Aug 15, 2014

Snake zapped; 4,900 Shimonoseki households hit by blackout

About 4,900 households have been hit by blackouts in Shimonoseki, Yamaguchi Prefecture, as a snake climbed up an electric pole and came in contact with a wire, Chugoku Electric Power Co. said Thursday. A utility worker found a 1-meter-long dead snake hanging from a ...

Apr 18, 2014

Over half of households own smartphones: government survey

A Cabinet Office survey has found that 54.7 percent of households in Japan owned at least one smartphone as of the end of March. The survey, released Thursday, also found that the number of smartphones per 100 households stood at 101.5 units. The results ...

31% of households lack financial assets

Nov 8, 2013

31% of households lack financial assets

The share of Japanese households with no financial assets rose to a record high as falling incomes forced people to dig into their savings, highlighting the potential for widening disparities under “Abenomics.” The proportion reached 31 percent, according to a Bank of Japan survey ...

Jul 25, 2013

40% of Japanese feel financially uncomfortable: survey

Some 40 percent of Japanese aged 20 or over feel they are not well off, while fewer than 10 percent think they are financially comfortable, a Health, Labor and Welfare Ministry poll showed, pointing to particularly high rates among unemployed men, whose ranks include ...

Mar 26, 2013

Household financial assets post 3.1% gain

The total financial assets held by all households at the end of December rose 3.1 percent from a year earlier to ¥1.547 quadrillion, the Bank of Japan said Monday. The rise was credited partly to higher market values for foreign currency-denominated deposits and stocks ...