Jul 11, 2014

Japanese firms near crisis point as labor shortage deepens

Japan’s labour shortage is nearing crisis in some key industries as it spreads from construction to services, curbing companies’ operations, pushing up wages and potentially crimping a tentative recovery in the world’s third-largest economy. Airlines, retailers, truckers and restaurant chains are being forced to ...

Feb 4, 2014

Care home shortage grows acute in Tokyo

The Tokyo Metropolitan Government and 23 ward offices are stepping up efforts to address an acute shortage of special nursing homes for the elderly. The homes are for people 65 or older and recognized by municipal governments as needing daily care. Tokyo has some ...

Jul 23, 2013

Tokyo area forced to cut intake from major water source by 10%

Due to fears of water shortages, the Kanto region including Tokyo will reduce intake from the Tone River system by 10 percent starting at 9 a.m. Wednesday, the infrastructure ministry and local governments said. All six prefectures in the region — Tokyo, Ibaraki, Tochigi, ...