Japan to Approve Use of Birth Control Pill
A Japanese government report unveiled on February 25th reported that contraceptive pills are safe and effective. The endorsement has paved the way for government approval of the pill's use. So far, nine pharmaceutical companies have submitted applications for approval of the pill. With its expected approval within the year, North Korea remains the only country where low-dose hormone pills are illegal.
Media Resources: The Nando Net and the Associated Press - February 26, 1997; USA Today - February 26, 1997