Tag - mental-health



A seminar on preventing suicide among young people is held at the Department of Psychology at Nara University in Nara Prefecture on Nov. 20.
JAPAN / Society
Feb 20, 2024
Japanese college students called on to help prevent youth suicides
Some of the topics being taught to student include cyberbullying and truancy among young children.
Naomi Osaka speaks during a news conference at the Australian Open in Melbourne on Jan. 12.
Feb 11, 2024
Naomi Osaka explains why she’s investing in women’s sports
Osaka, one of the world's most marketable athletes, plans to stay involved in the world of sports even after her tennis career ends.
Mark Zuckerberg, CEO of Meta, attends a U.S. Senate Judiciary Committee hearing in Washington on Wednesday.
Feb 5, 2024
Zuckerberg’s apology isn’t enough to stop children being harmed
META's CEO apologized to the families of children abused via social media, but real regulation is needed for such harm to be avoided in the first place.
The number of teachers who took leave due to mental illness had fluctuated at around 5,000 in recent years, but it surged by more than 1,300 in two years since fiscal 2020.
Feb 3, 2024
Number of teachers on leave for mental illness in Japan hits record high
The figure for the year to last March was up 642 from the previous year, marking the second straight annual increase.
Evacuees at a school gymnasium used as an evacuation center in Anamizu, Ishikawa Prefecture, on Thursday
JAPAN / Society
Feb 2, 2024
Mental health care urgently needed for Noto quake evacuees
People ranging from children to the elderly have complained of being unable to sleep.
Some 5 million people globally die of causes related to air pollution from fossil fuels each year and climate change has a huge impact on people's health and psychological well-being.
Jan 24, 2024
We’re finally recognizing climate change’s mental health toll
Climate change's impact on health, including psychological well-being, is overwhelming. COP28 took stock of this and put youth at the center of discussions like never before.
A suicide helpline worker takes calls in Tokyo. Health ministry officials say that comprehensive countermeasures are needed to realize a society in which people do not feel suicidal.
JAPAN / Society
Jan 26, 2024
Suicides in Japan decreased slightly to 21,818 in 2023
The decrease marks the first decline in the number of suicides in two years.
Takahiro Ueda, a professor at Tottori University Hospital and the doctor who oversaw treatment of the Kyoto Animation arson attack defendant Shinji Aoba, has urged Japan to tackle the problem of socially isolated individuals.
JAPAN / Crime & Legal
Jan 24, 2024
Kyoto arson defendant's doctor calls for ways to resolve social isolation
Since the trial at the Kyoto District Court began in September last year, a picture has emerged of a man who was abused by his father and refused to interact with others.
Children make handicrafts on Jan. 15 at a local community center on the island of Notojima, part of the city of Nanao in Ishikawa Prefecture.
Jan 19, 2024
Mental care needed for quake-affected children in central Japan
"When I'm at home, I end up playing games alone all the time."
A doctor and a nurse check on people affected by the New Year's Day quake in Suzu, Ishikawa Prefecture, on Jan. 6.
Jan 16, 2024
Doctors and nurses support families at morgues after Noto quake
Teams were sent after the 2016 quakes in Kumamoto Prefecture and a major mudslide in Atami in Shizuoka Prefecture in 2021.
The Kyoto District Court found that Naoki Yamamoto, 46, conspired with another doctor, Yoshikazu Okubo, 45, in administering a lethal dose of sedative to Yuri Hayashi, at her request in her apartment on Nov. 30, 2019.
JAPAN / Crime & Legal
Dec 19, 2023
Ex-doctor gets prison term for consensual killing of Kyoto ALS patient
The Kyoto District Court found the doctor conspired with another doctor in administering a lethal dose of sedative to the patient at her request.
The Mai Po nature reserve in Hong Kong neighboring mainland China's southern city of Shenzhen (background).
ASIA PACIFIC / Science & Health
Dec 18, 2023
In bustling Hong Kong, forest bathing offers a therapeutic escape
Following a bout of depression and a chance encounter, the founder of Moments In Woods discovered the therapeutic practice of immersing in nature.
Nobuko, younger sister of Kotaro Nishizawa, who died at his clinic in Osaka during an arson attack, hugs one of the audience members following a memorial concert for the victims held in the city on Dec. 3.
JAPAN / Crime & Legal
Dec 17, 2023
Deadly arson attack in Osaka remembered two years on
A piano concert was organized as an opportunity for bereaved relatives to connect and heal.
Pro-democracy activist Agnes Chow is released in June 2021, after serving nearly seven months in prison for her role in Hong Kong's 2019 anti-government protests.
Dec 4, 2023
Prominent Hong Kong activist Agnes Chow flees to Canada
Chow, who was jailed for months in a crackdown on pro-democracy activists, cited her physical and mental health as reasons for not returning to the city.
The front page of The Japan Times on Christmas Eve in 1948 carries news of high-profile executions.
JAPAN / History / Japan Times Gone By
Dec 1, 2023
1948: Tojo and six others hanged
December reports focus on some major events from Japan's past: the 1923 earthquake, World War II and the 1970s oil shock.
 England's fly-half and captain Owen Farrell helped lead the team to a third-place finish at the Rugby World Cup.
Nov 30, 2023
England's Farrell to skip Six Nations to prioritize mental health
Farrell has won 112 caps since making his international debut in 2012 and is England's all-time leading points scorer with 1,237.
Communicating over the phone, a necessity for businesspeople, is a headache for many young people.
JAPAN / Regional Voices: Hiroshima
Nov 27, 2023
Many young people in Japan scared of telephone calls
For some, their heart skips a beat when they hear phones ringing and they hesitate to make calls, fearing they might be considered a nuisance.
In Japan on a scholarship he fought hard for, Oscar Ruto found himself needing to take a break and headed into Tokyo for a weekend of partying.
Nov 27, 2023
'I wasn't always an alcoholic … and then I was'
As the party season draws near, it's important to deal with yearend stress in healthier ways.
A survey found that the number of children newly hospitalized for anorexia nervosa in Japan came to 183 in fiscal 2022, up around 60% from fiscal 2019 before the COVID-19 pandemic.
JAPAN / Science & Health
Nov 24, 2023
Anorexia in children remained an issue three years into pandemic
Cases in fiscal 2022 were 40% higher than the level in fiscal 2019, before the pandemic.
Relatives, friends and supporters of Israeli hostages held in Gaza since the Oct. 7 attack by Hamas militants in southern Israel hold placards and images of those taken, during a protest for their release in Tel Aviv on Wednesday.
WORLD / Society
Nov 24, 2023
'You are in a safe place': Israel prepares to embrace hostages
Experts have warned that many hostages held by Palestinian militants could face a long road to recovery.


Hideo Shimoju points to a possible site that his fellow neighbors may relocate to. Such relocations have happened before, but not preemptively.
In disaster-prone Japan, some communities consider major moves