Japan woman infected with coronavirus commits suicide: ‘I have become a nuisance’
A woman who committed suicide after testing positive for the novel coronavirus had expressed concern about the well-being of her family (Source: Reuters: Health)
Source: Reuters: Health - January 22, 2021 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Report: Japanese government privately concludes Tokyo Olympics will have to be cancelled
The 2020 Tokyo Olympics were postponed last summer due to the COVID-19 global pandemic and now it appears the rescheduled July 2021... (Source: Reuters: Health)
Source: Reuters: Health - January 22, 2021 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Tokyo Olympics to be cancelled for coronavirus: report
A Japanese government source has been quoted as saying the event will have to be cancelled. (Source: Reuters: Health)
Source: Reuters: Health - January 21, 2021 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Change Financing Priorities to Address COVID-19, Conference Hears
By Cecilia RussellJOHANNESBURG, South Africa, Jan 21 2021 (IPS) Innovative financing to resolve COVID-19 crisis was needed, a joint African and Asian parliamentarians’ webinar heard this week. The webinar, facilitated by Asian Population and Development Association (APDA), was aimed at enhancing support for the implementation of International Conference on Population and Development (ICPD)commitments in the face of the pandemic. Most of the delegates from Africa and Asia agreed that implementing the programme of action to provide universal access to sexual and reproductive health and rights (SRHR) by 2030, had suffe...
Source: IPS Inter Press Service - Health - January 21, 2021 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Authors: Cecilia Russell Tags: Asia-Pacific Development & Aid Economy & Trade Featured Gender Gender Violence Global Headlines Health Human Rights Humanitarian Emergencies Population Poverty & SDGs TerraViva United Nations Asian Population and Development As Source Type: news

FDA grants priority review to Roche ’s Esbriet (pirfenidone) for unclassifiable interstitial lung disease
Basel, 21 January 2021 - Roche (SIX: RO, ROG; OTCQX: RHHBY) announced today that the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has accepted the company ’s supplemental New Drug Application (sNDA) and granted Priority Review for Esbriet® (pirfenidone) for the treatment of unclassifiable interstitial lung disease (UILD). The FDA is expected to make a decision on approval by May 2021.“Since its US approval, Esbriet has become a standard of care for people living with idiopathic pulmonary fibrosis. However, significant unmet need remains in fibrotic lung diseases, including unclassifiable interstitial lung disease ...
Source: Roche Investor Update - January 21, 2021 Category: Pharmaceuticals Source Type: news

'Attitude of gratitude' keeps older people in Japan feeling hopeful as they age
(University of Exeter) Older people in Japan have an 'attitude of gratitude' which keeps them feeling hopeful despite the challenges of aging, a new study says. (Source: EurekAlert! - Medicine and Health)
Source: EurekAlert! - Medicine and Health - January 21, 2021 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Source Type: news

Mitochondrial mutation increases the risk of diabetes in Japanese men
(University of Southern California) A new study of Type 2 diabetes (T2D) in Japanese populations has uncovered a previously uncharacterized genetic variant that puts male carriers at greater risk for the disease, as well as the mechanism by which it does so. The impact of the variant was most pronounced in sedentary men; those with the variant had a 65% greater rate of T2D than sedentary men without it. (Source: EurekAlert! - Biology)
Source: EurekAlert! - Biology - January 21, 2021 Category: Biology Source Type: news

Cats love silver vine and catnip for a more practical reason than developing euphoria
(Iwate University, Japan) Catnip and silver vine have been known as cat attractant plants. Cat lovers use dry leaves of these plants and toys stuffed with the leaves to give joy to their pet cats. But how does this work? What is the biological significance of the responsive behavior? A research group at Iwate University, Nagoya University, Kyoto University, and University of Liverpool found that the behavior had more practical reasons than getting euphoria. (Source: EurekAlert! - Social and Behavioral Science)
Source: EurekAlert! - Social and Behavioral Science - January 20, 2021 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Source Type: news

Launching Cochrane methods guidance in Spanish and Japanese
Cochrane is delighted to launch Spanish and Japanese translations ofMECIR (Methodological Expectations for Cochrane Intervention Reviews) from  Cochrane Iberoamerica and Cochrane Japan, respectively.These are the first translations of Cochrane ’s methods guidance since the launch of version 6 of the Cochrane Handbook for Systematic Reviews of Interventions (see this Cochrane Editorial for more details about the Handbook ’s launch). This is an important milestone in supporting the engagement of people with different native languages in Cochrane Reviews.Access the translated versions...
Source: Cochrane News and Events - January 19, 2021 Category: Information Technology Authors: Muriah Umoquit Source Type: news

Nothing to Learn from East Asia?
By Jomo Kwame SundaramKUALA LUMPUR, Malaysia, Jan 19 2021 (IPS) Covid-19 infection and death rates in the Western world and many developing countries in Asia and Latin America have long overtaken East Asia since the second quarter of 2020. Perhaps unsurprisingly, considering prevailing Western accounts of the Asian financial crises, there have been no serious efforts to draw policy lessons from East Asian contagion containment. Jomo Kwame SundaramLockdowns necessary? Although most East Asian economies have successfully contained the pandemic without nationwide ‘stay in shelter lockdowns’, many governments have...
Source: IPS Inter Press Service - Health - January 19, 2021 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Authors: Jomo Kwame Sundaram Tags: Asia-Pacific Economy & Trade Financial Crisis Headlines Health Humanitarian Emergencies Labour TerraViva United Nations Source Type: news

Student not covering nose with mask disqualified at university exams in Japan
A student taking Japan's standardized university entrance exams was disqualified Saturday for refusing to cover his or her nose with a... (Source: Reuters: Health)
Source: Reuters: Health - January 18, 2021 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Roche Annual General Meeting 2021: Exercising of shareholder rights via the independent proxy
Basel, 18 January 2021 - Roche (SIX: RO, ROG; OTCQX: RHHBY) announced today that unfortunately it will not be possible for shareholders to attend the Annual General Meeting in person owing to the ongoing pandemic. Our main concern is to protect our shareholders from any potential health risks that may arise because of the ongoing difficult pandemic situation. As a precautionary and prudent measure, the Board of Directors has decided to conduct the Annual General Meeting of Roche Holding Ltd on Tuesday, 16 March 2021, in accordance with Art. 8 of the Federal Act on the Statutory Principles for Federal Council Ordinances on ...
Source: Roche Media News - January 18, 2021 Category: Pharmaceuticals Source Type: news

Roche Annual General Meeting 2021: Exercising of shareholder rights via the independent proxy
Basel, 18 January 2021 - Roche (SIX: RO, ROG; OTCQX: RHHBY) announced today that unfortunately it will not be possible for shareholders to attend the Annual General Meeting in person owing to the ongoing pandemic. Our main concern is to protect our shareholders from any potential health risks that may arise because of the ongoing difficult pandemic situation. As a precautionary and prudent measure, the Board of Directors has decided to conduct the Annual General Meeting of Roche Holding Ltd on Tuesday, 16 March 2021, in accordance with Art. 8 of the Federal Act on the Statutory Principles for Federal Council Ordinances on ...
Source: Roche Investor Update - January 18, 2021 Category: Pharmaceuticals Source Type: news

Coronavirus live news: Keir Starmer suggests he would back tougher measures; Japan's Covid second wave linked to rise in suicides
India begins world ’s biggest Covid vaccination programmeGlobal coronavirus death toll reaches 2 million peopleUK shuts travel corridors and requires negative Covid tests to enterGerman vaccine officials forced to guess who is eligible from namesFor all our coronavirus coverage2.38pmGMT2.26pmGMTThe Guardian ’s wealth correspondent,Rupert Neate, has written on the problem which is exercising the minds of the obscenely rich. How does one keep one ’s superyacht Covid-free?It is a problem not many us have to consider: how to ensure yourmultimillion dollar superyacht remains a coronavirus-free zone despite tak...
Source: Guardian Unlimited Science - January 16, 2021 Category: Science Authors: Damien Gayle (now) and Matilda Boseley and Michael McGowan (earlier) Tags: Coronavirus Infectious diseases Science World news Source Type: news

Boris Johnson vows to 'take a stand' against Japanese whale killing
Prime Minister says Japan's actions on nature and biodiversity lag behind its promise to become carbon neutral by 2025 (Source: Reuters: Health)
Source: Reuters: Health - January 16, 2021 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Occupational fatalities due to mammal-related accidents in Japan, 2000-2019 - Hioki A, Inaba R.
This study intended to evaluate the trends of occupational fatal accidents related to mammals and compare them with nonoccupational accidents. METHO... (Source: SafetyLit)
Source: SafetyLit - January 15, 2021 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Tags: Non-Human Animals and Insects Source Type: news

The end of domestic wine in 17th century Japan
(Kumamoto University) An historical document clearly indicates that the Hosokawa clan of Japan's Kokura Domain stopped producing wine in 1632, the year before the shogunate ordered them to move to the Higo Domain. Researchers believe the reason for halting wine production was directly related to the move and because wine was considered a drink of Christianity, which was harshly suppressed at that time in Japan. (Source: EurekAlert! - Social and Behavioral Science)
Source: EurekAlert! - Social and Behavioral Science - January 15, 2021 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Source Type: news

Filling a crucial gap in aquafarming: ion beam breeding to the rescue
(RIKEN) Researchers at RIKEN, Japan successfully created a larger strain of zooplankton by creating mutations with a heavy ion beam, which contributes to improving the survival rate and growth of juvenile fish in aquaculture. (Source: EurekAlert! - Biology)
Source: EurekAlert! - Biology - January 15, 2021 Category: Biology Source Type: news

Japan's new virus emergency met with public indifference
Japan’s expanded state of emergency went has gone into effect as the government seeks to stop a surge of the coronavirus, though with the restrictions not binding many people appeared to be ignoring the requests to avoid nonessential travel (Source: ABC News: Health)
Source: ABC News: Health - January 14, 2021 Category: Consumer Health News Tags: Health Source Type: news

Archive review – anyone for a posthuman wife? She comes with an off switch
A lonely computer scientist in the year 2038 secretly works on an android version of his wife who died in a car crash – is it romantic, or something more sinister?British illustrator and visual-effects director Gavin Rothery makes his feature debut with this artificial intelligence thriller: a tale of love, death and robotics that has some nicely creepy moments. Set in 2038, it centres on lonely computer scientist George Almore (Divergent ’s Theo James), who is holed up in a remote research facility in Japan secretly working on an android version of his wife Jules (Stacy Martin); she has died in a car crash. Hi...
Source: Guardian Unlimited Science - January 14, 2021 Category: Science Authors: Cath Clarke Tags: Film Science fiction and fantasy films Artificial intelligence (AI) Technology Culture Consciousness Computing Human biology Neuroscience Psychology Source Type: news

Japan widens virus emergency to 7 more areas as cases surge
Japan is expanding a coronavirus state of emergency to seven more prefectures, affecting more than half the population as infections spread across the country (Source: ABC News: Health)
Source: ABC News: Health - January 14, 2021 Category: Consumer Health News Tags: Health Source Type: news

Prevalence of whiplash injury and its association with quality of life in local residents in Japan: a cross sectional study - Kumagai G, Wada K, Tanaka S, Asari T, Koyama K, Oyama T, Matsubara H, Kanda A, Ishibashi Y.
This study aimed to investigate the prevalence of whiplash injuries in a Japanese community, and the associati... (Source: SafetyLit)
Source: SafetyLit - January 13, 2021 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Tags: Economics of Injury and Safety, PTSD, Injury Outcomes Source Type: news

Japan widens virus emergency for 7 more areas as cases surge
Japan is expanding a coronavirus state of emergency for seven more prefectures, affecting more than half the population as infections spread across the country (Source: ABC News: Health)
Source: ABC News: Health - January 13, 2021 Category: Consumer Health News Tags: Health Source Type: news

Japan widens a state of emergency for 7 more prefectures as coronavirus cases surge
(Source: ABC News: Health)
Source: ABC News: Health - January 13, 2021 Category: Consumer Health News Tags: Health Source Type: news

Copper-indium oxide: A faster and cooler way to reduce our carbon footprint
(Waseda University) Emergent e-fuel technologies often employ the reverse water-gas shift (RWGS) reaction to convert atmospheric CO2 to CO. While efficient, this reaction requires high temperatures and complex gas separation for high performance. However, for the first time in the world, scientists from Japan have now demonstrated record-high CO2 conversion rates at relatively low temperatures in a modified chemical-looping version of RWGS using a novel copper-indium oxide. (Source: EurekAlert! - Biology)
Source: EurekAlert! - Biology - January 13, 2021 Category: Biology Source Type: news

TNCs Reviving TPP Frankenstein
By Jomo Kwame SundaramKUALA LUMPUR, Malaysia, Jan 12 2021 (IPS) The incoming Biden administration is under tremendous pressure to demonstrate better US economic management. Trade negotiations normally take years to conclude, if at all. Unsurprisingly, lobbyists are already urging the next US administration to quickly embrace and deliver a new version of the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP). Jomo Kwame Sundaram Trump legacy Repackaging and reselling a TPP avatar will not be easy. Well before Trump’s election, even the official mid-2016 International Trade Commission’s assessment doubted Peterson Institute of Int...
Source: IPS Inter Press Service - Health - January 12, 2021 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Authors: Jomo Kwame Sundaram Tags: Economy & Trade Featured Financial Crisis Global Globalisation Headlines Health Humanitarian Emergencies IPS UN: Inside the Glasshouse North America TerraViva United Nations Trade & Investment Source Type: news

Association between post-traumatic stress disorder symptoms and bone fractures after the Great East Japan Earthquake in older adults: a prospective cohort study from the Fukushima Health Management Survey - Hayashi F, Ohira T, Nakano H, Nagao M, Okazaki K, Harigane M, Yasumura S, Maeda M, Takahashi A, Yabe H, Suzuki Y, Kamiya K.
This study aimed to evaluate the... (Source: SafetyLit)
Source: SafetyLit - January 11, 2021 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Tags: Age: Elder Adults Source Type: news

Association between maternal working status and unintentional injuries among 3 to 4-month-old infants in Japan - Takizawa M, Kawachi I, Fujiwara T, Kizuki M, Nawa N, Kino S.
OBJECTIVES: Globally, unintentional injuries are one of the leading causes of infant death. Established risk factors for injuries during infancy include single parent households, socioeconomic disadvantage and maternal postpartum depression. We sought to... (Source: SafetyLit)
Source: SafetyLit - January 11, 2021 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Tags: Age: Infants and Children Source Type: news

Physician-led prehospital management is associated with reduced mortality in severe blunt trauma patients: a retrospective analysis of the Japanese nationwide trauma registry - Endo A, Kojima M, Uchiyama S, Shiraishi A, Otomo Y.
BACKGROUND: Although the results of previous studies suggested the effectiveness of physician-led prehospital trauma management, it has been uncertain because of the limited number of high-quality studies. Furthermore, the advantage of physician-led preh... (Source: SafetyLit)
Source: SafetyLit - January 11, 2021 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Tags: Burns, Electricity, Explosions, Fire, Scalds Source Type: news

Prevalence and associated factors of circadian rhythm sleep-wake disorders and insomnia among visually impaired Japanese individuals - Tamura N, Sasai-Sakuma T, Morita Y, Okawa M, Inoue S, Inoue Y.
BACKGROUND: Although earlier studies have demonstrated that circadian rhythm sleep-wake disorders (CRSWD) are more prevalent in visually impaired individuals, the actual prevalence of CRSWD and insomnia among the visually impaired Japanese population rem... (Source: SafetyLit)
Source: SafetyLit - January 11, 2021 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Tags: Distraction, Fatigue, Chronobiology, Vigilance, Workload Source Type: news

Fujifilm Diosynth Biotechnologies plans $2B expansion, manufacturing facility in U.S.
The College Station area could be in line for a $2 billion investment as a Japan-based company says it's planning a U.S. expansion. Tokyo-based Fujifilm Diosynth Biotechnologies, a subsidiary of Fujifilm Corp., will build and operate a large-scale cell culture production site in the U.S. near a current Fujifilm site, Fujifilm Corp. announced last week. Fujifilm Diosynth has U.S. operations in College Station as well as Morris ville, North Carolina. In all, Fujifilm Corp. has 25 sites across the… (Source: bizjournals.com Health Care News Headlines)
Source: bizjournals.com Health Care News Headlines - January 11, 2021 Category: Health Management Authors: David Purtell Source Type: news

Fujifilm Diosynth Biotechnologies plans $2B expansion, manufacturing facility in U.S.
The College Station area could be in line for a $2 billion investment as a Japan-based company says it's planning a U.S. expansion. Tokyo-based Fujifilm Diosynth Biotechnologies, a subsidiary of Fujifilm Corp., will build and operate a large-scale cell culture production site in the U.S. near a current Fujifilm site, Fujifilm Corp. announced last week. Fujifilm Diosynth has U.S. operations in College Station as well as Morris ville, North Carolina. In all, Fujifilm Corp. has 25 sites across the… (Source: bizjournals.com Health Care:Biotechnology headlines)
Source: bizjournals.com Health Care:Biotechnology headlines - January 11, 2021 Category: Biotechnology Authors: David Purtell Source Type: news

80% say Tokyo Olympics should be called off or won't happen
TOKYO (AP) — More than 80% of people in Japan who were surveyed in two polls in the last few days say the Tokyo Olympics should be... (Source: Reuters: Health)
Source: Reuters: Health - January 11, 2021 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Coronavirus: What's happening in Canada and around the world on Sunday
A new coronavirus variant has been detected in four travellers from Brazil's Amazonas state, Japan's Health Ministry said on Sunday, the latest new mutation of the virus discovered. (Source: CBC | Health)
Source: CBC | Health - January 10, 2021 Category: Consumer Health News Tags: News/Canada Source Type: news

Japan finds new COVID strain, distinct from UK and Africa types
Variant detected in four passengers who arrived in Tokyo from Brazil (Source: Reuters: Health)
Source: Reuters: Health - January 10, 2021 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Around 80 percent of people in Japan believe the postponed Tokyo Olympics and Paralympics, planned for the summer, should be canceled or...
TOKYO (Kyodo) -- Around 80 percent of people in Japan believe the postponed Tokyo Olympics and Paralympics, planned for the summer,... (Source: Reuters: Health)
Source: Reuters: Health - January 10, 2021 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

New AirPods Pro and iPhone SE Rumored to Launch in April 2021
After sharing potential details about upcoming iPad mini, iPad, iPad Pro, and iPhone 13 models earlier this week, Japanese blog Mac... (Source: Reuters: Health)
Source: Reuters: Health - January 9, 2021 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Why the delay? The nations waiting to see how Covid vaccinations unfold
Australia, New Zealand, Taiwan and Japan are among those that won ’t start vaccinating for months, in part to see how other populations react to the jabCoronavirus – latest updatesSee all our coronavirus coverageThey are the nations that have been held up as shining examples of coronavirus management. In Australia, New Zealand and Taiwan, daily Covid infections are in the single digits and outbreaks are quickly suppressed.But there is one area where these nations lag well behind the pack in vaccination. Countries with some of the most enviable healthcare systems in the world – including Australia, New Zea...
Source: Guardian Unlimited Science - January 9, 2021 Category: Science Authors: Melissa Davey in Melbourne, Elle Hunt in Auckland and Justin McCurry in Tokyo Tags: Coronavirus Vaccines and immunisation Australia news New Zealand Japan Asia Pacific Infectious diseases Science World news Source Type: news

The Latest: Japan regional gov'ts request state of emergency
Several regional governments in Japan have asked for a state of emergency declaration like the one issued by the prime minister to the Tokyo area to stem the surging rise in coronavirus cases (Source: ABC News: Health)
Source: ABC News: Health - January 9, 2021 Category: Consumer Health News Tags: Health Source Type: news

Japan to require all people entering country to submit COVID-19 test
Japan will require all people entering country to submit COVID-19 test from Saturday. (Source: Reuters: Health)
Source: Reuters: Health - January 9, 2021 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Rumor: iPhone 13 to be slightly thicker, feature smaller notch and same camera bump
While MacOtakara reported yesterday some new details about the upcoming 2021 iPads, the Japanese blog shared today exclusive information... (Source: Reuters: Health)
Source: Reuters: Health - January 9, 2021 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

As Olympics Loom, Japanese Approval of Moderna's COVID-19 Vaccine Unlikely Till May As Olympics Loom, Japanese Approval of Moderna's COVID-19 Vaccine Unlikely Till May
Moderna Inc's COVID-19 vaccine is unlikely to win approval in Japan until May due to requirements for local clinical trials, the distributor said, casting doubt over a nationwide vaccination rollout before the summer Tokyo Olympics.Reuters Health Information (Source: Medscape Orthopaedics Headlines)
Source: Medscape Orthopaedics Headlines - January 8, 2021 Category: Orthopaedics Tags: Infectious Diseases News Source Type: news

Spacewatch: Nasa joins Japan's mission to study sun's atmosphere
EUVST telescope will study how solar winds emanate from the sun, creating ‘space weather’Nasa has approveda large contribution to Japan ’s Extreme Ultraviolet High-Throughput Spectroscopic Telescope (EUVST) mission.Continue reading... (Source: Guardian Unlimited Science)
Source: Guardian Unlimited Science - January 8, 2021 Category: Science Authors: Stuart Clark Tags: Environment The sun Nasa Japan Space Science World news Asia Pacific Source Type: news

Japan starts 1st day under emergency steps to curb virus
Japan has begun its first day under a coronavirus state of emergency with much of life as usual, including morning commuter trains shuttling crowds of mask-wearing people at bustling stations (Source: ABC News: Health)
Source: ABC News: Health - January 8, 2021 Category: Consumer Health News Tags: Health Source Type: news

South Korean court orders Japan to compensate former sex slaves
A South Korean court on Friday ordered the Japanese government to pay compensation to 12 World War II sex slaves or their families, in... (Source: Reuters: Health)
Source: Reuters: Health - January 8, 2021 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Trump ’s ‘stop the steal’ message finds an international audience among conspiracy theorists and suspected cults
Pro-Trump protests in Japan and Canada show some of the U.S. leader's fringe foreign support. (Source: Reuters: Health)
Source: Reuters: Health - January 8, 2021 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

A South Korean court on Friday ordered the Japanese government to pay compensation to 12 World War II sex slaves or their families, in...
South Korean court orders Japan to compensate former sex slaves: Yonhap (Source: Reuters: Health)
Source: Reuters: Health - January 8, 2021 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Risk related to spread of new SARSCoV-2 variants of concern in the EU/EEA, ECDC
New variants of current concern: The United Kingdom (UK) has faced a rapid increase in COVID-19 case rates in the South-East, the East and the London area, which is associated with the emergence of a new SARS-CoV-2 variant, VOC 202012/01. As of 26 December 2020, more than 3 000 cases of this new variant, confirmed by genome sequencing, have been reported from the UK. An increasing proportion of cases in the South East, the East and the London area are due to this variant, but cases have also been identified in other parts of the UK. Although it was first reported in early December, the initial cases were retrospectively id...
Source: Current Awareness Service for Health (CASH) - January 7, 2021 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Evacuation of residents in refinery fire - Shimada H.
[in Japanese] [The publisher has not provided an abstract for this article in English nor in Japanese.] Language: ja... (Source: SafetyLit)
Source: SafetyLit - January 7, 2021 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Tags: Burns, Electricity, Explosions, Fire, Scalds Source Type: news

Explosion and fire occurred at printing ink raw material manufacturing factory - Dept FF.
[in Japanese] [The publisher has not provided an abstract for this article in English nor Japanese.] Language: ja... (Source: SafetyLit)
Source: SafetyLit - January 7, 2021 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Tags: Burns, Electricity, Explosions, Fire, Scalds Source Type: news