JAXA gives up attempt to restore x-ray satellite Hitomi

The Hitomi project, mainly aimed at unraveling the mysteries of black holes, now ended in failure in two months from the satellite’s launch.

JAXA believes the recovery of Hitomi’s functions cannot be expected after its solar panels were detached from the satellite due to glitches. The agency will step up its probe into the cause of the failure.

JAXA assumes, mainly through simulations, that both of the two structurally weak solar panel wings were highly likely to have detached from the satellite.

The Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency, or JAXA, said Thursday it has given up attempts to restore control of the Hitomi X-ray astronomy satellite with which the agency lost communication. (Jiji Press)

More than 1,000 seismic events had been recorded in Kumamoto and Oita prefectures by Thursday in the two weeks since a magnitude-6.5 earthquake struck southwestern Japan, while over 30,000 people remain evacuated from their homes. (Japan Today)

Nintendo Co. is easing into its newfound role as a mobile game publisher, but not fast enough for investors expecting a Mario-scale hit. (Japan Times)

The US Department of Justice has announced that Japan’s Hitachi Chemical will plead guilty to fixing prices of electrolytic capacitors. (NHK)

Japan has lodged a protest with Taiwan over a statement made by its president challenging Tokyo’s claim to waters in the Pacific. Ma Ying-jeou described Japan’s southernmost island as a rock around which it cannot claim an exclusive economic zone. (NHK)

The Bank of Japan says it will maintain its monetary easing program, including the negative interest rate policy. (NHK)

Police in Denenchofu, Tokyo, have arrested a 41-year-old man on suspicion of violating the animal cruelty law after he killed at least 10 stray cats. (Japan Today)

The Environment Ministry plans to permanently allow cat cafes to stay open until 10 p.m. from June, extending a temporary measure after finding the later hours make little difference to the animals’ stress, ministry officials said Wednesday. (Japan Times)

A panel of scientists has presented to Japan’s Nuclear Regulation Authority an assessment that says a fault under a reactor in central Japan could slip sometime in the future. (NHK)

Dignitaries and celebrities joined Japan’s Emperor Akihito and Empress Michiko for the annual spring party at the Akasaka Imperial Gardens in Tokyo on Wednesday. (NHK)

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