Kanoko Matsuyama

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Doctor helps his grandma die to avoid feeding tube

Dec 11, 2013

Doctor helps his grandma die to avoid feeding tube

Kojiro Tokutake wanted to be a doctor since he was a teenager. His grandmother bought him his first stethoscope when he was in medical school. A decade later, he helped her die. Tokutake, 33, is a gastroenterologist and, in that role, has inserted permanent ...

Takeda breaks tradition with outsider at helm

Dec 4, 2013

Takeda breaks tradition with outsider at helm

Takeda Pharmaceutical Co., the more than 230-year-old drugmaker, is starting to make a practice of breaking with tradition. The firm last week named Christophe Weber, a French national who has never worked at Takeda, as chief operating officer and the planned successor to CEO ...

Takeda exec pushing for more women at top

Dec 4, 2012

Takeda exec pushing for more women at top

Takeda Pharmaceutical Co. Director Deborah Dunsire, the only female on a board of one of Japan’s 10 largest public companies, says the drugmaker is just getting started in promoting more women to senior levels. Dunsire, 50, isn’t satisfied women make up only 2 percent ...

Nov 3, 2010

Dieting moms' babies underweight

As soon as Keiko Ozaki found out she was pregnant with her second baby, she went on a diet. Ozaki, who teaches jazz dancing in Osaka and weighed 51 kg, said she was chastised by her doctor for gaining weight too quickly during her ...

Masks with ostrich antibodies aid swine flu fight

Jun 2, 2009

Masks with ostrich antibodies aid swine flu fight

Researcher Yasuhiro Tsukamoto’s flock of 500 ostriches is being enlisted into the global fight against swine flu by exploiting Japan’s practice of wearing masks in public to ward off allergies and colds. Tsukamoto, 40, a veterinary professor at Kyoto Prefectural University, was part of ...

Otsuka seen leading race to find TB cure

Apr 7, 2009

Otsuka seen leading race to find TB cure

Hiroshi Ishikawa spent half of his career searching for a tuberculosis cure. Now, after a quarter century, he may have the drug industry’s most effective weapon to fight resistant strains of the deadly lung disease. In 1982, when tuberculosis was brought under control in ...