Aiiku Hospital, too, feeling pinch

Apr 9, 2009

Aiiku Hospital, too, feeling pinch

Aiiku Hospital, a perinatal care center in Tokyo for high-risk pregnancies widely considered one of the best for expectant mothers, recently applied to the metropolitan government to end its emergency 24-hour status, underlining the serious shortage of doctors to treat pregnant women. Aiiku is ...

Apr 7, 2009

Tokyo's mood mixed over rocket launch

There was a mixture of anger and surprise on the streets of Tokyo on Monday over North Korea’s rocket launch. “North Korea is acting like a scoundrel, threatening an unarmed man with a gun,” a 74-year-old retired man near JR Yurakucho Station in Chiyoda ...

Kenyan Embassy puts positive spin on charity cause

| Apr 7, 2009

Kenyan Embassy puts positive spin on charity cause

Impoverished children, war-torn homes, towns ravaged by epidemics, land devastated by floods and droughts — these are some of the most powerful images of Africa, and also the most commonly used to encourage charity donations. But, organizers of a fundraising event for Kenyan children ...

Mar 27, 2009

172 teachers lose suit over 'Kimigayo'

The Tokyo District Court rejected a damages suit Thursday filed by 172 teachers who were punished for refusing to sing the “Kimigayo” national anthem at school events. The suit, filed against the Tokyo Metropolitan Government in February 2007, had demanded ¥550,000 in damages for ...

Mar 26, 2009

Director claims new film helped Oe beat lawsuit

Korean-resident film director Pak Su Nam said Wednesday that a confession appearing in her latest documentary about mass murder-suicides by civilians in Okinawa in 1945 helped dismiss a lawsuit against writer Kenzaburo Oe. Oe was recently sued for stating in his book “Okinawa Notes” ...

First CT scan made of eggs inside coelacanth

Mar 20, 2009

First CT scan made of eggs inside coelacanth

Researchers at Tokyo Institute of Technology carried out Wednesday what is believed to be the first CT scan of eggs inside a coelacanth, according to Norihiro Okada, a bioscience professor at the university and a member of the research team. About 40 eggs were ...

Mar 20, 2009

Medical translation course starts in May

Japan’s first full-scale medical translation course will start in May at translation colleges run by Inter Group Co. to produce trained interpreters for hospitals. Yearlong courses in medical translation between Japanese and English will be held at five branches of Inter Group, known as ...

Mar 19, 2009

Don't need stimulus pay? Donate it

For those unsure of how to spend their government cash handouts or opposed to the measure itself, there is now a systematic way to donate the money to charity. Eighty charity groups formed a fund Wednesday that lets stimulus handout donors pick from 17 ...

Mar 19, 2009

Tokyo-area restaurants join Africa water drive

One way to spend the government’s cash handout this three-day weekend is to dine out — and in the process donate clean water to African children to celebrate World Water Day. The Tap Tokyo campaign, backed by UNICEF, will run at more than 200 ...

Michelin Japan guide makes French debut

Mar 17, 2009

Michelin Japan guide makes French debut

The Japan edition of the Michelin Green Guide travel books debuted Monday in bookstores in France. It is the first time Michelin, renowned worldwide for its star-rating assessments of hotels and restaurants, has published a comprehensive guide to Japan’s tourist attractions. Produced by 12 ...