retailers, restaurants
….Under the system, domestically grown cows and those imported live are each given a 10-digit registration number with which consumers can trace the background of the cow via the Internet.
…Japan introduced the system in December last year, after mad cow disease appeared in Japan in September 2001, hoping it would help improve management in the beef industry, prevent the disease from spreading, and restore consumer confidence.

Japanese “Soapland” is good for the heart

Prevent Disease.com – Saunas Linked to Improved Heart Health
Saunas Linked to Improved Heart Health
NEW YORK (Reuters Health) – Regular saunas may improve blood flow to the heart and prevent heart disease, according to Japanese researchers.
The benefits of repeated sauna therapy are similar to those of exercise, lead author Dr. Chuwa Tei of Kagoshima University in Japan, told Reuters Health. But saunas have an advantage, he added, because they can be used to treat people who have trouble walking and they do not overload the heart…..

Saunas Linked To Improved Heart Health

Prevent Disease.com – Saunas Linked to Improved Heart Health
NEW YORK (Reuters Health) – Regular saunas may improve blood flow to the heart and prevent heart disease, according to Japanese researchers.
The benefits of repeated sauna therapy are similar to those of exercise, lead author Dr. Chuwa Tei of Kagoshima University in Japan, told Reuters Health. But saunas have an advantage, he added, because they can be used to treat people who have trouble walking and they do not overload the heart…..

Japanese “Brain Cloud”

Wichita Eagle | 11/30/2004 | A ‘puff of smoke’
….Johnson, now 38, got lucky. The image showed that his right internal carotid artery was small and got progressively narrower, ending in what looked like a cloud or puff of smoke.
Richard Berger, chief of interventional neuroradiology at Wesley, had seen that puff of smoke before, as part of his fellowship at Mayo Clinic, and knew that it was an indication of moyamoya disease.
Moyamoya is a rare, progressive disorder that affects about 1 in 2 million people in the United States. It was first described in the 1960s in Japan, where it affects about 1 in 1 million people.
Moyamoya means puff of smoke or cloud of smoke and describes the appearance of the tiny, fragile blood vessels that the body forms in an effort to continue supplying blood to the brain.
“It has a really unusual and unique appearance” in imaging tests, Berger says. “It’s a very rare disease. Fortunately, if it’s caught and identified,” it can be treated……

Japanese file sharer gets suspended sentence

‘Winny’ file-sharing user gets suspended prison sentenceMainichi Interactive -Nov 30
KYOTO — A man accused of using the Japanese file-sharing software “Winny” to release movies over the Internet without permission from the copyright holder was handed a suspended prison sentence on Tuesday… the Kyoto District Court sentenced him to one year’s imprisonment, suspended for three years.

New photocatalyst to clean the environment

Photocatalyst may be stone that kills 2 birds Daily Yomiuri On-Line
….a researcher at the National Institute of Advanced Industrial Science and Technology, said heteropoly acid might be able to negate the harmful effects of organic fluorine compounds on humans and the environment, and put an end to a fluorite shortage.
Hori, lead researcher of the institute’s Potential Pollutants Group, recently announced his success at disintegrating perfluorooctanoic acid (PFOA)–one of the most difficult chemical compounds to dissolve–by using heteropoly acid as a photocatalyst…..

Hollywood supporting HD-DVD format

PC World | UPDATE – HD-DVD picks up Hollywood support
The group supporting the HD-DVD optical disc format for high-definition video has received a boost in its battle against the rival Blu-ray Disc format with pledges of support from a number of Hollywood studios.

The format will be used by Paramount Pictures, Universal Pictures, Warner Bros. Pictures and New Line Cinema, the HD-DVD group said on Monday. It will also be used by HBO, Warner Bros. announced the same day.

TRADE WAR BREWING: South Korea Bans Japanese Plasma TVs

South Korea bans some plasma TV panels
South Korea Monday temporarily banned imports of plasma display panels made by Japan’s Matsushita Co., the Financial Times reported.
The action followed a complaint filed with the Korean Trade Commission by LG Electronics claiming Matsushita violated its intellectual property rights.