Tag - drugs



Japan Times
Feb 4, 2015
Award-winning photographer vows to continue work with Colombia's drug gangs
Kosuke Okahara, a 34-year-old freelance photographer whose decade-long documentation of Colombia's notorious drug gangs has earned him the 2014 Pierre & Alexandra Boulat Award for professional journalism as well as a prize of €8,000 (¥1.08 million), says he is determined to continue his work in...
WORLD / Science & Health
Jan 29, 2015
'Expensive' placebo beats 'cheap' one in Parkinson's disease: study
When patients with Parkinson's disease received an injection described as an effective drug costing $1,500 per dose, their motor function improved significantly more than when they got one supposedly costing $100, scientists reported on Wednesday.
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BUSINESS / Markets
Jan 16, 2015
Mt. Gox chief was thought by U.S. to be Silk Road mastermind
The former head of the bankrupt Mt. Gox Co. bitcoin exchange was originally believed by U.S. investigators to be the secret mastermind behind the Silk Road online drug marketplace, an agent who infiltrated the website told jurors at the trial of the man prosecutors now accuse of running it.
ASIA PACIFIC / Crime & Legal
Jan 6, 2015
Son of Jackie Chan to stand trial in China on drugs charge
Jaycee Chan, the son of kung fu movie star Jackie Chan, will stand trial Friday on a drugs charge, media reported Tuesday, the latest in a series of minor celebrities accused of narcotics offenses.
JAPAN / Crime & Legal
Dec 25, 2014
Japanese man sentenced to death over drugs charge in China
A court in the Chinese province of Jiangsu has sentenced a 45-year-old Japanese man to death for transporting illegal drugs for sale, a source close to Japan-China relations said Thursday.
JAPAN / Crime & Legal
Dec 18, 2014
Man banned from bicycling for 90 days for using quasi-legal 'kiken' drugs
The Chiba Prefectural Public Safety Commission has banned a 29-year-old man from Matsudo, Chiba Prefecture, from riding a bicycle for 90 days, after he was found guilty of cycling under the influence of quasi-legal "kiken" (dangerous) drugs.
Japan Times
WORLD / Crime & Legal
Dec 9, 2014
Methamphetamine use soars in Iran as lifestyles speed up
Women in headscarves and men in tatty clothes puff on a glass pipe as smoke swirls around their faces. The pictures published by Iranian media and blogs in recent months are a sign of a new drug epidemic: shishe, or methamphetamine.
WORLD / Science & Health
Dec 2, 2014
HIV may evolve to cause AIDS less frequently
HIV may be evolving to become less aggressive, suggesting that one day it may infect humans without causing AIDS.
JAPAN / Crime & Legal
Nov 25, 2014
Elderly Japanese man allegedly carrying methamphetamine arrested in Indonesia
A Japanese man has been arrested in Indonesia for allegedly carrying methamphetamine, police said, in a country where smuggling drugs can be punished by death.
JAPAN / Crime & Legal
Nov 19, 2014
Diet passes bill to strengthen controls on quasi-legal drugs
The Diet on Wednesday passed a bill revising the pharmaceutical affairs law to tighten controls on quasi-legal drugs after a series of traffic accidents involving drivers high on them.
ASIA PACIFIC / Crime & Legal
Nov 19, 2014
China blames rise in violence on drug smuggling from Southeast Asia
An increase in the smuggling of synthetic drugs like methamphetamine from Southeast Asia has fueled a rise in violent crime in China this year, a state-run newspaper reported on Wednesday.
Japan Times
Nov 14, 2014
Battle against Ebola raises ethical questions
The tiny number of Ebola cases in rich countries — and the ensuing panic-inducing headlines and quarantine measures — have brought home the global nature of infectious disease today.
JAPAN / Science & Health
Nov 11, 2014
Avigan could be formally approved as Ebola drug early next year: Fujifilm
Fujifilm Holdings Corp. said Tuesday it expects its Avigan flu drug to be formally approved by early next year for treating patients infected with the Ebola virus.
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JAPAN / Science & Health
Nov 11, 2014
Rise of quasi-legal drugs has hospitals turning to 'workbook' treatment
A "workbook" approach is drawing attention as an effective way to address a growing number of drug addicts in Japan, where there are only around 10 specialized medical institutions nationwide to treat abuse cases.
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WORLD / Crime & Legal
Nov 9, 2014
'I've had enough,' says Mexican attorney general in massacre gaffe
After weeks fielding questions about the abduction and apparent massacre of 43 trainee teachers by corrupt police in league with drug gang members, Mexico's Attorney General Jesus Murillo has had enough.
WORLD / Politics
Nov 6, 2014
Voters OK legal marijuana in Oregon, Alaska, and Washington, D.C.
Residents of Oregon, Alaska, and the U.S. capital voted to legalize marijuana on Tuesday, in key victories that could fuel the legalization movement as cannabis usage is increasingly recognized by the American public.
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JAPAN / Crime & Legal
Nov 2, 2014
Bill targets quasi-legal drugs by applying sales bans nationwide
The Liberal Democratic Party and ruling coalition ally Komeito have drawn up a draft amendment to the Pharmaceutical Affairs Law that would allow sales bans on quasi-legal drug products to be applied nationwide rather than just to a single store, according to sources close to the ruling camp.
JAPAN / Science & Health
Oct 25, 2014
Sovriad deaths spur drug label rewrite
Three people have died after taking Sovriad to treat hepatitis C, and drugmaker Janssen Pharmaceutical K.K. has been ordered to revise the medicine's packaging to state that usage should be halted if indicated by blood tests, the health ministry disclosed on Friday.
Oct 23, 2014
The quasi-legal drug dilemma
There is no end in sight to the traffic accidents and other incidents attributed to the use of quasi-legal — or what the police now call 'dangerous' — drugs. It's not easy revising the laws regulating their use.
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WORLD / Science & Health / FOCUS
Oct 21, 2014
Italy gives army troops a new job: grow cheap medical marijuana
Italy legalized marijuana for medical use last year, but the high cost of buying legal pot in a pharmacy meant few people signed up. Now, the government has found a solution: Get the army to grow it.


The Japanese government updated its English education guidelines in 2017 to emphasize communication over grammar and memorization. Public school teachers are incredibly busy, however, which means schools haven’t been able to implement changes uniformly. Private and alternative schools are attempting to remedy this.
The language of opportunity: Bilingual education is on the rise in Japan