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Jun 8, 2015

Kobe probes hospital over liver transplant deaths

The Kobe Municipal Government inspected a newly opened hospital on Monday where five out of nine patients who received livers from living donors died within a month of undergoing the procedure. The inspection, based on the Medical Care Act, came after the death of ...

Jun 5, 2015

Japan on alert as deadly MERS spreads in South Korea

Japan started monitoring travelers from South Korea more closely Thursday to keep the regional outbreak of Middle East Respiratory Syndrome at bay, while businesses began taking precautions. The potentially deadly coronavirus has so far caused four deaths and infected dozens in South Korea. Some ...

Jun 5, 2015

Consumer center warns of eyelash extension treatment dangers

Japan’s consumer center warned Thursday that eyelash extensions can damage users’ eyes and skin, with the number of associated problems remaining high in recent years. The National Consumer Affairs Center of Japan said it received 599 complaints in the five years through fiscal 2014 ...

May 27, 2015

Health minister calls for greater use of generic drugs

The market penetration rate of generic drugs in Japan should rise to 80 percent or higher by the end of March 2021 from 46.9 percent in September 2013, according to Health, Labor and Welfare Minister Yasuhisa Shiozaki. If the target is achieved, medical expenses ...