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 ...

Mar 11, 2016

New Zika virus infection confirmed in Japan

The health ministry confirmed Friday another person has tested positive for the Zika virus, which has been spreading throughout Latin America since last year. The Health, Labor and Welfare Ministry said a woman in her 30s in Aichi Prefecture contracted the mosquito-borne virus during ...

Feb 16, 2016

Flu season reaches full swing in Japan

Flu season appears to be in full swing, with an estimated 1.64 million people across Japan coming down with the symptoms in the week through Feb. 7, the health ministry said. Almost 6,000 day care centers and elementary and junior high schools shut down ...