May 10, 2016

Japan's national debt climbs to a dizzying ¥1,049.37 trillion

Central government debt stood at ¥1,049.37 trillion — or just over 1 quadrillion — at the end of March, up ¥4.78 trillion from three months earlier, the Finance Ministry said Tuesday. The growing debt reflects a lack of financial resources amid ballooning social security ...

My Number ID notices yet to reach 24% of Japan households

Dec 2, 2015

My Number ID notices yet to reach 24% of Japan households

Mail informing residents in Japan of their 12-digit number under the new My Number identification system has yet to be delivered to 23.7 percent of the country’s 56.84 million households as of the end of November, according to Japan Post Co. The new system ...

Japan's government urged to cut doctor fees, drug costs

Nov 24, 2015

Japan's government urged to cut doctor fees, drug costs

A Finance Ministry panel on Tuesday urged the government to limit increases in social security expenses in fiscal 2016 as the state tries to rein in the costs of a graying society. “We’d like to call for limiting the increase for the ‘graying factor’ ...