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Food waste or food loss is food that is discarded, lost, or uneaten. Roughly one third of the food production is lost or wasted; that’s 1.3 billion tons each year.

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The Kyoto University Center for iPS Cell Research and Application in Japan started iPS cells (induced pluripotent stem cells) for stockpiling in regenerative medicine and clinical research in 2013. This project is being led by the center’s director, Shinya Yamanaka, an iPS cell developer and Nobel Prize winner, to build a stock of specific iPS cells with a lower risk of immune rejection.

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The smart phone game “Pokemon Go” launched on July 06 in the US, Australia, New Zealand, and the UK, and has become a giant hit in just over a week. Game developers around the world watched in astonishment as the “augmented reality” game based on the 1990’s Japanese franchise surged to the top of Apple Inc.’s app charts. The games are now available in more than 40 countries around the world.

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In October 2015, the computer algorithm AlphaGo, created by the Google-owned company DeepMind, beat European champion Fan Hui by 5 games to 0. This was the first time that a computer program has defeated a human professional player in the full-sized game of Go, a feat previously thought to be at least a decade away. In March 2016, Google made history when its artificial intelligence (AI), AlphaGo, beat Go professional Lee Sedol, world champion, by 4 games to 1. In a 6-day tournament in Seoul, a historic battle of human and artificial intelligence was watched by a reported 100 million people around the world.

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Japanese have long eaten fish as a staple of their diet. There are records of eating fish in Japan dating back to four or five thousand years ago. No surprise for an island nation like Japan with the currents carry small fish close to the coastal areas, and they attract packs of larger fish in pursuit, so there is an abundance of fishing grounds along the coasts.

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The English term for Hamachi is “yellowtail”, and Kanpachi is “amberjack”. But because yellowtail can also be called “Japanese amberjack”, overseas sushi diners sometimes think they’re the same fish.

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