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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
Jun 21, 2017
Japanese researchers collect first-person accounts of experiences with disease
When you have a health problem, there's a story that only you — not your doctor or family — can tell.
Japan Times
JAPAN / Science & Health / A MATTER OF HEALTH
Jun 14, 2017
Transplants using iPS cells put Riken specialist at forefront of regenerative medicine research
When she entered medicine in the mid-1980s, Masayo Takahashi chose ophthalmology as her specialty, she said, because she wanted to have a family and thought the discipline would spare her from sudden work calls in the middle of the night, helping her best balance work and life.
Japan Times
JAPAN
Jun 12, 2017
Giant panda Shin Shin gives birth to cub — and hope — at Ueno Zoo
Ueno Zoo announced the birth of its first giant panda in five years on Monday.
Japan Times
JAPAN / Science & Health / A MATTER OF HEALTH
Jun 7, 2017
Experts caution against idea that more is better in medical care
Since Japan established universal health coverage in 1961, it has ceaselessly worked to expand its health care services, in the belief that providing more extensive coverage for a wide variety of patient needs will contribute to the well-being of its citizens.
Japan Times
JAPAN
Jun 5, 2017
Study abroad and travel agencies on edge in wake of London Bridge attack
Japanese travel agencies and study abroad companies report no casualties or cancellations related to the terrorism turmoil in London but say they are warily mulling their options.
JAPAN
May 31, 2017
Prime Minister Abe unveils government push to solve day care crunch
Prime Minister Shinzo Abe announced Wednesday his government will create 220,000 new day care spots, bringing the number of children on the waiting list for nurseries to zero by 2020.
Japan Times
JAPAN / Society
May 31, 2017
Soccer star Honda's tweet on government suicide data draws criticism by some, praise by others
Soccer star Keisuke Honda has caused a stir on social media with an impassioned "motivational" tweet he posted in response to a news report about Tuesday's government white paper on suicide.
Japan Times
JAPAN / Science & Health / A MATTER OF HEALTH
May 31, 2017
Japan violating anti-smoking treaty by bowing to tobacco industry, expert says
The government's move to ban smoking in indoor public places ahead of the 2020 Tokyo Olympics has hit a snag due to staunch resistance from lawmakers in the ruling Liberal Democratic Party trumpeting smokers' rights and the need to protect the tobacco industry.
Japan Times
JAPAN / Society
May 30, 2017
Suicides down, but Japan still second highest among major industrialized nations, report says
The nation's suicide rate is the sixth highest in the world and the second worst among eight major industrialized countries, a government report released Tuesday said.
Japan Times
JAPAN
May 24, 2017
Japanese residents of Manchester shaken by terrorist attack
Japanese residents in Manchester, England, expressed shock that the deadly terrorist attack at a concert hall took place in a city known for welcoming different cultures.
Japan Times
JAPAN / Science & Health / A MATTER OF HEALTH
May 24, 2017
Experts say Japan should examine male infertility amid falling birthrate
In mid-December, when news emerged that the number of newborn babies in Japan in 2016 would likely fall below 1 million for the first time since the government started collecting data in 1899, it sparked a renewed debate on how to reverse the downtrend in the fertility rate.
Japan Times
JAPAN / Science & Health
May 17, 2017
Continuing streak, Japan leads world in life expectancy, WHO report says
People in Japan continue to outlive those in other countries, marking the world's longest average life expectancy of 83.7 years, according to the latest World Health Organization report released Wednesday.
Japan Times
JAPAN / Science & Health / A MATTER OF HEALTH
May 17, 2017
Looking beyond abstinence, Kanagawa facility opens Japan's first 'controlled drinking' program
Have a drinking problem? Don't worry, you can keep drinking while working to get over it.
Japan Times
JAPAN / EXPLAINER
May 15, 2017
Medical big data to be pooled for disease research and drug development in Japan
Last month a bill aimed at facilitating medical research through the use of patient records stored at medical institutions cleared the Diet.
JAPAN / Society
May 11, 2017
Labor ministry names and shames businesses that exploit workers despite warnings
In a first, the labor ministry publishes the names of 334 “black companies” warned about excessive overtime or other violations online, including Dentsu, Panasonic and Japan Post.
Japan Times
JAPAN / Science & Health / A MATTER OF HEALTH
May 10, 2017
Yamagata town to test using dogs to detect cancers
Dogs are not only loving companions. They could also be our most reliable weapon against cancer.
Japan Times
JAPAN / Society
May 5, 2017
Professor examines Lolita complex by first looking at his own experience
Lolita complex, the sexual attraction to young, pubescent girls, is woven into the fabric of everyday life in Japan. Turn on the TV and you'll see group after group of scantily-clad teenage and preteen girls singing or dancing to music. Peek in any bookstore and you'll find a section of photo books featuring...
Japan Times
JAPAN / Science & Health / A MATTER OF HEALTH
May 3, 2017
Developer taps power of design to create dementia-friendly housing in Setagaya
Despite all the talk about the swelling ranks of people with dementia in Japan and what to do with them, there has been little discussion so far about housing designs that meet their needs.
Japan Times
JAPAN / Science & Health / A MATTER OF HEALTH
Apr 26, 2017
Todai-linked venture developing technology for speedy home flu test
Every winter, people running a fever and complaining of muscle pain swarm the nation's clinics, suspecting one thing: the flu.
Japan Times
JAPAN / Science & Health / A MATTER OF HEALTH
Apr 19, 2017
Language barriers at Japanese medical institutions put foreign patients at risk: expert
Here's a little-known, unnerving truth about health care in Japan: for non-Japanese, the death rate is higher than that for Japanese.

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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