May 14, 2014

Lawmakers move to let dance clubs stay open all night

A group of Diet members is planning legislation to allow dance clubs to stay open all night, sources said. The nonpartisan group promoting dance culture wants to submit the bill to revise the entertainment business law late this month, the sources said Tuesday. Dance ...

Abe stirs gadget-use debate in Diet

Apr 3, 2014

Abe stirs gadget-use debate in Diet

by Kazuaki Nagata

Using iPads and other digital devices during Diet sessions is banned under current rules as well as custom, but this may change after Prime Minister Shinzo Abe said the devices may invigorate deliberations. Abe made the remark at an Upper House audit committee meeting ...

Fixing bad heart valve without surgery pushed

Mar 30, 2014

Fixing bad heart valve without surgery pushed

A new study gives a big boost to fixing a bad aortic valve, the heart’s main gate, without open-heart surgery. Survival rates were better one year later for people who had a new valve placed through a tube into an artery instead. The results ...

Mar 23, 2014

Gut bacteria study may help cancer sufferers

Researchers have launched a pioneering study aimed at finding ways to type individuals according to the bacteria in their guts. The aim is to discover if some people’s microbial makeup makes them more susceptible to the side effects of radiotherapy for bowel, prostate and ...

Mar 18, 2014

Overhaul the electoral systems

Diet members need to set their sights on overhauling the electoral systems for both houses before the next national election and explore what kinds of systems would better suit the different roles of each chamber.

Mar 14, 2014

Hormone tied to love may cure anorexics

Oxytocin, a brain chemical known as the “love hormone,” is showing promise as a potential treatment for people with the eating disorder anorexia nervosa, according to research by British and Korean scientists. In studies of anorexic patients, researchers found oxytocin altered their tendencies to ...

Mar 13, 2014

Scientists uncover key gene linked to obesity

Geneticists claim to have pinpointed the most important obesity gene yet, throwing up a possible target for drugs to tackle a dangerous and growing epidemic. Mice bred to lack a gene dubbed IRX3 were almost a third lighter than rodents with the gene, the ...