Japan’s Business Leaders Vow to Stay in Britain Despite Brexit

  Toyota has pledged to increase its investment in the United Kingdom, despite concerns among Japanese businesses about the implications of Brexit.   The announcement follows a meeting between Toyota’s European president, Johan van Zyl, and Prime Minister Theresa May at Downing Street.     Toyota will build the next-generation Auris hatchback at its Derbyshire […]

Big Rockets, Small Rockets: The Age of Space Startups is Here

      The three-booster rocket blasted off, carrying CEO Elon Musk’s bright red sports car into space. On February 6, the American space transport startup SpaceX successfully launched the prototype heavy-lift rocket Falcon Heavy, the most powerful rocket on earth.   At the post-launch interview, Musk said that the startup’s success should “encourage other […]

How Trustworthy are Chinese Statistics? China Inflates GDP Figures by $478 Billion in 2017

The National Bureau of Statistics of China, based on its own independent analysis of the 2017 GDP data—reported as of February 3, 2018, by each of the 31 provincial governments—discovered that the preliminary total Chinese GDP reported on January 18 had been inflated by more than 2,976.9 billion yuan (about 52 trillion JPY, or 478 billion […]

Editorial: iPS Paper Falsified, Shinya Yamanaka to Fulfil Responsibility

  On January 22, it was revealed that an assistant professor at Kyoto University’s Center for iPS Cell Research and Application (CiRA – headed by Shinya Yamanaka) carried out fabrication and falsification of a research paper.   Induced pluripotent stem (iPS) cells are a type of pluripotent cell which can differentiate into any type of […]