Tag - mental-health



Jun 25, 2014
Is Japan a haven for expats with psychological problems? Readers discuss
Readers clash on the merits of William Bradbury's recent Foreign Agenda article, 'Japan: a haven for the psychologically troubled.'
Japan Times
May 28, 2014
Japan: a haven for the psychologically troubled
For the troubled Western expat in Japan, the reality of being on another continent can collide with normalized Japanese antisocialism to form a cocktail effective in tuning out a lot of the 'just be a normal adult' voices.
Japan Times
May 11, 2014
Families battling mental illness promote in-house therapy
An association of families with mentally ill kin has begun a project modeled after a British program to train therapists who can provide mental health services in people's homes.
Japan Times
Apr 10, 2014
Senile seniors challenge Japan Inc.
As businesses grapple with the social changes being brought about by the rapidly graying population, dealing with senility has become a fact of life at shops and banks.
JAPAN / Science & Health
Mar 25, 2014
Health officials issue advice on getting right amount of sleep
Children until their midteens need more than eight hours of sleep a night, according to new guidelines for healthy sleep released by a health ministry study group.
Mar 1, 2014
Fukushima's appalling death toll
As the third anniversary of the Great East Japan Earthquake approaches, new studies show that more people have died of stress and other mental illnesses than from causes directly linked to the triple '3/11' disaster of earthquake, tsunami and nuclear plant meltdown.
Japan Times
Nov 15, 2013
TELL vet helps cast net wider to reach kids, stop suicides
The Tokyo English Life Line has been providing support and counseling services to Japan's international community for 40 years. Vickie Skorji, the new director of the Lifeline hot line service, has played a pivotal role in its activities.
Japan Times
WORLD / Science & Health
Nov 9, 2013
U.S. insurers directed to treat mental health issues the same as physical ailments
The Obama administration issued a final rule Friday requiring insurers to treat mental health and substance-abuse problems the same way they do physical illnesses.
Oct 5, 2013
Gun-control advocates should listen to the NRA
U.S. gun-control advocates could find common ground with their National Rifle Association nemisis with regard to the need for mental health checks — if they would only listen.
Japan Times
Sep 22, 2013
Vetting firms 'rush' through security clearances
When Ileana Privetera started working for the contractor USIS, the firm that vetted National Security Agency leaker Edward Snowden and Washington Navy Yard shooter Aaron Alexis, it sounded like the perfect job. A mother, she would have flexible hours for her family, and she would be helping the country by running background checks on people who were doing the government's most critical jobs.
WORLD / Crime & Legal
Sep 22, 2013
Shooter's erratic, violent behavior overlooked
Aaron Alexis' erratic and violent behavior was ignored, overlooked or dismissed for nine years by police, the military, the Department of Veterans Affairs and his employer, creating a series of missed opportunities that might have stopped the Washington Navy Yard gunman, according to records and interviews with officials close to the investigation.
Japan Times
WORLD / Crime & Legal / FOCUS
Sep 22, 2013
Alexis was atypical Buddhist
Aaron Alexis had a gold Buddha in his room, a regular meditation practice and a gun with him "at all times," according to a friend.
WORLD / Crime & Legal
Sep 19, 2013
Capitol Police were ordered to leave Navy Yard
U.S. Capitol Police officials are reviewing reports that tactical team members were ordered to leave the scene after they responded to Monday's shooting at the Washington Navy Yard.
Japan Times
Sep 7, 2013
Amusing graphic novel about bipolar disorder
Until she was 30, Ellen Forney, an award-winning Seattle-based artist, took her slightly unusual personality for granted. Her obsession with exercise, her impulsive sexuality, her bouts of ecstasy: she considered these things, however uncomfortable, a major part of who she was. After all, aren't all creative types given to strange moods, to pulling all-nighters, to forgetting to eat?
Japan Times
WORLD / Crime & Legal
Aug 25, 2013
Mental health courts seek to treat, rather than jail
The charge was stealing a tow truck. The defendant was a baby-faced 27-year-old in shorts and a Chicago Bulls jersey. His hair was slightly matted, wrists cuffed in front, hands clutching a brown paper bag, demeanor slackened by anti-psychotic medications.
Sep 9, 2011
Beating the midlife blues
Are you feeling down about middle age? Do you find yourself thinking that time is hurtling and you'll never reach your goals — or, perhaps more distressingly, that they don't even fit who you are anymore?
Japan Times
Mar 25, 2011
Kato sentenced to hang over '08 Akihabara killing spree
The Tokyo District Court on Thursday sentenced a temporary worker to hang for the deadly vehicular and stabbing rampage in Tokyo's Akihabara district in 2008.
Jul 28, 2010
Motive for Akihabara massacre hinted at
Tomohiro Kato told the Tokyo District Court on Tuesday that he was "fully responsible" for the 2008 vehicle and stabbing massacre in Tokyo's Akihabara district and said he had been harassed on a mobile phone bulletin board in the leadup to the attack.
Jan 28, 2010
Victim of Akihabara rampage reaches out to defendant
Until June 8, 2008, Hiroshi Yuasa led an ordinary life, one of thousands of taxi drivers who work Tokyo's streets. But just after noon on that rainy Sunday, as shoppers thronged the streets of Akihabara, he witnessed an event that changed everything.
Japan Times
Jul 1, 2008
Society's role in Kato's crime
'The clicking sound of my cell phone echoes emptily in my room. . . . If only I had a girlfriend, I wouldn't have to live so miserably.'


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