Fumiko Yamaoka

For Fumiko Yamaoka's latest contributions to The Japan Times, see below:

Special hospital meals proving to be popular

Dec 23, 2013

Special hospital meals proving to be popular

Recipe books and cooking schools detailing low-calorie, low-sodium meals designed by hospital dietitians have developed a strong following among cancer patients and other health-conscious consumers. In October, the National Cancer Center Hospital East’s patient support center held a cooking lesson where two hospital dietitians ...

New handbooks tackle dwindling birthrate by adding dads to equation

Jun 19, 2013

New handbooks tackle dwindling birthrate by adding dads to equation

Alarmed by the nation’s dwindling birthrate, a government task force recently came up with a plan to distribute so-called women’s handbooks as a means of encouraging young women to have children. The plan, however, faced harsh criticism for treating pregnancy, childbirth and child-rearing as ...

May 21, 2009

Chiba hospital stands out in creaking medical system

CHIBA — Nadogaya Hospital in Kashiwa, Chiba Prefecture, is a rarity at a time when other medical institutions are struggling to hire doctors and turning away people in need of emergency treatment. The private hospital has stuck to its principle of accepting all sick ...

Saving an endangered bird in 'Orient's Galapagos'

May 12, 2007

Saving an endangered bird in 'Orient's Galapagos'

Conservationist Hajime Suzuki is working to save an endangered subspecies of Japanese wood pigeon native to the Ogasawara Islands 1,000 km south of Tokyo. His group runs a preservation program for the large birds. Fewer than 50 of the birds, whose taxonomic name is ...