It remains necessary to raise awareness of depression, which is a treatable condition, in Japan's general population.
Cesar Chelala, MD, PhD, is an international public health consultant for several UN agencies, and a writer on human rights, medical and foreign policy issues. He is a winner of an Overseas Press Club of America Award. His articles have been published in more than 70 countries worldwide.
For Cesar Chelala's latest contributions to The Japan Times, see below:
Although the war on Iraq has ended, ruthless attacks on Iraqi children continue.
Eighty years after Guernica, an even more criminal action is being carried out against Yemeni civilians, mainly by Saudi Arabia with the complicity of the U.S.
Peace between Israelis and Palestinians will not be achieved overnight, and it is only through a massive effort involving the citizenry that reconciliation and cooperation can occur between both peoples.
Afghanistan has been called the graveyard of empires. It should more properly be called the graveyard of illusions.
On a global scale, the magnitude of undiagnosed and unaddressed mental health problems remains high.
Sometimes the most surprising and endearing memories are created when you least expect it.
No one can stop the aging process, but there are many ways to minimize its negative effects.
A $1.1 billion pledge in aid for Yemen only underscores the responsibility that big powers have had in the crisis that has all but devastated that country.
The U.S. has been intervening in other countries through a variety of mechanisms that have led to their destabilization.