Tag: Japan

Mitsubishi, Aleph hope to bring cultured beef to discerning Japanese palates

Mitsubishi, Aleph hope to bring cultured beef to discerning Japanese palates

January 11, 2021 |

In Japan, conglomerate Mitsubishi has partnered with Israeli cultured meat startup Aleph Farms to bring lab-grown beef to the country’s markets and restaurants.  Under the terms of the deal, Mitsubishi and Aleph will collaborate to create formulations that appeal to Japanese consumers and meet regulatory requirements. The two will then leverage Mitsubishi’s infrastructure for production […]

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Wooden satellites eyed as answer to growing space junk problem

Wooden satellites eyed as answer to growing space junk problem

January 4, 2021 |

In Japan, Sumitomo Forestry and Kyoto University are designing a satellite made from wood that would completely incinerate upon re-entry in an effort to reduce space junk. If successful, it would be the world’s first functional wood-based satellite.   “We are very concerned with the fact that all the satellites which re-enter the Earth’s atmosphere burn […]

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Celebrated chef forms cultured meat joint venture

Celebrated chef forms cultured meat joint venture

December 28, 2020 |

In Japan, Michelin Star chef Shimamura Masaharu has launched a cultured meat startup.   The award-winning creator and owner of Osaka’s Unkaku restaurant has launched DiverseFarm as a joint venture with TissueByNet, a company developing cultured cellular tissue technology for producing lab-grown organs. DiverseFarms hopes that TussueByNet’s process, which uses spheroids and Net Molds to […]

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Mitsui and ebi successfully trial biodiesel on tugboat

Mitsui and ebi successfully trial biodiesel on tugboat

December 14, 2020 |

In Japan, Mitsui O.S.K. Line and euglena announced a successful sea trial in the Port of Nagoya of the MOL Group-operated tugboat 13 Tamashio using next-generation renewable biodiesel fuel developed by euglena Co. The test was conducted with the cooperation of the Nagoya Port Authority. The 13 Tamashio is owned and operated by MOL Group […]

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Green Science Alliance confirmed artificial photosynthesis with their original catalyst

Green Science Alliance confirmed artificial photosynthesis with their original catalyst

November 18, 2020 |

In Japan, Dr. Ryohei Mori at Green Science Alliance Co., Ltd. succeeded in making formic acid from water, CO2, and light energy with his original catalyst material, which is composed of metal oxide and metal complex. He succeeded in synthesizing formic acid without any help of electrical energy from outside. This is artificial photosynthesis technology. […]

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JAL to use Fulcrum Bioenergy SAF regularly from San Francisco beginning in 2022

JAL to use Fulcrum Bioenergy SAF regularly from San Francisco beginning in 2022

November 5, 2020 |

In Japan, Reuters reports Japan Airlines will begin using fuel produced by Fulcrum BioEnergy regularly in flights originating from San Francisco beginning in 2022, perhaps as early as April, four years after it invested $8.6 million in the start-up. The airline has already used Fulcrum’s MSW-based fuel on occasion. The shift to aviation biofuel, like […]

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Protecting Japan’s sacred deer with edible bags

Protecting Japan’s sacred deer with edible bags

October 26, 2020 |

In Nara, Japan, a local man has created an edible packaging material from rice bran and milk cartons after several of the city’s sacred deer died after ingesting plastic bags. Hidetoshi Matsukawa, a souvenir wholesaler at the popular tourist destination, developed Shikagami, or deer paper, in partnership with a local design firm and paper company. […]

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Neste to supply SAF to All Nippon Airways from major Japanese airports

Neste to supply SAF to All Nippon Airways from major Japanese airports

October 26, 2020 |

In Japan, Neste and All Nippon Airways (ANA) are entering a sustainable aviation fuel (SAF) supply agreement. This groundbreaking partnership will see ANA become the first airline to use SAF on flights departing from Japan and also represents Neste’s first SAF supply to an Asian airline. Initial operations will begin from October 2020 as ANA […]

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Japanese researchers discover how certain bacteria break down cellulose

Japanese researchers discover how certain bacteria break down cellulose

October 12, 2020 |

In Japan, researchers have uncovered details of how a certain type of bacteria breaks down cellulose—a finding that could help reduce the cost and environmental impact of the use of biomass, including biofuel production. The bacteria’s cellulose degradation system is in some way different from how a fungus is already widely used in industry, including […]

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ADM and Spiber sign production pact

ADM and Spiber sign production pact

October 5, 2020 |

In Japan, protein fermentation firm Spiber has entered into a production partnership with US agribusiness giant ADM. Under the terms of the agreement, the two companies will expand production of Spiber’s Brewed Protein polymers for use in apparel and other consumer products. The collaboration will combine Spiber’s structural protein fermentation technology with ADM’s expertise in […]

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