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Fake hepatitis C drugs found in Nara drugstore chain

Jan 18, 2017

Fake hepatitis C drugs found in Nara drugstore chain

Counterfeits of the hepatitis C drug Harvoni have been found at a drugstore chain in Nara Prefecture, the health ministry said Tuesday. Harvoni is sold by a Japanese unit of U.S. pharmaceutical firm Gilead Sciences Inc. The ingredients of the counterfeits are now under ...

Symbols for toilet functions to be unified in Japan

Jan 17, 2017

Symbols for toilet functions to be unified in Japan

An association of Japanese toilet makers will unify pictograms on toilets with bidet functions to help foreign visitors use them. The nine companies in the Japan Sanitary Equipment Industry Association said Tuesday they will use the same eight guide signs for the function buttons ...

China says 2,500 wartime Japanese chemical weapons destroyed

Jan 17, 2017

China says 2,500 wartime Japanese chemical weapons destroyed

China’s military said Tuesday that more than 2,500 abandoned Japanese wartime chemical weapons collected from northern China, including Beijing and the port city of Tianjin, have been destroyed in a four-year disposal process. Japan and China have been working together on the biggest chemical ...

Japan saw record foreign visitors, tourist spending in 2016

Jan 17, 2017

Japan saw record foreign visitors, tourist spending in 2016

The number of visitors to Japan from overseas rose 21.8 percent to 24.04 million in 2016 and their spending grew 7.8 percent to ¥3.75 trillion ($33 billion), both all-time highs, the government said Tuesday. But the pace of increase for both was much slower ...