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:

Japan's health care system edges foreign care in expat survey

Feb 19, 2017

Japan's health care system edges foreign care in expat survey

Just over half of non-Japanese residents feel Japan's health care system is generally better than that in their home countries, a trend particularly pronounced among U.S. citizens, with 3 out of 4 rating it more highly, an informal Japan Times survey has found. The survey, ...

Japanese offer mixed views of foreign health care

Feb 19, 2017

Japanese offer mixed views of foreign health care

Japanese people who have received medical care overseas have mixed views of other countries' health systems, according to an online straw poll conducted by The Japan Times. The Feb. 7 to Feb. 9 poll drew responses from 66 Japanese whose experiences with foreign health care ...

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 position ...