Aug 26, 2015

Japan fiscal 2016 budget requests to hit record ¥102 trillion

Budget requests by Japan’s central government offices for the new fiscal year from next April are set to total a record ¥102 trillion ($853 billion), due primarily to social security spending growth in a rapidly aging society, government sources said Tuesday. The requests for ...

Aug 24, 2015

Government wants condo resident groups to play anti-disaster role

The government has asked municipalities across the country to involve associations of condominium residents in local disaster-prevention activities. The request by the Internal Affairs and Communications Ministry reflects weakening relations within communities, especially in cities, as neighborhood associations do not connect local people as ...

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 ...