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No antibiotic candidates for killing superbugs

Japan’s pharmaceutical industry doesn’t have even a single candidate for new antibiotics to counter multidrug-resistant superbugs such as some types of Acinetobacter and E. coli bacteria, according to an expert reporting the situation to the government.

Shuhei Fujimoto, a professor at Tokai University’s Department of Bacteriology and Bacterial Infection, said he alerted the Health, Labor and Welfare Ministry’s study group on superbugs to the lack of new antibiotics indispensable to treat people infected with such bacteria.

"Although the battle with multidrug-resistant bacteria has long been buttressed by developments of new antibiotics, we are in a critical situation at present," he said.

Low profitability of antibiotics appears to be a factor behind pharmaceutical manufacturers’ reluctance to make developmental efforts for new antibiotics, he said.

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Tokyo needs a genuine landmark

What does Tokyo have as a genuine landmark?

Well, there’s 52-year-old Tokyo Tower, but that’s not the draw it once was. Or there’s Tokyo Sky Tree, which, at 603 meters high, is set to be the world’s tallest broadcasting tower when it’s completed soon. But so what?

What Tokyo really needs is a historical monument symbolizing the essence of the Japanese spirit, culture and lifestyle, argues a Tokyo-based citizens’ group whose aim is to rebuild what it considers the ultimate symbol of Tokyo: the main tower of Edo Castle.

"Paris has the Palace of Versailles nearby, London has Buckingham Palace and Beijing has the Forbidden City," Shizuo Kigawa, one of the group’s executive members, told The Japan Times recently. "Tokyo has nothing that embodies Japan’s history. In this sense, Asakusa or Tokyo Tower don’t qualify."

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