Urine for a mental health screening.
Although progress is being made, mental illness still carries a stigma in Japan, making it harder for many people to seek the help they need. It’s especially a problem among the older generation, but when the bulk of the population is elderly, it becomes everyone’s problem.
Luckily, one potential solution has arrived in a test kit developed by Cellspect, a medical equipment supplier in Morioka City, Iwate Prefecture. From late August, these kits will be made available online and at drugs stores in the six prefectures of the Tohoku region (Akita, Aomori, Fukushima,