Oct 25, 2015

Young may get help to stop smoking

Young smokers could see the scope of their health insurance expand if they are willing to take steps to quit the habit through smoking-cessation treatments. To lower future medical costs caused by nicotine addiction and reduce the risks of cancer and cardiovascular disease, the health ...

Apr 30, 2015

Scrutinize health insurance reform

The national government needs to provide sufficient support to prefectural governments, which will be tasked to play a larger role in maintaining the nation's health insurance system.

Apr 30, 2014

Risky medical deregulation

The government should give up its attempt to introduce mixed medical treatment and instead speed up the process for approving coverage and use of new drugs and medical technologies under the public health insurance system.

/ Jul 29, 2013

Kabukicho clinic chief hid ¥350 million, pays back taxes

The head of a clinic providing after-hours medical care in Tokyo's Kabukicho entertainment district has been singled out by the Tokyo Regional Taxation Bureau for fudging his income and concealing ¥350 million of it, sources revealed Monday. Shuken Yamanaka, 52, who runs Asuka Clinic in ...