Jan 21, 2016

Japan to set target for curbing rise in abandoned houses

The government will work to keep the total number of abandoned houses and apartments in Japan at around 4 million or fewer by fiscal 2025 amid projections it could spiral to as much as 5 million. The target is included in a new 10-year ...

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’ ...

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.

Aug 2, 2014

Japan to reduce unsafe abandoned houses by cutting tax breaks

The government will review fixed property tax breaks for housing land to reduce abandoned houses that are rapidly increasing in number across the country due to the shrinking population, informed sources said. Decaying houses will be disqualified from the tax incentives once they are ...

Jun 6, 2014

Public pension reforms

A new labor and welfare ministry report highlights the possible need to extend the period during which workers pay premiums into national pension plans so that the benefits paid out to retirees can help sustain retirees' livelihoods at the levels promised.

Oct 16, 2013

Raising fees for nursing care services

The government plans to raise the out-of-pocket share paid by "high-income" earners for services received under the elderly nursing care insurance system from 10 to 20 percent.

Sep 11, 2013

Health care costs rise to record level

Hospitals and clinics across Japan earned a record high ¥38.4 trillion in fiscal 2012, topping an average of ¥300,000 per person for the first time, preliminary estimates by the health ministry show. This was 1.7 percent, or ¥600 billion, more than the previous year ...