National Topics

Jan 25, 2015

Tooth decay falling sharply among children, ministry says

The proportion of children with bad teeth has fallen sharply in Japan over the past three decades, preliminary data released by the education ministry shows. The ministry’s fiscal 2014 survey on child health showed that on average, 12-year-old junior high students had one bad ...

Jan 18, 2015

70% would use narcotics to treat cancer pain: poll

Over 70 percent of Japanese would want to use narcotics for medical use if they are advised by doctors to do so to ease cancer pain, according to a survey by the Cabinet Office. According to the interview-based survey in November of 3,000 adults ...

Kids do better when they go to preschool all day

Jan 17, 2015

Kids do better when they go to preschool all day

by Sonja Elmquist

Full-day preschool may prepare children better for learning and social development than part- time programs, new research showed, bolstering the case for putting kids in classrooms at younger ages. The findings from a study of 982 low-income and ethnic-minority 3- and 4-year-olds, enrolled in ...

Jan 16, 2015

Flu cases surge beyond alert level, signaling pandemic

Japan is probably in the midst of an influenza pandemic after cases reached an estimated 2.06 million in the week through last Sunday, breaking the alert level, the National Institute of Infectious Diseases said Friday. Cases at the 5,000 or so medical institutions regularly ...