Tag - aging-society



Japan Times
Sep 2, 2019
In Ehime, G20 labor ministers call for more elderly-friendly working environments
Labor ministers from the Group of 20 (G20) major economies on Monday adopted a joint statement calling for safe and healthy working environments for elderly people as the populations of their countries' continue to gray.
Japan Times
Jul 10, 2019
Japan's population continues to slide even as foreign resident numbers increase
The number of Japanese citizens living in the country as of Jan. 1 fell by 433,239, or 0.35 percent, from a year before to 124,776,364, down for the 10th straight year, the government said Wednesday.
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JAPAN / Crime & Legal
May 18, 2019
Police grill 87-year-old driver over Tokyo crash that left mother and daughter dead
An 87-year-old former government official whose vehicle was involved in a fatal crash in Tokyo last month is questioned by police on a voluntary basis.
Japan Times
JAPAN / Politics
Mar 1, 2019
77% of Japanese town and village assembly members are elderly, and only 10% are female
Of the 10,956 town and village assembly members in Japan, 8,442, or 77.1 percent, were aged 60 or over as of July 1 last year, a survey showed Thursday.
Nov 5, 2018
Think tank says applicants for planned blue-collar visas should have college degrees
A newly launched think tank researching policies for accepting more foreign workers said Monday that as a condition for new visa statuses currently being discussed in the Diet, the government should require prospective applicants to have a college degree.
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JAPAN / Society
Jul 1, 2018
Nursing cafes aim to promote regional growth, stimulate dialogue on elder care in Japan
Workers in the nursing care and welfare sectors are increasingly gathering at so-called "nursing cafes" in an effort to stimulate dialogue in communities on the medical issues that are arising as a result of the nation's graying society.
Japan Times
Jun 29, 2018
The business of death has a bright future in Japan
Norihisa Tomiyasu opened his first mortuary in 1997 aiming to clean up a profession he says deserved its bad reputation for exploiting people's grief and overcharging them at some of the most fraught moments of their lives.
Japan Times
May 28, 2018
Development of beneficial AI holds key to creating a better society: expert
Whether you love or hate it, artificial intelligence is here to stay.
Japan Times
JAPAN / Science & Health
Feb 13, 2018
April 1 marks start of Japan's new medical fees and processes
The new medical prices are out.
Japan Times
JAPAN / Regional voices: Chubu
Feb 12, 2018
Mie and Gifu take delivery of Mobile Pharmacy vehicles to improve medical provision in the wake of natural disasters
Demonstrations were held last week allowing residents in the city of Tsu, Mie Prefecture, to explore new mobile pharmacy vans delivered to the prefecture at the end of 2017.
JAPAN / Society
Jan 13, 2018
Going it alone: Solo dwellers will account for 40% of Japan's households by 2040, forecast says
A national research institute predicts singles will make up nearly 40 percent of Japanu2019s households by 2040 as marriage declines and divorce continues to rise.
Dec 31, 2017
At 1.23 million, number of new adults remains unchanged from last year
The number of Japanese aged 20, the legal marker for adulthood in the country, will stand at just over 1.2 million on New Year's Day, unchanged from a year earlier and equating to less than 1 percent of the population for the eighth straight year, a government estimate showed Sunday.
Japan Times
Sep 5, 2017
Drive-thru funeral service will let Japanese bid an easy and fast last farewell
In a first for Japan, a funeral home operator in Nagano Prefecture will be offering a drive-thru service allowing the bereaved to give their final farewells without having to get out of their car.
Japan Times
Aug 22, 2017
Prime time in worker-scarce Japan for investing in service robots
Faced with their worst labor shortage in decades, Japanese service companies are finally turning to labor-saving technology, an investment that could lift the sector's woeful level of productivity and allow them to raise wages.
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BUSINESS / Companies
Aug 21, 2017
In Japan's remote areas, banks may soon pay visits to customers with mobile ATM vans
An increasing number of regional banks in Japan are introducing automated teller machines mounted on vehicles to cater mainly to elderly people living in remote areas with no bank-run ATMs.
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BUSINESS / Economy
Jul 21, 2017
Solving Japan's labor shortage will be crucial for sustainable growth: government report
A fiscal 2017 white paper on Japanu2019s economy and finances highlights its labor shortage and poor productivity and suggests cutting working hours and eliminating worker discrimination.
Japan Times
BUSINESS / Economy
May 30, 2017
Robots may help defuse demographic time bomb in Japan and Germany
Japan and Germany may be sitting on a ticking demographic time bomb where aging populations begin to drag down economic growth. Good thing they're also prime candidates for robot revolutions.
Japan Times
May 12, 2017
Japan waking up to the problems of sleeping cash
In recent weeks there have been two well-reported robberies of people carrying large amounts of cash on the street. Thieves got away with ¥384 million after attacking a merchant in a Fukuoka parking lot. In Tokyo's Ginza district, a mugger managed to take ¥40 million from a man walking along a popular shopping boulevard. Both crimes happened in broad daylight.
JAPAN / Society
Apr 15, 2017
Japan's population slips for sixth consecutive year but foreign residents slowing the fall
Japanu2019s population shrank to 126.93 million last year, but the record drop in Japanese was cushioned by a record surge in foreign residents, the government says.
Japan Times
JAPAN / Society / FOCUS
Feb 7, 2017
Regions struggling to stay viable amid Tokyo-centric population shift
Despite the central government's initiatives to reinvigorate regional economies and advance decentralization, municipalities across Japan are struggling to stem a population outflow, most prominently to Tokyo.


Hideo Shimoju points to a possible site that his fellow neighbors may relocate to. Such relocations have happened before, but not preemptively.
In disaster-prone Japan, some communities consider major moves