On the Front Lines of Japan's War on Fat

One of the less fun things each winter at the Tokyo unit of BusinessWeek parent McGraw-Hill (MHP) is the annual health check. One by one, staffers disappear into a clinic in an adjacent office block and are prodded, poked, and generally given a thorough going-over. Just about everything measurable is measured, blood is taken, and, for those older than 35, a barium meal is consumed. Make no mistake, it's a serious business. One colleague told me he was sent away after he turned up chewing gum. The receptionist deemed that he had broken the rule that insists patients mustn't eat for 10 hours before the checkup.

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