Dec 8, 2016

Flickering lights may hold potential to treat Alzheimer's

Scientists have used flickering LED lights to shrink, in mouse brains, the beta amyloid plaques associated with Alzheimer’s Disease in humans, they reported on Wednesday. While too early to say if this could translate into a much-needed treatment for the debilitating illness, it does ...

Asahikawa Prison revamped for elderly inmates

Nov 29, 2016

Asahikawa Prison revamped for elderly inmates


Should prison facilities be friendly to aging inmates or remain punitively hard for criminals? It is a question that was faced by Asahikawa Prison in Hokkaido, which was remodeled and reopened earlier this year. The three-story, reinforced concrete building has about 500 private cells, ...

Oct 5, 2016

Finance Ministry wants Japan's elderly to foot more medical costs

The Finance Ministry proposed Tuesday that elderly people bear more medical expenses depending on their incomes to ensure fair sharing of the country’s ballooning medical costs. In its proposals presented at a meeting of the Fiscal System Council, an advisory panel to the finance ...

Sep 29, 2016

Japan's medical costs hit record ¥40.8 trillion in fiscal 2014

Japan’s medical costs in fiscal 2014 grew 1.9 percent from the previous year to ¥40.81 trillion, hitting a record high for the eighth straight year, the health ministry said. Per capita expenses rose 2 percent to ¥321,100, extending a record-breaking advance also to an ...

Japan's shrinking population not burden but incentive: Abe

Sep 22, 2016

Japan's shrinking population not burden but incentive: Abe

Prime Minister Shinzo Abe said Japan’s aging, shrinking population was not a burden, but an incentive to boost productivity through innovations like robots, wireless sensors and artificial intelligence. Abe’s comments on Wednesday came days after official data showed that Japan has 34.6 million people ...