Apr 15, 2015

OECD urges Japan to implement bold structural reforms

The Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development urged Japan on Wednesday to implement bold structural reforms to boost economic growth and map out a “credible” plan to restore its precarious fiscal health. Noting that the nation’s aging population is likely to weigh on economic ...

Yamaguchi centenarian breaks another 1,500-meter swim record

Apr 5, 2015

Yamaguchi centenarian breaks another 1,500-meter swim record

A woman from Yamaguchi Prefecture has become the first centenarian in the world to complete a 1,500-meter swim in a 25-meter pool. Competing in Matsuyama, Ehime Prefecture, Mieko Nagaoka, 100, finished the race in a world-record time of 1 hour, 15 minutes and 54 ...

Activists to establish a special grave for Tokyo's homeless

Jan 8, 2015

Activists to establish a special grave for Tokyo's homeless

Activists want to give Tokyo’s homeless people dignity in death. They are raising funds to create a special grave for their ashes rather than the anonymous, communal disposal afforded to people who die without means and mourners. Potential beneficiaries include Shigeru Ikeda, not his ...

Jan 3, 2015

Website names Ecuador as top retirement country

Ecuador has been named the best country to retire in by InternationalLiving.com. The South American nation, bordered by Colombia and Peru, topped the website’s annual global retirement index, scoring high points for affordable cost of living, entertainment and amenities. Next on the list were ...

Dec 24, 2014

Oldest man in U.S. dies at 110

A northern Illinois resident recognized as the oldest man in the U.S. has died at 110. The Rockford Register Star reported C. Conrad Johnson died Tuesday. The director of the funeral home handling Johnson’s arrangements also confirmed his death. The Swedish-born Johnson worked as ...

Spoon from Google steadies hand tremors

Nov 27, 2014

Spoon from Google steadies hand tremors

Google is throwing its money, brainpower and technology at the humble spoon. Using hundreds of algorithms, the spoons allow people with essential tremors and Parkinson’s disease to eat without spilling. The technology senses how a hand is shaking and makes instant adjustments to stay ...