Aug 4, 2014

South Korea to issue 'comfort women' white paper in 2015

South Korea’s Gender Equality and Family Ministry will issue a white paper on the wartime “comfort women” around the end of 2015 and distribute it worldwide, it said Sunday. In the report, the ministry will refer to documents and studies on Japan’s wartime prostitution ...

Jun 10, 2014

Land prices reflecting real demand, not speculation

A recent increase in land prices reflects growing demand from buyers seeking yield and location, unlike during the bubble economy period in the late 1980s and early 1990s, when it was speculators who drove prices higher, the government said Tuesday. In its 2014 white ...

Jul 23, 2013

Deflation is easing, government claims

The economy is on the verge of emerging from nearly two decades of deflation as it has picked up since the beginning of the year, a government report said Tuesday, emphasizing positive aspects of Prime Minister Shinzo Abe’s “Abenomics” policies. The economy, which has ...

Japan wary of China forces buildup, North threat: paper

Jun 26, 2013

Japan wary of China forces buildup, North threat: paper

Japan has been vigilant against China’s military buildup and North Korea’s nuclear and missile threats amid what it considers a worsening security environment, an overview of the Defense Ministry’s 2013 white paper said Tuesday. The ministry says a lack of transparency in Chinese military ...

Jun 25, 2013

20% of young fathers put in 60-hour weeks

Nearly 20 percent of male employees in their 30s work more than 60 hours a week, making it difficult for them to participate in raising children, a 2013 government white paper on dealing with the low birthrate shows.

Jun 23, 2013

Consumer problems involving senior citizens increasing sharply since 2007

Consultations provided to older people concerning consumer affairs increased sharply during the five years through fiscal 2012, according to the government’s first-ever white paper on consumer issues. Consultations for seniors increased 34.7 percent to 207,513 cases in fiscal 2012, compared with 2007, while the ...

Jun 15, 2013

Energy report skips nuclear phase-out

Japan’s annual energy report released Friday barely refers to the fact that the previous government upheld a goal to phase out nuclear power in the 2030s, reflecting the pro-nuclear stance of the current government. The latest Energy White Paper covers a period between last ...