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Jan 27, 2016

Japan slips to 18th place on corruption perception index

Japan edged down to 18th place — tied with Hong Kong — on Transparency International’s 2015 corruption perception index, released on Wednesday, as North Korea languished at the bottom of the list of 168 nations for the fifth straight year. Denmark was perceived as ...

Jan 27, 2016

Dementia seen in 14% of elderly inmates in Japan

About 1,300 people, or some 14 percent, of 9,700 inmates in Japan aged 60 or older showed signs of dementia as of the end of 2014, according to a Justice Ministry study. This is the first time the ministry has investigated the number of ...

Development of care robots growing in aging Japan

Jan 27, 2016

Development of care robots growing in aging Japan

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A shortage of nursing-care workers in Japan amid a rapidly aging population is accelerating the development and introduction of robots programmed to perform care-giving tasks. The government is also spurring the trend, calling for the development of robotics-based nursing-care equipment as part of its ...

Plans afoot to curb traffic congestion caused by tour buses

Jan 27, 2016

Plans afoot to curb traffic congestion caused by tour buses

The Japan Tourism Agency is hoping to reduce traffic congestion caused by a growing number of sightseeing buses taking tourists on shopping sprees. Under a trial to begin in April, the agency has said it will first target particularly congested districts in central Tokyo, ...