Jul 1, 2015

Number of households on welfare in Japan fell in April

The number of households on welfare in Japan decreased 1,534 from the month earlier to 1,620,924 in April, the Ministry of Health, Labor and Welfare said Wednesday. The number of welfare recipients fell 10,917 to 2,163,414. Both figures had risen in March. The number ...

LDP fiscal panel targets wealthy seniors' pensions

Jun 13, 2015

LDP fiscal panel targets wealthy seniors' pensions

In its final report on fiscal consolidation, a special committee in the Liberal Democratic Party calls on the government to set a ceiling on expenditures and to consider reducing the pension benefits of wealthy seniors. As part of efforts to curb expenditures, the report ...

Apr 15, 2015

OECD urges Japan to implement bold structural reforms

The Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development urged Japan on Wednesday to implement bold structural reforms to boost economic growth and map out a “credible” plan to restore its precarious fiscal health. Noting that the nation’s aging population is likely to weigh on economic ...

Yamaguchi centenarian breaks another 1,500-meter swim record

Apr 5, 2015

Yamaguchi centenarian breaks another 1,500-meter swim record

A woman from Yamaguchi Prefecture has become the first centenarian in the world to complete a 1,500-meter swim in a 25-meter pool. Competing in Matsuyama, Ehime Prefecture, Mieko Nagaoka, 100, finished the race in a world-record time of 1 hour, 15 minutes and 54 ...