Japanese scientists are preparing to dig deep inside the Earth for the first time in human history to unlock the mysteries of life in an attempt to figure out how civilisation came to be and how to save it. The researchers will collect the first samples of the Earth's mantle for clues on the primitive organisms that were the forerunners of life.
The delicate, human side of Godzilla played by a real actor has drawn crowds for 50 years and shows that high-tech Hollywood doesn't have all the answers, the creators of the Japanese monster's latest instalment said on Wednesday. True to tradition, the film was shot almost entirely with a man dressed up as the fire-breathing giant reptile.
A series of powerful tremors on Monday rattled a central Japanese region still reeling from last month's earthquake, slightly injuring 13 people just as the last schools shut by the tragedy reopened. Nineteen tremors, with the strongest measuring 5,9 on the Richter scale and felt in Tokyo, struck in Niigata prefecture.
Strong aftershocks rocked central Japan on Monday as exhaustion took its toll on thousands spending a third night in shelters after the country's worst earthquake in nearly a decade left 25 people dead. Nearly 400 tremors have followed the first quake of 6,8 on the Richter scale late on Saturday.
At least 15 people were killed and 20 others were missing on Wednesday as Japan's biggest typhoon for more than a decade pounded the south of the country with heavy rain and powerful winds, officials said. Typhoon Tokage, which also injured at least 31 people, became the record 10th typhoon to land on the Japanese islands in a year.