Diet Oks Abe-linked Nhk Board Picks, Raising Specter Of Potential Bias

This marked the first Diet approval of public organization leadership nominees selected by the government since Abes Liberal Democratic Party won Upper House polls in July, ending years of divided government. The Diet OKd the appointments of five people nominated to be NHK governors on its 12-seat Management Committee. Of them, author Naoki Hyakuta, former Saitama University professor Michiko Hasegawa, Japan Tobacco Inc. adviser Katsuhiko Honda, and Naomasa Nakajima, principal of the Kaiyo Academy secondary school, will be newly appointed, while Kyushu Railway Co. (JR Kyushu) Chairman Susumu Ishihara will be reappointed. The four new appointees all have close relations with Prime Minister Shinzo Abe. Hyakuta and Abe grew close following an interview for a magazine. Hasegawa, a conservative author and professor, is a strong supporter of the prime minister, while Honda was a tutor for Abe during his elementary school days. Nakajimas school was established with support from Central Japan Railway Co. (JR Tokai), the chairman of which, Yoshiyuki Kasai, serves as an adviser to Abe. The term of current NHK President Masayuki Matsumoto will end in January 2014 and his successor will be appointed by the board of governors.

Fasting studied for disease prevention; diet books not waiting for results

Thats paved the way for a flurry of how-to books including Varadys The Every-Other-Day Diet, which goes on sale Dec. 24. Competing with that is The Fast Diet by science journalist Michael Mosley, who was behind the BBC documentary Adams watched, and lifestyle writer Mimi Spencer. Their regimen is known as the 5:2 diet. Theres also The 2-Day Diet by dietitian Michelle Harvie and Tony Howell, a professor of oncology at the University of Manchester in England. Their approach was developed specifically to help prevent breast cancer, for which obesity is a known risk factor. Health experts say fasting diets cant substitute for eating healthful foods. In general, intermittent fasting is a good thing if its done properly, said Dean Ornish, a professor of medicine at the University of California at San Francisco and a physician consultant to former President Clinton. But if youre already eating very healthily, then you may not need to do that. Unlike Mosleys 5:2 diet and other copycats, where no foods are off-limits on nonfasting days, Harvie and Howells 2-Day Diet calls for a Mediterranean diet for five days and two consecutive days of 600 to 1,000 calories and no more than 40 grams of carbohydrates.


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