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The combined number of new AIDS patients and other HIV carriers came to 960, according to preliminary data released by the health ministry on Tuesday.
JAPAN / Science & Health
Mar 27, 2024
New HIV carriers in Japan up for the first time in seven years
The health ministry attributed the rise to a recovery in the number of HIV test takers after a drop due to the COVID-19 pandemic.
Electron micrograph of Treponema pallidum, the causative agent of syphilis
JAPAN / Science & Health
Feb 26, 2024
Syphilis cases hit record high for third straight year in Japan
While the precise reasons for the surge in reported cases remain unclear, experts have identified several potential contributing factors.
An electron micrograph of the bacteria treponema, which causes syphilis
JAPAN / Science & Health
Nov 29, 2023
Congenital syphilis cases set new annual record in Japan
Meanwhile, the overall number of syphilis cases in the country in 2023 came to 13,251 as of Nov. 19, topping the 2022 total of 13,228.
The number of syphilis cases in Japan totaled 13,251 this year as of Sunday, hitting a record high for the third consecutive year, national data showed Friday.
JAPAN
Nov 24, 2023
Syphilis cases hit record high for third straight year in Japan
The total exceeded the previous annual record of 13,228 cases reported in the entire year of 2022.
A woman with HTLV-1 from Okinawa Prefecture talks about her experience of being turned away at a clinic outside the prefecture.
JAPAN / Science & Health / Regional Voices: Okinawa
Sep 25, 2023
Website aims to shed light on little-known blood cancer virus
Awareness of HTLV-1, a virus that causes adult T-cell leukemia and other diseases, is low in Japan. A website called Hot Lives aims to change that.
An electron micrograph of the bacteria treponema, which causes syphilis
JAPAN / Science & Health
Sep 25, 2023
Syphilis cases in Japan top 10,000 for second year in 2023
It is unclear why new cases have shot up, reaching 10,000 two months earlier than last year.
Japan Times
JAPAN / Science & Health
Jan 5, 2018
Japan reports over 5,000 syphilis patients for first time
Data from the National Institute of Infectious Diseases showed Friday that in 2017, for the first time since comparable data became available in 1999, there were over 5,000 syphilis patients domestically, with the number rising particularly among women in their 20s.
ASIA PACIFIC / Science & Health
Aug 1, 2017
Philippines has highest HIV infection growth rate in Asia-Pacific, U.N. says
The Philippines has registered the fastest-growing HIV/AIDS epidemic in the Asia-Pacific in the past six years with a 140 percent increase in the number of new infections, the health ministry and the United Nations said on Tuesday.
Japan Times
JAPAN / Science & Health
Jan 8, 2017
Japan's syphilis problem prompts ministry to bring in special team
The health ministry forms a special team to stop the spread of syphilis, which is up 77 percent from 2015 and seven-fold from a decade ago.

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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