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 ...