Dec 5, 2014

Pass the tissues — flu season off to early start

The National Institute of Infectious Diseases on Friday announced that the flu season began in the week of Nov. 24, about three weeks earlier than last year. The institute’s survey covering some 5,000 medical institutions across the country tallied 9,396 flu patients in the ...

Old ambulances, firetrucks on the way to Ebola-hit West Africa

Oct 28, 2014

Old ambulances, firetrucks on the way to Ebola-hit West Africa

Retired emergency vehicles, including ambulances, donated by prefectural governments were readied Tuesday for a new mission — helping two West African countries fight the deadly Ebola outbreak. The 13 vehicles will be airlifted Wednesday night from Narita International Airport to Liberia and Sierra Leone. ...