Jul 30, 2015

Japanese women top in life expectancy for third year

Japanese women took the top spot in average life expectancy worldwide for the third consecutive year in 2014 at 86.83 years, while Japanese men climbed a notch to tie for third place at 80.50 years, both figures marking record highs, welfare ministry data showed ...

Jul 16, 2015

Heat wave claims seven more seniors

Seven more elderly people died, apparently of heat-related causes, on Wednesday around Japan as temperatures again exceeded 35, according to a Kyodo News tally of reports by local authorities. A day after the toll exceeded a dozen, the seven additional victims, aged 79 to ...

Jul 7, 2015

Shortage of nursing care workers

The number of nursing care workers is set to fall short of demand by 380,000 within a decade unless the government takes steps to make the industry more attractive.

Jul 1, 2015

Number of households on welfare in Japan fell in April

The number of households on welfare in Japan decreased 1,534 from the month earlier to 1,620,924 in April, the Ministry of Health, Labor and Welfare said Wednesday. The number of welfare recipients fell 10,917 to 2,163,414. Both figures had risen in March. The number ...