Offers-seekers ratio at highest since '92

Jun 27, 2014

Offers-seekers ratio at highest since '92

Nationwide job availability improved in May to the best in about 22 years as the unemployment rate fell to 3.5 percent, the lowest in more than 16 years, the government said Friday. As companies became more willing to hire workers amid an uptick in ...

Mar 19, 2014

Japan's traffic death toll falls to record low in 2013

The number of people last year who died within 30 days of being involved in a traffic accident marked a record low of 5,152, down 1.6 percent from 2012, National Police Agency data showed Wednesday. The 2013 traffic fatality figure was the lowest since ...

Jan 31, 2014

Foreign workers in Japan hit record 717,504

The number of foreign workers in Japan stood at 717,504 at the end of last October, up 5.1 percent from a year before, the Health, Labor and Welfare Ministry said Friday. The figure was the highest since it became mandatory for employers to submit ...

Dec 19, 2013

2012 saw number of international conferences in Japan hit 10-year high

Japan hosted 2,337 international meetings in 2012, the highest in 10 years, according to the Japan National Tourism Organization. The result represents an increase of 23.5 percent from 2011, when such meetings slumped because of the devastating earthquake, tsunami and nuclear crisis in March, ...

Jul 9, 2013

Japan suffered 14,192 suicides from January to June

The number of suicides across the nation from January to June fell slightly to 14,192, the National Police Agency said in a preliminary report Tuesday. The figure was 102 fewer than in the first half of 2012, when the annual number of suicides fell ...

Jan 25, 2013

Japan's toll highest in hostage crisis

Japanese nationals accounted for the largest number of foreign hostages killed during last week’s dramatic standoff with Islamic militants in southeastern Algeria, with Tokyo confirming the 10th victim Thursday. Algerian Prime Minister Abdelmalek Sellal said Monday that 37 hostages from eight overseas countries were ...

Jan 18, 2013

Suicides fall under 30,000 for first time in 15 years

The number of suicides last year slipped below 30,000 for the first time in 15 years, falling 9.4 percent from 2011 to 27,766, the National Police Agency said in a preliminary report Thursday. The annual figure remained between 20,000 and 26,000 from 1978 to ...