Japan saw 6.3% drop in companies over four-year period

/ Jun 1, 2017

Japan saw 6.3% drop in companies over four-year period

There were 3,866,537 companies in Japan as of June 2016, marking a 6.3 percent decrease from the previous survey released in February 2012, according to a government survey.Meanwhile, the number of business locations, including offices and branches, dropped 2.5 percent in the same period, ...

Gaffe-prone minister Imamura bows out over Tohoku remark

/ Apr 25, 2017

Gaffe-prone minister Imamura bows out over Tohoku remark

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Masahiro Imamura, minister in charge of reconstruction of the disaster-hit Tohoku region, resigned Wednesday in the wake of controversial comments about the disaster.Imamura submitted a letter of resignation to Prime Minister Shinzo Abe Wednesday morning. Masayoshi Yoshino, a former senior vice environment minister and ...

Just 22% of new seawalls are finished in areas hit by 2011 tsunami

Mar 11, 2017

Just 22% of new seawalls are finished in areas hit by 2011 tsunami

Only a fifth of the planned seawalls have been constructed in northeastern areas devastated by the March 2011 earthquake and tsunami, a Kyodo News survey has found.The survey, conducted in January and February, asked prefectural, municipal and central governments about the status of construction ...