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An app that allows Japanese men to check sperm from home

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TOKYO — A company in Japan has developed a kit that allows men to use their phones to check their sperm count in the comfort of their home.

Marketed by Recruit Lifestyle Co, the kit, also called Seem, intends to transform would-be-fathers into researchers, empowering them to check the number and action of their own sperm utilizing their cell phone’s camera.

For this users need to download a free iPhone app to take a video of their sperm. Users then put a drop of their semen on the lens and shoot a video using the app.

The images are then automatically analyzed, showing mobility and concentration of the sperm in numbers, according to the company.

The app then displays the data in bar graphs, allowing users to compare the results against parameters for sperm characteristics set by the World Health Organization.

The firm decided to release the product after witnessing resistance by many men to visit fertility clinics, a Recruit Lifestyle official said.

A low sperm count and slow mobility are believed to be the top causes of male infertility.

With Japan’s population declining rapidly, Seem’s developers say they want to take away the embarrassment felt by many Japanese men who are reluctant to go to a clinic and have their sperm checked

The sperm-test kit costs about $50, and inside there is a microscope lens and a cup. The lens fits onto the camera of a smartphone.

“It takes about one to two minutes to send the video and get the result so it’s really easy to do self-check,” said Ryo Irisawa, the developer of the app.

He said the app analyses the movement of sperm on the camera and then gives a read-out about mobility and concentration.

It even displays the data in graph form, so a man can check his sperm count against averages set by the World Health Organisation (WHO).

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Tourist arrivals jumped 73.5 percent in July

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KATHMANDU — Tourist arrivals to Nepal jumped 73.5 percent in the month of July, according to statistics released by Nepal Tourism Board (NTB).

The NTB said that this increment is because of a sharp increase in the number of travellers from countries like India, China, the US and the UK. The growth in the numbers has also been attributed to Indian pilgrims visiting Mount Kailash Mansarovar in Tibet, via Nepal.

The statistics show that Nepal received a whopping 73,285 international tourists in July—a time of the year that is considered to be an off-season for tourists due to the monsoons. With July’s figures, the number of foreign tourists visiting Nepal in the first seven months (January–July) of 2018 reached 593,299, which is an increase of 18 percent as compared to the same period last year.

Total 18,385 Indian tourists visited Nepal via air transport, which is up 80.4 percent compared to the same period last year.

After India, Nepal received the highest number of visitors from China. The Chinese tourist numbers have more than doubled to 13,123 in the month of July. This is a 125.4 percent growth in comparison to the arrivals in the same month last year.

Overall arrivals from SAARC countries registered a growth of 66 percent, in comparison to the same month last year. However, arrivals from Bangladesh declined by nine percent. Arrivals from rest of the Asian countries have also recorded a robust growth of 86.2 percent.

Visitors from Japan and South Korea to Nepal also increased by 36 percent and 21.9 percent respectively.

Likewise, an overall increase of 54.1 percent in July has been recorded from European source markets. However, arrivals from Austria declined by 72.6 percent.

The number of visitors from the US and Canada have also grown by 79.6 percent and 73.3 percent respectively.

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