Jan 27, 2016

Dementia seen in 14% of elderly inmates in Japan

About 1,300 people, or some 14 percent, of 9,700 inmates in Japan aged 60 or older showed signs of dementia as of the end of 2014, according to a Justice Ministry study. This is the first time the ministry has investigated the number of ...

New technology puts health care in palm of your hand

Jan 8, 2016

New technology puts health care in palm of your hand

The management of your health care is moving increasingly to the palm of your hand — with new smartphone-enabled technology and wearable sensors that examine, diagnose and even treat many conditions and ailments. The Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas saw the debut of ...

Jan 4, 2016

Diet handed ¥3.3 trillion budget plan

The Japanese government submitted to the Diet on Monday a supplementary budget plan for fiscal 2015 calling for additional general-account expenditures of ¥3.321 trillion. The extra budget will boost the total size of Japan’s general-account expenditures for the current year ending in March to ...

Video game centers becoming social hubs for Japan's elderly

Dec 29, 2015

Video game centers becoming social hubs for Japan's elderly

In contrast to their heyday, video game arcades in cities are turning into social hubs for the nation’s elderly, replacing traditional community centers and day care facilities. Experts say the trend reflects the fact that elderly people are increasingly bored with activities at traditional ...