Ebola unlikely to spread to Japan: health ministry

Aug 16, 2014

Ebola unlikely to spread to Japan: health ministry

The Ebola outbreak that has killed more than 1,000 people in West Africa recently is unlikely to spread to Japan, health ministry officials say. Although the probability is deemed low, Japan is making preparations at international airports and other entry points to deal with ...

Aug 6, 2014

Governance fix needed at GPIF before asset change, Shiozaki says

As the world’s biggest pension manager moves closer to putting more money in risky assets, the ruling Liberal Democratic Party’s deputy policy chief says the fund needs to change its governance first. Japan should submit a bill in the next Diet session to overhaul ...

Diovan scandal traced to cozy doctor-drugmaker ties

Feb 27, 2014

Diovan scandal traced to cozy doctor-drugmaker ties

The manipulation of clinical research data used to develop the blood pressure drug Diovan sold by Novartis Pharma K.K. has prompted a special squad of Tokyo prosecutors to search the Japanese unit of the Swiss drugmaker as well as the universities that conducted the ...

Nov 2, 2013

Nearly all Japan's genetic testing facilities mismanage patient info

Almost all of Japan’s medical facilities mismanage the genetic information of patients they check for genetic and chromosomal abnormalities as part of in vitro programs, a health ministry research group survey showed Saturday. Of the 12 facilities surveyed, three do not clearly restrict access ...

Oct 30, 2013

Health ministry eyes lower medical expenses for intractable diseases

The health ministry has proposed lowering the proportion of out-of-pocket medical expenses for people afflicted with intractable diseases to 20 percent from the current 30 percent. The ministry on Tuesday presented the draft plan to a subcommittee of the Health Sciences Council as part ...

Oct 16, 2013

Cervical cancer vaccination probe kicks off

Two groups set up by the health ministry have started full-scale studies of whether cervical cancer vaccines are directly linked to severe pain that has affected some young women. The two groups will collect data through clinical studies at 17 hospitals nationwide. The group ...