National Topics

Oct 9, 2016

RSV infections in Japan surge to highest levels in last decade

The number of patients suffering from respiratory syncytial virus (RSV) infections — mostly infants — has risen sharply in the country, the National Institute of Infectious Diseases has reported. In the week through Sept. 25, the institute received reports from some 3,000 pediatrics departments ...

Oct 5, 2016

Institute penalized for producing vaccine with unauthorized method

The health ministry is considering imposing an additional penalty on blood products and vaccine manufacturer Kaketsuken after discovering that it produced a vaccine for Japanese encephalitis using an unauthorized method, ministry officials said. The ministry has ordered the Kumamoto-based manufacturer, formally known as the ...

Oct 4, 2016

Cabinet ministers hail Yoshinori Ohsumi's Nobel win

Members of the Cabinet on Tuesday hailed Yoshinori Ohsumi for winning the Nobel Prize in physiology or medicine and vowed to continue support for high-level research. “The government will further strengthen its efforts for the sustained creation of innovation, a source of potential growth ...