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Pink Ribbon Design Award raising awareness about breast cancer in Japan

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Breast cancer is the most common cancer affecting women, and in Japan it affects more than 90,000 people each year. Currently, 1 in 9 women in Japan are expected to be affected by the cancer during their lifetime, with this statistic and the number of people who die from breast… Read

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If you die from the COVID-19 vaccine in Japan, the government will give your family over ¥44 mil

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Japan began distributing the COVID-19 vaccine on Feb 17. While a little behind other developed countries, they seem to be trying to do it in as organized fashion as possible, staggering vaccinations to medical staff, the elderly, people with health conditions, and everyone else in that order. It’s not without… Read

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Manage your weight and promote health with oolong tea

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Despite all the advertisements for pills and potions in Japan citing strange sounding ingredients for weight loss, it is not often that I am intrigued to delve into these types of products. However when I saw an ad with Miranda Kerr eating a croquette and drinking a Suntory Kuro Oolong… Read

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COVID-19 appears to be suppressing the flu in Japan; number of cases down and decreasing

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As we’ve seen time and time again this year, the COVID-19 pandemic sure has a way of shutting things down. From changes to the Olympics to the Santa Train, it’s been near impossible to sneak a good time in all year. However, recent data from the Ministry of Health Labor and Welfare seems… Read

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Enriching Zen stress relief and hot spring sanctuary at The Spa in Four Seasons Hotel Tokyo at Otemachi

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When I hear Four Seasons, I automatically imagine the best luxury experience. Four Seasons Hotel Tokyo at Otemachi, which opened in September, is a contemporary urban oasis that makes you feel good just being there. But when you try their spa, you rediscover the reason for the hotel’s overall five… Read

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How to stay healthy when recovering from disordered eating behavior

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Navigating Japan’s cultural landscape can be fraught with triggers when you are recovering from disordered eating behavior. Learning to balance mindfulness and self-care with all of the tastiness that Japan has to offer can bring you one step closer to being at peace with your body and soul. In the… Read

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Japan’s healthcare system summed up in photo of hospital bill for father’s heart surgery

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Japan’s medical system may have some quirks to it, but one thing is undeniable: the fact that it’s very affordable. As someone from the U.S., where medical insurance is at best a massive headache and at worst a bankruptcy-inducing hellhole, Japan’s medical system is fantastic. The waits are short, the treatments are… Read

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8,000 jumbo jets will be required to deliver single COVID-19 vaccine doses to 7.8 billion people

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IATA has urged governments to begin careful planning with industry stakeholders to ensure full preparedness when vaccines for COVID-19 are approved and available for distribution. The association also warned of potentially severe capacity constraints in transporting vaccines by air. Air cargo plays a key role in the distribution of vaccines… Read

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Kyoto Animation arsonist’s treatments yield major advancement in skin transplantation

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On Sept 3, at the International House Osaka, the 46th Annual Meeting of the Japanese Society for Burn Injuries was held. Speaking at the conference was the doctor in charge of treating Shinji Aoba, the mass murderer who killed 36 people and injured a further 33 after setting a Kyoto Animation… Read

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Lifestyle illness: Finding a medical professional in Japan

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This series is an exploration of my own experiences as a person living in Japan with a chronic illness, insights for those who wish to move to Japan, and a place to make resources and information more accessible and less shrouded in mystery. Your chronic condition doesn’t define you or… Read

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