Actor Ken Watanabe diagnosed with early stage stomach cancer

Feb 10, 2016

Actor Ken Watanabe diagnosed with early stage stomach cancer

Actor Ken Watanabe has been diagnosed with early stage stomach cancer and has undergone endoscopic surgery to remove it, according to his agent. The 56-year-old actor released a comment Tuesday seeking understanding for the postponement of his return to the musical “The King and ...

Chiaki Hara reaches out to cancer survivors

Feb 5, 2016

Chiaki Hara reaches out to cancer survivors


Things were looking good for Chiaki Hara at the start of 2005. She was an accomplished actress, having starred in the 1997 tragic romance “Shitsurakuen” (“Lost Paradise”) and 2002′ drama “Aiki,” and her profile as a social commentator was also on the rise. Then, ...

Feb 5, 2016

Widening asbestos compensation

The government should work out a scheme to provide relief to construction workers who suffered health damage from asbestos, which was widely used during Japan's construction boom.

Feb 1, 2016

Japanese cigarette packs may get bigger health warning label

The Finance Ministry will consider requiring tobacco packaging to display more prominent warnings about the possible health impact caused by smoking. An advisory panel to the ministry will start discussions to explore the possibility of imposing stricter rules on tobacco firms, such as expanding ...

Jan 27, 2016

Cancer kills 7,500 each day in China, study finds

Chronic infections, smoking and pollution have contributed to skyrocketing cases of cancer in China, with an estimated 4.3 million new diagnoses last year and 2.8 million deaths, researchers said Tuesday. Lung cancer is the leading cause of cancer death in China, said the report ...

Jan 26, 2016

Peru's ex-leader Fujimori, 77, hospitalized as health worsens

Former Peruvian President Alberto Fujimori, who is serving a 25-year prison term for corruption and human rights violations, has been hospitalized, officials said Monday, the latest in a string of health crises. Fujimori, 77, was transferred under heavy guard Sunday to a clinic in ...