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DEPOPULATION

Japan Times
JAPAN
Oct 6, 2019
The world is watching as Japan deals with severe population decline and rural flight
When it comes to the nation's economy, there's actually two of them.
COMMENTARY / Japan
Sep 27, 2019
This dirty word is driving economic change in Japan
Japanese businesses are starting to recognize the need to import more labor, but there's still reason to be wary of the 'I' word.
Japan Times
JAPAN
Sep 20, 2019
Abe vows to improve Japan's social welfare as population grays
Prime Minister Shinzo Abe pledged Friday to step up efforts to reform social security as Japan faces a multitude of challenges stemming from its rapidly graying population and low birthrate.
Japan Times
COMMENTARY / Japan
Sep 20, 2019
Can the SDF age gracefully?
Japan's shrinking population and its aging society is making recruiting an increasingly serious challenge.
EDITORIALS
Aug 8, 2019
Still a long way to go for fiscal reconstruction
The government must do more to reduce spending and boost revenue to cut the deficit.
EDITORIALS
Aug 3, 2019
Women still can't reach potential
Women are better off when it comes to working in Japan, but there is still huge room for improvement.
Japan Times
COMMENTARY / Japan
Jul 28, 2019
The problem of investing pension funds in JGBs
It is premature to think that a decline in the public pension benefits is inevitable given to the aging of the population and the low birthrate.
Japan Times
COMMENTARY / World
Jul 21, 2019
South Korea foreshadows global slowdown
With countries such as South Korea leading the way, a new age of slow growth and increased dependency burdens is in the offing.
EDITORIALS
Jul 17, 2019
Address Japan's demographic challenges
Even though there's an election this Sunday, politicians aren't engaging in active discussions on ways to address Japan's demographic woes.
EDITORIALS
Jul 13, 2019
Regional revitalization goes slow
The government needs to review its regional revitalization efforts over the past five years to see if it's taking the right steps to achieve the intended goal.
COMMENTARY / World
Jul 13, 2019
In praise of demographic decline
Our expanding ability to automate human work across all sectors makes an ever-growing workforce increasingly irrelevant to improvements in human welfare. That's good news for most of the world, but not for Africa.
Japan Times
JAPAN
Jul 3, 2019
Doing the 'I turn': Japan taps tourism to lure city dwellers to emptying villages
Yoshifumi Yano was tiring of the high cost of living and long hours of work at a travel firm in the city of Osaka when he heard of a hotel for sale in a small town nearby in Wakayama Prefecture that was known for its onsen, or hot springs.
Japan Times
COMMENTARY / World
Jun 30, 2019
Blame gender gap for Japan's low fertility rate
The only way to fundamentally turn around Japan's falling fertility rate is to build a society free of gender discrimination.
Japan Times
COMMENTARY / Japan
May 26, 2019
Japan's labor shortage and low-wage puzzle
Why does wage growth remain sluggish despite Japan's growing labor shortage?
EDITORIALS
May 19, 2019
Enabling people to work until 70
Various challenges lie ahead to keep senior citizens motivated to work longer and under decent conditions.
Japan Times
COMMENTARY / Japan
May 5, 2019
The power of Generation Reiwa
The Reiwa generation of university and high school graduates will enjoy a natural tailwind propelling them toward economic prosperity.
EDITORIALS
May 4, 2019
Address the vacant home problem
The government is doing a poor job of fixing the ever-worsening problem of unused houses.
EDITORIALS
May 3, 2019
Rising numbers of elderly people are living alone
Efforts need to be launched at the national, municipal and community levels, involving both public and private sector resources, to ensure that elderly people who living alone will remain connected with their communities and society at large.
EDITORIALS
Apr 17, 2019
The demographic picture of Heisei and beyond
The challenge for the Reiwa Era will continue to be how to maintain the vitality of the economy and keep the social security system sustainable as the population rapidly ages and shrinks.
EDITORIALS
Mar 30, 2019
Ensure the elderly are driving safe
Traffic accidents involving senior drivers are a serious problem that must be addressed as elderly license holders will continue to increase alongside Japan's rapid aging.

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