Record 40% of Japanese sleep less than six hours a day

Nov 14, 2016

Record 40% of Japanese sleep less than six hours a day

A record 39.5 percent of Japanese get less than six hours of sleep a day, according to an annual health ministry survey. Male respondents attributed their short sleep time to their job and health, while women cited housework and their job, the 2015 National ...

Mental woes begin in 30s, heart and brain ills in 50s: study

Oct 28, 2016

Mental woes begin in 30s, heart and brain ills in 50s: study

Most people granted workers’ compensation for mental ailments were in their 30s, a survey by a health ministry-affiliated group says. The Health, Labor and Welfare Ministry reveals the tally and causes of compensation cases every year. But the ministry-linked Japan Organization of Occupational Health ...

Oct 26, 2016

Health ministry revokes licenses of 89 psychiatrists

The health ministry on Wednesday revoked licenses for 89 mental health doctors with special status that allows them to decide on involuntary hospitalizations of patients on suspicion that they fraudulently acquired their credentials. Such a large number of mental health practitioners being subjected to ...

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 ...