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26 articles published


Novartis drug's data-tampering reflects unchecked collusion

Reference | FYI Jan 13, 2014

Novartis drug's data-tampering reflects unchecked collusion

by Tomoko Otake

Last week, the Health, Labor and Welfare Ministry filed a criminal complaint with prosecutors against Novartis Pharma K.K., the Japanese subsidiary of Swiss pharmaceutical giant Novartis, alleging the firm made exaggerated advertising claims for its blockbuster blood pressure drug Diovan. The ministry alleges the firm ...

Once veiled, French affairs feed tabloids

World Jan 13, 2014

Once veiled, French affairs feed tabloids

by Agnes C. Poirier

On Friday morning, I woke up as my usual French self. Then, from under the duvet, I reached for my smartphone and learned from Twitter that the French edition of Closer magazine had published pictures purportedly revealing an affair between President Francois Hollande and ...

Editorials Jan 13, 2014

Protecting consumers against fraud

The Diet has enacted a law that sets the procedure for class-action lawsuits aimed at helping consumers who have suffered financial damage from unscrupulous sales methods receive compensation from companies.

Editorials Jan 13, 2014

Keep power in boards of education

The Abe administration next year plans to submit a bill to the Diet that would give local government heads the final responsibility for local education administration, thus downgrading boards of education.

Kisenosato bounces back from opening-day loss

Sumo / Basho Reports Jan 13, 2014

Kisenosato bounces back from opening-day loss

Promotion-chasing ozeki Kisenosato rebounded from his loss the previous day, tossing down Myogiryu for his first win at the New Year Grand Sumo Tournament on Monday. On the celebration of Coming of Age Day, Kisenosato had yet to find his sea legs, but he was ...