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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
Apr 12, 2017
Tottori venture touts simulated patient for budding medical professionals
It looks and feels like a real person. It can cough, has a gag reflex and will even cry “ouch!” if handled roughly.
Japan Times
JAPAN / Society
Apr 10, 2017
Japan's population projected to plunge to 88 million by 2065
The population of Japan is expected to plunge to 88.08 million in 2065, a roughly 30 percent fall from the 2015 level, according to a government-affiliated research institute.
Japan Times
JAPAN / GENERATIONAL CHANGE
Apr 10, 2017
Robotics whiz envisions prosthetic limbs for all
A high school teacher in a black coat enters the classroom. "Good morning," he says to the students before starting his lecture, with his right hand busily scribbling something on a blackboard and his left holding a physics textbook.
Japan Times
JAPAN / Science & Health / A MATTER OF HEALTH
Apr 5, 2017
When it comes to health info, online 'fake news' can have serious repercussions
A recent "fake news" scandal involving IT giant DeNA Co. shows how quickly bogus health information can make the rounds online.
Japan Times
JAPAN / Society
Mar 29, 2017
Families of 'karoshi' victims lambaste overtime cap recommendations as legalizing unhealthy working hours
Families of people who have died from overwork blasted a report adopted Tuesday by a government labor reform panel, saying its call for creating a monthly overtime cap of 100 hours could effectively legalize long working hours at the expense of workers' health.
Japan Times
JAPAN / Society
Mar 24, 2017
Entrepreneurs use their diseases as springboard for business success
Despite calls for diversity in the workplace and "work-style reforms" being debated in the government, Japan has yet to come up with a way to fully utilize the talent of all who wish to work, especially those with rare and incurable diseases.
Japan Times
JAPAN / Science & Health
Mar 24, 2017
Kyoto University professor does the math and finds that sperm swim to a beat
We know that the upshot of sex between a man and a woman is more than 50 million sperm racing to reach one egg, though exactly how sperm swim through a woman’s body and how just one survives the journey to fertilize an egg is full of mystery.
Japan Times
JAPAN
Mar 13, 2017
Huge number of articles on DeNA info websites found to have plagiarism, copyright issues
A three-month probe uncovers problems with around 20,000 articles uploaded on 10 health and lifestyle information websites run by DeNA Co.
Japan Times
JAPAN / Crime & Legal
Mar 9, 2017
Patent authority rules against Nintendo, lets go-kart firm keep MariCar trademark
The Japan Patent Office in January dismissed an objection filed by Nintendo Co. over the MariCar trademark registered by a Tokyo-based go-kart service company, it was learned Thursday.
Japan Times
JAPAN / Science & Health / FOCUS
Mar 8, 2017
New guidelines tackle misuse of antibiotics amid rise of superbugs
Public health officials have begun tackling the misuse and overuse of antibiotics, as the prevalence of superbugs, or bacteria resistant to antibiotics, reaches alarming levels worldwide.
Japan Times
JAPAN / EXPLAINER
Feb 27, 2017
Tax break for OTC drugs seeks to get Japanese managing their health, not swarming clinics
Buying medicine at a drugstore can now save you taxes.
Japan Times
JAPAN / Society
Feb 24, 2017
20% of Tokyo's children from impoverished households: survey
A fifth of the children in the capital are from households in dire financial straits struggling to survive, a survey finds.
Japan Times
JAPAN
Feb 19, 2017
Japan's buckling health care system at a crossroads
U.S. President Donald Trump's plan to repeal “Obamacare” has left many people here wondering: How does Japan compare?
Japan Times
JAPAN
Feb 19, 2017
Japan's health care system edges foreign care in expat survey
Just over half of non-Japanese residents feel Japan's health care system is generally better than that in their home countries, a trend particularly pronounced among U.S. citizens, with 3 out of 4 rating it more highly, an informal Japan Times survey has found.
Japan Times
JAPAN
Feb 19, 2017
Japanese offer mixed views of foreign health care
Japanese people who have received medical care overseas have mixed views of other countries' health systems, according to an online straw poll conducted by The Japan Times.
Japan Times
WORLD / Science & Health
Feb 7, 2017
U.S. patients could end up paying the price if travel ban bars foreign doctors, Japanese researcher says
U.S. President Donald Trump's travel ban for citizens from seven Muslim-majority countries could end up impairing the health of Americans, according to a new study led by a Harvard University-based Japanese researcher.
Japan Times
JAPAN / Science & Health
Feb 3, 2017
Schools close, hospitals swell as influenza spikes
Japan sees a surge of 400,000 influenza cases in just one week as patients rush to get doctor's notes instead of resting.
Japan Times
LIFE / Lifestyle
Jan 21, 2017
When pollen attacks! Experts reveal new approaches to combating hay fever
With the allergy season just around the corner, we examine the latest attempts to stem one of the country's most irritating problems.
Japan Times
BUSINESS
Jan 18, 2017
Apa takes flak from China over books in its inns denying Nanking Massacre
Major hotel chain operator Apa Group is facing fierce criticism after two students who stayed at one of its hotels in Tokyo posted a video about a book written by its CEO, which claims the 1937 Nanking Massacre committed by the Imperial Japanese Army was "fabricated by the Chinese side."
Japan Times
JAPAN / Society
Jan 12, 2017
Japanese city to use vein data to identify lost dementia sufferers
In a possible first for Japan, the city of Maebashi, Gunma Prefecture, will start an experiment to register the vein data of elderly residents with dementia so they can be instantly identified if they wander off and are found without an ID.

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