Surgical masks. To Westerners, they can conjure images of Japanese citizens waiting for their trains, tidily dressed and all the while donning white masks covering half their faces. Are they all that afraid of getting sick? Not only relegated to flu season or fears of catching colds, masks have become a regular part of Japanese society. Why then, are there so many masks in Japan? Does it really help?
More seniors, more foreigners: How Japan is changing
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The quickly ageing nation faces huge gaps in the workforce. Now, it's taking historic steps to lower barriers for foreigners in a place that's long been resistant to immigration. When I lived in the Japanese countryside 10 years ago, I rarely came across other non-Japanese residents. But when I visited last month, I was struck by how much had changed.
Why Japanese wear masks: a look behind health, etiquette, and culture
Japanese women under 65 are less likely to receive cardiopulmonary resuscitation CPR by bystanders when they suffer a sudden cardiac arrest in a public location compared to in a residential location, report investigators in Mayo Clinic Proceedings. They speculate that cultural attitudes may influence bystanders and propose that correct knowledge of CPR and better understanding of sex-based disparities are needed to facilitate public health intervention. Out-of-hospital cardiac arrest OHCA is a major public health problem in industrialized countries, affecting more than , individuals in the United States and , individuals in Japan each year. Around 1, adults suffer from sudden cardiac arrest in prehospital settings each day in the US alone, and only one in nine OHCA victims survives to hospital discharge.
Traditional Japanese wedding A survey by the National Institute of Population and Social Security Research of couples who married during the five years before the survey found husbands met their wives for the first time at the age of Of the couples whose wives got married at 25 years old or older, more than 50 percent said that they felt they were at the right age for marriage. Meanwhile, of the couples whose wives married at an age younger than 25, about 50 percent said that they had to because of a pregnancy. There were , marriages in Japan in