Tag - mental-health



Elderly people experience taking part in esports in Ono, Fukushima Prefecture.
JAPAN / Science & Health / Regional Voices: Fukushima
Oct 16, 2023
Fukushima town turns to esports as a health tool for the elderly
Ono and Fukushima Medical University have been holding trial sessions and analyzing the effects of gaming experience on cognitive functions.
Writer Baye McNeil (left) poses for a picture with Cameron Peagler, who organized the Black Gold event in Tokyo’s Adachi Ward.
COMMUNITY / Voices / Black Eye
Oct 16, 2023
An OG's tips for Japan: Create beauty and don't fake your smile
Speaking at Black Gold, an event aiming to connect the Black and Japanese communities, our columnist offered seven tips to enjoying life in Japan.
A 93-year-old at his office in Tokyo solves ancient math problems in Egyptian numbers to keep his mind sharp.
JAPAN / Science & Health
Oct 3, 2023
Japan prepares national project to deal with dementia
About 9.53 million people, or 1 in 4 elderly people, are predicted to have dementia in 2040.
Japanese athletes at the Asian Games in Hangzhou, China, have been able to unwind in a relaxation room arranged by the Japanese Olympic Committee.
Oct 1, 2023
Japan's Olympic body working on athletes' mental care
The manga cafe-style relaxation room was the first of its kind for Japan at an international multisport event, according to the JOC.
An elderly person plays a racing video game in 2022 to ward off dementia.
JAPAN / Science & Health
Sep 25, 2023
As Japan OKs Alzheimer's drug, issue of side effects comes into focus
There are big challenges ahead for the use of lecanemab, particularly on how to control side effects such as brain swelling and bleeding.
Oleg Panchurin, 32, head of the Union of Veterans of the Special Military Operation, speaks during an interview in the town of Zhukovsky, outside Moscow, on Aug. 25.
Sep 18, 2023
Back from Ukraine war, Russia's veterans begin reintegration
In the last few months, Russian media have reported a rise in incidents involving veterans from the front.
Masanobu Ogura, minister in charge of policies related to children, speaks at a government meeting on measures to prevent suicides among children, in April.
JAPAN / Society
Sep 12, 2023
Japan steps up efforts to prevent suicides among children
The number of suicides among elementary, junior high and senior high school students has been on the rise, reaching 514 in 2022.
Naomi Osaka participates in a forum on mental health during the U.S. Open in New York on Wednesday.
Sep 7, 2023
Naomi Osaka makes U.S. Open return. But not for tennis.
Naomi Osaka returned to the U.S. Open to participate in a forum on mental health and sports alongside former Olympian Michael Phelps.
Ukrainian First Lady Olena Zelenska speaks in Kyiv during "The Summit of First Ladies and Gentlemen," which focused on the stigmatized issue of mental health in the war-torn country.
WORLD / Society
Sep 7, 2023
Tears, stars and 'soft power' at Kyiv mental health summit
Ukrainian First Lady Olena Zelenska has led a high-profile campaign encouraging Ukrainians to openly discuss mental health problems.
The house of Runa Tamura and her parents in Sapporo where a severed head was discovered
JAPAN / Crime & Legal
Aug 25, 2023
Sapporo hotel murder suspects to face psychiatric tests
Runa Tamura, 29, and her parents, will be detained for six months from Monday through Feb. 28 for tests.
Shinobu Yamanaka, a mom of three sons and director of a day care facility in Konan, Kochi Prefecture, serves up to eight "members" six days a week.
JAPAN / Science & Health / FOCUS
Aug 22, 2023
Kochi dementia care center aims to set new paradigm in Japan
A new generation of people with Alzheimer’s in Japan are trying to change not only dementia care but also social attitudes toward patients.
Packages of lecanemab, marketed as Leqembi, for the U.S. market
JAPAN / Science & Health
Aug 21, 2023
Japanese ministry panel gives OK to Alzheimer’s drug lecanemab
The panel’s endorsement will be followed by official approval by the health minister in coming days.
Education ministry officials say long working hours is one of the factors behind a rise in the number of teachers quitting their jobs.
JAPAN / Society
Aug 15, 2023
Record number of teachers quit for mental health reasons in 2021
Education ministry officials say long working hours is one of the factors behind the rise.
As many as half of women with postpartum depression go undiagnosed.
Aug 9, 2023
New postpartum depression pill is a vital breakthrough
Pharma companies seem to be finally listening to the female half of the population.
Spain and Cavaliers point guard Ricky Rubio missed much of the 2022-23 NBA season due to an ACL injury.
Aug 6, 2023
Cavs' Ricky Rubio steps away from basketball, cites mental health
The 32-year-old has been in the public eye since he became a household name in Spain at 15, thanks to his flashy style of play.
A man sits on his own at a taco stand on Kokusai Street in Naha.
Jul 2, 2023
Peacemaking of a different sort in Okinawa
Through therapy and community outreach, counseling service TELL draws on the personal experiences of its clinicians and support workers to help various communities in Okinawa.
Police officers gather at a Ground Self-Defense Force shooting range in Gifu Prefecture on June 14 following a fatal rifle attack.
JAPAN / Crime & Legal
Jul 21, 2023
Mental evaluation begins for GSDF fatal shooting suspect
The June 14 shooting during a live-fire training session left Master Sgt. Yasuchika Kikumatsu and Sgt. Kosuke Yashiro dead, and another 25-year-old sergeant seriously wounded.
Japan Times
WORLD / Science & Health
Jul 17, 2023
Alzheimer's diagnosis revamp embraces rating scale similar to cancer
New guidelines would replace terminology such as mild, moderate and severe, instead using a numerical system related to disease progression.
Japan Times
WORLD / Science & Health
Jul 16, 2023
She's 47, anorexic and wants help dying. Canada will soon allow it.
An expansion of criteria will allow some Canadians whose sole underlying condition is mental illness to choose medically assisted death.
Japan Times
Jul 11, 2023
Japan tries to turn page on eugenics policies, but related ideas persist
A 1,400-page report by parliament on forced sterilizations of people with disabilities sets out Japan's grim history with eugenics, but experts say the matter is far from closed.


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