Drugmakers riled amid calls for yearly review of drug costs

Feb 15, 2017

Drugmakers riled amid calls for yearly review of drug costs

The pharmaceutical industry is protesting a health ministry plan to review government-set drug prices annually, saying the move will stifle the development of new drugs. A high-priced cancer medication led the ministry to call for annual reviews after slashing the drug’s price by 50 ...

Jan 20, 2017

Suicides in Japan drop to 22-year low in 2016

The number of suicides in Japan decreased to 21,764 last year — the lowest level in 22 years, the National Police Agency said in a preliminary report released Friday. A Health, Labor and Welfare Ministry official attributed the decline to stronger localized efforts after ...

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 ...