Jun 3, 2015

Number of welfare recipients in Japan hits record high

The number of welfare recipients totaled 2,174,331 in March, up 5,166 from the previous month, surpassing a record reached a year earlier, the welfare ministry said Wednesday. The number of households receiving welfare also hit a record of 1,622,458 in the month, up 3,773, ...

May 20, 2015

Ministry aims to boost market share of generic drugs

Health minister Yasuhisa Shiozaki says the government intends to set a new target for the share of generic drugs in Japan. The health ministry is planning to make revisions to its road map for the promotion of such lower-priced drugs, including a hike of ...

Feb 3, 2015

Novartis Japan unit faces business suspension order

The health ministry will order a business suspension of around 15 days for a Japanese unit of Swiss pharmaceutical maker Novartis AG for not reporting serious side effects of its drugs, sources close to the matter said on Monday. Tokyo-based Novartis Pharma K.K. would ...

Aug 29, 2014

Intractable disease list grows by 100 in subsidy push

A health ministry panel has designated 110 illnesses as intractable diseases, expanding the number of patients who will qualify for medical subsidies under a law enacted in May. After gathering public opinion, the ministry plans to finalize the designations in October and issue subsidies ...

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 ...