Fumiko Yamaoka
Japan Times
JAPAN / Science & Health
Oct 2, 2017
French 'humanitude' method seen improving dementia patients' and staff conditions
A method developed in France for providing care to people with dementia is growing in popularity among nursing homes in Japan, where dramatic improvements in the condition of both residents and staff have been reported.
Japan Times
Oct 23, 2014
Demand growing for medical interpreters as tourist numbers surge
With growing numbers of resident foreigners and surging tourist arrivals, the nation is increasingly looking at the problem of medical care getting lost in translation.
Japan Times
Dec 23, 2013
Special hospital meals proving to be popular
Recipe books and cooking schools detailing low-calorie, low-sodium meals designed by hospital dietitians have developed a strong following among cancer patients and other health-conscious consumers.
Japan Times
Jun 19, 2013
New handbooks tackle dwindling birthrate by adding dads to equation
Alarmed by the nation's dwindling birthrate, a government task force recently came up with a plan to distribute so-called women's handbooks as a means of encouraging young women to have children.
May 21, 2009
Chiba hospital stands out in creaking medical system
CHIBA — Nadogaya Hospital in Kashiwa, Chiba Prefecture, is a rarity at a time when other medical institutions are struggling to hire doctors and turning away people in need of emergency treatment.
Japan Times
May 12, 2007
Saving an endangered bird in 'Orient's Galapagos'
Conservationist Hajime Suzuki is working to save an endangered subspecies of Japanese wood pigeon native to the Ogasawara Islands 1,000 km south of Tokyo. His group runs a preservation program for the large birds.


The Japanese government updated its English education guidelines in 2017 to emphasize communication over grammar and memorization. Public school teachers are incredibly busy, however, which means schools haven’t been able to implement changes uniformly. Private and alternative schools are attempting to remedy this.
The language of opportunity: Bilingual education is on the rise in Japan