A government panel in charge of promoting women's active engagement in professional life has said gender wage gaps may be behind the outflows of young women from rural areas in Japan.
JAPAN / Society
May 28, 2024
Gender wage gaps seen behind outflows of women from rural areas
Experts have said that local governments need to make wage gap rectification part of regional revitalization efforts in order to stem outflows of women.
Damaged and corrupted houses are seen in the city of Suzu, Ishikawa Prefecture in March
JAPAN / Society
May 28, 2024
Publicly paid demolitions without full consent OK'd for Noto Quake
Previously, consent of all owners concerned was required in principle for publicly paid demolitions, carried out for destroyed and severely damaged buildings.
People gather to promote the same-sex marriage in Nagoya in May last year.
JAPAN / Society
May 28, 2024
Japanese city recognizes same-sex couple in rare step
Japan is the only Group of Seven nation that does not recognize same-sex unions, and local media said the move was unprecedented.
The University of Tokyo in Tokyo's Bunkyo Ward. A potential tuition hike by the University of Tokyo has sparked student protests amid concerns that it could influence other national universities.
JAPAN / Society
May 27, 2024
University of Tokyo considers tuition hike
The university is also reportedly discussing expanding scholarships and tuition reduction and exemption programs.
The entrance to Maruyama Park, one of Sapporo's most popular parks for summer recreation. The Maruyama Park area is part of a designated region where Sapporo plans tougher bear countermeasures, including the possible use of bear traps.
From coexistence to separation: Sapporo's battle with bears
An increasing number of bears in Hokkaido is forcing the prefectural capital to change its strategy for dealing with the animals.
Language support groups in Fukushima Prefecture are calling for the creation of a better environment for foreign children to learn Japanese.
With more foreign children, Fukushima struggles with language support
A number of children attending schools in the prefecture in fiscal 2023 were unable to fully understand Japanese.
The Kabuto One commercial facility in Tokyo's Kabutocho district features a life-size golden figure of Eiichi Shibusawa, who is known as the father of Japanese capitalism.
JAPAN / Society
May 27, 2024
Mystery-solving event puts spotlight on renewal of Tokyo's Kabutocho
A mystery-solving event in Tokyo's Kabutocho district featuring Eiichi Shibusawa, known as the father of Japanese capitalism, is gaining in popularity.


The Japanese government updated its English education guidelines in 2017 to emphasize communication over grammar and memorization. Public school teachers are incredibly busy, however, which means schools haven’t been able to implement changes uniformly. Private and alternative schools are attempting to remedy this.
The language of opportunity: Bilingual education is on the rise in Japan