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Jul 16, 2015

Narita arrival from Guinea tests negative for Ebola

A man in his 30s who was hospitalized with a fever after returning to Japan from Guinea has tested negative for Ebola, the health ministry said Thursday. The man arrived Wednesday night at Narita International Airport after spending three months in the West African ...

Hamp case gave oxycodone a bad name, say doctors

Jul 14, 2015

Hamp case gave oxycodone a bad name, say doctors

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The high-profile arrest of former Toyota Motor Corp. executive Julie Hamp last month over importing oxycodone might fuel prejudice in Japan against the narcotic painkillers and other strong pain-relieving drugs, experts fear. Hamp, the automaker’s first female managing officer, was released by police without ...

Jul 14, 2015

Explaining Japan's tough drug rules

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Some medications available through prescription or over the counter in the U.S. are prohibited in Japan and cannot be brought into the country. Heroin, cocaine, MDMA, opium, cannabis and stimulant drugs, including some prescription medications such as Adderall, are prohibited. There are no exceptions ...

Jul 11, 2015

Japan pledges additional $12 million for fight against Ebola

Japan on Friday pledged $11.95 million in additional assistance to West African countries fighting Ebola. Of the total, $10.40 million is intended for food aid and $1.55 million is for technical assistance, Parliamentary Vice Foreign Minister Kazuyuki Nakane said at the International Ebola Recovery ...

The pond scum that may one day fuel planes

Jul 8, 2015

The pond scum that may one day fuel planes

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The future of Japan’s biofuel industry may be pond scum. Or more specifically, green algae that’s swirling around in tanks on a tropical Okinawan island. That’s what Mitsuru Izumo and his company Euglena Co. are counting on anyway. After 10 years developing the algae ...