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.

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/ Jul 27, 2016

Cervical cancer vaccine suit filed over side effects

Sixty-three women and girls who reported side effects from cervical cancer vaccines sued the government and drugmakers on Wednesday as a sharp divide remained over the risks the medicine poses. The plaintiffs, ranging in age from 15 to 22, filed suits in district courts ...

Warnings issued ahead of Japan release of 'Pokemon Go'

Jul 21, 2016

Warnings issued ahead of Japan release of 'Pokemon Go'

Excitement for the imminent Japan launch of “Pokemon Go” has reached such fever pitch that government authorities and business executives are warning prospective gamers against accidents even before its release. The National Center of Incident Readiness and Strategy for Cybersecurity (NISC) under the Cabinet ...