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Japan's smartphone 'zombies' turn urban areas into human pinball

When the lights change at the scramble crossing near Tokyo’s Shibuya Station, one of the world’s busiest crosswalks, hundreds of people with their eyes glued to smartphone screens pick their way through the throng. Despite being engrossed in their phones, playing the latest installment of Candy Crush or chatting with ...

Experts urge Japan to step up dementia care

Nov 14, 2014

Experts urge Japan to step up dementia care

Japan’s graying population means that building a strong framework for dementia care is among the country’s most pressing issues, but experts say there is considerable room for improvement. “Japan’s health care system is highly developed and highly specialized,” said Shekhar Saxena, director of mental ...