All About Japan

How Japan Deals with Digestive Problems

Even the land of the rising sun occasionally has stomach problems. Between the language barrier and the sheer amount of medicines available, such delicate situations can be a lot to digest. We're here to help!

Finding Remedies in the Soil

Professor Satoshi Omura, joint recipient of the 2015 Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine, has discovered organic compounds produced by microorganisms in the soil that are being used to free hundreds of millions of people from infectious diseases.

Japan's Wackiest Health Magazine

Japanese pharmacy company Aisei publishes a health magazine that does everything in its power to grab your attention.

Pfizer Applies for Vaccine Approval in Japan

U.S. drugmaker Pfizer asked the Japanese government for approval to manufacture and sell its coronavirus vaccine in the country.

Sexual Health in Japan

One of the many taboos in Japan is discussing sex and sexual health in an open and proactive way. However, should you end up living or working here, it's important to know what resources are available to keep you healthy and happy.

Patients With COVID-19 Antibodies Found Immune

The results of Japan’s large-scale antibody test show all eight patients who had antibodies against the novel coronavirus were immune to COVID-19.

Konbu Road: Ancient Route of Kelp & Medicine

Sailing south down Japan’s western coast from Hokkaido, ships brought goods that included the edible kelp called "konbu" to Toyama on their way along the watery route that came to be called Konbu Road.

Soothe Your Throat With... a Kit Kat?!

Containing real throat lozenge powder, this new release is one of the most unusual Kit Kats seen in Japan to date.

Japan Looks to AI for COVID-19 Countermeasures

Japan’s government launches a panel of experts to discuss formulating coronavirus countermeasures using artificial intelligence and the supercomputer Fugaku.

Vaccination of 40,000 Medical Workers Underway

Pfizer vaccines arrive in hospitals in Tokyo ahead of inoculation which is set to start on February 17.

Health Care Workers Face Stigma Over COVID-19

Health care workers in Japan are putting their lives on the line to help the country battle the novel coronavirus epidemic, but their proximity to those infected with the virus has prompted discriminatory actions toward them.

Japan to Roll Out Covid Vaccines by Late Feb

Regulatory Reform Minister Taro Kono says he will strive to deliver the Covid-19 vaccination to the public as soon as possible.

10 Japanese Home Remedies to Fight Any Cold

Winter can sometimes feel long in Japan (especially without central heat!), and February is one of the coldest months. While we hope you don’t catch any germs, those indestructible local grandmas have many tried and true methods to fight colds!

Train Services to End Earlier in Greater Tokyo

Railway companies serving the greater Tokyo area move up the times of their last train amid the state of emergency over the coronavirus.

Japan's Vaccination Drive Is Underway

Japan began its coronavirus vaccination drive on February 17, starting with frontline medical workers. The central and local governments and medical workers are coordinating efforts to that end.

Japan Approves Second COVID-19 Treatment

The use of dexamethasone to treat people infected with the novel coronavirus has been approved as the second drug that doctors can now prescribe to COVID-19 patients in the country.

COVID Vaccines May Be Available in May

Sources say Japan's government plans to deliver COVID vaccinations to the general population in May.

What to Do When You're Sick in Japan

Find out how surgical masks, Pocari Sweat, 'okayu,' doctors, and Japan’s National Health Insurance fit into the mix!

Uber Eats Starts Medication Delivery Trials

Convenience store chain giant Lawson is teaming up with Uber Eats to deliver medication to those who need it.

A Carbon Neutral Japan by 2050

Prime Minister Yoshihide Suga pledges to aim for Japan to become a carbon-neutral society by 2050 in his first policy speech in parliament.

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