Oct 16, 2015

77% back reduced consumption tax rate: poll

A Jiji Press poll has found that 77.4 percent of respondents support the proposed introduction of a reduced tax rate for some items when the consumption tax is hiked from 8 percent to 10 percent in 2017. Only 17.3 percent oppose the idea, according ...

Oct 16, 2015

Most Japan firms back bringing in low-skilled foreign labor: poll

Three-quarters of Japanese companies support opening up the country to more foreign workers in low-skilled jobs to cope with a rapidly worsening labor shortage, a Reuters poll shows — a stark contrast to deep-seated government reluctance to do so. Japan, one of the world’s ...

Oct 15, 2015

Minors in SNS-linked crimes set new first-half record

A record 796 people aged under 18 in Japan fell victim to sex crimes and other offenses through social networking services between January and June, the National Police Agency said Thursday. The number of such victims rose by 98, or 14 percent, from a ...

Wedding costs hit record high in Japan

Oct 15, 2015

Wedding costs hit record high in Japan

The average cost of holding wedding ceremonies and receptions in Japan in the year to March rose ¥190,000 from the previous year to ¥3,527,000, the highest since statistics began in 1994, Recruit Marketing Partners Co. said in a survey report. According to the 2015 ...

Japan's seniors staying fit, strong, poll finds

Oct 12, 2015

Japan's seniors staying fit, strong, poll finds

Physical strength and athletic ability of elderly people in Japan have continued to improve, an annual government survey found Sunday. In the survey, physical and athletic ability of people aged 65-79 was measured with six kinds of exercise, including six-minute walking distance, grip strength ...

Sep 19, 2015

Nagoya is recognized as the second 'fair trade town' in Japan

The city of Nagoya won recognition Saturday as Japan’s second “fair trade town” for promoting trade with producers in developing countries under fair conditions, including premium prices. According to Fair Trade Forum Japan, a Tokyo-based organization promoting the international movement in Japan, Nagoya has ...