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41 deaths caused by 'dangerous drugs' in Japan since 2012

Aug 5, 2014

41 deaths caused by 'dangerous drugs' in Japan since 2012

At least 41 people are suspected to have died from using “dangerous drugs” since 2012, a National Police Agency official said. The figure, which does not include deaths caused by traffic accidents, covers unnatural deaths at sites where “dangerous drugs,” which is the term ...

Jul 31, 2014

Pregnant women no longer warned to avoid onsen

by Mizuho Aoki

For the first time in 32 years, pregnant women can bathe in an onsen this summer without worrying about harming themselves or their unborn baby, according to a new government guideline. Under the new guideline adopted in July, the Environment Ministry removed pregnant women ...

Experts question Fukushima thyroid screening

Jul 31, 2014

Experts question Fukushima thyroid screening

by Mizuho Aoki

More than three years after the triple core meltdown in Fukushima Prefecture devastated the lives of thousands of residents, the effect that the radiation release is having on children’s thyroid glands still weighs heavily on residents’ minds. The iodine-131 released into the air by ...

NTT West plans Net exercise video targeting elderly

Jul 29, 2014

NTT West plans Net exercise video targeting elderly

Nippon Telegraph and Telephone West Corp. will start Friday providing Internet video services showing gymnastic exercises that can help the elderly avoid physical problems. In the video, members of the idol group LinQ originating from Kyushu will engage in the exercises. The video feed ...

U.S. Fukushima study: Think about unthinkable disasters

Jul 25, 2014

U.S. Fukushima study: Think about unthinkable disasters

A U.S. science advisory report says the Fukushima nuclear accident offers a key lesson to America’s nuclear industry: Focus more on the highly unlikely but worst case scenarios. That means thinking about earthquakes, floods, tsunamis, solar storms, multiple failures and situations that seem freakishly ...