Ministry of Health, Labor and Welfare
June 15, 2013
The health ministry decided June 14 to withdraw its recommendation for a vaccination to protect girls against cervical cancer after hundreds complained about possible side...
May 16, 2013
The number of physically and mentally challenged people who obtained jobs through the government’s Hello Work job placement centers reached a record high for the third year...
May 11, 2013
The labor ministry warned three companies to get their act together after it emerged the firms illegally sent workers to the stricken Fukushima No. 1 nuclear power plant.
May 09, 2013
Women who work part-time jobs have a sharply higher risk of premature births compared with regular company employees and full-time homemakers, research in Japan shows.
February 25, 2013
While doctors have long recommended exercise to help prevent diabetes, researchers have now found that daily brisk physical activity lowers the mortality rates of patients who...
January 02, 2013
Japan's population dropped to 127.47 million in 2012, marking the largest natural decline since statistics began in 1899, according to government estimates.
December 24, 2012
Japan had 16,750 cases of elder abuse by family members and nursing facility workers in fiscal 2011, according to a report released Dec. 21 by the health ministry, with almost...
September 11, 2012
Eisai Co. on Sept. 12 introduced Careram in Japan for the treatment of rheumatoid arthritis.
July 18, 2012
With advances in technology and medicine, people are becoming more valuable dead than alive, their body parts stripped to supply the active global trade in human tissue, such...
June 06, 2012
Japan’s fertility rate was unchanged at 1.39 babies per woman in 2011, according to the health ministry.
December 15, 2011
The health ministry said Dec. 14 that potentially deadly E. coli bacteria has been detected in cow livers for the first time, raising the likelihood of a government ban on raw...
October 25, 2011
An advisory panel of the Ministry of Health, Labor and Welfare will start reviewing Japan's system to prevent beef contaminated with mad cow disease from entering the human...
October 07, 2011
MANILA -- A Filipino tribal leader has denounced Japan's welfare ministry for its seeming refusal to accept that ancestral graves were robbed and the remains sold as those of...
October 07, 2011
I have quoted the following poem in this column before. It goes: "Pitiful are the war dead/ Pitiful are soldiers who die/ Death comes to them suddenly/ In foreign lands far...
October 06, 2011
Remains believed to be of Japanese soldiers who perished in the Philippines during World War II turned out to contain bones of local men, women and children, DNA tests show.
September 14, 2011
The health ministry has stepped up its snap inspections of food products sold at supermarkets and elsewhere for possible contamination by radioactive substances that may have...
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