Oct 1, 2014

Court rejects damages for lay judge with stress disorder

The Fukushima District Court has rejected a claim by a lay judge in a robbery-murder case that the judiciary system was responsible for her developing acute stress disorder. Hifumi Aoki, 64, of Koriyama, Fukushima Prefecture, challenged the constitutionality of the lay judge system and ...

Soccer fans at risk from World Cup mania

May 31, 2014

Soccer fans at risk from World Cup mania

If the television commercials piggybacking on the World Cup are to be believed, watching a soccer match is fun, healthy and sociable. Slim young men and women spring up from the sofa like gazelles to celebrate a goal. If they lose, they commiserate peacefully ...

Feb 20, 2014

Fukushima stress deaths top 3/11 toll

Stress and other illnesses related to the 2011 quake and tsunami has killed 1,656 people in Fukushima Prefecture, outnumbering the 1,607 whose deaths were directly tied to disaster-caused injuries.

Meditation may reduce anxiety, depression

Jan 18, 2014

Meditation may reduce anxiety, depression

by Nicole Ostrow

Meditation may offer the same relief as antidepressants for people with symptoms of anxiety and depression, according to an analysis of previous findings on the practice. A review of 47 studies showed a 5 percent to 10 percent reduction in anxiety symptoms and a ...

Lay judge seeks payout over murder case stress

Sep 25, 2013

Lay judge seeks payout over murder case stress

A former lay judge is suing the government for ¥2 million in compensation, claiming she was hit by an acute stress disorder after being exposed to graphic evidence at a murder trial. Hifumi Aoki, 63, from Koriyama, Fukushima Prefecture, who served in March in ...

| Jul 5, 2013

Stressing on stress

by Thomas Dillon

The Internet is ablaze with lists suggesting ways to fight back against the deadliest foe of modern man — stress. Yes, stress. It will boil your blood pressure, electrify your nerves, scramble your stomach, ruin your happiness and lead you straight to the grave. ...

Pair log off, hit street to meet, hear real people

May 16, 2013

Pair log off, hit street to meet, hear real people

by Tomohiro Osaki

Once addicted to a social-networking service, 27-year-old Lim Moon Hyang suddenly got tired of responding to instantaneous feedback from her online friends and realized with terror just how deep her SNS obsession ran. “There was a time I was logging on to Mixi every ...