Tomoko Otake

Tomoko Otake is a staff writer and editor with a strong interest in health, medical and social issues. She is an author of A Matter of Health, a new weekly series on the latest health research, technology and policy issues in Japan. A native of Nara Prefecture, she obtained an M.A. in journalism from The University of Montana.

For Tomoko Otake's latest contributions to The Japan Times, see below:

Jan 12, 2017

Fukushima hospital finds temporary replacement after only doctor dies

A Fukushima hospital that suddenly found itself in crisis following the death last month of its only full-time doctor has found a temporary replacement for late director Hideo Takano. Yujiro Nakayama, a 36-year-old surgeon at Komagome Hospital in Tokyo, will assume the full-time director ...

Citizens petition Tokyo to save trees amid Ueno Park face-lift

Dec 19, 2016

Citizens petition Tokyo to save trees amid Ueno Park face-lift

As a planned face-lift for Tokyo’s Ueno Park goes forward in preparation for the 2020 Olympics, residents are asking that the government refrain from cutting down decades-old trees. A group of citizens called Ueno Koen no Ki wo Mamoru Kai (Group for the protection ...