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Tomoko Otake is a senior writer with a strong interest in health, medical and social issues. A native of Nara Prefecture, she obtained an M.A. in journalism from The University of Montana.
Japan Times
JAPAN / Science & Health / A MATTER OF HEALTH
Oct 11, 2017
Japan's health ministry enlists anime hero in battle against overuse of antibiotics
The health ministry has enlisted the help of Amuro, the protagonist of the popular anime series "Mobile Suit Gundam," in its battle against the misuse and overuse of antibiotics — which can lead to antimicrobial resistance (AMR).
Japan Times
Reference / GENERATIONAL CHANGE
Oct 8, 2017
Biologist harnesses power of tiny worms in project that could reshape way cancer is screened and treated
Call it worm power.
Japan Times
JAPAN / Science & Health / A MATTER OF HEALTH
Sep 27, 2017
Role-playing video game helps fight against depression for counselor-shy Japanese
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Japan Times
BUSINESS
Sep 26, 2017
Adjusted Premium Friday: Government eyes moving up campaign aimed at boosting fun and spending
Critics say effort to have workers go home early on the last Friday of each month clashes with busy period for many firms.
JAPAN / Crime & Legal
Sep 22, 2017
Journalist's appeal of 2016 rape case decision rejected by inquest panel
A committee for the inquest of prosecution has rejected a journalist's appeal of a 2016 decision not to indict former television reporter Noriyuki Yamaguchi, whom she accused of raping her.
Japan Times
JAPAN
Sep 21, 2017
Japan launches a free smartphone app for foreign travelers amid record-breaking tourism boom
The Japan National Tourism Organization on Thursday launched a free smartphone app that allows travelers from abroad to look up destinations, restaurants and train routes as well as free Wi-Fi spots.
Japan Times
BUSINESS / Tech
Sep 20, 2017
Sony-Olympus joint venture to market advanced HD surgical microscope
Sony Olympus Medical Solutions — a medical joint venture set up by Sony and Olympus in 2013 — says it has developed a new surgical microscope that could free doctors from the strains involved with operating older, unwieldy models over long periods of time.
Japan Times
JAPAN / EXPLAINER
Sep 18, 2017
Japan's free ambulance services stretched by aging population, nonemergency overuse
The sirens are going off about the state of ambulance services.
Japan Times
JAPAN / Science & Health / A MATTER OF HEALTH
Sep 13, 2017
Saving heart attack victims? Now there's an app for that
Suppose you are at a station and happen to see someone passing out after a heart attack. A crowd of worried onlookers gathers. Somebody shouts, "Call an ambulance!"
Japan Times
JAPAN / Science & Health / A MATTER OF HEALTH
Aug 30, 2017
Once skeptical Japan embraces telemedicine as regulatory hurdles fall
For working people with health issues, visiting a clinic has long meant taking hours off work on a weekday and spending more time in the waiting room than talking with a doctor.
Japan Times
JAPAN / Science & Health / A MATTER OF HEALTH
Aug 16, 2017
Japanese researchers tap AI to parse regional dialects, work toward early dementia diagnosis
People in Aomori Prefecture, especially in the western Tsugaru area, are known for their strong dialect, often leading outsiders to joke about needing a translator.
Japan Times
JAPAN / Science & Health
Aug 11, 2017
Chimpanzees trained to master rock, paper, scissors by Kyoto University researchers
Chimpanzees can learn the rules of the rock, paper, scissors game through training, matching the intellectual ability of children 4 years old or older, researchers at Kyoto University have found.
Japan Times
JAPAN / Crime & Legal
Jul 27, 2017
Ministry probe shows two-thirds of inspected firms violated labor laws in 2016
Two-thirds of companies inspected by the labor ministry in fiscal 2016 for suspected labor violations were found to have broken the law either by forcing employees to work illegal overtime or by failing to carry out measures to ensure their health, the ministry announced Wednesday.
Japan Times
JAPAN / Science & Health / A MATTER OF HEALTH
Jul 26, 2017
Thanks to 'rejuvenation,' definition of elderly should go up 10 years, Japanese researchers say
In January, when researchers specializing in aging studies proposed that Japan redefine "elderly" as being aged 75 and older — instead of the current 65 — it raised more than a few eyebrows.
Japan Times
JAPAN / Society
Jul 19, 2017
Citizens group calls for review on use of restraints after New Zealand teacher’s death
A scholar and the family of a New Zealander who died after being tied to a hospital bed for 10 days forms a group that will push for a review of restraints at hospitals.
Japan Times
JAPAN
Jul 18, 2017
Family blames prolonged use of restraints at Kanagawa hospital for English teacher's death
JET instructor died after being restrained on his hospital bed for 10 days, his family says, highlighting a widespread practice at nation's psychiatric hospitals
Japan Times
JAPAN / Society
Jul 13, 2017
After rape allegation against TV journalist, Shiori hopes to shed light on victims' plight
Since she went public in late May with a rape accusation against a high-profile TV reporter, Shiori has been exposed to a storm of hurtful and derisive comments by anonymous internet users.
Japan Times
JAPAN / Crime & Legal
Jul 13, 2017
Japan's expanded sex crime laws go into effect
Seen as a significant step forward, amendments to the sex crime laws take effect, but the nation still has a ways to go, experts say.
Japan Times
JAPAN / Science & Health / A MATTER OF HEALTH
Jul 12, 2017
Straw poll of American expats finds over half feel repeal of Obamacare would discourage them from returning to U.S.
The bill before the U.S. Congress to repeal and replace the Affordable Care Act, popularly known as "Obamacare," has American residents in Japan worried, with some saying the nullification would prevent them from returning home.
Japan Times
JAPAN / Science & Health / A MATTER OF HEALTH
Jun 28, 2017
Hokkaido cancer survivor's hand-sewn breast pads offer a softer path to recovery
Following her experience losing a breast to cancer and the need for a comfortable way to cover the area of her body, a Hokkaido seamstress developed a cotton breast pad that is now sold across the country.

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Tokashiki Beach acts as a sanctuary for sea turtles and offers ideal snorkeling waters. It was also the site of the U.S. Army’s preliminary invasion that led to the 1945 Battle of Okinawa, which resulted in the deaths of nearly 150,000 people.
On Okinawa's Tokashiki Island, life's a beach — one of the best in the world