National / Science & Health Dec 2, 2015

Generic drugs to be priced at 10% less from April

The government plans to price generic drugs at 50 percent of brand-name drugs, down from the current 60 percent, from next April to encourage wider use of cheaper drugs and curb swelling medical spending, officials said Wednesday. The new proposal by the Ministry of Health, ...

Commentary / World Sep 5, 2011

Japan in a European club?

by Kevin Rafferty

Hitherto unknown and self-styled "loach" Yoshihiko Noda must learn to swim in an ocean of problems as Japan's new prime minister of the year. He has more than a plateful of domestic issues, but he should also realize, as his predecessors forgot, that Japan ...