Feb 1, 2016

Groups join forces in farming program for people with disabilities

Agriculture and welfare groups are joining hands to secure jobs for people with disabilities as part of a program that is also providing support to local farmers. Tama Kusamura no Kai, a nonprofit organization, is one such group, growing potatoes, green onions, spinach, shiitake ...

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 ...

Dec 22, 2015

Administration unveils measures to fight child poverty

The Abe administration has unveiled a package of measures to reduce child poverty, including additional support for single parents undergoing job training. The government will lend single parents ¥500,000 per head to prepare for entrance to a job training school and an additional ¥200,000 ...

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 ...

Nov 12, 2015

Food relief groups plan nationwide network to address growing poverty

To address growing poverty, particularly that affecting single-parent households and the homeless, hunger-relief organizations are launching a nationwide food banking network with the aim of sharing information and streamlining operations. Groups from 11 prefectures will hold a symposium in Tokyo on Friday where they ...