Tag - mental-health



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.
A woman and her children at the Minnanouen Kitakagaya community garden in Osaka's Suminoe Ward
ENVIRONMENT / Climate change
Nov 5, 2023
How simple steps can help alleviate climate anxiety
From gardening to flood-proofing your home, experts say there are simple ways you can ease some of your concern.
A serviceman, wearing prosthetic legs, walks past Ukrainian flags symbolizing fallen soldiers on the Independence Square in Kyiv, on Oct. 30.
WORLD / Politics
Nov 2, 2023
'When will it end?': Ukrainians turn to psychics for war forecasts
Military forecasts by Ukraine's most popular soothsayers rack up hundreds of thousands of views on YouTube and TikTok.
Nature journaling is a way of connecting to nature by organizing your observations, questions, explanations and discoveries in the pages of a notebook.
LIFE / Travel
Nov 2, 2023
How a notebook and some pens can 'connect yourself to nature'
According to nature journaling instructor Eriko Kobayashi, there are now about 140 such clubs devoted to the calming practice worldwide.
Maryna Bodnar, 24, with her children, Matviy and Gennady, at home in Chernihiv, Ukraine, on April 11, 2023. 'I don’t feel strong,' Bodnar said. 'But I am looking for strength to continue.'
WORLD / Society
Nov 1, 2023
Coming of age in Ukraine
The ongoing war has accelerated their transition into adulthood.
Takumi Hara participates in a basketball event in Fukuoka in May 2022 during his round-the-country cycling tour to raise awareness of mental health issues.
JAPAN / Science & Health
Oct 29, 2023
Man cycles across Japan hoping to change views on mental health
Statistics show that 1 in 4 people in Japan have mental health issues at some point in their lives.
Robert Card, who gunned down 18 people in Lewiston, Maine, is seen in this image released on Wednesday.
WORLD / Crime & Legal
Oct 29, 2023
Deceased Maine shooter had mental health problems, police say
The shooter, Robert Card, a 40-year-old army reservist, was able to buy weapons legally because he had never been forcibly committed to treatment.
The Kyoto District Court, where hearings are being held in a 2019 arson case that left 36 Kyoto Animation employees dead.
JAPAN / Crime & Legal
Oct 27, 2023
Delusion led suspect to attack KyoAni studio, doctor tells court
The assessment contrast with that of another doctor, who said the suspect's delusion had almost no influence in the attack.
Much of the focus on Meta stemmed from a whistleblower's release of documents in 2021 that showed the company knew Instagram, which began as a photo-sharing app, was addictive and worsened body image issues for some teen girls.
Oct 25, 2023
Lawsuits against Meta in 33 states claim Instagram harms children
Children have long been an appealing demographic for businesses, which hope to attract them as consumers at ages when they may be more impressionable.
The health ministry found that, following the reported death of a TV personality in May 2022, the number of excess suicides in Japan spiked for two or three weeks.
JAPAN / Science & Health
Oct 20, 2023
Copycat suicides spiked in Japan after celebrity's 2022 death
A government report is calling for the media to ensure that coverage is in line with the World Health Organization’s suicide reporting guidelines.
The Tokyo District Court
JAPAN / Crime & Legal
Oct 20, 2023
American man found not guilty over killing of wife at Tokyo courthouse
The ruling said the man couldn’t be held accountable because he was suffering from schizophrenia when he killed his wife in 2019.


Historically, kabuki was considered the entertainment of the merchant and peasant classes, a far cry from how it is regarded today.
For Japan's oldest kabuki theater, the show must go on