Kanoko Matsuyama

For Kanoko Matsuyama's latest contributions to The Japan Times, see below:

Tokyo's elderly turned away amid labor crunch, funding cuts

Feb 24, 2015

Tokyo's elderly turned away amid labor crunch, funding cuts

Tokyo’s elderly population is ballooning, waiting lists for nursing homes run a mile long, and there’s a fierce scramble for free beds. So why are these businesses catering to the city’s aging denizens scaling back? In Adachi Ward, as many as 4,000 elderly residents ...

Growth concerns loom for Daiichi Sankyo on drug warning

Feb 9, 2015

Growth concerns loom for Daiichi Sankyo on drug warning

Daiichi Sankyo Co. risks losing a slice of revenue to generic-medicine competition next year. Now, the drugmaker’s plans to fill the gap have hit a roadblock and investors worry that growth may flounder. The Tokyo-based company’s best-selling medicine is set to lose patent protection ...

Help at hand for dementia patients

Jan 6, 2015

Help at hand for dementia patients

They would enter the bank and ask for their cash. Yuriko Asahara, behind the counter, would check where they would stash it — in the side pocket of a handbag or perhaps deep down in a shoulder bag. Asahara wasn’t spying. She knew she’d ...

Delay of tax hike will hit elderly hardest: experts

Nov 27, 2014

Delay of tax hike will hit elderly hardest: experts

Prime Minister Shinzo Abe’s decision to postpone the second stage of the sales tax hike is likely to wreak havoc on health care provisions for the elderly. Abe last week delayed plans to raise the sales tax to 10 percent from 8 percent until ...

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 ...