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Sep 19, 2016

Abe won't set deadline for discussions on abdication issue

Prime Minister Shinzo Abe is suggesting there will be no deadline for discussions by an envisaged panel of experts on Emperor Akihito’s possible abdication. “Rather than setting a deadline, I first want to hear opinions from various people in a calm atmosphere,” Abe told ...

Japanese aged 65 or above hit record 34.6 million

Sep 18, 2016

Japanese aged 65 or above hit record 34.6 million

The estimated number of people aged 65 or over in Japan stood at a record high 34.61 million as of last week, accounting for 27.3 percent of the total population, according to an Internal Affairs Ministry survey. The number of men 65 and above ...

Renho likely to formally tap Ogushi as DP policy chief

Sep 18, 2016

Renho likely to formally tap Ogushi as DP policy chief

New Democratic Party President Renho has tentatively decided to make Hiroshi Ogushi, 51, acting chairman of the opposition party’s Policy Research Committee, its formal chairman, informed sources said Sunday. She is also considering keeping Deputy President Kenji Eda, 60, in his current post, the ...