HealthyTOKYO surveyed three drugstores at the bustling Tokyo International Airport*, also known as Haneda Airport, to discover the top five OTC drugs for visitors in Japan and the purchasing preferences of foreign visitors. We assumed that visitors from Asian countries would have different preferences from those from the West when it comes to over-the-counter (OTC) […]
Hakuba Japan in Nagano prefecture is world-renown for its Olympic-class winter resorts. Blessed with an abundance of powder snow and well-equipped facilities, locals and travelers flock to this winter wonderland. When planning for a trip to Hakuba, we should also know which hospitals and clinics to go to in the unfortunate case of broken bones or other medical emergencies.
The following excerpt from the Hakuba tourism bureau’s pamphlet on medical services is interesting for what it does and doesn’t say
To gauge a health-care system’s success, it’s standard to consider three points: quality, coverage, and cost. On all three measures, Japan stands at or near the top in every comparative ranking. The Japanese have the world’s longest life expectancy and the best recovery rates from just about every major disease. Infant mortality is less than half the U.S. rate. Japan usually leads the world in rankings of “avoidable mortality” -its effectiveness in curing diseases that can be cured.
– T.R. Reid, Newsweek, August 16, 2010