Takeda exec pushing for more women at top

Business Dec 4, 2012

Takeda exec pushing for more women at top

Takeda Pharmaceutical Co. Director Deborah Dunsire, the only female on a board of one of Japan's 10 largest public companies, says the drugmaker is just getting started in promoting more women to senior levels. Dunsire, 50, isn't satisfied women make up only 2 percent of ...

National Nov 3, 2010

Dieting moms' babies underweight

As soon as Keiko Ozaki found out she was pregnant with her second baby, she went on a diet. Ozaki, who teaches jazz dancing in Osaka and weighed 51 kg, said she was chastised by her doctor for gaining weight too quickly during her first ...

Masks with ostrich antibodies aid swine flu fight

Business Jun 2, 2009

Masks with ostrich antibodies aid swine flu fight

Researcher Yasuhiro Tsukamoto's flock of 500 ostriches is being enlisted into the global fight against swine flu by exploiting Japan's practice of wearing masks in public to ward off allergies and colds. Tsukamoto, 40, a veterinary professor at Kyoto Prefectural University, was part of a ...

Otsuka seen leading race to find TB cure

Business Apr 7, 2009

Otsuka seen leading race to find TB cure

Hiroshi Ishikawa spent half of his career searching for a tuberculosis cure. Now, after a quarter century, he may have the drug industry's most effective weapon to fight resistant strains of the deadly lung disease. In 1982, when tuberculosis was brought under control in developed ...

National Feb 20, 2009

Infants at risk as government drags feet on vaccines

Kenta Morioka, 4, died last year from suffocation caused by a bacterial infection. But the vaccine that could have saved his life, in use for 16 years and offered in 120 countries, wasn't available in Japan. The world's second-largest economy only began vaccinating infants against ...

Pfizer diverting drug development away from Japan

Business Feb 29, 2008

Pfizer diverting drug development away from Japan

Pfizer Inc., the world's biggest drugmaker, is diverting drug studies and tests from Japan as part of an industry push to avoid this nation's regulatory delays and higher costs. The New York-based maker of Lipitor, the No. 1 cholesterol medicine in the world, is increasing ...