Author Archives

  • Cardiac issues in Japan

    I have spoken to many people about food in Japan, whether is about breakfast, lunch, special food, shabu shabu (almost a winter broth) or even snacks and everyone I have spoke to said the same thing: watch the salt. As… Read More ›

  • Organ donation in Japan

    Organ donation is a complicated topic in Japan. Here’s a quick guide.

  • Christmas: special drinks, for children

    Japan and Christmas are a wonderful match, especially when Japanese culture is added to the mix. Partying, even having a dinner party, is an expected part of any festive celebration but why should the adults get the special drinks- won’t… Read More ›

  • Disposition in Japan

    Definition: disposal of human remains in Japan Time for another jolly post but this time about disposition. But why talk about such a topic during awareness month? Simply put, it is a problem that no-one talks about. Global disposition options… Read More ›

  • Christmas: Pepsi?

    December the month of xmas Eve though it’s now December I still protest Christmas due mostly to the fact I’m in Japan. That does not mean I’m going to stop trying strange things. Enter stage left: grape flavoured Pepsi. I… Read More ›

  • Cancer in Japan

    Cancer is a non-commutable disease (NCD) which is a developed rather than infectious disease. Like many other high-income countries, there is seemingly an epidemic of NCDs. To highlight this fact, in the 1900’s one of the leading causes of death… Read More ›

  • The Japanese healthcare system: an explanation

    The 101 for the Japanese healthcare system Japan has had a universal health care system in place since the 1960’s and has enjoyed the benefits of such a system. Coming from another country with a health care system it is… Read More ›

  • Advanced directives in Japan

    Not an easy topic but a necessary one. Please look at this beautiful picture, its nice and pretty and if you are squeamish please try to read this article- its important. Anything that is in relation to end of life… Read More ›

  • COPD in Japan

    COPD is finally getting the awareness that it needs in Japan. It a problem that the rest of the world is aware of but Japan liked to bury its head. Quick note, why the pretty picture? You’ll need something nice… Read More ›

  • December: awareness

    As November draws to a close, and I reflect back on what I have experienced, seen and forgotten to blog….well no-ones perfect, and what I wanted to do- which is a rather long list. I have done quite a bit… Read More ›