New heart in N.Y. gave teen new lease on life

| Nov 12, 2010

New heart in N.Y. gave teen new lease on life

Teenagers often take going to school, studying with classmates and hanging out with friends and family for granted. Mei Sano, 18, however, could not, at least not until after February 2009, when she received a heart at Columbia University Medical Center in New York. ...

Nov 9, 2010

Senkaku video leak probed as a crime

Prime Minister Naoto Kan apologized in the Diet Monday as prosecutors opened a criminal investigation into how sealed video footage of the Sept. 7 collisions of a Chinese trawler and two Japan Coast Guard cutters near the Senkaku Islands ended up on the Internet ...

Salarymen feeling pressure of elderly care

Oct 22, 2010

Salarymen feeling pressure of elderly care

For Itsuo Kandatsu, cooking three meals a day is a task he performs for his wheelchair-using mother and disabled brother. But the 49-year-old Tokyo resident isn’t a house husband. He used to work for an insurance company. He quit to become a freelance salesman ...

No escaping annual sports days

| Oct 19, 2010

No escaping annual sports days

Whether they like sports or not, it is compulsory for schoolchildren in Japan to participate in “undokai” (athletic gatherings or “sports days”), with the main one usually coinciding with the Sports Day national holiday. What is the origin of sports days, and how did ...

Nova, Geos now under investment fund's wing

Oct 6, 2010

Nova, Geos now under investment fund's wing

Nagoya-based G. communication Co. last week sold Nova Corp. and Geos Corp., two major foreign language school chains, to an investment fund. The fund, Inayoshi Capital Partners, run by recently retired G. communication founder Masaki Inayoshi, acquired the stakes Friday by purchasing shares of ...

Sep 30, 2010

Hospitals need 24,000 doctors to ease manpower shortage, study shows

Hospitals need 24,033 more doctors nationwide to reduce the excessive workload being thrust on the 167,063 physicians already in practice, according to a Health, Labor and Welfare Ministry study. The shortage is particularly severe in rural areas, such as Iwate, Aomori and Yamanashi prefectures. ...

How did the missing elderly slip through the cracks?

| Sep 22, 2010

How did the missing elderly slip through the cracks?

The Justice Ministry announced this month that it can’t confirm the whereabouts of 230,000 centenarians listed in “koseki” family registers. Last month, the Health, Labor and Welfare Ministry estimated that pensions were being paid out to some 800 missing people aged 85 or older. ...

Sep 15, 2010

Forum calls for a harder push

Commemorating the 10th anniversary of the United Nations resolution on women, peace and security, a recent regional forum in Tokyo concluded that more robust implementation is needed to include more women in peacekeeping processes. The U.N. Security Council in 2000 addressed for the first ...

Kan urged to focus on nation's finances

Sep 15, 2010

Kan urged to focus on nation's finances

After Prime Minister Naoto Kan was re-elected president of the Democratic Party of Japan on Tuesday, many people interviewed on the streets of Tokyo expressed support for him and said he should get to work right away on revitalizing the economy. Kan received 721 ...