Jun 13, 2008

NHK censorship ruling reversed

The Supreme Court reversed a lower court ruling Thursday, dismissing a suit filed by a women’s rights group that demanded NHK and two production companies pay compensation for altering the content of a documentary on Japan’s wartime sexual slavery. The top court ruled the ...

Rx for sick tourists: Add medical interpreters

Jun 7, 2008

Rx for sick tourists: Add medical interpreters

When visitors to Japan fall ill, finding a doctor who can communicate with them in their mother tongue can be a difficult task. Medical professionals, interpreters and local government officials addressed the problem at a symposium in Tokyo on May 31. Building a network ...

Women's postwar triumph recalled

| Jun 6, 2008

Women's postwar triumph recalled

19th in a series About four months after World War II ended, Beate Sirota Gordon arrived in the charred ruins of Tokyo from New York City as a newly hired member for the General Headquarters of the Allied Powers. The 22-year-old American got the ...

New insurance plan ups burden on 'later-stage' seniors

| May 22, 2008

New insurance plan ups burden on 'later-stage' seniors

Following are questions and answers about the new health insurance plan the government introduced in April for people aged 75 and above: What is the new health insurance system the government introduced in April? The insurance plan covers so-called later-stage seniors — people aged ...

Health costs of aged at a premium

May 22, 2008

Health costs of aged at a premium

Mitsue Nozaki has enjoyed a comfortable life as a senior living on a pension for the 15 years since she retired from a major company, where she had worked for about 40 years. But the 75-year-old, who lives alone in Toshima Ward, Tokyo, was ...

Article 9 hailed on Constitution's birthday

May 4, 2008

Article 9 hailed on Constitution's birthday

Marking the 61st anniversary of the enforcement of the postwar Constitution, hundreds of people gathered Saturday in Tokyo’s Hibiya Park to call for keeping Article 9, which renounces war. Japan should keep Article 9 to avoid becoming an aggressive military force, said Ann Wright, ...

'Forest therapy' taking root

May 2, 2008

'Forest therapy' taking root

For stressed-out workers, this may someday be a doctor’s prescription: Walk around in the woods. Scientists in Japan have been learning a lot in recent years about the relaxing effects of forests and trees on mental and physical health. Based on their findings, some ...

Death penalty ruling marks dramatic shift

Apr 23, 2008

Death penalty ruling marks dramatic shift

Tuesday’s ruling in which a 27-year-old man was sentenced to death for the 1999 murders of a mother and her infant daughter in Yamaguchi Prefecture marks a major judicial change, according to legal experts. The Hiroshima High Court handed down the death penalty to ...

Volunteer DIY group puts a touch of earth into prefabs

Apr 22, 2008

Volunteer DIY group puts a touch of earth into prefabs

On a rainy day in late March, a group of people were making material to apply to the walls of a two-story concrete house going up in the city of Musashino in Tokyo. They mixed earth with sand, quicklime, water and chopped straw. With ...

Apr 12, 2008

Hospital doctors feeling the strain

Whenever Naoshi Tamura is on a night shift at Ota Hospital in Tokyo, the surgeon works 36 consecutive hours with little sleep, seeing patients during the daytime and treating those transported to the emergency room at night. “I work the night shift two to ...