Consumers slow to embrace generic drugs

| Jul 11, 2015

Consumers slow to embrace generic drugs

In May, the health ministry announced that it would set a new target for the use of generic pharmaceuticals. In 2013, 46.9 percent of the prescription drugs dispensed in Japan were generics, and at first the ministry said it wanted to raise this portion ...

Filmmaker wants Japan to remember the 'comfort women'

| Jul 4, 2015

Filmmaker wants Japan to remember the 'comfort women'

NHK recently aired a documentary that touched on the 50th anniversary of normalized relations between South Korea and Japan. The main theme was how after World War II Japan prioritized state-to-state relationships with countries it had invaded during the war. Individual victims were sacrificed ...

Temblors in the home insurance business

| Jul 4, 2015

Temblors in the home insurance business

When we were looking around for a financial institution for a housing loan, we found that the major ones didn’t really want to talk to us, but there were plenty of other places that would. In the end, we went with JA Bank, the ...

Okinawa's lobbyist-in-chief scores a subtle win in Washington

| Jun 27, 2015

Okinawa's lobbyist-in-chief scores a subtle win in Washington

Chie Mikami’s new documentary, “Ikusabanu Todomi” (which loosely translates as “Bring the War to an End”), is about the protests against the new U.S. Marine Corps base in Henoko, Okinawa. Her previous film, “Hyoteki no Mura” (“The Targeted Village”), was about protests against the ...