Japan's new consumer office to get ¥470 million in budget

National Dec 17, 2020

Japan's new consumer office to get ¥470 million in budget

A strategic office that Japan's Consumer Affairs Agency set up in Tokushima Prefecture is expected to receive ¥470 million in budget allocation for fiscal 2021, which starts next April, according to sources. The Strategic Headquarters for Frontiers of Consumer Policy was set up in July ...

National May 25, 2016

Elderly fall victim to Net trouble via smartphones: white paper

Consumer consultation centers across Japan received a record 90,893 inquiries about smartphone-related services in fiscal 2015, the government said Tuesday, pointing in particular to problems experienced by elderly people. Over the past year through March, the number of inquiries pertaining to smartphones shot up 30 ...

Tokyo bureaucrats trial working from Tokushima Prefecture

National Mar 14, 2016

Tokyo bureaucrats trial working from Tokushima Prefecture

Senior officials of the Consumer Affairs Agency are carrying out a trial in which they are working remotely from a facility in Tokushima Prefecture. The test, which began Monday in Kamiyama, Tokushima Prefecture, is part of Tokyo's efforts to decentralize some of its functions, spreading ...

Agency issues warning over children swallowing Setsubun beans

National Feb 2, 2016

Agency issues warning over children swallowing Setsubun beans

Ahead of Setsubun on Wednesday, the day to celebrate the beginning of spring, the Consumer Affairs Agency has warned parents to guard against small children accidentally swallowing soybeans. People customarily throw and eat roasted soybeans on Setsubun to drive away evil spirits and invite good fortune. However, ...

National Jan 14, 2016

Government eyes transfer of two agencies' functions to prefectures

Some functions within the Cultural Affairs Agency and Consumer Affairs Agency could be relocated to Kyoto and Tokushima prefectures, respectively, under a government plan to be finalized in March, sources said. Officials representing both agencies and local governments will discuss details later this month, including ...