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Big and brilliant: Study links large size of sperm whale’s brain to complex social behavior

Big and brilliant: Study links large size of sperm whale’s brain to complex social behavior

2017-10-17 13:16:57, japantimes.co.jp

WASHINGTON – Cetaceans — whales and dolphins — are among the brainiest of beings. In terms of sheer brain size, the sperm whale is tops on Earth, with a brain six times larger than that of a person. And now, scientists have identified key differences among cetaceans linked to brain size. A study of 90 cetacean species published on Monday found that those with larger brains exhibit greater complexity in social structures and behaviors, with species like the killer whale and sperm whale leading the way

 

Politics & Government

LDP reaping benefits of fragmented opposition: Mainichi election campaign analysis

LDP reaping benefits of fragmented opposition: Mainichi election campaign analysis

2017-10-16 16:46:56, mainichi.jp

The ruling Liberal Democratic Party (LDP) is reaping the benefits of a fragmented opposition slate for the upcoming general election, Mainichi Shimbun analysis of the ongoing campaign has revealed. Meanwhile, the new liberal-leaning Constitutional Democratic Party of Japan (CDP) is steadily attracting support from those critical of the LDP and the Party of Hope, a newly formed conservative opposition party formed recently by Tokyo Gov

 

Business

Japan labels North Korea ‘significant geopolitical risk’ to global economy

Japan labels North Korea ‘significant geopolitical risk’ to global economy

2017-10-15 08:12:39, japantimes.co.jp

WASHINGTON – Deputy Prime Minister Taro Aso has singled out North Korea’s development of deliverable nuclear weapons as “the most significant geopolitical risk” to steady and broad-based economic growth. “North Korea is the most significant geopolitical risk to the global economy at this juncture,” Aso said in a statement Saturday to a meeting of the International Monetary Fund’s policy-setting panel in Washington, addressing what he views as “non-traditional risks” to global growth

 

Society & Culture

Japanese PM Abe sends ritual offering to Yasukuni shrine for war dead

Japanese PM Abe sends ritual offering to Yasukuni shrine for war dead

2017-10-17 03:00:05, straitstimes.com

TOKYO (REUTERS) - Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe sent a ritual offering to the Yasukuni Shrine for war dead, seen in China and the two Koreas as a symbol of Japan's past militarism, to mark its annual autumn festival, the shrine said on Tuesday. Abe was expected to refrain from visiting the shrine during the festival, which will last until Friday, the Nikkei business daily and Kyodo news agency reported

 

Science & Nature

Study: Global warming could make typhoons 20 percent larger

Study: Global warming could make typhoons 20 percent larger

2017-10-16 04:43:22, asahi.com

Global warming could lead to the formation of powerful typhoons that are 20 percent larger than current ones by the end of the century, according to researchers using the “K” supercomputer. The prediction was made by researchers with the Japan Agency for Marine-Earth Science and Technology (JAMSTEC), the University of Tokyo and the Japan Meteorological Agency's Meteorological Research Institute. Computer simulations of the impact of global warming have indicated that powerful typhoons will account for a larger portion of all typhoons, which will shrink in number

 

Law & Crime

Citizens' group makes criminal complaint against Tax Agency head over Moritomo scandal

Citizens' group makes criminal complaint against Tax Agency head over Moritomo scandal

2017-10-16 16:47:00, mainichi.jp

A citizens' group presented a criminal complaint against National Tax Agency chief Nobuhisa Sagawa to the Tokyo District Public Prosecutors Office on Oct. 16, accusing him of hiding evidence related to the shady sale of government land to scandal-hit school operator Moritomo Gakuen. The group comprised of figures including attorneys and scholars also accuses Sagawa, onetime head of the Ministry of Finance's Financial Bureau, of lying during Diet testimony when he told lawmakers that electronic records of the government's negotiations with Moritomo "cannot be recovered

 

Motoring

Mitsubishi Electric EMIRAI 4 Concept Is A Futuristic Roadster For Tokyo

Mitsubishi Electric EMIRAI 4 Concept Is A Futuristic Roadster For Tokyo

2017-10-17 00:40:10, carscoops.com

Mitsubishi Electric has announced plans to introduce the EMIRAI 4 concept at the Tokyo Motor Show. Essentially a futuristic roadster, the EMIRAI 4 is a high-tech vehicle which embraces electrification, connected technologies, and an autonomous driving system. The company was coy on powertrain details but confirmed the driver assistance tech was developed to reduce accidents while providing "convenient and environmentally friendly transportation

 

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