Aug 11, 2014

Nearly 40% of rural residents say their communities face decline

A Cabinet Office opinion survey has revealed that 37.6 percent of people living in rural areas of the country expect their communities will decline. Of 700 respondents living in farming or fishing villages, only 13.6 percent said they believe their areas will be revitalized, ...

Jul 13, 2014

40% want wives kept out of workforce

Traditional values remain strong as survey shows a significant number of men and women in their 20s to 40s would like husbands to work, and wives to stay at home.

May 28, 2014

Young people not interested in overseas work

Japanese youth are less interested in working abroad than those in other Asian economies, according to a private survey. Only 12 percent of Japanese surveyed responded that they want to work overseas in the future, the lowest percentage among nine economies in Asia. Apart ...

May 28, 2014

50 female victims report sex, labor exploitation

At least 50 women and teenage girls were coerced into sexual or labor-related exploitation last year and spoke to a civic group about it, the organization said Tuesday. Forty-four were forced to work at sex parlors to pay off debts, or were coerced into ...

May 18, 2014

48.1% of public opposes legalizing use of collective self-defense

A Kyodo News survey said Sunday 48.1 percent of the public opposes allowing the government to legally exercise Japan’s right to collective self-defense and 39 percent support it. It also found that 51.3 percent of those polled oppose Prime Minister Shinzo Abe’s plan to ...

May 8, 2014

LGBT bullying rife in schools: survey

by Mizuho Aoki

About 70 percent of sexual minorities have experienced bullying in school and 30 percent have thought about committing suicide, according to a survey of lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender people. The survey on the school lives of LGBTs, the first large-scale study undertaken in ...

Apr 24, 2014

Biz tax cut would lift GDP: METI

Japan’s gross domestic product would likely grow by at least ¥7 trillion if the effective corporate tax rate were to fall by about 10 points from the current level of around 35 percent, the industry ministry said in a recent survey. The estimate comes ...