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989 Japan’s new ATMs automatically play anti-fraud videos to people talking on mobile phones

One of the most problematic side-effects of Japan’s steadily aging population has been the proliferation of “special fra...
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988 Do you worry about getting old? The benefits of changing your mindset about ageing

People who think positively about getting older often live longer, healthier lives. Here is how to reconsider your persp...
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987 At trendy Japanese cafes, customers enjoy cuddling with pigs

First there were cafes that allowed pets. Then came cat cafes, where lattes took second place to feline interaction. The...
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986 Taiko: What are those big powerful drums you see at festivals in Japan?

TOKYO The celebratory sound of taiko (drum) has become integral to many festivals and performances across Japan. For cen...
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985 Kobe stands with Noto area on 29th anniversary of Great Hanshin Earthquake

KOBE Residents in the western Japan city of Kobe and its vicinity showed solidarity with those affected by the earthquak...
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984 New Year New You

Staying calm and carrying on in 2024 For many, the new year brings an opportunity to take stock of our habits and wellbe...
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983 The Italian town where Santa Claus is buried

Everyone knows that Santa will be doing the rounds at Christmas, squeezing down chimneys, knocking back glasses of whisk...
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982 Daikouzen-ji Temple: Immerse yourself in Japanese culture and nature

SAGA-Sitting on the border of Fukuoka and Saga Prefectures, Daikouzen-ji Temple has a history reaching back over 1300 ye...
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981 Giving thanks isn’t just a holiday tradition. It’s part of how humans evolved

It’s the season of giving thanks — and it turns out humans have been doing it for a long, long time. As more researchers...
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979 Why this 54-year-old Japanese is considered one of Asia’s climbing legends

Yuji Hirayama may be in his 50s but the veteran climber is still conquering some of the world's hardest routes. And he's...
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978 Feeling bloated after over-eating while on holiday? How to feel better and lighter after coming back

You're not happy about the souvenirs you've lugged back, namely feeling like a whale and an overwhelming sense of guilt ...
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977 How do your calorie needs change as you get older? Here’s what you need to know

Your body’s need for fuel shifts as you get older. Your eating habits should shift, too. You can think of burning calori...
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976 The 5 Top Foods Rich in Prebiotics, According to Scientists

Growing evidence suggests that consuming prebiotics, types of fiber that stimulate gut bacteria, can promote a healthy g...
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975 Losing Sleep? New Study Suggests Checking Your Blood Pressure

Researchers found a correlation between insomnia symptoms and the risk of hypertension in women. This study, spanning si...
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974 Babies Who Nap Frequently Have Smaller Vocabularies and Poorer Cognitive Skills

New research reveals infants who nap more have smaller vocabularies and poorer cognitive skills, reflecting their indivi...
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973 How to Help Your Kids Deal With Stress

While we can't completely remove stress from their lives, we can equip them with tools they can use when they feel overw...
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972 Genetic Evidence Shows That Smoking Can Cause Us to Age Faster

New research has found that current smokers have significantly shorter leucocyte telomere lengths, indicating accelerate...
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971 How to deal with eczema: Does skipping seafood help? Are essential oils effective?

Dermatologists answer some common eczema-related questions to better manage the itchiness, redness and flakiness many Si...
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970 HOMEHEALTH NEWS Yale Researchers Discover Potential New Way To Treat Cancer

A new study shows that cancer cells with extra chromosomes rely on those additional chromosomes for tumor growth, and re...
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969 Alzheimer’s Alert: Your Gut Bacteria Could Provide an Early Warning

Researchers at Washington University in St. Louis found that individuals in the earliest stages of Alzheimer’s have dist...
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968 Is taking a hot shower after drinking or eating bad for you and can it really cause white spots on the skin?

Will you get into the proverbial hot water if you step into a steaming-hot shower after a beer or two? Hot tubs are a no...
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969 A dentist reveals the one thing you should never do when brushing your teeth

The one thing you should never do when brushing your teeth has been revealed by a dentist - but it's a pretty common mis...
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968 5 Lakes to Visit in Japan This Summer (or at Any Time)

Whether you plan to take a dip or simply enjoy the beautiful scenery, these five lakes in Japan deliver on all fronts (o...
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967 Heat affects older people more – here’s how to stay safe

If you’re over 65 – or know someone who is – it’s important to take high temperatures seriously. We are experiencing the...
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966 Mental health is foundational to women & girls’ empowerment

New global research launched by Kate Spade New York and Prospira Global shows that good mental health is foundational to...
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965 Many teens are struggling with insomnia – experts offer tips on getting a good night’s sleep

In the US, nearly a quarter of adolescents grapple with insomnia. Experts say small habit changes can make a big differe...
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964 Japanese officials call for Mount Fuji crowd control

A surge in demand for rest cabins on Mount Fuji has led Japanese officials to call for crowd control measures including ...
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963 Think hearing aids are only for the elderly? Here’s why you may need them as early as in your 30s

About 20 per cent of patients with hearing loss in Singapore are in their 30s or 40s, according to an audiologist. And g...
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962 Kyoto wants to add extra charges for tourists to use city buses

TOKYO Compared to other large Japanese cities, Kyoto’s city center has remarkably little rail service. With no train lin...
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961 Experts warn bird flu virus changing rapidly in largest ever outbreak

The virus causing record cases of avian influenza in birds across the world is changing rapidly, experts have warned, as...
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960 How drawing, music and writing can benefit your mental health (even if you’ve got no talent for these)

When Dr Frank Clark was in medical school studying to be a psychiatrist, he decided to write his first poem. “All that c...
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959 North Korea launches rocket after satellite warning

North Korea has launched a rocket shortly after announcing it planned to send up its first space satellite, sources in J...
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958 Is yoga really good for you? Here’s how to start a practice

Yoga has been popular for decades, but participation in the mind-body practice just keeps growing. In 2017, more than 14...
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957 7 Worst Daily Habits for Your Joints as You Age

Changes in your body are the name of the game as you get older, and one area that can be particularly affected is your j...
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956 Half of world on track to be overweight by 2035

More than half the world's population will be classed as obese or overweight by 2035 if action is not taken, the World O...
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955 6 Things That Make Your Acid Reflux Worse

If you have acid reflux, how, what and when you eat may be contributing to uncomfortable digestive symptoms. Eating shou...
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954 Climate Change May Be Making Your Seasonal Allergies Worse

Itchy eyes and sneezing? You might be suffering from climate change. If you’re feeling like allergy season keeps getting...
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953 Tokyo ramen shop bans customers from using their phones while eating

In Japan’s ramen restaurants, there’s an unspoken rule: eat quickly and leave. One noodle shop owner takes this custom s...
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952 Smart LED Contact Lenses for Treating and Preventing Eye Disease

Smart LED contact lenses developed for treating diabetic retinopathy. Diabetes is a long-term chronic disease with many ...
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951 Ways to Make Your Kids Laugh More To Improve Your Health

They say that laughter is the best medicine and this may actually be true in a lot of situations. Positive states such a...
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950 Virtual reality helps Japan’s elderly travel the world

Traveling from the canals of Venice to San Francisco’s Golden Gate Bridge, a group of elderly people in Japan is seeing ...
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949 The world’s happiest countries for 2023

There’s cause for optimism in the latest report on world happiness. For one, benevolence is about 25% higher than it was...
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948 Improving Business Travel for Your Employees in 2023

Between delayed and cancelled flights, airline and travel costs skyrocketing, and pandemic-related restrictions in certa...
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947 6 Ways to Boost Your Mood As the Weather Gets Colder

As we head into February and the thick of winter, some people might find themselves feeling low and as though there’s no...
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946 Why Japan has so many ‘never travelers’

A surprisingly large number of Japanese say that travel is no longer a priority for them. A survey done last year by glo...
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945 Letter arrives more than 100 years after being posted

A letter has finally been delivered to its destination – more than a century after it was written. Sent in February 1916...
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944 What is ‘monk mode’ and how can it boost productivity?

In a world full of pings and endless scrolling, it's hard to tune out the noise and tune in to your work. That's where "...
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943 Madonna hits back at ageist criticism after Grammy Awards appearance

Madonna has spoken out against criticism of her appearance after presenting at the Grammy Awards Sunday night. In her la...
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942 French protests intensify against pension age rise

France has seen a second wave of protests and strikes against President Emmanuel Macron's plans to raise the retirement ...
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941 Michael Jackson’s nephew to play singer in new biopic

Michael Jackson will be portrayed by his 26-year-old nephew, Jaafar, in a movie biopic about the late pop star, studio L...